by Chevy Stevens
Once in a rare while I will randomly encounter a work of fiction that I know will affect my life forever. Room is one such book, Secret Daughter is another, and Still Missing by Chevy Stevens is now on that list as well.
This is the story of Annie O’Sullivan: a 32-year-old realtor who is abducted while hosting an open house. Annie is taken to an isolated cabin by her abductor – whom she refers to as “The Freak” - where she is held captive for over a year. The reader knows, from the very beginning, that Annie survives the kidnapping because each chapter has her recounting the past to her therapist.
Still Missing isn’t just about Annie’s abduction and subsequent captivity, however, but about her survival, and her re-entry into society. And as if that didn’t make this book spectacular enough, author Chevy Stevens throws in several unexpected twists that will no doubt surprise even the most seasoned suspense lover.
Stevens handles a number of delicate subjects so honestly and realistically that one has to wonder where she pulled her remarkable insight from. The truth is it’s not easy to read some of the graphic, often horrific details of the abuse Annie endures, but in the same way it’s difficult to avert your eyes from a car crash, you simply won’t be able to stop reading this book because it is that engrossing.
Bottom Line: Still Missing is spellbinding, fascinating, touching, and shocking. Find this book. Read it. And then wish – like me - that every book you read afterwards is as engaging as this one.