Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Never Knowing - Chevy Stevens
By Chevy Stevens
I really wanted to love this book and after reading Stevens’ first book, Still Missing, I thought I would. Sadly, I was disappointed. Like Still Missing, the story is told from the perspective of the main character’s therapy sessions with each chapter being a new session. I love the unique feel this brings to her books.
In Never Knowing, Sara is a woman in search of her biological parents. Locating her birth mother leads Sara into a horror story she could never have expected. I was intrigued as the story unfolded but I was also concerned that there would not be enough of a story to fill the book. It was a fast read and I didn’t get bored with the story but looking back on it I do feel that there wasn’t much to it.
I found myself getting angry at some of the things that characters did because many of their actions seemed to go against their personalities. I also felt that a storyline was tied up too quickly at the end. I was happy to know what happened but I felt like it was wrapped up as an after-thought. This was a core building block of the story and I got the impression that Stevens didn’t really have a good answer for it.
Overall, Never Knowing wasn’t as good as I was hoping but I won’t be giving up on Stevens’ work yet. If you haven’t read anything by her yet, read Still Missing.
**Source: ARC from publisher