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 listen to many audiobooks, and this one was okay. I found the denouement a bit disappointing. It seemed implausible to me, but if you aren't pressed for time and you are interested in the abduction genre, you might enjoy this listen.
A great combination of a narrator that makes a good story come alive. Seems like a cousin of a Gillian Flynn novel
I purchased this book thinking that I was getting another story about an Alpha male that starts out psycho and winds up with redeeming qualities that make the reader and the heroine fall for him by the end. No. That is not what this book is. What it is is a physiological roller coaster that leads you in a direction you THINK you know, but winds up slapping your face with a left turn. There is no fluff here. No romance and no flowers. What there is is a gut wrenching story that is so detailed it is easily imagined to be based on a true story.
There are few books that I have read in my lifetime.... and I have read ALOT of books.... that elicit an physical, emotional reaction. This is one of those books.
I began my love of audio books when life got so busy I had no time to read. I was driving a lot and running errands, cleaning, DIY projects. And my audio book player soon became as common to see on my hip as my cell phone. Today as I listened to this one, I was hanging towel rods in my bathroom. It took me far longer to get the project done than it should have. It took longer because repeatedly I found myself frozen, staring into space with the drill held in my hand. My inner eye on the scene that was happening in the book. I stood in my bathroom, towel rod hanging from one fastener as tears rolled down my face. (those that have listened to/read it would know what part I was at in the book at this point. Those that haven't, I wont ruin it for you. You'll know when you get to the part.) I had to set the drill down, leave the towel rod hanging and gather myself together. My heart broke for Ann. And my hatred for "Him" grew. Twice. Twice in one book.. I found myself crying. If you are reading this with the intention of buying this story, make sure you have tissues handy. If you have already read it.... *Mental hug and commiserating nods with sniffles inserted here*.
If you are looking for a story that spares no detail, that takes you on a ride you think you know but find out you had no idea.. If you are looking for a story that wakes the emotions, stokes interest and leaves you with a lasting impression... THIS is the story for you.
If you are looking for a hot Alpha male story with a fluffy ending.. this is NOT that story. And for once, I encourage you to leave the fluff behind and experience this book. It's not an easy story to listen to/read. There are times when it's almost too painful. But the talent that lay in the pages is well worth the wild ride it will take you on.
Note to the Author: I have written several short stories over the years. I have published a story in a popular book. I have began writing my first full length novel. And I have to say, I can only pray that I have a fraction of the talent trapped in my mind that you've poured into these pages. Thank you for the ride. I rarely leave feedback on Audible. I'm usually just too busy and intend to catch up one of these days. As this one ended.. I had to halt what I was doing and leave feedback immediately.
Note to the Narrator: You did an absolutely phenomenal job on the narration. The distinct differences in the inflection of your voice kept the characters alive. And the delivery kept the suspense just where it was supposed to be. In the "Hollow" moments, I could hear that in your voice and it put the story into perspective in my mind. The heart wrenching moments were made all the more so by the tone and delivery. Awesome job!
PLEASE do not read further if you have not read the book and don't want spoilers ruining it for you!!! *I have to voice a warning about triggers. But I don't want to ruin it for those that have none. So if you have certain triggers, You may want to scroll down.
*post note* There are triggers in this story for survivors of several atrocities. If the following situations trigger a PTSD response for you you may want to beware:
Death of a child
Painfully real and detailed look at living with a disturbed kidnapper.. A surprise and shocking ending. Great book that lingers in the mind days after the last page is turned.
This mystery-thriller is told as a first person narrative by a woman who was abducted. Each chapter is a one-sided session with a psychiatrist, where Annie, the abductee, does all the talking. The start was compelling, and reminded me of Room (but the start of Room was better). When the story shifted more to the aftermath of Annie's return, the novel reminded me of Prince of Tides, with lots of background on Annie's dysfunctional family (but Prince of Tides was better, with more interesting secondary characters). Unlike Room, which faded in the second half, Still Missing gets better as it shifts to a who-dunnit and post-trauma story. This is not a great novel, but it did manage to keep my interest throughout. A good reader made it easy to listen to, even the parts that were "hard to listen to." Annie calls her abductor "The Freak," and describes many rape scenes in numbing detail, so you should be aware of what you are in for before starting. The protagonist's humanity and strength made it easier to listen to those tough parts.
Yes , this story is so good and the narrator done a awesome job , it pulls you in ,and is soo good.
A little alike Gone Girl ,its done very well , but I like this story better.
Annie & the Freak ,
Yes, I finished it at home after everyone was gone to bed
its worth a credit , and very good
The performance was great. I finished this book a couple of days ago and it has still stayed with me. The writing was good and convincing.
The most memorable were the heartwrenching ones. I'd hesitate to describe any because I don't want to spoil the book.
The main character.
Yes. I actually had to Google a summary because I needed to know what happened with one particular thing. The anticipation was distressing.
I do not recommend this book for anyone who has an overabundance of empathy, particularly if you are a mother. It might have been an easier read for me prior to having my daughter.
It's strange because I regret listening to this, even though it was well written. It was just too much to listen to as a mom of a baby girl.
The look inside the experience and mind of someone who has been abducted.
Room by Emily Donahue.
Also this novel takes place on Vancouver Island involving a realtor who is abducted. There is a real life story of a realtor on Vancouver Island who was murdered at a home she was showing. That was a bit eerie.
Not in one sitting, it's pretty long. I listened to it every day though until complete!
I didn't love the ending where you find out who was responsible for the abduction. It would have been better if it was just random or if the abductor had chosen the woman at random. Makes it less sensational and more authentic.
Wow! This book was riveting; disturbing, hardbreaking, nightmare- and anguish- inducing.
I can't quite remember how I stumbled upon this book, perhaps it was recommended after I'd bought Abducted, another harrowing story of kidnapping and torture, but I'm so glad I purchased it.
I started it last night and stopped only to sleep, finishing it today. I couldn't wait to hear the whole awful story, which felt so much like a true crime story, I found myself feeling almost guilty at times for being so enthralled in Annie's journey.
I was skeptical of the author's design of using one-sided therapy sessions to relay the story, but she did it with it skill, and this allowed her to unfold the story of both the kidnapping and the aftermath through the main character's eyes. While I think it would have been fine to include the therapist's interaction, (as in The Silver Linings Playbook), doing it in a one-sided fashion emphasized the character's feeling of being all alone in her ordeal and her recovery.
This book is not for the faint of heart; if you're looking for a light read, this isn't it. It is dark and sad but ends on a hopeful note.
I liked the ending; I didn't find it to be a cliffhanger or a set up for "book 2" in the trend of trilogies, but I'd happily purchase another book by this author, especially if it were a continuation of Annie's story.
Lastly, the narration was spot-on. I've heard other books by Dawe and I didn't even recognize her voice in this one; she did a great job evoking the characters, particularly Annie. Fantastic.
It kept me interested. Looked forward to the drive to the office!
I loved her! She did a fabulous job!!
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