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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Review - Still Missing by Chevy Stevens

I think I am one of the last to read this book (in the book reading planet that is) and if I hadn't got it I really would have kicked myself. For my good luck the sister library to what I use had it and they got it down for me. I finished the book in one go - grudgingly taking time out to cook dinner for my brother who came to visit and hoping he would go soon so that I could get back to my book!!!

The book was for me un putdownable. Annie a realtor is 32 and her career is just beginning to take off really well. She has a wonderful dog called Emma and a boyfriend Luke. She has her own house which she loves, a job she loves and is content with her life.

During an open house day her life changes when a psychotic man abducts her and decides that she is the woman for him.

This was the easy part of the book to understand. The harrowing part follows. One
can imagine after reading the blurb what is going to follow. Repeated rape, brutality, force, the mind games that a psychotic would play. Yes that was par for the course.

The story narrated in the first person was perfectly done. It was as if you were actually present in the psychiatrist's room or in the police interrogation room where Annie was relating her story. Simple language, simply spoken.

The media hype, the insensitiveness of the media and the glorifying of gory and potentially harmful stories by the media is another highlight of this book. The media obviously acts this way because this is what sells. It also highlights dysfunctional families and shows the hidden depths of depravity that people would go to, to satisfy greed - both of the ego and of finance. In both these instances Annie is a victim.

The book was appalling, fascinating, gory, and beautiful all in one go. A must read for anyone wanting a fast paced thriller/mystery rolled into one. It did not scare me but it may scare some.

I loved this book!!! Thank you Carnegie library for getting this down for me so soon.


  1. this sounds really disturbing but intriguing. i'll have to check it out!

  2. seems like a gripping read ,may be not one I would look at usually but if I see it in library may pick it up all the best stu

  3. I've been putting this one off even though the reviews have been good. Glad u liked it.

  4. Mystica -
    No your not the last to read this book... its sitting and at me on the shelf. It is now calling my name....

    I am so glad you liked it, which is hopeful for when I get around to reading it.

  5. never heard of this book but i love the cover and it sounds great :)

  6. This sounds like a book I would love! I wish I could get it read for Halloween, but doubt I will.

  7. Yay, I'm so glad you enjoyed this book! I did too.

  8. I liked this book in the end. It just took me a long time to care for the main character because when you first meet her, she's already messed up and hard to like, understandably so.

  9. I am now the last person on the planet who hasn't read this one but I do have it on my list!