Never Knowing

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Title: Never Knowing
Author: Chevy Stevens
Pages: 407
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Publisher: St. Martin's (Macmillan)
Pub. Date: July 5, 2011

Never Knowing is the second book by author Chevy Stevens who wrote last year's big hit, Still Missing. Last year we were exposed to what happens when a woman is kidnapped, held captive, and forced to become a "wife" to a psycho. This time we are introduced to Sara Gallagher, the oldest of three girls, but the only one in the family who was adopted by her parents. Sara is engaged to be married and has a 7-year-old daughter when she finally decides to officially try to find her birth mother. Sara is hurt when she learns her birth mother has no desire to ever meet her but terrified when she learns why: Sara was conceived as a result of her birth mother being raped by a serial killer who was unable to finish his intended actions. Worse yet, this information is mysteriously leaked to the press causing Sara's biological father to learn about her -- and being pursuing her.

What a super scary, suspenseful, and creepy book! First of all, it was a very strange coincidence that the night I started reading this (pre-planned) was the night I happened to watch the 20/20 special on tv about the daughter of a woman who had killed her three older children. This child was taken from her mother at birth and grew up to realize she was the daughter of a cold-blooded killer. So it was totally weird to realize the same thing was happening to the main character in the book I had just started reading! Anyway, that was an aside, but I don't think that contributed at all to the reason I found the book scary and suspenseful. The author did that all on her own. I was thoroughly addicted to this book, wanting to find out what was going to happen next and if Sara's dad was going to find her. I was even afraid to turn off the light at night after putting this book down to go to sleep.

There was one thing about the story that I made a truly wild guess about and was happy to learn that I caught on! I like to think this was my advanced insight. ;) But in all reality the story was well done and the pacing was good. I became frustrated at some of Sara's attitudes about being adopted and the lack of relationship she had with her adopted father. I could see where it may have contributed to the story but I think it would have had the same affect if her adoptive relationship with her parents was better than it was depicted. But that was my only gripe.

When I first peeked at the book when it arrived in the mail, I was surprised to find that it was written in the same style as her first book with each chapter depicting a therapy session. My first thought was that I thought it was best to keep that style to one book. But my other thought was that is this author's "thing" now and I still think it's a unique way to tell the story so in that case I liked it. If you read and liked Still Missing you will definitely like this book. And for those who haven't but who like thrillers, I would recommend this.

Definitely a suspenseful, thrilling read!


Melissa said...

I must read this book now! LOL It does sound creepy and scary. I really loved Still Missing and this one sounds really great. Thanks for the review.


Zibilee said...

I had read another review of this one that said that she employs the therapist technique again, and I guess you can't blame her, as it worked so well for her the first time. I actually don't think that it was the therapist sections of Still Missing that made the book as wildly popular as it was, but I guess if she's hit on a strategy that works for her then more power to her! I will also be reading this book and am excited about it because I loved her first one. I am glad that you also liked this one. Thanks for the insightful and interesting review!

Jenny said...

Melissa, do you have this book? I will send you my ARC if you don't!

bookmagic said...

I've never heard of this author before. I think I will check these out. Thanks for the great review

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

Holy crap. I guess she is going to be known for her creepy, screwed up stories. I'll read this. I couldn't put down her first one, even though I had issues with the end. Great review, Jenny!

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I loved Still Missing....and I just got this book this week. I'm really looking forward to it!

Thanks for the great review.

trish said...

I was staying away from this book because of the similar set up as Still Missing, but you've convinced me to read it!

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

Holy crap on a cracker, I just finished this one. I didn't think it was as terrifying as Still Missing but BOY, does she like the messed up stories. Whew!

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