Title: Never Knowing: A Novel
Author: Chevy Stevens
Genre: Fiction - Murder / Mystery / Thriller / Suspense
FTC Disclosure: Borrowed from the library
Summary (from goodreads.com):
From the acclaimed author of STILL MISSING comes a psychological thriller about one woman’s search into her past and the deadly truth she uncovers.
All her life, Sara Gallagher has wondered about her birth parents. As an adopted child with two sisters who were born naturally to her parents, Sara’s home life was not ideal. The question of why she was given up for adoption has always haunted her. Finally, she is ready to take steps and find closure.
But some questions are better left unanswered.
After months of research, Sara locates her birth mother—only to be met with horror and rejection. Then she discovers the devastating truth: her mother was the only victim ever to escape a killer who has been hunting women every summer for decades. But Sara soon realizes the only thing worse than finding out about her father is him finding out about her.
What if murder is in your blood?
Never Knowing is a complex and compelling portrayal of one woman’s quest to understand herself, her origins, and her family. That is, if she can survive…
I thought I could handle it, Nadine.
- I read Still Missing last year, and quite enjoyed it (see my review here). When this book came up, I was curious to see what the author would do, since the psychologist was the common character between the 2 books (both protagonists told their story to the same psychologist).
- It was a fast read, and the premise was very interesting - what would you do, if you find out your real father (whom you don't know anything about) was a serial killer? Would you want to meet him? Would you rather not? It definitely made me think "what if".
- At over 400 pages though, the story was a little long, especially since not a lot happened. There were some twists in the end, but I was able to guess some of them (not every single one, but could see where the story was going)
- I also didn't like the characters as much in this book and they seemed a bit stereotypical. So overall, not a bad read but I preferred Still Missing, which had a stronger voice.
- The title of the book is fitting, and I quite like the cover. I wonder if the author would continue would this format of her future books (another protagonist consulting the same psychologist, Nadine, who actually do not play a big part of the story. Maybe we'd hear from Nadine some day?)
You said my obsessions were passions, that my intensity were a powerful gift, that my determination was admirable. That what I considered my weaknesses could also be my greatest strengths. If John is a mirror that reflects back my worst distortions of myself, then you're a mirror that reflects that good. (p302-303)
3 Stars. Not bad. Liked Still Missing better.
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