A twisty suspense novel that explores the dark side of love and obsession.
Chevy Stevens’ Never Let You Go follows Lindsey Nash who, eleven years ago took her young daughter and escaped from her abusive husband Andrew’s grasp. That same night, Andrew is arrested on unrelated charges and sentenced to ten years in prison. Now, Lindsey has made a new life for herself; she owns her own business and takes care of her teenage daughter, Sophie. When Andrew is released from prison, odd things start to happen and, despite Andrew’s claim that he’s reformed, Lindsey is convinced that he is behind everything, slowly plotting his revenge. But, is Andrew the one behind the threats, or has someone else been waiting in the wings to make their move? Told through Lindsey and Sophie’s perspectives in the present and past, Stevens weaves a chilling tale that makes you question every relationship you have and have ever had.
As someone who is an avid reader – and particularly of this genre – I’ve read a lot of stories that revolve around the main character running away to protect herself, or falling for the wrong person, or befriending the wrong person. This one has it all, but somehow Stevens has a way of making it seem fresh and new. Every character is flawed which makes all of them relatable – the mother who would do anything to protect her child; the husband with abandonment issues who became violent; the teenager who overshares and under-shares, desperate to hold on to relationships with both parents.
For someone who was in an abusive relationship and claims to have a hard time trusting anyone, Lindsey naïvely lets her guard down more often than not. In the span of the novel, not only does she date two different men (Greg and Marcus), but she also talks freely about her past, sometimes divulging more details than she should. She’s in constant contradiction to herself, one minute in a state of fight-or-flight and the other completely content.
We don’t know a lot about Andrew or what he went through in the past that causes him to act abusively, though he does admit to Sophie that his violence stemmed from severe abandonment issues. I went back and forth on my feelings about Andrew, sometimes I believed that he really had changed and felt sorry for him, and other times I was convinced that he hadn’t.
And Sophie just seems like the typical teenager that you love to hate. The one who is trying to become her own person and learning how to trust her gut, even if that means not always listening to the authority figure in her life.
At times dark and moody, Never Let You Go is a MUST read for suspense novel lovers.