Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens

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10 Critic Reviews

As finely calculated in its escalating suspense as Stevens’ grueling debut...
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Synopsis

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 did not have an ideal home life. The question of why she was given up for adoption has always haunted her. Finally, she is ready to take steps and to 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. . . .

 

About Chevy Stevens

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CHEVY STEVENS grew up on a ranch on Vancouver Island and still calls the island home. When she’s not working on her next book, she’s camping and canoeing with her husband in the local mountains.
 
Published May 22, 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin. 480 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Political & Social Sciences, Crime. Fiction
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Kirkus

Good

As finely calculated in its escalating suspense as Stevens’ grueling debut...

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on May 02 2011

Stevens chillingly portrays a woman searching for her identity who's not just horrified by the results but fearful she or her child has inherited violent tendencies.

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Blog Critics

Good
on Jul 24 2011

I certainly hope Ms. Stevens is at work on her next novel! If you are a fan of thrillers with a psychological twist that make you think outside the box, then Chevy Stevens’ Never Knowing is not to be missed!

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Examiner

Above average
on Aug 08 2011

Like other thrillers, the situations are surreal, but not to the point that they are unbelievable.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
on Jul 05 2011

STILL MISSING was one of the smartest thrillers of 2010, and NEVER KNOWING repeats that performance...

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RT Book Reviews

Good

Stevens’ second novel is a knockout, starting strong and finishing even stronger. The suspense is constant and while at times Sara feels out of control and some of the material can be hard to read, Stevens makes it impossible to put the book down.

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National Post arts

Good
Reviewed by Special to National Post on Jul 15 2011

Never Knowing is a book that will make you grateful for your typical and measly family dysfunctions.

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20Something Reads

Good
on May 22 2012

...when the killer learns that he has a daughter, he will stop at nothing to claim her. This is one of the best books of last year.

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Nights and Weekends

Excellent

With its engaging characters and a suspenseful story, this dark and haunting thriller is like a spider’s web: intricately woven and entirely capable of leaving you hopelessly ensnared.

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National Post arts

Good
Reviewed by Rachel Harry on Jul 15 2011

The reward of Never Knowing is in the wonder it presents within some of life’s most challenging familial questions...Never Knowing is a book that will make you grateful for your typical and measly family dysfunctions.

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