Still Missing by Chevy Stevens

74%

35 Critic Reviews

A grueling, gripping demonstration of melodrama’s darker side.
-Kirkus

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 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.

Still Missing is that rare debut find--a shocking, visceral, brutal and beautifully crafted debut novel.

 

About Chevy Stevens

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CHEVY STEVENS grew up on a ranch on Vancouver Island and still calls the island home. When she’s not working on her next book, she’s camping and canoeing with her husband in the local mountains.
 
Published July 6, 2010 by St. Martin's Press. 411 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Still Missing
All: 35 | Positive: 28 | Negative: 7

Kirkus

Good

A grueling, gripping demonstration of melodrama’s darker side.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Jul 04 2010

...“Still Missing” runs deeper...in the chills it delivers, the surprises it holds and the resilience of its main character.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Rachel Morgan on Jul 05 2011

...it is emotional without being melodramatic, heinous without being implausible, and every detail adds to the hopelessness and horror of the situation.

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Examiner

Good
on Aug 23 2010

With Still Missing, Chevy Stevens has crafted an unforgettable page-turner—one that fully embraces darkness while also retaining the hope of reaching the other side.

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NY Journal of Books

Excellent
on Jul 06 2010

The book contains some surprising twists and turns, the ending coming out of left field—totally unexpected...It is a well-written, fast-paced, emotion-grabbing read.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
on Apr 28 2011

Her characterizations are vivid and unforgettable, and she has the ability to chill with but a few carefully chosen words, to create unforgettable imagery in a short passage. You will take parts of the book with you to your grave.

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AV Club

Below average
on Aug 12 2010

The twist isn’t just completely unbelievable, it undercuts whatever power the ghastly rape-and-murder portions of the novel built up. Still Missing is a failure on every level...

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RT Book Reviews

Good

With a gutsy but very human heroine, this book will abduct your reading time late into the night.

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Mysterious Reviews

Below average

When Annie gets free, the second storyline kicks in, but this, too, tends to go over the same ground several times...this isn't sufficient in and of itself to support a compelling narrative, and most especially not one intending to be suspenseful.

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Business Insider

Good
Reviewed by Michelle on Aug 09 2013

Robin...is the perfect foil for Comoran, and together they make a great team. Also, the story itself is one of the few mysteries in recent months that actually remains a mystery until the very end. The use of well-hidden clues and plenty of red herrings excel at throwing readers off the scent of the truth.

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Cape Ann Beacon

Below average
Reviewed by Rae Francoeur on Aug 25 2010

There are probably too many red herrings and not enough plot support for the eventual reckoning with truth.

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Straight.com

Above average
on Sep 15 2010

All in all, Stevens has given us a remarkably accomplished first novel.

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Gather Books

Good
on Jun 03 2011

The end will surprise you. Â I highly recommend picking up a copy of Still Missing by Chevy Stevens and I'm certain there will be more great works from her in the future.

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That's What She Read

Good
Reviewed by Michelle on Feb 21 2011

Still Missing is one of those novels that gives a female reader pause if reading it while sitting alone in a house. It causes chills, thrills, tears, laughter, and more.

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Rhapsody in Books

Below average
Reviewed by rhapsodyinbooks on Jul 17 2010

Plenty of suspense, but also plenty horrific details of abuse. Such books aren’t meant to be great literature, but even so, I prefer mystery/thriller books that aren’t so full of misogynist violence. However, it’s not badly written.

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Devourer of Books

Above average
on Jun 30 2010

If you want a book that will suck you in despite a slightly slow beginning, “Still Missing” is a great choice. Recommended.

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Book Journey

Excellent
Reviewed by Sheila on Aug 15 2013

Extremely well done I give high marks to a very talented author who blew me away with the story line and kept me guessing all the way through.

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Reading on a Rainy Day

Good
Reviewed by Athira on Aug 03 2010

Although, Annie is the protagonist of Still Missing, I felt that The Freak was the more vivid character. I felt sheer disgust towards him and his actions. He had a very strong presence in the book throughout, and even after closing the book, I couldn't shake off visions of him.

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Quill & Quire

Good
Reviewed by Sarah Weinman on Jul 01 2010

Still Missing succeeds because it forces the reader to identify with Annie, however uncomfortably; we find ourselves wondering how we would fare in her dire situation, faced with a merciless captor or grappling with narcissism disguised as unconditional family love.

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Pop Culture Nerd

Excellent
Reviewed by Pop Culture Nerd on Jun 30 2010

Throughout most of the book, my stomach hurt from the tension, my skin wasn't just crawling, it was practically jumping. It's easy to see why Stevens had to approach only one agent and one publisher with her first manuscript...

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Alison's Book Marks Blog

Good
on Jul 12 2010

For everyone else that can handle a powerful, deeply emotional, intensely frightening novel, go read this book.

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Take Me Away

Good
Reviewed by Jenny on Jul 06 2010

...I was genuinely absorbed in the story. In that sense, Still Missing, was a true thriller, and fans of the genre will enjoy this thrilling read.

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Caribous Mom

Good
Reviewed by Wendy on Aug 18 2010

Readers who love their thrillers gory and fast-paced will find Still Missing a satisfying and frightening read.

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The Eclectic Reader

Good
Reviewed by Teddyree on Oct 08 2010

This won't be a story for everyone but it's superbly written and one of my favourites this year; kudos to Chevy Stevens for making it terrifyingly real without being gratuitious.

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Tina's Book Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by Tina on Aug 19 2010

As hard as it was to read Annie’s story at the same time its a book that you can’t put down. The subject matter was not beautiful but Stevens writing was.

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Savvy Verse & Wit

Good
Reviewed by SERENA on May 24 2011

Still Missing will provide readers and book clubs with a great deal to discuss about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), abduction, rape, and other horrifying events.

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Overflowing Heart Reviews

Below average
on Aug 28 2012

...the way Stevens makes her out, it’s pretty hard to look at her as a character and want to help her. This was a big bummer for me because I love the concept of this book and if done right, think it has awesome potential...

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Proud Book Nerd

Excellent
on Feb 18 2011

This was a very powerful story, and days after finishing it I’m still thinking about it – despite having finished something else since then! This is one I do see myself reading again. It was that good.

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Feeling a Little Bookish

Good
Reviewed by Meaghan on Nov 11 2012

This was an amazing book that I had a hard time putting down. Overall I give this book 4 out of 5 stars and I can't wait to read her other novels.

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Presenting Lenore

Excellent
Reviewed by Lenore Appelhans on May 20 2010

Not only is this a fascinating character study, it is also a very satisfying thriller with a shock ending.

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Jo-Jo Loves to Read

Good
Reviewed by Jo Jo on Mar 09 2011

...if that language is taken in the context of the story it seems appropriate to me. I highly recommend this book...

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Life with Books

Good
Reviewed by Jenners on Feb 02 2011

If you’re a fan of mysteries/thrillers and haven’t checked this one out yet, read it without delay! This is a well-written, fast-paced, freaky thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat and guessing about all the little details.

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Rundpinne

Below average
Reviewed by KNITTINGMOMOF3 on Aug 14 2010

My main issues were the twist toward the end, which I cannot mention, and a complete lack of suspense, considering the cover lends the impression it will be a suspenseful novel. Still Missing is a good debut novel, I just wish I had liked it as much as I thought I was going to.

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The Unread Reader

Above average
Reviewed by Missie on Mar 26 2012

Still Missing is a book I’d recommend, but I would attach a warning about the ridiculous turn the plot takes, though I would also admit that it could have been something that wouldn’t bother others as much as it did me.

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Today I Read

Above average
Reviewed by Ann-Kat on Jul 07 2010

I’ll admit there are a few consistency issues and the psychology behind The Freak felt a bit contrived and I won’t even get started on the police procedural section (there’s one scene in particular that I’m on the fence about), and though it seems like a lot, all of those things are forgivable.

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