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1. How would you describe Annie's character...especially those qualities that enable her to survive her ordeal at the hands of The Freak? How well might you have fared?
2. At some point during captivity, Annie begins to almost like The Freak. She goes to far as to admit that "sometimes he's kinda sweet." Although identifying with a captor is a known phenomenon—referred to as the "Stockholm Syndrome" in psychiatric parlance—how do those feelings develop in Annie?
3. Are the early parts of the novel, the sex scenes, too lurid for your taste—do you consider them sensational. Or are they an integral part of the plot, necessary for us to grasp Annie's tormented state?
4. Is "The Freak" a good name for Annie's abductor? What would you have called him? Describe him.
5. Chevy Stevens has written her book as a flashback, the present peering back into the past. We know at the outset, therefore, that Annie escapes her ordeal. Why might the author have structured her book in such a way?
6. David-The-Freak tells Annie that she is perfectly safe with him. There's a degree of ironic truth in his statement. How so? (Consider what happens when she escapes to freedom.)
7. Describe what Annie finds once she returns home—starting with her mother and the accident that took her father's and sibling's lives. Then there's the old boyfriend, Luke, as well as her best friend.
8. What prompts Annie to realize that her captivity was intentionally set-up by someone in her old life?
9. What is the significance of the title, "Still Missing"?
10. In all, does this book deliver? Were you held in suspense? Or did you find it predictable? Was the ending satisfying?
 
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JFWisherd, January 4, 2012 (view all comments by JFWisherd)
This story has stuck with me still after reading it months ago. It's the kind of story that pulls you in and doesn't let go until the end, and then some.A subject we don't want to hear about but can't let go. I recommend to anyone who loves a good mystery.
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Carey Hobart, January 2, 2012 (view all comments by Carey Hobart)
What could have been a Hollywood re-run storyline made me avoid this book for awhile. I finally gave in and was profoundly impressed. The twists and turns, the suspense, but primarily the superb storytelling. Loved and appreciated being fully engrossed in this unique and engaging book.
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I enjoyed this book so much I could not put it down.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312595678
Author:
Stevens, Chevy
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Author:
Moore, Jonathan
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Self-realization in women
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Contemporary Women
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Contemporary Thrillers
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20160126
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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. In psychiatric sessions, Annie O'Sullivan, a 32-year-old realtor with a nice boyfriend and a demanding mother, describes her year-long ordeal as the captive of a rapist. Annie was about to close up an open house for a property when an affable guy who introduced himself as David showed up. In short order, David kidnapped her and held her hostage in a remote mountain cabin. There, he raped her daily, regulated every moment, and forced her to 'play house.' The intense plot alternates between Annie's creepy confinement, her escape, and her attempts to readjust to real life, from going to the bathroom when she wants to managing her own meals. Still, Annie knows that a large part of her soul is 'still missing.' Her transformation from victim adds to the believability of the enthralling plot. 150,000 first printing. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , “Pulsates with suspense that gets a power boost from the jaw-dropping but credible closing twist.” (starred review)
"Review" by , “The ‘what would I do aspect of the reading experience may make this a match for some Jodi Picoult readers as well. Highly recommended.” (starred review)
"Review" by , “Sure doesn't read like a first book. In fact, it's a knockout, a psychological thriller that pulls no punches...” (starred review)
"Review" by , “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 melodramas darker side.” (starred review)
"Review" by , "Engrossing, terrifying and ultimately full of girl-kick-ass, Still Missing will suck you in from page one."
"Synopsis" by , Interwoven with the story of the year Annie spent as the captive of 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 life back together and the ongoing police investigation into the identity of her captor.
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A tale of desire, obsession, and deadly mystery, with echoes of Vertigo

 

 

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“An electrifying read… I haven’t read anything so terrifying since Red Dragon.” —Stephen King

A tale of desire, obsession, and deadly mystery, with echoes of Vertigo

Dr. Caleb Maddox is a San Francisco toxicologist studying the chemical effects of pain. After a bruising breakup with his girlfriend, he is drinking whiskey at the speakeasy House of Shields when a hauntingly seductive woman appears by his side. Emmeline whispers to Caleb over absinthe, gets his blood on her fingers, and then brushes his ear with her lips as she says goodbye. He must find her. 

  
As his search begins, Caleb becomes entangled in a serial murder investigation. The police are fishing men from the bay, and the postmortems are inconclusive. One man vanished from House of Shields the night Caleb met Emmeline. When questioned, Caleb can't offer any information. But he is secretly helping the city’s medical examiner, an old friend, understand the chemical evidence on the victims’ remains. Caleb’s search for the killer soon entwines with his hunt for Emmeline, and the closer he gets to each, the more dangerous his world becomes. 
 
The Poison Artist is a gripping literary thriller about obsession and damage, about a man unmoored by an unspeakable past and an irresistible woman who offers the ultimate escape. 

 

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“Pulsates with suspense . . . jaw dropping . . . enthralling.”  —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

On the day she was abducted, Annie OSullivan, 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 shes about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all.

 

“Will have you glued to the page.”—People magazine

Interwoven with the story of the year Annie spent captive in a remote mountain cabin—which unfolds through sessions with her psychiatrist—is the 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…in Still Missing.

“Explosively frightening…Chevy Stevens is sure to rock lovers of the thriller genre.” —USA Today

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