Still Missing by Chevy Stevens
Published: July 6, 2010
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
My Rating: 5/5
Summary (from chapters.com):
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 as the captive of psychopath in a remote mountain cabin, which unfolds through sessions with her psychiatrist, is a second narrative recounting events following her escape - her struggle to piece her shattered life back together and the ongoing police investigation into the identity of her captor.
The truth doesn't always set you free.
WOW... what an amazing ride and a truly heart-wrenching story!
This story really hit home for me... my mother is a realtor and I was on the phone so fast, telling her that she will never do an open house alone again... ever! The story of what Annie went through has left me numb. I cannot even begin to imagine the terror, the pain and the mental struggle that she went through every single day that she was with the 'freak'. Not only that but knowing the she escapes, I have to wonder how her life will be going forward.
The characters in the novel are so well developed that you felt like you knew each of them, whether is it someone in your family, your friend-group or even just an acquaintance. I felt so connected as I read that I literally could not stop.
As a debut novel by Chevy Stevens, a fellow Canadian, I was blown away. Her writing style is so smooth and the descriptions that she uses allow your mind to picture anything and everything that is going on. As I would tell people about this book, I continually said that this should be a movie... this is written for the big screen.
Overall, this was a thrilling ride that I hope to NEVER take. I have added Chevy's second novel, Never Knowing, to my absolutely must-buy and read as soon as possible list! BRAVO!!