Still Missing

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Published by: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: March 25, 2014
ISBN13: 978-0312595678
Pages: 352

  

Synopsis

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 of the day 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 of a sadistic psychopath in a remote mountain cabin, which unfolds through sessions with her psychiatrist, is a second narrative recounting events following her escape—her struggle to piece her shattered spirit back together and the ongoing police investigation into the identity of her captor.

The truth doesn’t always set you free.

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Praise & Awards

 

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

“An astonishingly well-crafted debut novel…will have you spellbound from the first 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 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 

“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

“Stevens’s impressive debut, a thriller set on Vancouver Island, pulsates with suspense that gets a power boost from the jaw-dropping but credible closing twist…[an] enthralling plot.”
Publishers Weekly starred review

“Chevy Stevens 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 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’ 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’ 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 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


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Inspiration

When I was in my early thirties, I was working as real estate agent in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, and doing well, but I wasn’t happy with my job. I didn’t feel like I was living my true passion. One day I sent an email to my aunt that said, “I think I was supposed to be a writer.” She responded, “It’s never too late.”

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