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by Sphere, 14 January 2016. ISBN 978 0
7515 5506 6
is a dark, nail-bitingly tense page-turner of a story with violence towards
women at its heart and the bond of sisters, secrets and the long-term effects
of trauma.It is
a fast-paced psychological thriller from beginning to end.
It's very difficult to review this
properly without giving too much of the plot away and I don't want to spoil it
for anyone. The emotional response of the reader to the horror of what is
happening on the page and how the characters are coping with it are the focus
of the story rather than a complicated plot. The book is split into two parts
starting in 1997 and initially told with a sense of retrospection as if looking
back. The second part, set in 2015, is more immediate.
Set in Western Canada, Dani, Courtney
and Jess Campbell are sisters who have lost their mother to cancer. Their
father is struggling to cope with the loss of his wife and is drunk most of the
time and violent with it. Fortunately their father works away a lot and the
sisters struggle to survive alone on the ranch with what little money he gives
them. The catalyst for the novel is the day violence gets out of hand and leads
to fifteen year old Jess shooting her father. The girls go on the run but when
their truck breaks down in the small run-down town of Cash Creek the girls find
themselves in far worse danger and fear for their lives.
Eighteen years on, although the girls
have changed their names and created new lives for themselves, they are still
struggling to cope with what has happened. And when one of them goes missing
everything starts to go wrong again and it looks as if this time the outcome
will be even worse.
Chevvy Stevens really gets across a sense of place with the isolation
on ranches and what can happen when there is no one around to hear you scream.
Reviewer Christine Hammacott
Chevy Stevensgrew up on a ranch on Vancouver Island and still calls
the island home. For most of her adult life she worked in sales, first as a rep
for a giftware company and then as a Realtor. While holding an open house one
afternoon, she had a terrifying idea that became the inspiration for Still
Missing. Chevy eventually sold her house and left real estate so she could
finish the book. Still Missing went on to become a New York Times
bestseller and win the International Thriller Writers Award for Best First
Novel. Chevy’s books have been optioned for movies and are published in
more than thirty countries.
enjoys writing thrillers that allow her to blend her interest in family
dynamics with her love of the west coast lifestyle. When she’s not working on
her next book, she’s camping and canoeing with her husband and daughter in the
Christine Hammacott lives near
Southampton and runs her own design consultancy. She started her career working
in publishing as a book designer and now creates covers for indie-authors. She writes
page-turning fiction that deals with the psychological effects of crime. Her
debut novel The Taste of Ash was
published in 2015.