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Never Let You Go: A Novel Hardcover – March 14, 2017
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Praise for Never Let You Go:
"A fast-paced thriller with a surprise twist." ―Kirkus Reviews
"The gripping, often terrifying story follows Lindsey as she endures the roller coaster that is survival and in the end finds an outcome that she never expected... Stevens’ portrayal is spot-on." ―Booklist
Praise for Chevy Stevens’ Novels:
"Gripping...unforgettable." ―Gillian Flynn
"Heart-pounding." ―Lisa Gardner
"Will have you spellbound." ―Karin Slaughter
“Engrossing, suspenseful.” –Library Journal
"Utterly absorbing." ―Kathy Reichs
“Chilling, compelling.” ―William Landay
“Tense…Action-packed.” –Kirkus Reviews
“Fast-paced and thought-provoking.” –Kimberly McCreight
“An emotional rollercoaster you’ll be sorry to get off of when you finish the last page.” –Jennifer McMahon
“Stevens skillfully builds suspense.” –Publishers Weekly
“Haunting and harrowing.” –Megan Abbott
“Taught and riveting.” –Hilary Davidson
“Deep and exciting.” –Lisa Unger
“Riveting.” –Alafair Burke
About the Author
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.
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Changing point of views and a fast-paced story that switches between past and present allows the reader to live the emotional turmoil, fear, and urgency radiating from Lindsey and the conflict, longing, and indecision from her daughter as she wonders about the father she never really knew. As the story unfolds, the hair-raising, heart-pounding, keep-looking-over-your-shoulder intensity is prominent and on-going setting a very ominous tone throughout. The pool of possible candidates is small, and I wavered back and forth between a couple of characters until the big reveal near the end. While I guessed the right person, I didn’t see the reason coming until it hit me right between the eyes. Manipulating the twists and turns and a shocking revelation and confession made for a thrilling, couldn’t-put-it-down read! I look forward to exploring more books by this author. A Must Read!
Lindsey has met and married the perfect man! Andrew is handsome, successful, attentive and even has a job for her father in his company. By the time their baby, Sophie, comes along, she's beginning to see cracks in his perfection. Things begin to escalate quickly after that and Lindsey finds herself literally trapped in an abusive relationship, desperately searching for a way out. From there author Chevy Stevens takes us on a nonstop ride with tons of twists and turns. Nothing is what it seems. I definitely did not see that ending coming!!
WHAT I LOVED
I love books with complicated relationships between the characters. This book was full of them.
I felt like Sophie was a very believable teenager. She made some very questionable choices but was still really not a bad kid. She simultaneously loved her mother and pushed her away (back to the complicated relationships thing).
I love action packed thrillers with a lot of suspense and guessing. This definitely fit that bill.
WHAT I DIDN'T LOVE
It's not a bad book but I kind of felt like I have read various versions of it over the years. It was fairly reminiscent of 'Sleeping with the Enemy' and many other stories of women trying to escape abusive relationships.
Still a good read but no new ground covered.
After Part One, we fast forward 11 years, where Andrew is in prison and Lindsey and Sophie live alone in their new life. However, when Andrew is released from prison, Lindsey can't shake the feeling that someone is watching her. Things progress, and she can tell someone has been in her house. Has Andrew come back to finish what he started all those years ago when he tried killing Lindsey?
I'll say it again - I loved this book! I especially loved the characters. We really got to know Lindsey and Sophie, and I loved the chapters that were told from both of them. I really enjoyed how close they were and their relationship both as mother/daughter, but also as friends. Sophie acted the way I'd imagine any teenager would, and there were times I wanted to shake her, but I think that lent itself really well to making the book feel realistic!
When I first started reading the book, it reminded me a lot of Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes, which is my all time favorite thriller, so I loved that! That said, the book deviated and definitely was it's own story, which was great in that I didn't feel like I'd already read the book before. Sometimes with thrillers it feels like storylines repeat themselves fairly often across different books, and I'm happy to say that was not the case here.
This book had me tense the entire time! I was dying to know what would happen and how everything played out, and I had a hard time putting it down. When I did have to set it down to do other things, I couldn't stop thinking about it, which is the sign of a great book in my opinion! I was suspicious of everyone, and even still, I didn't predict the ending, which I love.
Overall, this was an excellent (and super creepy!) thriller that I'd recommend for all fans of the genre! I cannot wait to read more from Chevy Stevens. A huge thank you to Netgalley, Chevy Stevens, and the St. Martin's Press for an ARC of the book. It was my pleasure to provide an honest review.