Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Still Missing

Yes, two books in a row. What can I say? I'm a read-read-read-read-readin' machine.


Still Missing, by Chevy Stevens, was recommended by my sister as a fast, somewhat suspenseful read so I picked it up from the library last week and got down to business.

Good Reads' Synopsis: 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.
What I Thought: I really enjoyed this one. The story had enough twists and turns to keep me guessing and the outcome was not one that I expected whatsoever. Annie’s tale of abduction definitely held my attention and I was rooting for her to escape (duh) and felt her pain and anguish as she tried to get back to normalcy. The juxtaposition between her speaking to her psychiatrist and retelling her story was a literary device that I’m not sure was necessary but I suppose it added some interest. A good freshman effort for Stevens. Looking for a suspenseful mystery/thriller? Give this one a shot!

Rating: * * * 1/2

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