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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.

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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published July 6th 2010 by St. Martin's Press
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Jason
Hey, I have a recommendation!

Yeah, if anyone’s looking for some really hollow characters who behave in ways that make no freaking sense, plot development that is not even remotely believable, and disastrously bad writing that’s actually kind of funny sometimes...schyea dude! Look no further, because this one has it all. In fact, it even has the bonus of a supposed “twist ending” where the author apparently mistook the word “twist” for “pulled it out of my ass because I couldn’t think of anything
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Jennifer
Mar 27, 2011 rated it did not like it
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Farrah
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Holy moly this book is so good in all the baddest ways!
I feel kinda guilty for enjoying something so dark but I have to give it five stars because, EMOTIONS.

The first half of the book follows Annie who's been kidnapped by The Freak and forced to live in a cabin on the mountains.
The things she goes through are brutal and there's more trigger warnings than I could count on both hands.
The second half shows her attempt to reclaim her life and deal with the trauma of the aftermath. Yet there is a
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Delee
Jan 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, reviewed
I am not sure why I went into reading STILL MISSING with such low expectations but I did, and boy was I pleasantly surprised! I had this book on my "to read list" for awhile, and decided to finally read it after getting a recommendation from one of my Goodreads friends (Thank you Rita).

I didn't really look at the synopsis in depth before I read it-which is unusual for me but in this case it was good that I didn't- I didn't know what I was getting into. I normally prepare myself when reading a no
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Emily May
Nov 11, 2012 rated it liked it
This is a hard book to recommend because it doesn't fit nicely into any category, some people will gush about it and others will hate it. There are many good bits that are weakened by a touch of poor writing, often weighed down by cliched phrases and the author's tendency to underestimate the reader's intelligence - like her frequent use of irony, only to then explain why that's ironic as if we couldn't get that on our own. The guy who abducts her (who she calls "The Freak") gives her a book abo ...more
Arah-Lynda
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-said
My word.

It was my youngest daughter Jamie that brought this one into the house, a mass market paperback with a badly bruised cover. I picked it up one morning on my way out to the porch to enjoy the fall air and a cuppa.

Well you know how it goes, I read the first couple of pages, or at least that was my intent. It was however, a good hundred pages later, before I came up for air. Morning had morphed into afternoon and I was suddenly chilly.

I had a family event I was expected to attend that eve
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Norma
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was my first Chevy Stevens novel that I have read and it won't be my last. I really enjoyed this one. I also liked how Annie O'Sullivan's heart wrenching year-long ordeal and aftermath was told to us via her sessions with her therapist. It was a fast-paced, quick and easy read for me which grabbed my attention from the very first Session (chapter).

I have read so many good books lately from reviews/recommendations of my friends here at Goodreads! Thank you!
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Robert
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If my mother were Lorraine O’Sullivan, I’d have shot her self-absorbed ass and fed her decomposing corpse to the coyotes, while whistling the theme to Deliverance through my missing two front teeth. Which would have presented me with one of two scenarios: either I would have been locked up so fast I wouldn’t have had time to stop whistling let alone scream for an attorney, or Clayton Falls might have thrown a parade for me on the spot, to include fire engines and penny candy and clowns and the l ...more
Erin  Black
Jan 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Erin by: Suzanne Pringle
I cried, I laughed, I felt sick, I felt anger. This novel has without a doubt won 5+ stars in my books!!! The best book I have read in a while.

The way the author told the story was compelling. If work didn’t get in the way, I would have read this book all day long. I wouldn’t have even gotten up to go to the bathroom. That’s just how good this novel was.

So many twists and turns. The author had me sitting on the edge of my seat the entire book! The character development is strong, you feel the
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Liz
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We listened to this on a long car ride. It's a very strong psychological thriller, told from the perspective of the victim talking to her psychologist after being abducted. Annie was abducted, held hostage and then escapes her captor. Stevens does a wonderful job detailing what Annie must do to survive. You feel for her every time she ratchets down her self to keep going. And I don't think I've ever read a better description of PTSD than what Stevens details. This one keeps you on the edge of yo ...more
Jennifer Masterson
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book a long time ago but for some reason I never cracked it open. So glad I finally did. Great thriller!!!
Carolyn
I recommend that you don't read this if you are a female real estate agent as it’s guaranteed to give you the creeps next time you show a house on your own. Chevy Stevens was herself working as a real estate agent when she got this terrifyingly scary idea for her first book and consequently quit her job to write it.

Annie O'Sullivan was a successful realtor on Victoria Island when she was abducted by a psychopath at the end of a house viewing and held captive for a year in an isolated mountain h
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Erin
I knew going into this that Still Missing had a big twist, so as I read it I was trying to think of what the twist could possibly be. I kept thinking about one in particlar but I figured it was too crazy and sick to actually be the twist.

Well Everyone, I was right about the twist. It was the crazy sick twist that I thought of about 50 pages in.

Still Missing is my first Chevy Stevens novel, though I've been meaning to read her novels for years. From the reviews readers either love this book or
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Krystin Rachel
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According to the review page for Still Missing, I guess you either love or hate this book???

WELL. I. FUCKING. LOVED. IT.



It was so very raw, so very honest and so very disturbing.

“I think people can be so crushed, so broken, that they'll never be anything more than a fragment of a whole person.”

In the spirit of this novel being told through sessions with a therapist, here's my personal problem: I am a mystery/thriller/horror lover and I don't really care to read anythi
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 Li'l Owl
My mind is still reeling! Chevy Stevens is a master storyteller!

“I don’t understand why you’re doing this.” My voice cracked. Damn. I had to stay calm. “Have we met before?”
He was behind me, one hand on the middle of my back, pinning me down.
“I’m sorry if I did something to offend you, David. I really am. Just tell me how I can make it up to you, okay? There has to be some way….”
I shut up and listened. I could hear small sounds behind me, could tell he was doing something back there, preparing
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Kevin
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Annie O'Sullivan, a real estate agent, sees one last potential customer at her open house and ends up abducted in the back of a van. Her year of captivity is told through her sessions with her psychiatrist. An emotional and traumatic story unfolds with Annie's captivity, her dealing with coping after that year and the search for the abductor coming out layer by layer.

A painful but compelling story!
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Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh
Jul 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of psychological suspense
Recommended to Florence (Lefty) by: Theresa
The book blurb spells it out: a young realtor abducted from an open house, held captive by a psychopath for over a year, her journey of recovery. Partly told as sessions with her shrink, how she dealt with the trauma of her captivity hooked me more than the actual abduction story. Escaping was one thing, getting her life back another. “Maybe I should put up my own flyers: Still Missing”

I bought into her character - the anger, bitterness, sense of alienation; all of it rang true. A gritty subje
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Miss Kim
Sep 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Lou
Oct 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
This story is a heart-felt chilling and engaging story of an abduction. She tells us her harrowing ordeal via her sessions with her psych doctor. It's heartbreaking at times and very real in how maybe these extreme conditions accounted for in this story insidiously alters a victims state of mind. This story is not designed to be a fast paced story but rather a well spanned out story of courage and the evil that people do. Recently winner of The Thrillfest Award 2011.

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Rachel Hall
After seeing a number of reviews for recent Chevy Stevens novels I decided to start from the beginning with her 2010 debut release, Still Missing. I confess that much of my interest arose from reading a glowing review written by Lisa Gardner, creator of the class act of Detective D.D. Warren. With promises of every page crackling with suspense, a haunting narrative, a compelling heroine and “one of the best psychopaths since Hannibal Lecter”, I had immense expectations. Disappointingly the reali ...more
Debra
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

There is a quote I want to use so badly to describe this book - but I CAN'T as it will give away the shocker of an ending. Needless to say I did NOT see THAT ENDING coming!!!!

One day real estate agent, Annie O'Sullivan is at her open house. It is at the end of the day when a man shows up. He seems harmless. His clothes are pressed and nice so he must be a nigh guy, RIGHT????? WRONG! Annie is abducted by a man who seems to know a lot about her. A man who wants Annie to live by his rules.
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Julie
Jun 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, vine, fiction
If I could give Still Missing more than 5 stars, I would. I was so spellbound upon finishing the book that I had a hard time articulating what made it so great. It was an incredibly written psychological rollercoaster that demanded my full attention and lingered long after I put it down. All that Annie went through, from her abduction, captivity, recovery and everything after were so entrancing. I enjoyed the device that the author used having Annie narrate during her sessions with her shrink. A ...more
Jennifer Lane
From the Depths of Depravity...

Thanks to my friend Mitsy for recommending this. She thought I'd like the psychology aspects: each chapter is a therapy session. The therapy format is a vehicle for heroine Annie O'Sullivan to tell her horrifying story.

Annie is 32-year-old realtor living on Vancouver Island. She has a golden retriever, a boyfriend, a bitchy mom, and a stepdad. Neither Annie nor her mother have recovered from the deaths of her sister and father in a car accident years ago.

Annie's op
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Lynda
OMG! I've just been on one of the scariest, most disturbing rides ever! What a nightmare - WOW!

Annie O’ Sullivan, a Realtor, heads out to show a house one summer afternoon. Near the close of the open house, Annie is abducted by a potential client, a stranger who drugs and transports her to a remote mountain cabin on Vancouver Island where he repeatedly beats, rapes, and terrorizes her. As the days and nights of her captivity begin to blur together, Annie is forced to conform to the whims of a ps
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Sharon
Mar 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-read
This was a fantastic read from start to finish and one that kept me up late at night as I just could not put it down.

Annie O'Sullivan is a realtor and is hosting a open house one Sunday for a German couple who are anxious to sell their house. The open house is a bit slow, but ten minutes before it ends a man turns up enquiring if he is to late. Although Annie really wants to get home she thinks what's the harm in a few extra minutes. But little does Annie know those few minutes will change her l
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✨Susan✨
This was a fantastic debut by Chevy Stevens. People have compared it to "Gone Girl" or "The Good Girl", but I thought this was twice as suspenseful as either of those. I think the main character had substance and it was easy to put myself in her possision even though, thank God, I have never had to endure anything close to her nightmare. It was interesting how the story went back and forth between her past and present, the timing was perfect and slid smoothly between the two. No whiplash. A real ...more
ivana18
May 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Annie O’Sullivan is a a 32-year-old realtor. She has a very difficult mother, a nice and understanding boyfriend, a beautiful house, a devoted dog and an amazing best friend....and all that is taken away from her one hot afternoon, while having an open house, when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she's about to leave.

He's nice and friendly and says he's interested in buying and paying in cash, plus he apparently has a dog so he's got to be nice, right? Wrong!!!!
The guy is seriously distur
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Dem
Feb 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Still Missing by Chevy Stevens.

Annie Sullivan is a realtor from Vancouver Island who at a open house viewing is abducted and bundled into a van by a man she later comes to know as the freak. She is transported to a cabin somewhere in a forest. Much of the story is then told by Annie to her therapist and we lean the horrors she physically and mentally endures in captivity and how she eventually escapes. Wanting answers as to how this could possibly happen to her Annie learns the truth of her abdu
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Bren
Nov 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommended to Bren by: book club read.
“I hate them for not being in pain like me, hate them for being able to enjoy themselves. Hate myself for feeling that way.”
― Chevy Stevens, Still Missing



3.5 stars.

This book is emotionally brutal and I had one difficult time getting through it. Yet I did enjoy it. This was a book club selection and I had been looking forward to it. I did enjoy it, just not as much as I thought I would.

SPOILERS:

I did love the set up. I like how she speaks to her therapist and the story comes out that way. What I
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CHEVY STEVENS lives on Vancouver Island with her husband and daughter. When she’s not working on her next book, she’s hiking with her two dogs on her favorite mountain trails and spending time with her family. Chevy's current obsessions are vintage airstreams, Hollywood memoirs all things mid-century modern, and stand-up comedians--not necessarily in that order.

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