Date Published: July 6, 2010
Book Author: Chevy Stevens
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Every home has its secrets, but what if you're the secret? In "Still Missing," Chevy Stevens takes us on a harrowing journey to Vancouver Island. Annie O'Sullivan, a 32-year-old realtor, is abducted during an open house. Held captive in a remote mountain cabin, she endures unimaginable torment at the hands of a sadistic captor. As days turn into months, Annie's resilience is tested, and she battles not only her kidnapper but also her own despair.
Through therapy sessions, the story unfolds, revealing the layers of trauma and the fight for survival. But as Annie recounts her ordeal, she also unveils a web of dark family secrets, betrayal, and the shocking truth about her abduction. This gripping tale is not just about one woman's fight to survive but also her journey to reclaim her life and confront the shadows of her past.
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In a heart-stopping ending, Annie discovers that her kidnapper, known as "The Freak," is connected to her own mother. The revelation shatters her, but it's the key to her escape. With cunning and sheer willpower, Annie manages to overpower her captor and flee. However, the trauma doesn't end there. As she reintegrates into society, she grapples with PTSD, the strain on her relationships, and the haunting memories of her captivity. The story concludes with Annie finding strength in her ordeal, confronting her mother about their twisted family history, and striving to rebuild her life, one step at a time.
Annie O’Sullivan: A tenacious and resilient realtor who becomes an unwilling captive. Values her independence, as seen when she continuously plots her escape.
The Freak (David): Annie’s kidnapper and tormentor. Obsessive and controlling, he showcases his need for dominance when he forces Annie to play house.
Christina: Annie’s best friend, loyal and supportive. Her unwavering belief in Annie’s return showcases her deep bond and trust.
Luke: Annie’s boyfriend, who struggles with her disappearance and return. His commitment is evident when he tries to help Annie cope with her trauma.
Dr. Evelyn: Annie’s therapist, patient and understanding. Her dedication to helping Annie heal is evident in their intense therapy sessions.
Survival: Annie’s relentless fight against her captor and her own despair, showcased by her numerous escape attempts and mental fortitude.
Trauma and Recovery: The aftermath of Annie’s ordeal, her battle with PTSD, and her journey to healing, highlighted in her therapy sessions and daily struggles.
Betrayal: The shocking revelation of family secrets and the connection between Annie’s mother and her kidnapper, revealing the depths of deceit.
Strength and Resilience: Annie’s ability to rebuild her life post-captivity, emphasizing her inner strength and determination.
The Dark Side of Family: The exploration of twisted family ties and the impact of hidden truths, as seen in the climax involving Annie’s mother.