TITLE: Never Let You Go
AUTHOR: Chevy Stevens
PUBLISHING: St. Martin’s Press
RELEASE DATE: March 14th 2017
GENRE(S): Thriller, Mystery, Fiction, Suspense
STAR RATING: 5 *****
“MOVIE” RATING: PG-13
Intense, thrilling, heart-pounding, heart-breaking, suspenseful, gripping, adrenaline-pumping.
All of these things = Never Let You Go.
Chevy does a phenomenal job of keeping the readers guessing at who the culprit of all the strange occurrences happening in Lindsey and Sophie’s life after the tortuous marriage and subsequent messy divorce. It begins with a surface-perfect marriage with a beautiful wife, handsome husband, and a sweet little girl on vacation in Mexico. But underneath, there’s a suffering woman trying desperately to get out of a jealous, abusive, and loveless marriage and a controlling man who won’t let his wife out of his sight. The only good part of Lindsey’s life is their child, Sophie, and the reason why she stays so long with Andrew.
The novel contains flashbacks to the marriage and then returns to present-day life as Lindsey and her daughter cope with life after it and what happens following Andrew’s release from prison. What Lindsey comes to realize is that every action comes with a consequence; whether that is good or bad, only time will tell.
While reading, I couldn’t put the book down without feeling trapped myself. It was easy to feel what Lindsey and Sophie felt from Stevens’ writing style and I was swallowed up in the novel almost instantly. It was such a rush to read this piece of fiction that I found myself trying to analyze everything from the character’s perspective and from my own. The writing was fantastic and left me guessing. I never could figure it all out until the end presented itself to me.
My heart was attached to Lindsey, her role as a mother, a breadwinner, and the protector of herself and her daughter. It is such a big responsibility that I wanted so much for more people to console and help her through these disasters in her life. The whole idea of this book was very realistic to me, especially Lindsey’s life and Sophie as a teenager was written well.
Perfect pacing, such well-structured and developed characters, and an excellent plot/story to boot! Even when the story seemed to wind down sometimes in the middle, I was always shot with another piece of mystery and suspense that I couldn’t help but continue on! Wow, what else can I say? Superb.
ABOUT Chevy Stevens:
CHEVY STEVENS grew 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.
Please visit her at www.chevystevens.com.