Monday, 21 February 2011

Book ~ "Still Missing" (2010) Chevy Stevens

From Amazon ~ On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a 32-year-old realtor, had three goals—sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she's about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all.

Interwoven with the story of the year Annie spent as the captive of a psychopath in a remote mountain cabin, which unfolds through sessions with her psychiatrist, is a second narrative recounting events following her escape—her struggle to piece her shattered life back together and the ongoing police investigation into the identity of her captor.

Still Missing is that rare debut find--a shocking, visceral, brutal and beautifully crafted debut novel.

There are two stories that interwine back and forth throughout the book. One tells Annie's story of how she was kidnapped and the year she spent with "The Freak". He was definitely a nutbar!

The second story is how she tried to get her life back afterward. There are narratives when she is visiting with her shrink. In addition, it's her day-to-day life, interacting with her dog, family, friends and former fiance.

I enjoyed this book, though it's not a happy story. I liked the writing style and found that it moved along at a good pace. The ending surprised me and I bought it.

Excellent job by a first time author ... I'll keep an eye out for her in the future.

1 comment:

Cindy said...

That sounds like a fascinating read, I think I would like that, too.
Hugs, Cindy