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by Sphere, 7 September 2017. ISBN: 978-0-7515-6918-6 (PB)
Not long ago I saw a post on social
media bemoaning the fact that there were too many psychological thrillers
featuring abusive and controlling husbands/partners as the main (villainous)
protagonist. I have a certain amount of sympathy for that point of view, but,
like everything else, the story depends upon how it is written. So, when I set
out to read Never Let You Go by Chevy
Stevens -with yes, an abusive husband
in one of the main roles, I was interested to see how Chevy Stevens handled it.
I have read several of her books and was confident she wouldn’t let me down
with a run-of-the-mill nasty husband thriller.Reviewer:
premise was good: Eleven years before Lindsey Nash had fled her home with her
young daughter, leaving behind an abusive relationship. Her ex-husband ended up
in jail, and Lindsey and Sophie began a new life. Now Lindsey is older and
wiser and has left the past behind. Then Andrew is released from prison. Strange
things begin to happen. Lindsey’s boyfriend is threatened, her home invaded and
her daughter followed. Her ex-husband denies all knowledge of these events,
but, thinks Lindsey, it has to be him. Doesn’t it?
novel is told from two points of view - Lindsey and the now 17-year-old
daughter, Sophie. It also jumps backwards and forwards in time, gradually
revealing Lindsey’s abusive past. It has an atmospheric and unsettling
narrative with many strands: the mother and daughter relationship, marriage,
obsession, trust. The characterisation is excellent, and the way Chevy Stevens
writes makes you feel as though you are in the thick of the action.
makes Never Let You Go really stand
out, however, is the way Chevy Stevens makes us feel for both the struggling
and cynical Lindsey who is trying to keep her daughter safe, and the naive Sophie,
who has no real idea what her mother’s marriage had been like. Lindsey knows
what her husband is capable of but Sophie needs to understand her father and
find some good in him - and it is this conundrum that lies at the heart of the
book and elevates it from a domestic thriller to an excellent domestic
Stevens did not let me down.
Reviewer: Mary-Jane Riley
Chevy Stevensgrew up on a ranch on Vancouver Island and still calls
the island home. For most of her adult life she worked in sales, first as a rep
for a giftware company and then as a Realtor. While holding an open house one
afternoon, she had a terrifying idea that became the inspiration for Still
Missing. Chevy eventually sold her house and left real estate so she could
finish the book. Still Missing went on to become a New York Times
bestseller and win the International Thriller Writers Award for Best First
Novel. Chevy’s books have been optioned for movies and are published in
more than thirty countries.
enjoys writing thrillers that allow her to blend her interest in family
dynamics with her love of the west coast lifestyle. When she’s not working on
her next book, she’s camping and canoeing with her husband and daughter in the
Mary-Jane Riley wrote
her first story on her newly acquired blue Petite typewriter, when she was eight. When she grew up she had to earn a living, and became a BBC radio talk
show presenter and journalist. She has covered many life-affirming stories, but
also some of the darkest events of the past two decades. Then, in true
journalistic style, she decided not to let the facts get in the way of a good
story and got creative. She wrote for women's magazines and small presses. She
formed WriteOutLoud with two writer friends to help charities get their message
across using their life stories. Now she is writing psychological suspense,
drawing on her experiences in journalism. The
Bad Things by Mary-Jane Riley was published by Harper Collins/Killer Reads.
Her second book, After
published by Killer Reads in April 2016.To read the review click on the title.