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Always Watching: A Novel by [Stevens, Chevy]
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Stevens hit it big, both critically and commercially, with Still Missing (2010); Never Knowing (2011) sold well, too, but failed to live up to the promise of its predecessor. Her latest is also disappointing, lacking both the emotional punch and gripping action of Still Missing. Following a couple of traumatic experiences, widowed Canadian psychiatrist Nadine Lavoie relocates to Victoria, B.C., hoping not only for a fresh start but also for an opportunity to reconnect with her estranged twentysomething daughter, Lisa, rumored to be living on the streets somewhere in the city. Just about the time she’s beginning to feel comfortable in her new job, Nadine is called in to treat clinically depressed, suicidal Heather Simeon. As Nadine tries to help the suffering woman, she learns that Heather and her husband recently left their home in the River of Spiritual Light Center, a commune run by the notorious Aaron Quinn. Nadine has her own connection to Quinn, having lived on the commune with her mother and older brother when she was a teenager. Deciding her personal connection to Quinn won’t compromise her patient’s recovery, Nadine proceeds with her treatment, but she finds confusing memories of her own year in the commune surfacing. Sounding too often like a lecture on the evils of communal living, the plot drags, and even Nadine’s laudable determination to redress the evils and mistakes of the past can’t push this beyond prosaic. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Following two best-sellers, Stevens has an established track record; the quality is slipping, but the 150,000-copy first printing of her latest suggests that her publisher will keep pushing. --Stephanie Zvirin

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“In ALWAYS WATCHING, Chevy Stevens begins with a shivery premise --- a family ensnared by a religious cult led by a madman. Stevens lights that fuse and lets it burn all the way to an explosive ending. A chilling, compelling read.” ―William Landay, author of DEFENDING JACOB

“ALWAYS WATCHING is a riveting examination of the power of childhood secrets over our past and our present selves. I couldn't put it down.” ―Alafair Burke, author of IF YOU WERE HERE

“Chevy Stevens is in top form. ALWAYS WATCHING is a tense and twisty exploration of dark memories, hidden pasts, and a place that seems like heaven but might be hell. This is a deep and exciting novel, as unsettling as it is gripping.” ―Lisa Unger, author of HEARTBROKEN

“Haunting and harrowing, ALWAYS WATCHING is a stunner, offering not only consuming suspense but also a moving tale of mothers and daughters, the lingering echoes of the past that never stop reverberating.” ―Megan Abbott, author of DARE ME

“A fantastic, heart-pounding thriller that pulls you in from the first page. I loved it!” ―Lisa Jackson, author of YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW

“ALWAYS WATCHING grabbed me from page one. Its story of power, murder, and family secrets is seductive and sinister. Dr. Nadine Lavoie is a tenacious, compassionate heroine.” ―Meg Gardiner, author of RANSOM RIVER

“Taut and riveting, ALWAYS WATCHING follows the fault line between a person’s past and present ― and the terror and turmoil that can pull a life apart when they collide with the force of an earthquake. Chevy Stevens’ suspenseful, twisted story kept me up late into the night, frantically turning pages with white-knuckled fingers.” ―Hilary Davidson, author of THE NEXT ONE TO FALL

“Chevy Stevens intelligently and relentlessly pulls the reader deeper into a nightmarish world while compelling you to read just one more page…” ―Rosamund Lupton, author of SISTER

“A harrowing tale of manipulation that got under my skin by the end of the first chapter…” ―Linwood Barclay, author of TRUST YOUR EYES


Product details

  • File Size: 1203 KB
  • Print Length: 497 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0751549886
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Reissue edition (June 18, 2013)
  • Publication Date: June 18, 2013
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009LRWJH0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,198 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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