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Still Missing [Paperback]

Chevy Stevens
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9 Dec 2010

On the day she was abducted, thirty-two year-old Annie Sullivan had three goals - sell a house, forget a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. Then a van pulls up outside the house she is selling. Annie thinks it's her lucky day. But nothing could be further from the truth...

Annie wakes to find herself in a remote mountain location with only her kidnapper, "The Freak", for company. Subjected to his sadistic treatment for over a year Annie eventually escapes, but begins to suspect that someone in her former life wanted her gone - and isn't pleased she's back.

'Stevens skilfully juxtapositions the back story of Annie's captivity, with the front story of a woman desperately trying to reclaim her old life. As with all great suspense novels, the surprises abound. Annie thought she'd survived the worst with The Freak. But has she?' Lisa Gardner

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (9 Dec 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751545635
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751545630
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chevy Stevens grew up on a ranch on Vancouver Island and still lives on the island with her husband and daughter. When she's not working on her next book, she's camping and canoeing with her family in the local mountains. Her debut novel, Still Missing, won the International Thriller Writers Award for Best First Novel.

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Amazon Exclusive: Lisa Gardner Reviews Still Missing

New York Times bestselling crime novelist Lisa Gardner began her career in food service, but after her hair caught on fire numerous times she took the hint and focused on writing instead. A self-described research junkie, she has parlayed her interest in police procedure, cutting edge forensics, and twisted plots into a streak of 11 bestselling suspense novels, including her most recent release, The Neighbor. Read her guest review of Still Missing:

Every now and then a new author comes along that totally knocks one out of the park. As a reader, I’m always thrilled to discover a great new voice. As a writer, of course I’m insanely jealous and suffer a terrible case of why-didn’t-I-think-of-that? Given that debut author Chevy Stevens is young, beautiful and talented, I’ve been gnashing my teeth for months!

Still Missing represents psychological suspense at its very best. Realtor Annie O’Sullivan is abducted from an open house and held captive for a year in a remote cabin by a sadistic survivalist who considers her to be his wife as well as preferred breeding stock. His goal is to get her pregnant and live creepily-ever-after as the last man and woman on earth. Her goal is to get away from him.

Now, you know Annie wins this war as the book opens with her talking to a therapist. So you may ask, where is the suspense? I can’t give you a simple answer to that, other than to say every page crackles with it.

Still Missing creates one of the most haunting narratives I’ve read in years. On the one hand, survivor Annie is tough, angry, and brittle. The very worst has happened to her, and she escaped through her own ingenuity and frankly, savagery. On the other hand, survivor Annie is jumpy, terrified, and sleep-deprived. All these months later, she still can’t pee “off schedule.” In one of the more moving scenes of the novel, she downs a gallon of iced tea in order to force herself to urinate by her own free will. She can’t do it.

In addition to her compelling heroine, Stevens has created one of the best psychopaths since Hannibal Lecter—and that’s not something I say lightly. Annie refers to her captor simply as The Freak. Much like Hannibal, The Freak considers himself to be a civilized human being. Intelligent, good looking and resourceful, he’s an excellent “husband.” He has provided a charming cabin. He supplies fresh food—sometimes so fresh that city slicker Annie must bleed it out first, but details, details. Of course he has expectations of his wife. She must be well groomed, properly garbed, and 100% submissive. All failures to comply are met with The Freak’s idea of appropriate punishment. The Freak is also thoughtful and tender. Want to stop sleeping for a few nights? Read the scene where The Freak first shaves Annie. And he means it in the nicest sort of way.

Stevens skillfully juxtaposes the back story of Annie’s captivity with the front story of a woman desperately trying to reclaim her old life. As with all great suspense novels, the surprises abound. Annie thought she’d survived the worst with The Freak. But has she?

As the taut cat and mouse game unfolds, you will cheer for Annie. You will hate The Freak. And you will be absolutely mesmerized by the last line of this novel. Then, most likely, you will return to page one, and start it all over again.


'Engrossing, terrifying... will suck you in from page one (Chelsea Cain)

I had to remind myself to breathe. Simply terrifying (Erica Spindler)

Will have you spellbound from the first page (Karin Slaughter)

The not-to-be-missed thriller of the year (Lisa Gardner)

Frank, fierce, and sometimes even funny, this is a dark tale pinpricked with light-and told by an unforgettable heroine (Gillian Flynn)

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A hard act to follow 12 July 2010
This is not an easy book to read but let me say that for a debut novel, it is a powerful and intense psychological thriller reaching way into the depths of the mind and psyche of a young woman Estate Agent suddenly kidnapped and abused by an unknown assailant. Not easy because the author lets the story unfold with detailing of the abuse suffered by the victim which is not a pretty picture.

And don't be put off by the psychological bit - this is a seriously enthralling story.

This is not a spoiler as we know from the beginning that she survives since the story is told in the first person as she talks her ordeal through with her therapist.

The book is really in two parts; the first dealing with the horrific circumstances of Annie O'Sullivan's nightmare at the hands of The Freak, her imprisonment for a year and her chance to escape and meet out retribution. The second dealing with her recovery and how she comes to terms with her abuse. But, in reality, she will never be the same again. As the second part unfolds, the author portrays brilliantly the mindset and the acceptance of O'Sullivan's new normality which is startling indeed. The change in the entire personality of the victim is expertly narrated and this leads the reader to such a gripping climax the pages just seem to fly by without the reader taking a breath.

The excellence of the writing makes the fact that when O'Sullivan realises why she was abducted, this revelation is as disturbing, if not the more so, than the detailing of her capture and abuse.

The author has a way with words which belie this as a debut novel, wasting none in her ability to keep the tension mounting as the gripping finale approaches. If her second book is only half as good as this one, it will be well worth the wait.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I was glued to my Kindle! 27 Dec 2010
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This was my first e-book purchase on my new Kindle, and what a great purchase it's turned out to be. I haven't been able to put my Kindle down once I started reading this, and I was completely glued to the screen!

The story is about a woman who works as a Realtor who is abducted one seemingly ordinary day. The whole story is told in the first person, when she is recieving therapy after the whole trauma, and so we know she survives this horrifying ordeal, however she is certainly a troubled woman, and quite understandably so.

The horror of her kidnapping quickly escalades into a horrible nightmare. She is forced to live in a cabin on a mountain, seemingly in the middle of nowhere, with her abducter, who ensures she lives according to a strict schedule. Whilst there is some physical abuse here, I find the emotional abuse a lot more terrifying. The parts which particularly made me shudder were when she would wake up from a dream, and realise where she was, and would cry once this realisation hit her.

It was a brilliant psychological thriller and I highly recommend giving this one a go. It was well worth every penny, although it does leave me with nightmares.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I feel a bit like a copy cat 1 Jan 2011
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A copy cat because I too read this book on my new Kindle (superb by the way) Kindle Wireless Reading Device, Wi-Fi, Graphite, 6" Display with New E Ink Pearl Technology. I downloaded several books and this is was my first read. I read the first page and that was it - I couldn't put it down and the story doesn't let you go until the end. A young female realtor is abducted at the end of an 'open house' day by her last client. She is held for a year, not knowing who this man is or why he has taken her or where she is. She is a prisoner and forced to conform to his abuses. The story is told by her to her psychologist, hence, Session 1, Session 2 etc. rather than chapters. We sit in on the Sessions. We 'hear' her describe to her therapist what has happened to her while captured and how she returns home and attempts to live a 'normal' life again. Finally, we hear her describe the unravelling of the mystery and how it gives her the answers to her questions.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant debut novel 13 Jan 2011
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This is a book that could have gone horribly wrong. The abduction, rape and torture of a realtor is quite a difficult subject to read about and could have made for a very depressing book however Chevy Stevens has managed to do a fantastic job of making this an interesting book which is actually a pleasure to read.

I wasn't convinced I was going to enjoy this book but it had such good reviews I decided I had to give it a try. Maybe enjoy isn't the right word to use, but I found this book engrossing, I really wanted to find out what happened next. At many points you are given titbits of information which hint at something that has happened and then leave you for quite some time before you find out the full story, this is done so skilfully that I was surprised to hear that this was the first novel Chevy Stevens has written.

The characters are so cleverly drawn out that you sympathise with Annie throughout the book and despair at her mother, but the most surprising thing is the mixture of feelings that The Freak draws out; from complete repulsion to an element of sympathy.

There is also a quite disturbing twist at the end of the book which I really didn't see coming and it's very rare that I can say a book takes me completely by surprise.

I think this was an ingenious title for a book, Still Missing refers to the fact that the girl Annie was when she was kidnapped is still missing and will never return, she has been replaced with a different person due to the ordeal that she has gone through.

I can't wait for whatever Chevy Stevens produces next, if it half as good as this then it will be well worth a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great read. i could not put the book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing debut!
Love Chevy Stevens, this debut novel kept me reading long after I should have gone to bed. Couldn't wait to find out what happened next. Read more
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First Chevy Stevens, I have read, will be reading more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars breathtaking & heartaching all in one book.
this is the 1st book i have read by chevy stevens, & i am lost for words, i cried a few times evdn though i knew it was fictional. Read more
Published 24 days ago by avid reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
Keeps you guessing until the end. First book I read on my kindle too! Good start, looking forward to the next
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5.0 out of 5 stars fresh and powerful
Annie is an estate agent. One day a client kidnaps her, during a viewing. She is held captive for a year. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Christine M
5.0 out of 5 stars Such clever title
First book I'd read by her after having heard about the book on a radio programme. Gripping all the way thru, if a bit morbid at times. Now read everything she writes.
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