Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens
Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens. Great thriller! This is the first book I have read by this author. I will read more!
First, let me thank the publisher, NetGalley, and of course the author, for providing me a copy of this book for an honest review.
This book kept you in suspense…to the end.
Eleven years ago, Lindsey finally gathered her courage (and her little girl), and left her abusive husband Andrew. Since that night, he has been serving time in prison for drunk driving causing death, and Lindsey has felt relatively safe. She and her daughter Sophie have made a life for themselves. Lindsey has her own small cleaning company, a new boyfriend, and a guy teaching her self-defence. She’s feeling good. Sophie, a budding artist, and a typical teenager, has her first real boyfriend, and of course her Mom doesn’t like him. Is she just being a protective Mom, or is there something more about Jared that doesn’t feel right?
When Andrew is released from prison, everything changes, and Lindsey fears for her life. Sophie, on the other hand, wants to get to know her father, and does so without her Mom’s knowledge. When one of her client’s houses is broken into and the pet bird is killed, Lindsey is sure it is her ex-husband. That will be the first of many strange events. Andrew denies everything. He loves Lindsey and Sophie, and just wants to protect them. Is this just more manipulation on his part? Will Lindsey and Sophie have to pick up and move yet again? Will Andrew kill his ex-wife this time?
I liked how the author kept us informed by alternating the story-telling between Lindsey and Sophie, as well as the flashbacks to illustrate their backstory. The plot was good, and the twists kept coming. I think Stevens nailed teenage Sophie perfectly. A naive young girl who wants to fit in, and who wants to know her father. I think her actions rang true for the situation. (I really wanted to sit down and have a talk with her about some of her decisions, so they were pretty realistic). And yes, Stevens got Lindsey’s reactions to her daughters behaviour accurate as well, although I question whether she would have stayed with Andrew as long as she did. She seems stronger than that.
Overall, this was a really good thriller. Oh, and the fact that this author is a fellow Canadian….just makes it better.
Favorite Quote from Never Let You Go:
“I don’t want to hurt you, but I might not be able to stop myself. I love you too much to let you go.”
Read: February 2017
About the Author: CHEVY STEVENS grew up on a ranch on Vancouver Island and still calls the island home. She started writing while she was in real estate, and hasn’t stopped. Chevy’s books have been optioned for movies and are published in more than thirty countries.