Review of “Still Missing” by Chevy Stevens

If you prefer to skip books with detailed scenes of physical and sexual abuse of women, this is definitely one to avoid. In fact, ordinarily I would have avoided it as well, but I was looking for something “light” after a very emotional book! My predictive powers weren’t working very well in this instance.

Thirty-two year old Vancouver Island realtor Annie O’Sullivan is just finishing up an open house when the female realtor’s worst nightmare occurs: she is abducted by a man who stops by – ostensibly to see the house – just as she is about to close up. After a year of being held in captivity, repeatedly beaten, raped, and psychologically abused, Annie escapes. Most of the book is made up of her monologues describing her captivity to a therapist whom she sees to get help for her severe posttraumatic stress disorder.

The problem is, no one knows yet who her abductor was, and whether or not she is really safe. She doesn’t know whom to trust, and good reason to think her ordeal is not yet over.

Evaluation: Plenty of suspense, but also plenty horrific details of abuse. Such books aren’t meant to be great literature, but even so, I prefer mystery/thriller books that aren’t so full of misogynist violence. However, it’s not badly written.

Rating: 2.5/5

Published by St. Martin’s Press, 2010

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24 Responses to Review of “Still Missing” by Chevy Stevens

  1. diane says:

    I have this one but the more reviews I read, the less likely I think I will be to read this one.

  2. Trisha says:

    Sometimes book like this are too much painful flash and not enough substance. If I’m going to read about the horror of rape, I want a really good reason to do so.

  3. There definitely was a lot of violence in this one, and it took me a while to get interested in the story, but I thought the story about how she re-entered the real world was interesting.

  4. Barbara says:

    Since I was a victim of violent crime in my teens, I am careful about books and movies that involve too much description of violence. For instance, I can’t watch a movie where someone is surrounded and/or helpless. Books, sometimes – it depends on how it is written. This one is certainly not for me.

  5. Steph says:

    Yikes! This one sounds quite unsettling. Given that I didn’t really care for Girl with the Dragon Tattoo which also has tons of misogyny in it (and all that gruesome violence), I think I’ll skip this one!

  6. Margot says:

    It’s not that I don’t know the world contains senseless violence. I just don’t like filling my head with it. I usually just skip those parts. But if it fills most of the book, well then there’s no point in reading it. The other side of the story sounds interesting – how she escapes, who is he, and do they catch him.

  7. This does sound very dark and disturbing — I do like to change it up every now and again, and in fact, I just finished a pretty disturbing novel as well. Sometimes it’s important to read something that will stay with you for a while, and sometimes it can be very tough. I might pick this up, but I have to work up the nerve, don’t I?

  8. Julie P. says:

    The reviews are really mixed on this one. I was hoping that you’d like it more.

  9. now see…I loved this book. Yes, she is held captive by a kidnapper, and yes, she is abused. But then since she is held captive, anything he would do would be abuse.
    but honestly, I did not find this terrible violent, at least not in a physical sense. I have read worse.

    Now psychologically…certain and it is from that that she has to recover and I found how that part is written fascinating.

  10. bermudaonion says:

    Sorry this didn’t work for you. For some reason, I could read a book with that kind of violence, but I could never watch a movie version of it.

  11. Sandy says:

    I won this book so it should be on its way to me. I’m intrigued, I must admit. Violence doesn’t affect me (which makes me sound pretty sick). I guess I feel I’ve read it all. I’m bummed you didn’t like it more. In ten years when I finally get to read it (ha) I’ll get to see how I weigh in on the plot.

  12. Darlene says:

    I’ve seen such mixed reviews on this one. I don’t have this book so I’m not sure if I’ll pick it up or not. I admit I’m a bit curious but really horrific abuse tends to upset me so not sure whether I’ll read it or not.

  13. Jenners says:

    Yes … it does seem your predictive powers failed you on this one!! It sounds like the opposite of a light read. But didn’t the cover kind of give you a clue?

    I’ve heard a lot of people rave about this book … but mostly how creepy and scary it was. I guess you have to be in the mood for a book like this.

  14. My mind is reeling from this one and while I can’t say I was entertained by it, I will say that it did what I feel a good book ought to–it stirred some serious emotions. Although there was plenty of brutality in the book, I was more interested in how Annie was dealing with it and working through it more than anything else. But I agree, though, this book isn’t for anyone with delicate sensibilities when it comes to misogyny or violence toward women; it can cause nightmares.

  15. Staci says:

    This one is in my pile of books to read this week!! thanks for a bit of a heads up 😀

  16. stacybuckeye says:

    This is not the book for me!

  17. sagustocox says:

    Wow, sounds like this book was very far from your need for a quick, light summer read.

  18. zibilee says:

    I have this book to review, and I am a little concerned that it is going to be too much for me. I am still interested in reading it, I just know I am going to have to prepare myself. Thanks for your honesty in this review!

  19. softdrink says:

    Mmm, no thanks. The Girl w/ the Dragon Tattoo provided enough misogynistic violence to last me for a good long while.

  20. Ti says:

    I was offered this one for review but passed. It seemed like a page-turner, and there are times for just such a book, but it seems overly gratuitous on the violence. I see that you agree.

  21. Light? I agree…I think you’re radar was broken. LOL…I have heard this is pretty brutal. It is collecting dust on the shelf. I know I can’t read this one.

  22. Care says:

    Our book club just chose this! As a part-time substitute Realtor, I may never work an open house again. Oh well…

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