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Still Missing: 10/23/18
Still Missing by Chevy Stevens is a thriller set in the backwoods of Vancouver Island. It's told primarily in flashback through a series of monologues at therapy sessions where Annie O'Sullivan recounts her time she was held captive in a remote cabin where she was raped and forced to bear her rapists's child.
But there's also a present day narrative that shows how she's recovering, how she comes to understand what happened to her, and the RCMP's interest in her case. Of course her ordeal ends up being a very personal one, one where she was carefully chosen and people close to her, had a big part in her capture.
I read this book for two reasons: for the Canadian Books Challenge and for my road narrative project. While it qualifies for both, I found the book disappointing and predictable.
For the road narrative, it sits almost midway through the spectrum at a dark gray, 666666. Put into words, it's marginalized, rural, offroad. Annie's role here is primarily that of victim. She has very little in way of agency and her trip to the woods is not one she choses for herself. Except for the identity of the accomplice, the narrative is as gray as its placement in the road narrative spectrum.