Friday, July 15, 2011

On My Nightstand - Still Missing

Still Missing - By Chevy Stevens

On the back cover:
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.

Interwoven with the story of the year Annie spent captive in a remote mountain cabin – which unfolds through sessions with her psychiatrist – is a 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.
The truth doesn’t always set you free.
Still Missing is a shocking, visceral, brutal, and beautifully crafted debut novel about surviving the unsurvivable – and living to bear witness.

My thoughts:
Funny that this book would come out the same year Room by Emma Donaghue came out.  They are both based on a woman being kidnapped and held against her will.  There are a few other parallels but I don’t want to mention anything because it will give away too much.
I really liked this book; I think I liked it better than Room since it was written so differently.
Being told through therapy sessions and nothing else, we get to hear about Annie’s year in captivity and also about everything happening in current time as she is dealing with her new but shattered life.
I could not put this book down and it kept you wanting to read right up to the very last page.

My rating: 4 1/2 out of 5.

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