Never Let You Go
Author: Chevy Stevens
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
My rating: 5/5
Eleven years ago, Lindsey Nash escaped into the night with her young daughter and left an abusive relationship. Her ex-husband was sent to jail and she started over with a new life. Now, Lindsey is older and wiser, with a teenage daughter who needs her more than ever. When her ex-husband is finally released, Lindsey believes she’s cut all ties. But she gets the sense that someone is watching her. Her new boyfriend is threatened. Her home is invaded, and her daughter is shadowed. Lindsey is convinced it’s her ex-husband, even though he claims he’s a different person. But can he really change? Is the one who wants her dead closer to home than she thought?
This was my first Chevy Stevens and wow . . . what a book to start with! I devoured it. I couldn’t pull myself away! My eyes raced through the pages until I forced myself into bed at 1 a.m. and then immediately read until the end once I woke up. I fell deep into this book. I even left teary-eyed at the end!
The story unfolds little by little, alternating between present time and flashbacks to the past. From the start, we know that Lindsey has built herself a new life after escaping an abusive husband. Yet, her abusive past is revealed gradually through her flashbacks. Told in this manner, it is easy to see how Lindsey got sucked in by her ex-husband, Andrew. I was enthralled, watching how charming he was initially and how he gradually increased the control he had over her life until it was absolute. As the violence escalated, it was evident that Lindsey had to get out of her marriage or that she would die at Andrew’s hands.
Now, over ten years later, Lindsey has established a new life for herself and her daughter, Sophie. A young child when Lindsey took her daughter on the run, Sophie is now a teenager. She knows nothing of her father, except what her mother has told her and the few articles that she’s been able to find.
As much as she loves her mother, she can’t help but be curious about the father that she’s never known. She’s only ever known the life of a child of a single-mother, struggling to make ends meet. She envies the children of the wealthy parents whose houses her mother cleans. She can’t help but wonder what it must be like to have both parents.
Now that Andrew is due for release from prison, Sophie’s dreams of the father she hasn’t known since she was five have the chance to become a reality. As she begins to work on building a relationship with him, her mother begins to fear for their safety.
Strange things start to happen. It is clear that somebody is messing with Lindsey. She’s scared…and she should be. Somebody is out to get her and she is terrified that Andrew is out to finish what he started all of those years ago.
From start to finish, this story had my full attention. My heart was pounding and I was on the edge of my seat from page one. I absolutely loved how Chevy Stevens keep me guessing until almost the end of the book. By the end, I was even suspicious of the dog. LOL.
It’s hard to put down and it’s hard to keep reading. I think part of it is knowing domestic violence does happen. I felt anger, sadness, fear and confusion.
If you’re in the mood for a thriller/suspense/mystery, then this is a good one. It will definitely make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end.
Also, maybe it was just me, but I kept wanting to slap Sophie upside the head.
““I don’t want to hurt you, but I might not be ableto stop myself. I love you too much to let you go.”