Thursday, August 18, 2011

Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens (review #133)

Title: Never Knowing
Author: Chevy Stevens
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Publisher: St .Martin's Press
Format: ARC from work

This review will be a bit brief since I read this over a month ago and am not remembering the fine details of what I felt about it. I am a bit behind on my reviews.

I read Chevy Stevens' first novel, Still Missing, and it still haunts me. I was a bit behind on new books apparently because I discovered this new book by her from a fellow blogger. Usually if I really like a book by someone, I try to keep an eye out for the next. Too busy, I guess!

This book I was able to digest a bit better. Still Missing was just plain creepy and I couldn't get it out of my head, which is good in some ways but also not good if you want to go to sleep at night. This one definitely still had that heavy feel to it and the circumstances that surround the main character are horribly tragic and full of terrible suspense in each and every chapter but it had a better build to it and it ended much better.

Here is the description from the Amazon:

At thirty-four Sara Gallagher is finally happy. Her antique furniture restoration business is taking off and she’s engaged to a wonderful man. But there’s one big question that still haunts her — who are her birth parents? Sara is finally ready to find out.

Some questions are better left unanswered.

Sara’s birth mother rejects her—again. Then she discovers her biological father is an infamous killer who’s been hunting women every summer for over thirty years. Sara tries to come to terms with her horrifying parentage — and her fears that she’s inherited more than his looks — with her therapist, Nadine, who we first met in Still Missing. But Sara soon realizes the only thing worse than finding out your father is a killer is him finding out about you.

What if murder is in your blood?

Never knowing is a complex and compelling portrayal of one woman’s quest to understand where she comes from. That is, if she can survive…

Stevens' seems to be settling into the niche of psychological thrillers, putting ordinary people in extraordinary situations. I seem to like that kind of crap and pray to God that nothing like that would ever happen to me! Sara's character was a bit manic and annoying but then, heck, look what is happening to her. I certainly didn't imagine me doing anything better or more calm!

Rating: 5/6
It's really filled with lots of twists and unimagined events. I really had a hard time putting it down. Overall, I recommend it to anyone wanting a suspenseful, thrilling read. If you are a fan of Harlan Coben and Laura Lippman, you would be a fan of Chevy Stevens. I look forward to seeing what she comes up with next!

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Happy Reading and as always, thanks for stopping by!

red headed book child


Jenny said...

I agree it ended better than Still Missing!

Tales of Whimsy said...

Gotta love a book that stays with you.

Jo-Jo said...

Still Missing was one that definitely haunted the reader long after reading the last page. I'm glad you liked this one too...I'm going to need to add this one to my list!

Ryan said...

I really want to read this, I just need to find the time.

Alexis @ Reflections of a Bookaholic said...

I can't read creepy books but I'm still intrigued by them.

Natalie~Coffee and a Book Chick said...

I am finishing the audio version of her first book Still Missing, which is haunting. I have the print version of this one, so I'll be reading it soon. She definitely has an ability to make the horror so very, very real.

CailinMarie said...

I have not heard of either this book or Still Missing, and i'm trying to decided if I could read it. Freaking creepy premise, you find out your bio dad is a murder? at large?

Mystica said...

After reading Still Missing which I thought the best book I read last year, this is definitely on my to be purchased list! it hardly came out in book giveaways though.