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Editorial Reviews

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

Publisher's Summary

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.

Critic Reviews

"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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Loved it.

Excellent reader. Grizzly story, but I was on the edge of my seat the entire book.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Compelling Story - Great Narration

I know when you read the blurb for this book you may think "ewww, not for me". This story is told in flashbacks as Annie talks to her therapist, so the story come out is small doses and mixes with the present time and her trouble with rejoining "real" life. Her family and friends all have opinions on how she should be handling things (don't they always?). I know this sounds like a depressing book but it isn't and Annie's cynical outlook about her past & future is humorous and down to earth, she just tells it like it is.

Angela Dawe's narration is spot on and really enhanced my enjoyment of the story, she doesn't talk too slow and handles male voices well.

The story has some twists and what seems like a simple abduction, isn't. I'm still thinking about the plot and story a few days after finishing it ... which I take as the measure of good author.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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This is why I LOVE FICTION!!!!

Seems like forever since I listened to a great story. This book was very fast paced and the suspense was superb! I haven't enjoyed a book as much since Gone Girl. This was my first Chevy Stevens book and I am impressed. I got through it in only a couple of days. I actually stopped listening to another title to start this one based on a high recommendation. Glad I did. I plan to try another one of her books, but a little worried I won't like them as much as this title. Well done Chevy!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Forget Gone Girl, Girl on a Train, etc. This will

Rock your world. I don't usually like this genre, but since I had liked Room, I decided to give this a try. I sat in my car crying, I smiled, I felt shock, disbelief, you name it. This book brings out all the emotions.
I now have to go look up this author, I want to know what her background is, and most of all, I want to see what else she has written.
The narrator was excellent. Each character had an individual voice. I plan to look her up also. I look forward to listening to other books she has narrated.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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It will make you uncomfortable.

Annie is kidnapped by an obsessed psychopath. He controls everything that she does, from what she wears, to when she gets to pee. He locks her in a cabin where truly awful things occur.

I found myself jumping forward 30 seconds on several occasions because of the events that were happening. I found myself so uncomfortable during the story. The detail and the things that happen to Annie are horrific, and even when they are not explicit torture (like of a violent nature), it's still terrible.

I kept listening because I just had to know what happened in the end. No matter how uncomfortable I became, I couldn't stop listening to the book while Annie was locked in that cabin without knowing what became of it.

If you have a strong stomach for this particular style of thriller, I imagine it a fantastic book, but it was a little bit too much for me to handle. Although, when it was all over, I felt better for having made it through to the end.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • 05-19-15

Another abduction...with a twist.

This book was disturbing, intense, sad and even humorous. I read a book review that said "don't read if you are depressed" but I disagree. If you are depressed this book will make your life seem like flowers & sunshine with pixie dust sprinkled on top.

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  • Patty
  • Huntington Beach, CA
  • 04-30-15

Couldn't finish this one....

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Seriously, nothing. I couldn't get through all the bathing and shaving and "limp" penis stuff.....

What could Chevy Stevens have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Don't know....it was an agonizing read and I couldn't bear the cabin experience. Just unpleasant and slow. I seriously could not hear anymore. Perhaps those who like a "Shades of Gray" experience would like it. Just had no idea it was so graphic.

Would you be willing to try another one of Angela Dawe’s performances?

Yes.

What character would you cut from Still Missing?

Annie and David????? Was that really his name.

Any additional comments?

I would like my money back on this one! Really awful.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Susan
  • Bartonville, TX
  • 03-28-15

Madness...

This was a fantastic debut by Chevy Stevens. People have compared it to "Gone Girl" or "The Good Girl", but I thought this was twice as suspenseful as either of those. I think the main character had substance and it was easy to put myself in her possision even though, thank God, I have never had to endure anything close to her nightmare. It was interesting how the story went back and forth between her past and present, the timing was perfect and slid smoothly between the two. No whiplash. A realistic and harsh view of human nature, greed and madness. The ending was disappointing but believable, which for me is the most important aspect of a good complete story. Angela Dawe's exceptional narration brought out the personality and feelings of the distressed and struggling main character.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Edge of the Seat Thriller

Where does Still Missing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I've just finished everything I can find by Chevy Stevens and this was among the best. If you like James Patterson or Gillian Flynn, you'll probably like this. A woman goes missing, stalked and hunted by a sadistic serial killer. She fights back. We all feel that justice was served and we were entertained in the process. I'd listen to anything Stevens dishes up.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I would have listened in one sitting if possible--couldn't wait to get back to it each day.

Any additional comments?

This is not fine literature but it's a fast-paced and pretty believable thriller with lots going for it. A great summer read for those, like me, who like a bit of adrenaline with their lemonade.

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Jarring - be warned!

I almost dropped it because it was too disturbing. How was my life made better by reading such jarring material???

But by then I was interested in how it would end. I would recommend it ... with a warning.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful