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.
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.
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