Saturday, April 17, 2010

STILL MISSING

Author: Chevy Stevens
Genre: Thriller, Standalone
Published: 2010
Personal Rating: 4.75/5 (better than excellent)
Yearly Count: 33


From inside the ARC:

On the day she was abducted, Annie Sullivan, a thirty-two-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.


But nothing could be further from the truth.



Through sessions with her psychiatrist, Annie retells the terrifying story of the year she spent captive in a remote cabin. Interwoven is a narrative recounting the aftermath of her escape and her struggle to piece her life back together.


The truth doesn't always set you free.


This is a day to celebrate!!! Still Missing is the first book of the year 2010 that goes on my "Best Reads" list. What a fantastic book! HOORAY!

This is Chevy Stevens debut novel and what a doozy it is! The only reason it did not receive a 5/5 from me was due to one scene. The scene was an important one, and I thought it came just too easily. Other than that - it was authentic, compelling and visceral to only name a few adjectives.

Still Missing included many characters that had their specific roles, and I loved (or hated) every one of them. One of my favorite aspects of the book was the way in which Annie talked to her "Doc" during her sessions. This was the method in which we hear about Annie's year of captivity. She completely captivated me - I felt it all. And, I loved it all!

I'm delighted to have discovered that Chevy Stevens has a new book coming out in July, 2011 titled Never Knowing. Can. Not. Wait.






Many, many heartfelt thanks go to St. Martin's Press and Shelf Awareness for sending me this ARC. Still Missing is scheduled to be released on July 6, 2010.

13 comments:

  1. Wow! I just got that book, so I'm really excited to see it's that good.

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  2. Joy, I'm looking forward to reading this book too. It sounds really thrilling.

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  3. This one arrived in the mail last week...now you have me wanting to tear through my tour books so I can get to this one immediately!!!!

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  4. Yay, I'm so excited to read this!! I have it, but have so many others I need to read first!

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  5. YAY...so glad u enjoyed this one. I hope to read it soon. Thanks for getting me excited about this book.

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  6. This sounds very intriguing! Adding to TBR, thanks for the review!

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  7. I love to see you so enthusiastic about a book. I've added this to my to-read list.

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  8. I found your blog today. Great review - thanks.
    Ann
    Ann Summerville
    Cozy In Texas

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  9. Hooray!! This sounds like a winner and I got a copy in the mail last week, too. Moving it to the top of my stack(s). :)

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  10. Glad to hear that this was a winner for you. I love when that happens. I'm not sure that this one is for me as it sounds a bit gritty and terrifying to me!

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  11. This sounds great!! Right up my alley. Unfortunately, neither of my libraries even has it on the "on-order" list. I'll keep checking though, because it sounds so good.

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  12. Wow, sounds great! And terrifying, reading it will probably involve some disturbing dreams!

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  13. Bermudaonion ~ I really enjoyed it. I'm sure it's not for everybody.

    Kay ~ I thought Chevy Stevens did a fabulous job of placing us in Annie's predicament.

    Staci ~ It was a pure visceral experience for me.

    Jenny ~ I couldn't wait. I read it a day or so after I got it. :)

    Diane ~ I hope you like it.

    Christa ~ If you like thrillers, then this one is for you.

    Alisonwonderland ~ And, I love to be enthusiastic about a book! Would love for it to happen more often. :)

    Cozy in Texas ~ Welcome! Stop by anytime. :)

    Les ~ Oh good! I look forward to your thoughts. Hurry, hurry!

    Bonnie ~ I think you are right, Bonnie. I don't think you'd enjoy it.

    Suzi ~ I loved it and hope you get your hands on a copy soon.

    Joanna ~ It didn't affect me in that way, but I could see how it could. The psychological impact was portrayed extremely well.

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