Release date: July 6, 2010
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a 32-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.
Still Missing interweaves the year Annie spent as the captive of a psychopath in a remote mountain cabin, which unfold through sessions with her psychiatrist, with a second narrative following the events after her escape—her struggle to piece her shattered life back together and the ongoing police investigation into the identity of her captor.
I’m joining in again with Throwback Thursday which was created by my good friend Renee at It’s Book Talk. She started this weekly feature as a way to highlight old favorites and read books that have already been published. I have so many older books on my TBR that get ignored in favor of review copies and I figure participating in Throwback Thursday will help me to read at a least one older title a week! I read my first Chevy Stevens book a few months ago, Never Let You Go and LOVED it, so I’ve been wanting to go back and read her earlier books ever since.
This is told using a really cool narrative style, each chapter is actually a session between Annie and her therapist as she details the day of her abduction and the year she was held captive, then it follows her up to the present day. Annie had such a strong, unique voice and I loved the conversational feel it had. Her ordeal was harrowing and at times very uncomfortable to read about, but I was still very gripped, this was an addictive read.
There were plenty of shocking events, I was dying to know how Annie managed to escape and I did not predict that whole scenario at all. I love abduction stories and I’m especially intrigued by the aftermath and Annie’s growth and development was great. It was horribly sad and tragic to see how much she changed and how damaged she was, it broke my heart.
This was one creepy read with unpredictable twists and turns galore, I can’t wait to read the rest of Stevens books and have a feeling they’ll be coming up on my TT posts quite a bit in the future.
Overall rating: 5/5