Monday, 13 March 2017

Never Let You Go


Author: Chevy Stevens
Genre: Suspense, Canadian
Type: e-book
Publisher: St Martin's Press
First Published: March 14, 2017
First Line: "November 2005 - I didn't have long."

Book Description from GoodReadsThe author of Still Missing targets her readership with a novel that hits all the notes they come to expect from her—and ratchets up the stakes even more. Lindsey Nash has left an abusive relationship and her ex-husband was sent to jail. She has started over with a new life, her own business, and a teenage daughter who needs her more than ever. When her husband is finally released, Lindsey believes she has cut all ties. There is no way he can ever find her and her daughter again. But she gets the sense that someone is watching her, tracking her every move. Her new boyfriend is threatened. Her home is invaded. Even her daughter is shadowed. Lindsey is convinced it's her ex-husband, even though he claims he is a different person and doesn't want to do her any harm. But can he really change? Is the one who wants her dead even closer to home than she thought? 

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review:  I'm a big fan of Canadian author, Chevy Stevens, and have read all of her books.  I definitely have my favourites (Still Missing, That Night, I'm looking at you!) and I can now happily add Right Behind You to the top of my favs list.  This latest book is a spine tingling, twisty, dark, fast-paced read in which Stevens introduces multiple culprits, each of which have a very plausible reason for terrorizing Lindsey, a single mom of teenage daughter, Sophie.

Stevens brings her readers into Lindsey's tumultuous and highly toxic marriage.  From their romantic beginning, to bringing their daughter into the world and ultimately to the demise of their marriage which was caused by fear, distrust, abuse, control and one fateful decision.  Lindsey's confusion, mistrust and fear are palpable for the reader and rear up again ten years later when her husband is released from prison.  He says he's a changed man and wants them back.  But has he changed?  Or is he furtively toying with their lives?

The book flows back and forth between Lindsey and Sophie's points of view with ease.  This dual perspective helps readers connect with both women and I felt that Stevens got into the teenage mindset and vernacular well (as a mom of three teens I consider myself fairly savvy when it comes to teens). I was surprised at how emotionally charged a few of the scenes were -- you can feel Lindsey's fear and understand her paranoia as well as Sophie's confusion about what she should feel for her father.  

The characters, in general, are believable and multi-layered with the secondary characters playing active roles within the plot. There are a few different culprits introduced to readers. I jumped back and forth about who I thought was the 'baddie' because each of them had good reason to be terrorizing Lindsey.

Lastly, can I just say that I love how Stevens proudly shows her Canadian pride in her books?  She keeps her characters and settings in Canada. She's a Canuck and not afraid to show it - even including a shout out to Tim Horton's in one scene.

This is an outstanding read that kept my interest the entire time. With its multiple twists, scenes that gave me ALL the feels (good and bad), a couple of characters I could root for (and a few I could enjoyable hate) this is one stellar suspense read. 

As I joked with Chevy Stevens on Twitter the other day, over the course of two days she was responsible for my laundry pile growing, no working out and limited food in my cupboards.  Once I started this book I couldn't put it down.  The sign of a great read.  I highly recommend this book. Just be prepared that it will take over your life for some suspense filled hours of pure enjoyment.  You have been warned.

Disclaimer:  My sincere thanks to St Martin's Press for providing me with a complimentary ebook copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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