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)
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I liked part of this book, mostly the part about this woman's abduction and her will to survive with a crazy and mean captor. I also liked the premise of her telling the story to her therapist (some of my best friends are therapists). But I felt a bit cheated once the story rounded the bend ( I don't want to give away the plot here...) and began to include others. Somehow I think the neatly crafted plot became a bit unlikely and somehow lost it's cohesion. So although I wanted to give more stars, I just couldn't. However, I'm still glad I purchased this and listened all the way through. I wasn't bothered by the language choices, I felt it appropriate in context.
There are few things better than a good story well told!
The saddest thing kept running through my mind as I listened to this story…this could be real. I’m sure no one would have to strain to recall a story of a missing woman suddenly returned or rescued months or even years after some horrific abduction and imprisonment. This is that story. And what life is like in the aftermath.
The story is very effectively told in first person in the form of sessions with a ‘voice-less’ psychiatrist. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good mystery and some horror. Well worth the credit or cash.
Purchased a few books before vacation; this is one I normally wouldn't consider - so glad I did though. I LOVED it! Brought it to beach and couldn't put it down, fair skinned girl got a burn!
I listened to it every time I could, between outings with family. One section, of a near second tragedy (not giving anything away-no worries) was a bit far fetched. Aside from that I kept wondering what she would do next. Honeslty felt the kidnapper's motive, once revealed, was a bit of a cop-out for author. However, there were more good aspects to the story than bothersome.
Great idea to bring reader into therapy session and alternate with recap as you live thru the terror of her experience with her. MADE THE BOOK FOR ME! Loved the way it was told. Survivor talking with therapist... and victim's mind-set/ thought process, during ordeal.
I find it interesting that folks were turned off by language or protagonist's tone; some thought it was odd when it changed? I thought it was quite realistic that a person would come out of her situation and see the world, speak of things, differently.
And finally...I loved the end!
Side note: recommended this book to my daughter, age 15 1/2. She loves 'Criminal Minds' stories (behavioral analysis). The protagonist had to do a lot of that kind of thinking on her own just to survive. My daughter isn't an avid reader, YET! I always attempt to introduce her to books (stories) that will grab her! MAY BE THIS IS THE ONE! : ) Her 'free choice' requirement - a nice switch after other summer reading: Farenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury), among others.
Narration pleasant, a little nasal but nothing to turn you off.
About halfway through the book I wondered if there was going to be anything redeeming about this disturbing story. I found at the end there was something satisfying enough about how it gets wrapped up, and I was glad I read it. The language didn't bother me, and I found Annie's sarcasm and "humor" in general as believable in someone who has experienced serious trauma.
So if reading about destructive mental illness and resulting sadism doesn't bother you, give this one a listen.
I listened to this book because of a recommendation on the home page. It is one of the best books I have downloaded! Angela Dawe did an excellent job with the narration. Chevy Stevens wrote a story so real, it pulled me in and I could not wait until my drive to and from work, so I could continue to listen! Telling the story in Anna's voice as she talked to her therapist was a great way to present her struggles without making the subject matter too hard to handle. The fact that she is talking in past tense allows the reader to know she is safe while they follow her through her healing journey. This is a roller coaster ride worth taking, I strongly recommend this book!
I was held captive (no pun intended) from beginning to end. I had to keep telling myself it was a "story" the whole way through. A few things bothered me though. I can't imagine that a woman who had had this happen to her would go jogging alone all the time, and the ending just never quite rang true with me. Still and all, I listened to it twice back to back--gut wrenching story.
Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?
This is a painful story of betrayal, rape, murder and deranged people. Well written and really well read, I recommend it, provided you can handle emotional roller coasters.
I hope the author doesn't take long to send out another book! I couldn't stop listening! The 'sessions' is a great, unique way to tell this story.
Very much enjoyed this book! I listen while I commute and clean house....bet I've got the cleanest house on the block since I did not want to stop listening to the book. Hope this author is able to write another book this good.
The main character, Anne, is kidnapped, imprisoned and tortured by psychopathic, over-the-top control freak. I like the story's viewpoint as it was told by Anne to her therapist as she worked through what had happened to her. It is the ending that makes this story exceptional. I got a tiny glimpse at the potential ending about midway through, but it was too fantastic to be considered. You won't see the ending coming unless you are a suspicious type like me. But my suspicion was flitting, because it was too fantastical, too much for my brain to process any further than a mere thought.... by the way, "the sessions" delineates the chapters in this novel.
Also the process of the storyline is different. I've read stories of kidnappings of women and it's mostly about the police trying to find them. This story is all about Anne from beginning to end, and how she was able to help herself. Fantastic twists and turns....
This story could make you very uncomfortable because of what is happening to Anne, and yet the author leave just enough room for your mind to imagine the parts that are too hard to be put into words. If you are looking for a change of pace from another genre, then you might find this interest-holding story enough to provide a break.
Angela Dawe did an exceptional job narrating this one.
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