Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by St. Martin’s Press
Synopsis: 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.
My Review: I have been a fan of Chevy Stevens since my librarian recommended Still Missing a few years ago. Her books never fail to grab me and keep me on the edge of my seat until I finish. Never Let You Go does not disappoint. The book starts off from Lindsay Nash’s point of view. It’s November 2005. Lindsay, her husband Andrew, and daughter Sophie are on holiday in Mexico. But this is definitely not a vacation for Lindsay. She can’t just enjoy the sun and relax by the pool. She averts her eyes and tries not to look at anyone, or draw attention to herself. As you can guess, Lindsay is an abused wife. She constantly walks on eggshells, careful not to upset her husband and at the same time try to shield her seven-year old from what’s going on. What is even worse is that she is afraid that Andrew will take Sophie and leave if she tries to tell anyone or leave on her own. When Andrew tries to kill her, she finally confides in her brother. They come up with a plan so Lindsay and Sophie can get away.
The story goes back and forth from 2005 when she and Andrew are together to 2015 where Lindsay now runs a small cleaning business, hiring women who were once in her position. She is raising Sophie, now a teenager to be an independent and strong woman. Everything changes when Andrew is released from prison after 10 years behind bars. He has promised his lawyer that he will leave them alone, but can he keep that promise? Why did he end up in prison in the first place?
After Andrew is released, he moves to their small town and strange things start happening. Lindsay is sure that Andrew is behind things and gets a peace bond against him. Sophie gets a boyfriend and Lindsay is worried about her. Their relationship becomes strained. Even Lindsay’s boyfriend is worried about what is going on with their lives and offers them refuge at his Lake House. Can Lindsay keep Sophie safe as she grows up and becomes a normal teenage girl? Is it time for Lindsay to take a chance on a new romance? By going back and forth in time, we can see how this once loving relationship morphs into this toxic relationship of emotional and physical abuse.
As usual, the character development is great. Lindsay and Sophie have a wonderful bond that is easy to understand with the way the story develops. It is a real mother/daughter bond that you would expect from a single parent family that has gone through hardships. The secondary characters of Andrew, Marcus, Greg, Jenny, and Jared are essential to the story and even though not the main characters are again developed well.
The story is told from both Lindsay and Sophie’s point of view, switching back and forth between chapters. It was easy to follow along and their different perspectives on what was happening made it even more interesting. I was sure that I knew who was causing the turmoil, then I would change my mind. I thought I had it figured out, but I was wrong. That is one thing I love about her books, the plot twists keep coming so that you cannot put it down until you find out how it is going to end. It was intense and suspenseful and I stayed up longer than I had planned to finish the book. If you like suspense then you will love this book. I highly recommend it to those who love thrillers and it even deals with an important issue in our time, that of spousal abuse. Thank-you to the publisher for allowing me to read an e-arc of this book via Netgalley.