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Never Knowingby Chevy Stevens
Synopses & Reviews
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....
"Stevens's unnerving stand-alone thriller about a woman's search for her birth parents matches the intensity of her impressive debut, Still Missing. Growing up on Vancouver Island, Sara Gallagher felt emotionally detached from her adoptive family. Now 33, Sara finally locates her birth mother, university professor Julia Laroche, but is devastated when Julia wants nothing to do with her. Sara learns that she was conceived when her birth mother was attacked by the Campsite Killer, a serial killer responsible for a 40-year reign of terror, who has never been caught. When the circumstances of Sara's birth become public, her biological father contacts her, demanding to meet her and her six-year-old daughter. If she refuses, he will continue to kill. 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. While the plot flirts with clichés, the skillful storytelling never flags. 150,000 first printing. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Block off the weekend, grab a comfy seat and prepare for the rocket ride of your life! Never Knowing will consume you with the desire to read every page, gasp at every twist and know every last secret between one woman and her serial killer father." Lisa Gardener, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Love You More
"Never Knowing is a chilling thriller with enough twists and turns so every time I thought I knew where it was going I was taken somewhere else. I have a feeling that Chevy Stevens is an author who is going to keep getting better and better with each book! I hope I'm still around for the next six — at which point she'll probably give me a heart attack. But what a great way to go out!" Lois Duncan, author of I Know What You Did Last Summer.
"A terrifying, chilling scenario that unfolds into a nightmare and had me keeping the light on at night." Rosamund Lupton, bestselling author of Sister
"Stevens takes us on a wild ride in this action-packed book." The Globe and Mail
"As finely calculated in its escalating suspense as Stevens grueling debut." Kirkus Reviews
"Stevens second novel is a knockout, starting strong and finishing even stronger." RT Book Reviews
"If you love racing through a psychological thriller, or if you're interested in writing within this genre, read both of these novels back to back and witness the development of a talented new storyteller." National Post
"The action is non-stop and the story flows without a bump." Seattle Post Intelligencer
"This is an excellent beach read because you'll find you can't put the book down for more than a moment once you pick it up, so have an open day planned." The Surrey Now
"Never Knowing is a thrilling read....Stevens is establishing herself as a writer who can be counted on to deliver an exciting story, told through compelling characters." BC Local News
At thirty-three Sara Gallagher is finally happy. Her antique furniture restoration business is taking off and she's engaged to a wonderful man. But there's one big question that still haunts her — who are her birth parents? Sara is finally ready to find out.
Sara's birth mother rejects her again. Then she discovers her biological father is an infamous killer who's been hunting women every summer for almost forty years. Sara tries to come to terms with her horrifying parentage — and her fears that shes inherited more than his looks — with her therapist, Nadine, who we first met in Still Missing. But soon Sara realizes the only thing worse than finding out your father is a killer is him finding out about you.
Some questions are better left unanswered.
Never Knowing is a complex and compelling portrayal of one woman's quest to understand where she comes from. That is, if she can survive....
About the Author
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 hiking with her husband and her dog in the local mountains. Visit Chevy at www.chevystevens.com.
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