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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. Interwoven with th ...more
Kindle Edition, 411 pages
Published July 6th 2010
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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  ·  review of another edition
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Farrah
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Debbie
This was literally a book I had difficulty putting down! I was on the edge of my seat throughout the book! After reading this, you would never want to be a real estate agent. I highly recommend this book for lovers of suspense-thriller stories! Two thumbs up!
Debra
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Kevin
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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 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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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.”

HOLY SHIT did this book ever GO THERE. Chevy Stevens doesn't mess around. The main character, Annie O'Sullivan, is going to be abducted. She's going to be held hostage, her life
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Miss Kim
Sep 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh
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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Sandra Hoover
Aug 07, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Still Missing is my third book by Chevy Stevens (and her debut novel) having read an arc of Dark Roads and Never Let You Go both of which I loved. I needed to know if this author is the real deal. Can she deliver over and over? As a reader, I'm ecstatic to say Stevens is the real deal! Now three books into her catalog of work, and I have no qualms about saying she's now an aut0-buy author for me. I can't wait to work my way through all her titles.

Still Missing is the story of Annie Sullivan, a t
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Lou
Oct 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 (not currently receiving notifications) 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
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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Julie
Jun 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, fiction, vine
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
Roxane
May 20, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this in one sitting last night, so Stevens definitely knows how to tell a story and hold the reader's attention. The narrative frame is maddening. As an aside, what is with all the terrible narrative frames in fiction these days? Just tell the story. You rarely need a frame, and in this novel, the frame of a woman talking to a therapist, who we never see or hear from, falls apart, mid-novel. Then the "twist" is so weakly explained that it all becomes ludicrous. Annie is a great character ...more
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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✨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
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Ashley's review:

Still Missing by Chevy Stevens is my go to recommendation for mystery/thriller readers. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book. A ***** star review for sure from me. One of the things I always tell people is about my daughter. She is/was not really a reader. Every summer I would tell her that she has to read at least one book. I gave her Still Missing and told her this book is about a realtor that gets kidnapped at her ope
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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, and all things mid-century modern.

Chevy's debut novel, STILL MISSING, was a New York Times bestseller and won the Inter
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In the debut psychological thriller Still Missing, a survivor returns to normal life after a year of torture in a lunatic's mountain cabin.
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