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)
Chevy Stevens has been widely praised for this, her first book. The praise is justified. The narrator also does a fine job. However, what they both do is to portray a singularly horrible event which is very hard to hear. The protagonist, Anne, is kidnapped, imprisoned and tortured by an over-the-top control freak, a truly loony and scary psychopath who controls Anne's every breath. The atmosphere is so claustrophobic and so frightening that the book is not for the squeamish, and I find myself to be one of those, a little surprisingly to me. I love a good murder mystery, but this is not that. The details are authoritative and the story so well told that it turns your stomach. If you can stand the heat, fine, but for the rest of us, better that we stay out of this particular kitchen.
This audiobook absolutely hooked me in & kept me interested all the way through. The twists & turns were completely unanticipated and so well done for a first time author! I would have thought she'd written many, many suspenseful books after reading this one. The delivery was also very creative, being told in therapy sessions...very nice. The narrator was excellent, too. I just can't say enough about this book-it stayed with me for days!
This was my first "book on tape". I downloaded this book to my IPOD the night before a family vacation. I thought as I was downloading..."how will I ever get into a book that someone else is reading aloud to me??" I couldn't turn off my IPOD. I found myself wanting to just sit and listen to find out what happened next! I loved the story line and will be looking for similar books by the same author and/or narrator! Great first time experience!!
Once you are plugged in to this one, you can't get unplugged...and once you are done, you hope for more, if not from Annie, at least from this great new author.
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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.
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So apparently Chevy Stevens had gotten wide acclaim for this, her first book and I can definitely see why. The actual writing was 'ok' to be honest and there are moments in the book where I find myself getting annoyed with the main character 'Annie O’Sullivan' herself. Clearly I am not a young woman who has never been abducted but let’s just say I doubt I would have made with some of the decisions she made. I actually enjoyed how the story was done... from the vantage point of therapy sessions. You can see how she has somewhat of a mental breakdown through the therapy sessions as she works through certain aspects of what happened. The thing though that made this book stand out was the ending... All I can say is that I did NOT see that coming....
Angela Dawe did an exceptional job to be honest. She was able to portray that 'unfurling from at ends' feeling whilst listening to the book which was actually quite fitting for this book.
Initially while writing this review I was on the fence about this book to be honest but thinking back now.... the good outweighs the bad. I am not going to say this was some work of art however it was interesting and that twist! That ending twist was truly something.
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.
Couldn't stop listening, it was a great thriller. One word of caution: terrible language! F-word throughout the whole book! Too bad. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who is sensitive to that. (Also, it describes a rape in detail.)
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