Still Missing by Chevy Stevens
Narrator: Angela Dawe
Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
Date Read: February 2014
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.
Interwoven with the story of the year Annie spent as the captive of a 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.
Still Missing is that rare debut find--a shocking, visceral, brutal and beautifully crafted debut novel.
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Listened for Book Club (Audible/DFWTea)
Overall Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 4.00
Character Rating: 4.00
Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: Still Missing by Chevy Stevens was a story that I wasn’t sure where was going and the end kind of left me speechless!
Book Club Thoughts: Big hit with the group. The end all made us gasp. We were disturbed by several characters and we all had different theories going into the last few chapters. We all agreed that was a good sign of a great thriller when you can’t decide who did it or why! Overall it was a huge hit with the book club and many of us have already moved on to book 2.
My Thoughts: I really enjoyed (maybe not the right word) Still Missing. It was twisty, turny, disturbing, off-kilter, and uniquely written. The format played as much in my interest in the story as the characters did. I can’t even imagine going through what Annie did and surviving. The fact that you get to see her broken, resilient, and healing through her psych sessions just draws you in more to the story. Plus it was a brilliant way to tell a story in two time frames! The characters (all of them) were fascinating. There was no black/white here except for one character (the kidnapper). Every person was complicated, intriguing, and had their own stuff to work through with Annie’s ordeal. At the heart, this is a thriller and it will keep you guessing till the end.
Narrated By Angela Dawe / Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
Angela “freaking” Dawe knocked it out of the park. Yes, I admit I am a fan girl of her narration. I highly recommend this one on audio.
Book Club Read for DFWTea for Feb 2014
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