Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Release Day Review: Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens

Title: Never Let You Go 
Author: Chevy Stevens 
Publisher: St. Martin's Press 
Source: Publisher 
Published: March 14th, 2017 
Purchase: Amazon | B&N 

Summary: 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? 

Chevy Stevens targets her readership with a novel that hits all the notes they come to expect from her—and ratchets up the stakes even more in a novel that explores the darkest heart of love and obsession.

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The minute that Never Let You Go was in my hands, I thought I’d take a little peek… just browse the first few pages. And that was the last I saw of that day. This book pulled me in that fast, and I was hypnotized. There’s no putting this one down. I love how brilliantly this story is set up. Not only do we alternate between past and present but we also get both Lindsey and Sophie’s perspectives.

When Lindsey married Andrew, she thought he was the man of her dreams. She slowly began to realize he was a thing of nightmares. The more he drank, the scarier he became… the more possessive, the more jealous, and less of the man she thought she knew. The night Lindsey escaped with Sophie was the night Andrew was arrested – but not for what you might expect. Now, eleven years later, Lindsey and Sophie have made a life for themselves. But when Andrew is released from prison, things begin to happen. Someone is watching Lindsey. Someone wants her dead. Will she ever be free?

I loved this book. One of my favorite movies of all time is Sleeping with the Enemy, and this book captures that vibe flawlessly. I really connected with these characters. Sometimes I wanted to shake Sophie and say, “Listen to your mother! Bad things happen when you don’t!” – but my heart also broke for her and what she’s been through. I adore Lindsey. It was so nice to see a woman overcome such heartbreak and have so much determination. She also has the strength to reach out to other victims of domestic abuse and to learn how to defend herself and those she loves. She’ll never give up, and I admire that so much. I love the author’s writing and the pacing of the story; the twists and red herrings were done brilliantly. I had my suspicions from the get-go; and though I guessed correctly, it was just that: a guess. I don’t believe it makes this book predictable in the least, especially when all is revealed and the reader gets to watch everything unravel.

This book is about more than manipulation and betrayal; it’s about strength and courage, even forgiveness. It was exciting yet poignant. It was a complete thrill ride, and I have a new go-to author.

Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. 

© at A Belle's Tales

  

16 comments:

  1. I am SO excited that you really enjoyed this one, because I want to read it so much. It does seem to deal with topics that might be a little difficult, but the fact that it was engrossing, oh give me give me!!

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    1. It's so good, Lily! I can't wait for you to read it!

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  2. Sleeping with the Enemy was an intense movie. I think this sounds like a riveting read. Definitely nail biting. I enjoyed your review and I am definitely curious about this one. Hope I get a chance to read it this year. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. There are definitely some intense parts in this book, but man, was it ever good! I hope you do too, Jess -- I think you'll enjoy it!

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  3. OMG! I wanna try this one. Great review Michele!

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    1. I want you to, Vanessa! I believe you would enjoy this one! Thank you :D

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  4. I love to read this type of book. Great review, I am going to put this on my TBR.

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    1. Thank you, Cindy! I'm so glad you're adding it. It's written so well!

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  5. I could see myself reading this one Michele!

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    1. 100% a you book, my friend! Get it. One click it. I'll wait here.

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  6. I love when a book gives you enough to guess but not enough to be 100% sure in your guess. Its the perfect balance. Great review Wifey!

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    1. This is not your typical read, but I know deep in my heart you would enjoy the heck out of this book. Imma get you to read this one... just you wait. lol Thanks, wifey pants *smoosh*

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  7. OH this sounds so good. Sleeping with the Enemy was so good and if this has that vibe, I totally want to read it!

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    1. It really does, Heidi! Sort of Sleeping with the Enemy meets Enough! I want you to read it!

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  8. I'm totally kicking myself for not picking this up for review! Gah! Will add it to my wishlist now.

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