Sep 182021
 
That Night

That Night by Chevy Stevens

A stunning breakout novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Still Missing in which a woman is convicted of her sister’s murder.

Toni Murphy was eighteen when she and her boyfriend, Ryan, were wrongly convicted of the murder of her younger sister. Now she is thirty-four and back in her hometown, working every day to forge and adjust to a new life on the outside. She’s doing everything in her power to avoid violating her parole and going back to prison. But nothing is making that easy – not Ryan, who is convinced he can figure out the truth; not her mother, who clearly doubts Toni’s innocence; and certainly not the group of women who made Toni’s life miserable in high school and who may have darker secrets than anyone realizes. Before Toni can truly move on, she must risk everything to find out the truth and clear her name.

Thoughts
I’ve loved every book by Chevy Stevens that I’ve read so I decided it was time to catch up on the ones I haven’t read. This was the next book on the list.

There weren’t as many suspenseful parts as there were in the other books of hers I’ve read, but the ones it did have were very intense.

The beginning was good, the middle was better, and I loved the ending, other than one sad thing.

This is part love story, part family drama, part mean girls, part murder. It gave me all the feels!

The audiobook is narrated by Jorjeana Marie and I thought she did a great job!

I plan on reading the next book Chevy wrote soon.

 Posted by at 4:57 PM
Apr 052019
 

Never Let You Go

Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens
Narrated by Rachel Fulginiti

Audible Audiobook
Listening Length: 11 hours and 56 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Version: Unabridged
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Audible.com Release Date: March 14, 2017

Eleven years ago, Lindsey Nash escaped into the night with her young daughter and left an abusive relationship. Her ex-husband, Andrew, was sent to jail and Lindsey started over with a new life.

Now, Lindsey is older and wiser, with her own business and a teenage daughter who needs her more than ever. When Andrew is finally released from prison, Lindsey believes she has cut all ties and left the past behind her. But she gets the sense that someone is watching her, tracking her every move. 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 has he really changed? Is the one who wants her dead closer to home than she thought?

Thoughts
I loved the authors first three books (5* ratings for me) and when I saw this one I thought it sounded really good so got the audio.

While I did enjoy the book, it just didn’t grab me like the other 3 Stevens books that I’ve read. The story was good, the characters good, the narration good, but something was lacking. It just wasn’t as  white knuckle as the others. It had some suspense, but it was much tamer in this story. Still, I did enjoy it so I’d give it a 4*.

 Posted by at 11:42 AM
Oct 292013
 

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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!

 Posted by at 6:18 PM
Aug 152011
 

Still Missing by Chevy Stevens

Still Missing by Chevy Stevens

Thoughts
This book kept me glued to the pages from the very first paragraph! It made me think of how many times I’ve trusted someone just because they seemed nice, and how things could have gone very badly very quickly. It’s very scary to think that this could actually happen.

Annie’s trust of people got her in a very, very bad situation. I loved how her survival mode kicked in and she survived what many wouldn’t have. She’s abducted, raped, abused physically and mentally, and told when and what she can and can’t do, even when she can go to the bathroom or take a bath.

If you love thriller/suspense and haven’t read this yet, get a copy NOW! It’s the best book I’ve read in a very long time.

 Posted by at 3:37 PM
Aug 062011
 

Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press (July 5, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0312595689
ISBN-13: 978-0312595685
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…
Can you say WOW? This is another home run from author Chevy Stevens.
I was so excited to see this book had been released because I LOVED Still Missing , which was this authors debut book.
Although I didn’t quite love this book as much as her first, it still was very good. The characters were well written, they were flawed just like real people. Sara was a mix of personalities. She was impulsive, confused, moody and deceptive. Her daughter was a bit of a brat, throwing a hissy fit when she didn’t get her way. Evan was a bit overbearing at times, wanting Sara to do what he wanted her to do. Most of the time characters like that tend to get on my nerves, but in this book, with what was going on, I liked them. It added so much emotion to the story.
The only down side of the book was that it was a little slow at the beginning. But once it picked up speed, it was a white knuckle ride. AND, the ending was amazing!
I know there are lots of reviews out there that don’t sing the praises of this book, but don’t let that influence you. Not everyone will like the same books. Get a copy, read it, and make up your own mind.
 Posted by at 11:15 PM