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Still Missing by Chevy Stevens
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Sep 13, 2012

really liked it
Read from September 12 to 13, 2012

For a first book, this is an amazing effort. From the first page, Stevens captures Annie's rage and feelings of isolation and pulls the reader in - deeply in. It's not an easy book to read, especially for a woman. Parts are just plain horrifying. But it's a story that needs to be told and one that amplifies the helplessness felt by rape victims and other women victimized by men. It's also a book about hopefulness and working through pain. The characters are extremely well-developed and very realistic. The story is told through a series of sessions Annie has with her psychiatrist - a very unique way of peeling the layers away to get at the heart of the issues. It helps explain why victims can remain victimized long after the initial incident - how hard it is for them to "put the past behind them" and to "move on with their lives". This is a very thought-provoking book, one that encourages the reader to really think about issues of victimization, healing, dysfunctional families and friendship. I highly recommend it.

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