Review: Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens

Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens
Hardcover, 406 pages
Published March 14th, 2017 by St. Martin's Press
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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?

My thoughts…

This is the first book that I've ever read by Chevy Stevens, it certainly won't be the last. I’ve have since purchased three other books by her and I’m very much looking forward to reading those. I was quickly caught up in the story and found it difficult to put down.

The story unfolds little by little, alternating between present time and flashbacks to the past, told from both Lindsey and Sophie's point of view. From the beginning we know that Lindsey has built herself a new life after escaping her abusive husband Andrew ten years earlier.

Lindsey’s marriage to Andrew had been wonderful in the beginning. Then she noticed subtle changes in Andrew during her pregnancy, and after their daughter Sophie was born. Andrew became extremely possessive, she no longer had any friends and he started to drink more. To others they appeared to be another happy family, her own family thought Andrew was wonderful and never suspected his abusiveness.

Lindsey constantly walked on eggshells when Andrew was home, she tried to keep him happy but no matter how hard she tried he would find a reason to be upset with her. As the violence escalated, it was apparent that Lindsey had to get out of her marriage or be killed by Andrew. She finally found the courage to leave Andrew, taking their daughter with her. The night they escaped, Andrew went out searching for them and was involved in car wreck which resulted in death. Andrew was sentenced to ten years in prison for manslaughter.

Now, over ten years later, Lindsey has built a new life for herself and her daughter. She runs a small cleaning business and she's very focused on taking care of her teenage daughter. Sophie was a young child when her mother ran away from her father. Sophie knows nothing about 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. Sophie begins to communicate with her father without her mother knowing. Andrew has served his time in prison for manslaughter and is being released soon. He has turned his life around and would like to reconnect with his daughter. He manages to track down Sophie and Lindsey and finds work on the small island they call home.

Now that Andrew has been released from prison, somebody is messing with Lindsey and she believes that it’s Andrew. Strange things start to happen, she feels like someone is watching her and getting into her home when they are not there. She is terrified that Andrew is back to finished what he started all those years ago.

There's so much more to this story and I don’t want to give anything away. The character development was excellent. I liked the bond that Lindsey and Sophie had with each other. After Andrew was released from prison, I really liked his character and I was rooting for him and Sophie along the way. I was completely surprised by the turn of events and I thought I had it all figured out… but I was completely wrong. I love psychological thrillers that keep me guessing until the very end, it’s always a disappointment for me to find out all the twists early on.

I would highly have recommended Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens to those who love psychological thrillers.

Happy Reading - J

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