Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens

Never Knowing
Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens

Chevy Stevens' second novel, Never Knowing, begins with Sarah Gallagher's search for her birth mother.  While Sarah had grown up with two younger sisters, her adoptive father had always made her feel unwelcome.   While she'd tried to ignore the hostility, coldness, and emotional distance, now that Sarah was starting her marriage and a family, she hoped that finding her birth mother would bring an added presence into their lives.

Sarah and her private detective track down her biological mother Julia Laroche, but her mother's hostility shocks her.   Sarah discovers the painful circumstances of her birth - and that her father is a notorious serial killer that has never been captured.

The press somehow learns about Sarah Gallagher's parentage and leaks the news.  As Sarah's mother loses her privacy and Sarah's world explodes,  she catches the attention of the father she'd never known.  

As Sarah's father reaches out to her - she must find a way to protect herself and her family.

Never Knowing is the sort of psychological thriller that will keep you up at night.  It's fast-paced action and psychological drama grabbed me from the start.  But the family intrigue that Sarah Gallagher faces makes the book stand out.  Chevy Stevens captures so well the rivalry and bitterness of the three sisters, the meanness and the hurt that characterizes Sarah's unequal relationship with her adoptive father, and the loneliness and uncertainty of her birth father.

ISBN-10: 0312595689 - Hardcover $24.99
Publisher: St. Martin's Press (July 5, 2011), 352 pages.
Review copy provided by the publisher.

About the Author:
Chevy Stevens grew up on a ranch on Vancouver Island and still calls the island her home.  For much of her adult life, she's worked in sales,  first as a rep for a home goods company and then as a realtor.  At open houses, while waiting for potential buyers she'd spent hours scaring herself with thoughts of horrible things that could happen to her.  Her most terrifying scenario, which began with being abducted, was the inspiration for Still Missing. After 6 months, Chevy sold her house and left real estate so she could finish writing the book. 

When she's not working on her next book, she's hiking with her husband and dog in the local mountains.

1 comment:

  1. Chevy's first book Still Missing was an amazing book and I am looking forward to reading this one.