Monday, June 21, 2010

Still Missing - Chevy Stevens

Publisher:  St. Martin's Press, July 6, 2010
Pages: 352
Genre:  Adult Mystery
Source:  I received a copy from LibrayThing Early Reviewer Program

Annie O'Sullivan was your typical young woman working to succeed and get ahead in the real estate business when her life took a terrible turn.  After showing a prospective buyer a house she is abducted at gun point, drugged and taken to a remote cabin.  Unable to leave, given a set of rules to follow, such as when she is allowed to pee, take a bath, etc.  Annie just wants someone to find her.  Instead she endures a year of being raped, beaten and mentally abused, a pregnancy and death of her child.  All of this is at the hands of a man she calles "The Freak", who acts like a loving caring husband one minute and a cold sadistic man the next.  When she finally escapes she finds she can't put it behind her because there are too many unanswered questions.  Did "The Freak" have an accomplice? 

The story was an interesting read, one I couldn't put down until I had read the last page.  It is sometimes told through the one-sided conversations she has with her shrink.  I was in someways disappointed we never heard from the shrink.  I do have to admit it was a unique way to handle the story.  I enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it to those who like psychological mysteries or thriller.

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