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Thursday, June 7, 2018

#Audiobook #Review: 5 out of 5 stars for Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens @ChevyStevens @BlackstoneAudio

AUTHOR: Chevy Stevens
NARRATORS: Rachel Fulginiti and Caitlin Davies
PUBLISHER: Blackstone Audio
PUBLICATION DATE: March 14, 2017
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 11 hrs and 56 mins
GENRE: Mystery
ISBN: 9781504720120
A stunning and thrilling novel from New York Times bestselling author Chevy Stevens. The author of Still Missing targets her readers with a novel that hits all the notes they have come to expect from her--and ratchets up the stakes even more. Lindsey Nash is starting over with her new life after leaving her abusive ex-husband who was sent to jail. She has her own business and is raising her teenage daughter who needs her now more than ever.When her husband is finally released, Lindsey believes she has cut all ties. There is no way he can ever find her and her daughter again. But she gets the sense that someone is watching her, tracking her every move. Her new boyfriend is threatened. Her home is invaded. Even her daughter is shadowed. Lindsey is convinced it's her ex-husband, even though he claims he is a different person and doesn't want to do her any harm. But can he really change? Is the one who wants her dead even closer to home than she thought?
MY REVIEW:

This Canadian author does not disappoint! This one makes three for three for me. I've read and enjoyed two of her earlier books, Still Missing and Never Knowing

The story is told from both a past and a present timeline. The past timeline takes place in the early days of the marriage betwen Lindsey and Andrew, where he see Andrew's obsessive and possessive behaviour towards his wife. We also see the type of manipulative games that he plays to control Lindsey through fear, using their daughter Sophie as a bargaining chip. He makes it known to Lindsey that he will disappear with their daughter and she never see Sophie again if she doesn't do as she's told! As the physical and emotional abuse escalates, Lindsey knows that she needs to run away with Sophie. The first time is unsuccessful, so Lindsey decides to dose him with sleeping pills to ensure a getaway. The plan works, but Andrew rouses from his drugged stupor and gets behind the wheel to try to find them and is involved in a fatal collision which kills the other driver. Andrew is sent away to jail for ten years, and Lindsey starts her new life. She runs her own cleaning company and starts a support group for abused women. Things start to happen that make Lindsey think that Andrew is stalking her. Sure enough, she finds out that he has been released.

In addition to the two timelines, the story in the present tense is told from the perspectives of both Lindsey and her now nearly grown-up daughter, 17-year-old Sophie.

I really liked Lindsey, who went through a lot! She is a strong character who overcame a lot and had to re-make herself. Not only did she establish her own company, but she also wanted to help other abused women and mentored them in a support group. She also hired some of these ladies and gave them a job to help them earn an income. Raising a child as a single parent is tough, and I really appreciate her challenges. Sophie is the typical child of a divorce who craves what they never had growing up. Sometimes I wanted to hug her, but other times I wanted to give her a shake and tell her to smarten up!

In Stevens' usual style, the story moves along at a quick pace with a red herring or two and a twist. I can count on her books to draw me in and keep me on the edge of my seat. Thank goodness she has a few more for me to catch up on!

This audiobook featured two narrators, one for Lindsey and the other for Sophie: Rachel Fulginiti and Caitlin Davies. The one who voiced Lindsey was great, and I have no issues with her at all. However, the one that narrated Sophie's voice had an annoying habit of ending each sentence with an upward lilt. There are times when it is appropriate to do that, such as if you are asking a question, but she did it on a constant basis even when it was a statement rather than a question. I found it very irritating, and I groaned whenever I got to a Sophie chapter. I had to check my other reviews for Stevens' earlier books, Still Missing and Never Knowing, to see if either of these narrators narrated her other books (they did not) and this is now the second time that I've been disappointed in one of the narrations for Stevens' books! That's such a shame and makes me consider whether I'll buy any more of the audiobooks. I may have to read the next one in printed format. Here is a sample of the narration:


MY RATING:

5 stars!! I loved it, and you should definitely put it on your TBR if you enjoy mysteries or psychological thrillers.

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