Still Missing: A Novel (Paperback)

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July 2010 Indie Next List


“I read this debut novel in two sleepless nights and found it simply gripping from the very first page, and truly chilling in its verisimilitude. As the main character Annie revisits the tale of her abduction and captivity at the hands of a deeply disturbed (and disturbing) man, it eventually becomes clear that, despite having won her freedom, her ordeal is far from over. This is surely an author to look out for!”
— Whitney Spotts, Schuler Books & Music, Lansing, MI

Description


"Pulsates with suspense . . . jaw dropping . . . enthralling." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

On the day she was abducted, Annie O'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.

"Will have you glued to the page."—People magazine

Interwoven with the story of the year Annie spent captive in a remote mountain cabin—which unfolds through sessions with her psychiatrist—is the second narrative recounting the nightmare that follows her escape: her struggle to piece her shattered life back together, the ongoing police investigation into the identity of her captor, and the disturbing sense that things are far from over…in Still Missing.

"Explosively frightening…Chevy Stevens is sure to rock lovers of the thriller genre." —USA Today

About the Author


Chevy Stevens is the author of Still Missing and Never Knowing. Before becoming a writer, she worked as a realtor. When she held open houses, she had a lot of time waiting by herself between potential buyers, and Stevens would spend this time scaring herself with all the things that could happen to her. The most terrifying scenario she thought up became the story behind Still Missing. Stevens grew up on a ranch on Vancouver Island, and she still calls the island home. When she’s not writing, she’s hiking with her husband and her dog in the local mountains.

Praise For…


“An astonishingly well-crafted debut novel…will have you spellbound from the fi rst page until long after you close the book.” —Karin Slaughter, New York Times bestselling author of Unseen

Still Missing runs deeper than the chills it delivers, the surprises it holds, and the resilience of its main character. Ms. Stevens makes Annie a strong, smart woman who won't stop fighting to regain her sanity and equilibrium.She can't come back until she knows why she was taken away.” —Janet Maslin, The New York Times

“Crackling with suspense, this debut thriller stars Annie O'Sullivan, a young realtor who recounts her year-long ordeal as a captive of a rapist she calls simply ‘The Freak.' Her imprisonment, escape, and fraught reentry into ordinary life will have you glued to the page.” —People magazine

“This debut novel has the power to shock and awe with its explosively frightening premise about a woman who is kidnapped by a stranger and held against her will for more than a year…This is one scary novel with a new twist on the classic kidnap and conspiracy story. Still Missing by Vancouver Island native and resident Chevy Stevens is sure to rock lovers of the thriller genre.” —USA Today

Still Missing isn't just a gripping mystery about a woman's abduction, it's a story about her hard-fought return--to self, to independence, to life. Frank, fierce, and sometimes even funny, this is a dark tale pinpricked with light--and told by an unforgettable heroine.” —Gillian Flynn, New York Times bestselling author of Gone Girl

“Grim and unsettling, Still Missing is a fast-paced read that is utterly absorbing.” —Kathy Reichs, New York Times bestselling author of Bones of the Lost

“Chevy Stevens's Still Missing is a compelling, unputdownable thrill ride of a debut. The twists are so treacherous and unexpected, you'll need a neck brace by the time you finish.” —Linda Castillo, New York Times bestselling author of Her Last Breath

“Stevens's blistering debut follows a kidnap victim from her abduction to her escape--and the even more horrifying nightmare that follows…A grueling, gripping demonstration of melodrama's darker side.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Author praise of this highly touted debut includes comparisons to Karin Slaughter and Lisa Gardner, and those authors' fans will like this thriller. While this may be a stretch, the ‘what-would-I-do' aspect of the reading experience may make this a match for some Jodi Picoult readers as well. Highly recommended.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“This may be Stevens's debut novel, but it sure doesn't read like a first book. In fact, it's a knockout, a psychological thriller that pulls no punches and has a title that couldn't be more apt. Relentless and disturbing, Stevens's dark, mesmerizing character study follows a twisted path from victimhood toward self-empowerment. Sure to leave readers looking over their shoulders for a smiling stranger.” —Booklist (starred review)

“Engrossing, terrifying, and ultimately full of girl-kick-ass, Still Missing will suck you in from page one.” —Chelsea Cain, New York Times bestselling author of Let Me Go

“Simply terrifying.” —Erica Spindler, New York Times bestselling author of Justice for Sara

“Carefully and claustrophobically, Stevens crafts a double narrative of a woman's abduction and escape, and her attempts to recover and reclaim herself after the brutal ordeal…With a gutsy but very human heroine, this book will abduct your reading time late into the night.” —RT Book Reviews

“At each turn of the page, you'll find yourself clutching the book with white knuckles and struggling to comprehend the sickening and terror-filled moments as this realistic and horrifying tale unfolds. A book that I truly couldn't put down, Still Missing is a frightening story that will leave a lasting effect.” —Suspense Magazine

“A dazzling debut from Vancouver Island's Chevy Stevens. Still Missing brilliantly captures the terror of a kidnapped woman trapped in a cabin in the woods--and the puzzling aftermath of her escape.” —Chatelaine magazine

“Chevy Stevens's novel is the most unnerving novel I've read since Thomas Harris's The Silence of the Lambs…The conclusion is totally shocking and numbing. By far the best debut I've read this year and I'd be very surprised to read anything that tops it.” —Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250049513
ISBN-10: 1250049512
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Publication Date: March 25th, 2014
Pages: 384
Language: English