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Book Review and GIVEAWAY – Still Missing by Chevy Stevens

Still Missing
by Chevy Stevens [website]
352 pages
Published July 6, 2010
St. Martin’s Press
Mystery/Thriller

I was really excited to read Still Missing by Chevy Stevens. All I knew is that you get the story doled out to you while the main character is talking to her therapist. I was sold.

Annie, a real estate agent, is closing down her open house when someone pulls up and wants to take a look inside the house she’s showing. This man abducts her and takes her to a remote cabin where he holds her hostage, rapes her, and terrorizes her. The reader is doled out the story as Annie goes to therapy sessions, so you know she escaped or was released, but how that happened you won’t know until Annie gets to that part of the story with her therapist. Parallel to this, Annie is also dealing with the investigation that’s going on. She didn’t know who her captor was, where she was being held, or why she was abducted.

I couldn’t put this book down.

Could.

Not.

Put.

It.

Down.

Still Missing is such an engrossing book that I found myself up late at night wanting to read one more chapter. I love books that suck me in and won’t let me go until the last page, which this book definitely did.

I sympathized with Annie most of the time, but was put off by her attitude towards her therapist. I imagine that to get through something as horrific as an abduction and rape, you have to shut a part of yourself off, but her attitude was still grating:

But don’t get me wrong, just because you look like someone’s grandmother — you should be knitting, not taking notes — doesn’t mean I like being here. And telling me to call you Nadine? Not sure what that’s all about, but let me guess, I have your first name, so now I’m supposed to feel like we’re buddies and it’s okay for me to tell you stuff I don’t want to remember, let alone talk about? Sorry, I’m not paying you to be my friend, so if it’s all the same to you I’ll just stick with Doc.

And while we’re getting shit straight here, let’s lay down some ground rules before we start this joyride. If we’re going to do this, it’s going to be done my way. That means no questions from you. Not even one sneaky little “How did that make you fell when…” I’ll tell the story from the beginning, and when I’m interested in hearing what you have to say, I’ll let you know.

Annie loses a little of that chip on her shoulder as the book progresses, and I know why she’s so bitter and angry, but this attitude didn’t do anything to endear me to her in the beginning.

This is a very plot driven novel, as many mystery/thriller/suspense books are. I liked the pace with which the plot progressed, and I especially liked the WTF twist that the plot took towards the end. It wasn’t something I was expecting, and while it was a little out there in the believability realm, it was actually something that I could see happening.

When Annie escapes from her abductor and there’s an ongoing investigation, Annie naturally becomes attracted to one of the investigators on her case. I was disappointed that the author let them strike up a…rendezvous. I know these things happen, but I was hoping for a little more moral fiber from the investigator (even though my heart was like Heck yes! Get it on!).

Still Missing is an extremely impressive debut, and I look forward to Chevy Stevens’ next book (who I hope can write FAST).

Rating: 92 for plot, 85 for characters and how I felt about them, so…88.5.

Chevy Stevens’ website: www.chevystevens.com.

I’ve got FIVE copies of Still Missing to giveaway! Just leave a comment telling me your favorite mystery/suspense/thriller book, and you’re entered to win! Contest closes on Saturday, August 5th at 11:59pm PST. Contest is open worldwide.

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67 Responses to “Book Review and GIVEAWAY – Still Missing by Chevy Stevens”

  1. Amy H

    I have to sort of go off task here and tell you about the trilogy I can not get out of my head. It is sci-fi thriller more or less. It is the rifter series by Peter Watts (1999): Starfish, Maelstrom and Behemoth.
    These stories still haunt me for the apocalyptic nature, true-ness of mans ability to ruin everything in the name of the greater good, and the height to which we can incorporate technology into our human bodies. Haunting, thrilling and still with me!
    Really amazing stuff.

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  2. adrienne ()

    My favorite recent suspense (-slash-horror, I suppose) is Joe Hill’s Heart-Shaped Box. He had me looking over my shoulders as I read at night. Good stuff!

    This book looks crazy interesting to me. Even if I don’t win a copy, it’s in the TBR stack. 🙂

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  3. Marie ()

    I love mysteries and have many favourites. I read “Missing Witness” by Gordon Campbell some time ago and loved it. It might not be my absolute favourite, but I think it deserves more readers. I’d highly recommended it.

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  4. Lori L

    Oh man, naming one favorite of anything has always been an impossible task for me. I’m going to say Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.

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  5. Christa

    I think right now my favorite mystery/thriller/suspense book is Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s The Shadow of the Wind. I could not put that book down once I actually started reading it.

    I think this book sounds really interesting because of the way it’s told. I definitely want to read this some time!

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  6. Lisa

    I don’t know that I can name one particular thriller that I most love–perhaps a John LeCarre spy thriller or something by Laura Lippman. I do enjoy them but maybe they don’t stay as well with me because I rip through them so quickly!

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  7. Lenore ()

    Not entering since I’ve already read this, just wanted to say I could not put it down either! And the story sticks with you too.

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  8. Helen ()

    I love mysteries! Laurie King, Faye Kellerman, Sue Grafton, John Grisham…all favorites

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  9. Audra

    Oh, this sounds divine! I’d love to be entered in the drawing. As for my favorite thriller/mystery, I have to go with Daphne DuMaurier’s REBECCA. Such an amazing book. If I have to pick something a little more contemporary, I think Sarah Dunnant’s MAPPING THE EDGE would be my choice. Six years later and it still sticks with me!!

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  10. Daniela

    this sounds like a really great read. great review.

    my personal favorite mystery book (of the ones i’ve read in 2010) would have to be The Alienist by Caleb Carr.

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  11. Alicia ()

    I really love Wendy Corsi Staub…..any book by her and I’m sold!

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  12. Natalie @ Cofee and a Book Chick

    Oh, my — pick one favorite thriller/mystery?! Holy mother of pearl… okay, let me see — I could go with Dracula, Bram Stoker, I could not put that one down! A contemporary author — Tess Gerritsen? I can’t pick!

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  13. Jenny ()

    I felt the same way about her attitude toward the therapist! I didn’t care for the ending b/c I thought it was unbelievable… though I get that I could still see it happening in real life. One of those “truth is stranger than fiction” things so it’s ironic that it didn’t work for me in the book, lol

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  14. zibilee

    No need to enter me in this giveaway, as I have this book on my shelf, but I really did like your review and think that although this book sounds sort of hair-raising, I am sure it will be a winner for me too. I love books that you can’t put down, they are the books I live for!! Thanks for your thoughts on this one. I will have to let you know what I think after I read it.

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  15. sarah pekkanen

    I’d love to win this one! Lately I’m into the Lee Child series with Jack Reacher as the main character, so any of them!

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  16. Ivy Pittman ()

    One of my favorites – Drawn in Blood by Andre Kane.

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  17. Misha ()

    My favorite mystery is fatal inversion by barbara vine!
    Please enter me . thank you

    Misha
    mishamary@gmail.com

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  18. karenk

    i enjoy reading suspense by tess gerritsen 🙂

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  19. Meg

    I’m more of a truth is stranger reader, preferring nonfiction, so I guess my favorite mystery would be in the lines of In Cold Blood or something like that. I have this book on my list to read though. It sounds great.

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  20. Lisa Richardson

    Not sure if it’s technically classified a mystery, but 19 Minutes by Jodi Picoult will stay one of my all time favorite reads. Not a happy story, but a great piece of work. Another favorite author of mysteries is Erin Hart, who I think is just now releasing her 3rd, which I have to find!

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  21. Patsy Hagen

    My favorite mystery/suspence/thriller book is a series. It’s the Eve Duncan series by Iris Johansen. I just finished the latest one “Eight Days To Live” and I loved it. Now I am anxiously waiting for the next book.
    mom1248(at)att(dot)net

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  22. JenM

    I don’t read that many mysteries, but I loved The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

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  23. Liz Cohen ()

    One of the best of these types of books I’ve ever read was Tell No One, a Harlan Coban book. Many of his books are top-notch. Also, Tania French’s very first book — don’t recall the name but it was terrific.

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  24. Kelley

    wow that sounds like a good one! I have read a lot of traditional type mysteries – the Faye Kellerman and the Sue Grafton but over the last few years I have moved on from that to all types of books. I guess one that I have read lately that was a mystery (kind of??) would be The Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrich. I hope I get picked!!

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  25. Sheila DeChantal ()

    Favorite? Oh that is hard. The one that comes to mind right now is Shutter Island by Dennis Lehayne (BOOK – not the movie…. not impressed witht he movie)

    I have to try to get this book as I have been told that it is a perfect read for me while I am at the cabin….. I am so interested in what that means! LOL

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  26. yoyokro ()

    I would have to say The Testament by John Grisham. Came out in ’99, but it’s definitely my favorite of all his books. It’s a bit different than the typical Grisham, which is probably why I enjoyed it so much.

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  27. diana

    mercy by david lindsey…also a cold mind…he truly doesn’t have the audience he deserves!

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  28. Kirsten

    My favorite mystery is Gaudy Night, by Dorothy Sayers.

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  29. Terri

    There are a few. I love Jonathan Kellerman’s books with Alex Delaware. I have also recently read a few books by Linwood Barclay. Wow, the twists and turns in No Time to Say Goodbye. This sounds good too.

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  30. Ginny

    I have to pick the classic “An American Tragedy” by Theordore Dreiser, a compelling read. A sort of non-fiction novel that gripped me early on was Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood.” I went through a long Stephen King and Dean Koontz period. This year I’ve enjoyed Laura Lippman, Kate Wilhelm, Michelle Richmond, and Sophie Hannah and Katrina Kittle.

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  31. Brittany Reed

    i liked Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. Not exactly a thriller, but I loved the science nerd character. (because i am one too)

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  32. Ryan ()

    Sounds like a book that could keep my interst so thanks for the review and the giveaway.

    My favorite mystery is And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, who is my favorite author. My faovirte non Agatha Christie would be In the Woods by Tana French.

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  33. Beth T.

    My favorite mystery is a “Still Life”, by Louise Penny. Really, any of her mysteries are exquisite–beautifully written, complex, compelling, and intriguing. But it’s best to begin with the beginning, and that is Still Life.

    For a thriller, I echo Stephen King in saying that Meg Gardiner’s China Lake is top notch. I believe he likened it to a wild roller coaster ride. Hang on and enjoy the ride.

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  34. Laura @ I'm Booking It ()

    Pick me, pick me! I really like the sound of this one.

    My favorite mystery writer is Laurie R. King, her Mary Russell books in particular.

    A recent (new) favorite mystery is The Language of Trees by Ilie Ruby, which I discovered thanks to you :-).

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  35. enyl

    Still Missing is in the top ten of mt tbr list.

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  36. Christine W ()

    I would really, really love to win this book. Right now my favorite thriller book is A Time To Kill by John Grisham.

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  37. Andrea

    Nice mystery fiction – Uncivil Seasons by Michael Malone

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  38. MARY

    Great book-I don’t run into books that keep me reading through the night, but this one did! I’m looking forward to reading more by Chevy Stevens.

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  39. Jennygirl

    I can’t think of any right now! Is that bad, or ust my faulty memory?
    The Potter books always kept me on the edge of my seat, but they are not mystery/thrillers.
    This sounds good and even though Annie would work my nerves too, I still want to read it. Good rating, also 😉

    Oh wait just thought of an author Steve Berry, The Amber Room was excellent! I have read a few of his, and they were all pretty good.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  40. S. Krishna ()

    I have this one to read and definitely am moving it up in the pile after reading your review. No need to enter me!

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  41. Susan

    This book sounds really interesting. As for favourite mystery/suspense/thriller, I really liked A Dark-Adapted Eye by Barbara Vine. I also loved all of Dennis Lehane’s Patrick Kenzie books and Chelsea Cain’s Heartsick/Sweetheart/Evil at Heart series.

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  42. Word Lily ()

    I can never pick a favorite of anything! I’ve been really digging Sibella Giorello’s thrillers lately (I’ve read all 3 this year), but Dorothy Sayers’ Peter Wimsey series is one of my all-time favorites.

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  43. Michelle ()

    I loved “Serena” by Ron Rash. It was the first book I’d read in a long time that I couldn’t put down (ie. reading it while stirring the spaghetti for dinner). It was incredibly suspenseful, and it changed my idea of the types of books I love to read…I’m completely into the “psychological” sub-genre of fiction now. Thanks for providing this giveaway, Trish )

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  44. Whitney

    I would have to say my favorite is Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruis Zafon- I couldn’t put it down-even stood in line for breakfast reading it when I was with my family instead of talking to them :)- I recommend it to everyone who I know is a reader.

    Looking forward to reading Still Missing!

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  45. Jennifer-Girls Gone Reading ()

    I don’t know if it is exactly suspense/mystery because it goes over so many genres, but I love Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s work.

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  46. Lalagonca ()

    My favorite mistery book is ‘Moonstone’ by Wilkie Collins 🙂

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  47. Marjorie

    One of my favourite mystery books is Still Life by Joy Fielding.
    I would love to win this book.

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  48. Eliza ()

    Thomas Harris’s ‘Red Dragon’ is my all-time favorite thriller. So well done.

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  49. Shannon Lind

    I’ve recently discovered Carol Goodman and I’m enjoying Arcadia Falls right now.

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  50. Elizabeth ()

    My two recent favorites are Tana French’s In the Woods and The Likeness. I also enjoyed Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn, as I thought Stephen King summed it up perfectly by calling it an “admirably nasty piece of work.”

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  51. Allison

    My favorite is And Then There Where None.

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  52. Autumn ()

    I have to pick just one book? The Alienist by Caleb Carr. After that anything by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.

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  53. Nancye Davis

    I really like the Stieg Larsson books.

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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  54. Nancye Davis

    test

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  55. Erica ()

    my favorite is in the woods. hands down.

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  56. Melody

    Tana French’s and Mo Hayder’s are my all time favourites!

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  57. Michele@A Reader's Respite ()

    The Steig Larsson books and the Tana French novels are my favorites these days!

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  58. Kat

    I can’t believe you’re giving this book away! I’ve been eyeing it up at the local book store for the last week or so, but buying new hardcover books does not bode well with saving up to buy our first home, haha. So this contest is a ridiculously serendipitous stroke of luck.
    Trying to choose a definitive favourite mystery/suspense/thriller is nearly impossible for me; I love horror and mystery novels in general. But one of the last books I perused that I really liked was Dark Places by Gillian Flynn – http://www.amazon.ca/Dark-Places-Novel-Gillian-Flynn/dp/0307341577/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1280817936&sr=8-1 Great writing, fantastically dysfunctional characters, and plot twists a-plenty, all revolving around a truly bizarre mystery. The protagonist, Libby Day, is complicated and oddly endearing – you’re really set up to despise her, but somehow, without your knowing, you find yourself loving her and truly rooting for her. There are some fantastic, uber-sneaky parallels (one of my favourite things from those long ago English 12 classes) and it’s one of the few books that I literally had no idea how it was going to conclude – and when it did, it came together perfectly without any cheap foils. It was just one of those enjoyable, pleasure-to-read, wish-it-wouldn’t-end books.

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  59. Lee

    My favorite mysteries so far ar e Tania French’s, she just gets better and better. Still Missing sounds like my cup of tea, thanks for the review.

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  60. Krista ()

    I recently read Rebecca after a friend recommended that I read it for years. I, too, couldn’t put it down, and I would have to say it’s now easily one of my favorite more classic suspense novels. The ending — be still my heart!

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  61. Beth ()

    I love all Agatha Christies, but my all time favorite was Dean Koontz’s Lightening! SO fabulous!!

    bethsbookreviewblog2 AT gmail DOT com

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  62. Tif ()

    I’m sure someone has already mentioned this, but does the contest end today the 5th or Saturday the 7th? Either way, I’m hoping I’m still in time!! I’ve heard really good things about this one!!

    My favorite suspense of all time . . . I’ve always loved All Around the Town by Mary Higgins Clark, but don’t read much of her’s anymore! Another one that comes to mind is more psychological (which I LOVE) . . . False Memory by Dean Koontz! I really could name a couple more, but I will leave it at that!

    Thanks!!

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  63. Debbie F ()

    I love mysteries! My favorite is by JD Robb – In Death series. Eve and Roarke are wonderful together! Great books. Thanks!

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  64. JHS ()

    I think my favorite still has to be “The Firm.” I remember reading it & the tension building, building, building . . . I just couldn’t put it down until I finished it!

    JHS
    Colloquium

    jhsmail at comcast dot net

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  65. Amy ()

    It’s difficult to choose one favorite thriller/mystery/suspense. I love several for different reasons. “Rebecca” by Daphne DuMaurier, “Still Life” by Louise Penny, “Presumed Innocent” by Scott Turow and “The Way Home” by George Pelecanos.

    “Still Missing” sounds like a captivating story that’s hard to put down. I love these kind of books. Your review is great, thank you. If I don’t win your giveaway, I’ll be buying this book soon.

    Thank you!
    ~ Amy
    Aimala127 AT gmail DOT com

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  66. melanie

    I totally agree – she was so snarky (understandably) that I had a hard time with “liking” her. What a great page-turner and total blindside ending. Don’t enter me in the drawing just wanted to say great review, girlfriend.

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  67. Romance Books Online

    I gotta read this book! From what you have posted here, it seems like its one of those books that you just can’t put down! Thanks for your post!

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