Book Report: Still Missing by Chevy Stevens

I requested this book from paperbackswap.com back in June 2011 – and it has been sitting on my To-Be-Read shelf ever since.  I was intrigued by the blurb on the back cover – the concept of the story line seemed disturbing, but there were a lot of positive reviews out there.  So I was pretty excited to find out that Julie at Peanut Butter Fingers selected the book for her May Book Club selection.   It was the perfect opportunity for me to finally delve into the book!

THE FIRST LINE

“You know, Doc, you’re not the first shrink I’ve seen since I got back.”

FROM THE PUBLISHER

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.  Copyright 2010 St. Martin’s Griffin

BOOK RESOURCES

Goodreads:  3.98 Stars (9,899 Reviews)
Amazon: 4.3 Stars (346 Reviews)
Barnes & Noble: 4.5 Stars (555 Reviews)
My Rating: 4 Stars.  The entire concept is disturbing…yet the story is intriguing…I couldn’t put it down!

MY REVIEW

I was so spellbound upon finishing the book that I have a hard time figure out what exactly made it so great.  It was an incredibly written psychological rollercoaster that demanded my full attention and lingered long after I put it down.  All that Annie went through – from her abduction, captivity, recovery, and everything after – was so captivating.  I enjoyed that the author chose to write the book as narrated by Annie in her sessions with the shrink.  As she became more comfortable relating her experiences, the more she revealed her anger, trauma, and helplessness.  The depiction of her abductor and the year she spent with him was blatantly disturbing – and be forewarned – there are some scenes which may be too uncomfortable.  But what I found is that this book is so much more than her painful experiences of rape, deprivation, and abuse; the entire second half deals with Annie’s recovery, the investigation, and the shocking revelation that she must come to terms with.  Just when I thought her endeavor was coming to an end, the layers peeled back to expose more unsettling aspects to the crime.  Overall, an extraordinary read – disturbing – and intense at times – but worth the read.
 
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