Annie O’Sullivan is your average 32-year-old successful businesswoman. She owns a large Victorian home, is up for a big project at her real estate firm, and has a doting boyfriend, loyal golden retriever, and a core group of close friends and family. But, she’s also got a major chip on her shoulder.
After being abducted from her last open house and held captive for an entire year by a psychopathic man named David, the former Annie is Still Missing and still seeking answers about the deliberateness of her disappearance.
Chevy Stevens’ breakout book, Still Missing, narrated by Angela Dawe, explores the inner workings of the human mind when it’s nearly past redemption.
Set up as a first-person account divided into 26 therapy sessions, Annie vividly depicts a mixture of ghastly memories as a captive in the windowless seclusion of a small log cabin with her present-day demons sleeping in the closet and timed urination.
The novel itself is stanch, but it is Dawe’s flippant, no-nonsense tone that brilliantly enacts Steven’s rigid, exact language, revealing Annie from the very beginning. In fact, Dawe’s performance so flawlessly portrays the shrewd, rough-and-tumble, yet angst-ridden young woman, you often forget you’re listening to a work of fiction.
Similarly, Dawe has no trouble transitioning to the deeply disturbed David, the mild-mannered boyfriend, or the overbearing, overdone mother. Regardless of character, her performance is seamless, creating an unrivaled listening experience.
A frighteningly intense tale of abuse, hope, betrayal, and the struggle to live on after epic devastation, Chevy Stevens’ Still Missing is an in-your-face rollercoaster ride of emotion that will leave listeners lining up again. Sarah Zimmerman
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 captive in a remote mountain cabin — which unfolds through sessions with her psychiatrist — is a 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.
The truth doesn’t always set you free.
Still Missing is a shocking, visceral, brutal, and beautifully crafted debut novel about surviving the unsurvivable — and living to bear witness.
©2010 Chevy Stevens (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"The intense plot alternates between Annie's creepy confinement, her escape, and her attempts to readjust to real life, from going to the bathroom when she wants to managing her own meals. Still, Annie knows that a large part of her soul is still missing. Her transformation from victim adds to the believability of the enthralling plot." (Publishers Weekly)
I'm an avid audiobook listener and this is the first review I felt I had to write. I couldn't stop listening. This is a wonderful story. I hope the author will write more soon!
Still Missing was a book that I was actually telling my family about while I was listening to it. Loved the way each chapter was written, the flow was amazing and it didn't seem to jump all over the place like many books do. There was also a sense of personalization to the book, I thought Annie was actually talking to me. Angela did a fantastic job of narrating this book. Her voice led to the gamut of emotions that all the characters experienced. Loved it, loved it, loved it!!! Chevy, you are on my favorite author list now!
I didn't see this ending coming. Good thriller.... more graphic than I'm used to, and the narrator's voice was a little annoying at times, especially when she tried to do other voices. All in all, kept my interest rather well. I'd say it's worth buying.
It is not very often that you find a story that you can't wait until it is over. I don't usually listen to suspense stories but this one pulled at me. I enjoyed the story - if you can say enjoy with the subject matter - I only mean it seemed well written and then also that the author did his research to make it so lifelike. However, the way this story turns out - why did things happened earlier in the story - was just flat out stupid. I know there are some not so smart people out in the world but even this does not help this story. I don't want to give anything away for those that opt for this story - - but I personally was highly disappointed in the "who, what, where, when, and WHY" answers. And what this girl went through - then to find out why - - I don't have words for it - but it is not good!
I thought Angela Dawe did a wonderful job on the narrative.
I could not stop listening, this book is amazing! The story was excellent. I usually do not write reviews. But just had to write one for this book! Ten Stars!!!
This is a dark story that was very well written and narrated. I did not think that the language was over done but rather enhanced the emotional content of the story. Angela Dawe brought the story so much to life that it was hard to believe that this is a work of fiction.
I stayed up till 1am last night because I couldn't stop listening to this book! The narrator is amazing and she really adds a lot of suspense to the book.
This is one of the best thrillers I've read in a while. If you liked "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" then you'll love this.
The book held my interest from front to the end. I kept wondering whether this was based on a true story. Surely no one could be that cruel and such "dumb" (not sure if that is the right word} mother. I was so happy when she was able to escape from that "character", but she still went through withdrawl afterward. It was enough to make you insane. I will listen/read books from the author again. As usual, the narrator can make or break a book--Angela Dawes' makes it.
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