Oct 292013


Always Watching by Chevy Stevens

She helps people put their demons to rest.

But she has a few of her own…

In the lockdown ward of a psychiatric hospital, Dr. Nadine Lavoie is in her element. She has the tools to help people, and she has the desire—healing broken families is what she lives for. But Nadine doesn’t want to look too closely at her own past because there are whole chunks of her life that are black holes. It takes all her willpower to tamp down her recurrent claustrophobia, and her daughter, Lisa, is a runaway who has been on the streets for seven years.

When a distraught woman, Heather Simeon, is brought into the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit after a suicide attempt, Nadine gently coaxes her story out of her—and learns of some troubling parallels with her own life. Digging deeper, Nadine is forced to confront her traumatic childhood, and the damage that began when she and her brother were brought by their mother to a remote commune on Vancouver Island. What happened to Nadine? Why was their family destroyed? And why does the name Aaron Quinn, the group’s leader, bring complex feelings of terror to Nadine even today?

And then, the unthinkable happens, and Nadine realizes that danger is closer to home than she ever imagined. She has no choice but to face what terrifies her the most…and fight back.

Sometimes you can leave the past, but you can never escape. 

Another 5 star book from Chevy Stevens! The story was interesting from the first paragraph and didn’t let up till the last word. I loved the twists and turns, it kept surprising me time after time. I loved the passion Nadine felt for not only her daughter, but for her patients as well. Stevens has a vivid imagination that makes reading one of her books an emotional event. Her characters are so “real” that you can’t help but have strong feelings them, good or bad.

I’ve read all of Chevy’s books  currently published, and I’ve never been disappointed!

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  4 Responses to “Book Review: Always Watching by Chevy Stevens”

  1. Nice review. I haven’t heard of this author before, but after reading your review, I’ll be checking out her work.

    I’m a new follower on BlogLovin’.

  2. I feel the exact same as you. I love her books! Great review!

  3. This sounds like a book I’d love too!

  4. Hi Vicki,

    Almost from the time I began blogging, I have had the name of Chevy Stevens on my list of authors to read, as hers was one of the first names that kept cropping up when I started talking to US bloggers. To my shame I still haven’t actually got around to sourcing any of her books, although I have every good intention of doing so soon.

    If you have read all of her books to date, I guess you will be eager to grab her new book which comes out next year. The only information released about ‘That Night’ so far is its finished cover art, which looks great.

    Glad that you enjoyed this one so much and hope that you are having a good week.

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