Still Missing by Chevy Stevens

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Still Missing is about a 32-year-old realtor named Annie O’Sullivan who is kidnapped while showing a home to a seemingly normal man named David. The book follows her struggles of being held captive and subjected to David’s (who she calls the Freak), sadistic ways. Annie’s story unfolds as she explains to her therapist all that happened at the cabin up in the mountains where she was held and had impractical tasks forced upon herself. Interwoven with the tale of the year she spent with the Freak are events from her past that lead up to the events following her escape, these explain how her once only cracked relationship with her mother and once perfectly structured relationships with her boyfriend and friends being completely reduced to crumbles, leaving her to a life of loneliness and fear. As Annie struggles to deal with her overbearing trauma and anxiety, she tries to overcome all devastating events and psychological anguish inflicted by the Freak. As Annie suffers from immense ridicule while dealing with heartbreak and betrayal from the ones that are thought to be closest to her, by the very end of the book questions are answered and the reader is no longer left in suspense.

This novel is highly compelling and ensnares the reader for an emotional roller coaster because of the vapid change of the Freak’s emotions and all of the pain he forces Annie to endure. Stevens does an outstanding job developing Annie’s thought process, capturing the picture of a victim. The details are astounding, and a reader might find themselves feeling as though they know Annie, or that they possibly relate to her better. Just when the reader feels like the book cannot get any better, the reader is completely blind sided by plot twists that will leave them hanging on the edge of their seat. Still Missing is highly reviewed by many critics as ‘unputdownable’ and surely holds this title. Annie’s post-traumatic recollections of her life and escape from The Freak in therapy sessions have slowly taken her on a long journey to recovery.

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