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  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0083MHZ3W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (418 customer reviews)

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CHEVY STEVENS grew up on a ranch on Vancouver Island and still lives on the island with her husband and daughter. When she's not working on her next book, she's camping and canoeing with her family in the local mountains. Her debut novel, STILL MISSING, won the International Thriller Writers Award for Best First Novel. Please visit her at

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It starts to get very slow and so its almost like it just to get to the end of the book .
If you liked "Still Missing", I can almost guarantee that you'll love "Never Knowing", and if you haven't read either, then I highly recommend both.
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I really enjoyed the whole book; it has twists and turns, and keeps you guessing up until the end.

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86 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 26, 2011
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Never Knowing / 9780312595685

Sara Gallagher has a pretty good life - she has a beautiful daughter and a loving fiance, and if her adoptive parents haven't always been as kind to her as they have been to her sisters, well, they've never been outright abusive, either. But when she's given the chance to open her adoption records and look for her birth parents, Sara feels she has to take this chance - until she realizes too late that doing so will embroil her and her young daughter in an open case for a local serial killer...

"Never Knowing" weighs in at 400 pages, but I suspect most readers will feel compelled to finish it in a single sitting - this book is almost impossible to set down. The novel has all the skill and dark beauty as Chevy Stevens' debut novel, "Still Missing", and the narrative device of a young woman confiding in her therapist as events unfold over the course of several sessions is as incredibly compelling as before. And for readers who enjoy shows like "Law & Order" or "CSI", the hunt for the serial killer is intoxicating - full of exciting twists and frustrating pitfalls.

What really makes "Never Knowing" stand out as exceptional is the immediacy of the tension and the reality of the characters. The author clearly has an incredible talent with dysfunctional families and with the 'normal' everyday strife that is almost certain to set off bouts of panic attacks in dangerous situations like the ones our protagonist rapidly finds herself in.
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88 of 111 people found the following review helpful By Nitty's Mom TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 28, 2011
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I was delighted to receive an opportunity to read "Never Knowing", which I read to the bitter end, and very bitter it was. I would have to say, it was one of the worst books I have ever read.

Sarra Gallagher hasn't always had it easy as the adoptive daughter to a perplexing family. While her mother was kind, her father made her feel unwanted and she played second fiddle to his two natural daughters. Things are definitely on the upswing, however, Sarra has gone to therapy, has a six year old daughter, refinishes furniture, and is getting ready to marry the man of her dreams. What better time to try and find your birth mother. Never it turns out, if your mother was the only women to escape from the clutches of the Campsite Killer. Sarra is his offspring, and subsequently becomes the only person who he will listen to. A bit over the top for a plot, but in capable hands certainly salvageable. I was horror-struck by the writing quality.

None of these characters were salvageable. Sarra appears too empty-headed to write out a grocery list. To think that she can be used as a ploy to reel in a serial killer is preposterous. Just as ridiculous are the two detectives assigned to the case. No wonder the Campsite Killer hasn't been caught. Evan the boyfriend, had such an erratic personality, that I wondered if he could be the Campsite Killer. Alternating between telling Sarra to calm-down and then starting a fight with her because he was jealous of the attention one of the detectives was paying her, he delivers lines such as:

"If he kills someone it's not your fault. He's a killer, it's what he does"
"Baby..." You've got to stop thinking about stuff like that, please".
"Hey, Baby. I'm sorry about that earlier, I was being a dick.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Laurel-Rain Snow TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 18, 2011
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Sara Gallagher has always felt like someone who didn't belong in her family. She's known about her adoption from a young age, but it was the birth of her adoptive parents' two biological daughters that really set her apart and accentuated the "not belonging."

So when she searches for her biological parents and finds her mother living nearby, she thinks she may have finally found a place of her own. But Julia, her biological mother, openly rejects her, and soon Sara discovers why. Her birth father is a serial killer whose only living victim was Julia. And she herself is the product of that rape.

Just when Sara begins to realize that sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for, she is drawn into a plan by the police to help capture John, the Campsite Killer. How this all comes about is part of the web of complexity that makes up this story.

Who can you trust when everyone around you begins to try to control, dominate, and change who you are? And what is the price of knowing where you belong? These themes propel this story forward along twisting and mysterious pathways.

The characters are sometimes unlikable, especially Sara's sisters, Lauren and Melanie, who seemingly vie for all the attention in their family. Even Sara's daughter Ally could have used a bit more discipline. She seemingly scowled or glared at almost every turn, making it harder for her mom to keep her safe.

I liked how Never Knowing kept me moving along rapidly, however, and when I thought I finally had it all sorted out, there were still a few more surprising turns to throw me off course. A five star read that will grab you and keep you turning pages.
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