Our main character is 32 year-old Annie O'Sullivan, a successful realtor with a cute dog, beautiful house, and perfect boyfriend. Until she's abducted from one of her open houses and held captive in a mountain cabin for over a year. She's beaten, raped, and virtually made into her kidnapper's wife...and eventually the mother of his child. He rules over her entire being, slowly ripping away any part of her former self, until Annie really has no idea who she is.
Annie survives her year in the mountains, but definitely has severe PTSD. Working with her therapist, she begins to open up and start to live again, though it takes a lot of relapses and heartache along the way. You'll hurt for Annie as she regresses after a breakthrough and you'll cheer for her once the walls start to fall.
We learn of Annie's ordeal through her sessions with her therapist, as a one-sided conversation. This style of voice was a bit unusual to me and took some getting used to, but once I got into Stevens' story, I was hooked. No need to for excessive dialogue exchanges or description. This was Annie's story and she told it. Plain and simple.
By no means an easy story to read or for the faint-hearted, Still Missing is definitely gripping and suspenseful, but in a sad, gritty way. I kept going back to headlines of Jaycee Dugard, wondering if this was what her world was like for so many years. I think that made the connection to Annie even stronger and made me want to cheer for her even harder.
Overall rating: 4 out of 5
Chevy Stevens' debut...I'm totally sold on this author!
St. Martin's Press
Review copy received from publisher
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