July 3, 2011

Book Review Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens

NEVER KNOWING by Chevy Stevens
Published by St. Martin's Press
ISBN 978-0-312-59568-5
At the request of St. Martin's Press, an ARC TPB was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest opinion.

Synopsis (borrowed from B&N): All her life, Sara Gallagher has wondered about her birth parents. As an adopted child with two sisters who were born naturally to her parents, Sara did not have an ideal home life. The question of why she was given up for adoption has always haunted her. Finally, she is ready to take steps and to find closure.
  But some questions are better left unanswered.
  After months of research, Sara locates her birth mother — only to be met with horror and rejection. Then she discovers the devastating truth: Her mother was the only victim ever to escape a killer who has been hunting women every summer for decades. But Sara soon realizes the only thing worse than finding out about her father is him finding out about her.
  What if murder is in your blood?
 Never Knowing is a complex and compelling portrayal of one woman’s quest to understand herself, her origins, and her family. That is, if she can survive....

  My Thoughts and Opinion: For those bloggers who were around, right around this time last year, you may remember there was a lot of buzz about debut author Chevy Stevens and her chilling novel Still Missing. A few months ago I was approached to read and review her newest book and since I was one of the bloggers blown away by her debut novel, I accepted. However, I tend to have a bit of apprehension when the first book is outstanding. Can the second book compare? Or was the author and first book a "one hit wonder"? My opinion.....Chevy Stevens is pure talent.....brilliant!!!!

As in her first novel, the main character Sara, starts each chapter with a session with her psychiatrist but I found in this book that there was much more dialogue and interaction between the characters. Her writing style is fluid and so descriptive, which allowed me to visualize and create vivid imagery. I felt that I was easily transported into the story line. (Vague....due to not wanting to include spoilers) Example: when Sara's cell phone kept ringing, I realized I was holding my breath waiting for her to answer the phone. Engrossing! A definite page turner! The characters came to life whereas even their emotions were felt. At times terrifying!! The ending, just when I thought it ended, another surprise!! Sara learns "be careful what you wish for". Am hoping that this time next year, I will be reading her third novel!!! Chevy Stevens delivers again!!

I received a copy of this book, at no charge to me,
in exchange for my honest review.
No items that I receive
are ever sold...they are kept by me,
or given to family and/or friends.


Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Oh, I've been looking forward to this one! I preordered it, so I should be getting it next week.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Cheryl.

bermudaonion said...

Everyone seems to love this book! It sounds gripping! I can't wait to read it.

Marce said...

I was in the minority that didn't enjoy Still Missing, way out there unbelievable bs in my opinion. Not sure if I will give it a try but so happy she has a ton of fans already, I have seen many pick this one up already.

Melissa said...

I want to read this really badly. I loved Still Missing, and i've heard great things about her sophomore novel. Looking forward to getting my hands on a copy.