Review: Still Missing by Chevy Stevens

Still MissingStill Missing by Chevy Stevens

  • ISBN-13: 9780312573577
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
  • Publication date: 5/24/2011
  • Pages: 368
  • Source: Purchased

Synopsis:

On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a thirty-two-year-old realtor, had three goals—sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she’s about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all.

Interwoven with the story of the year Annie spent captive in a remote mountain cabin—which unfolds through sessions with her psychiatrist—is the second narrative recounting the nightmare that follows her escape: her struggle to piece her shattered life back together, the ongoing police investigation into the identity of her captor, and the disturbing sense that things are far from over. 

Still Missing is a shocking, visceral, brutal, and beautifully crafted novel about surviving the unsurvivable—and living to bear witness.

My Thoughts:

While I knew the basic idea behind Still Missing I was still surprised and blown away by the power of this story.  Because this story is written in Annie’s therapy session with her doctor it is clear right from the beginning that Annie survives her abduction but what happens as the story unfold is nothing less than disturbing and painful.  On the day that Annie is abducted she has an open house and plans for dinner with her boyfriend afterward.  During the open house, her mother contacts her about a coffee pot and they get into a disagreement.  Annie is just closing up after a very slow day when she sees a van pull up and she is excited that someone is interested in the home.  Little does Annie know that her whole life is about to change.  The book take the reader through the event of the abduction and the time that Annie is held captive by the man Annie refers to as “The Freak” as well as what is unfolding in Annie’s life now that she has returned, which has not been an easy adjustment that the things that are uncovered blew my mind.  What “The Freak” puts Annie though was very difficult to read, it is raw and disturbing.  It was very hard to get through at times because of the level of detail that was provided, I know and understand that it was necessary, but that did not make it any easier.  I expected this and really only this from the story but was pleased to find that the reader was given breaks from the painful parts of the story with what is happening in Annie’s life now that she is back home.  The reprieve made the book much easier to get though, but also made me not want to put it down because as the details of the events that lead up to the abduction start to unfold I was amazed and blown away at just who was responsible for the plan.  No matter how off track it got, the person responsible is the very last person that I had expected.  I actually think that discovering who was at fault made the story many times worse in my mind.

Chevy Stevens writes in a powerful way and in a style that made this topic tolerable.  The rawness of the topic of abduction and just what happens when someone is locked in a house with no windows or connection with the outside in difficult to even understand but Chevy Stevens presents the facts and experience in a first hand manner that allows the read to understand yet detach themselves enough from the pictures painted that while painful to read it makes you want to find out more and get to the root of what is going on.  There were tear for me at more than one stage of this book. That being said there were also times that I was excited for Annie and found her to be such a strong woman.  Despite being broken, she does not lay down and just let someone else trying to solve what happened she takes an active role in finding out who was responsible for ruining her life.

I highly recommend this book, yes it is a tough and painful read but it is also very worthy of the time and earns every bit of hype that is out there about it.  

My Rating:

 

 

 

Powerful and Raw but so worthy of every moment spend reading it.  Amazing twist and turns.  I never saw the who done it coming.