Never Let You Go

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Published by: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: March 14, 2017
ISBN13: 978-1250034564
Pages: 416

  

Synopsis

Eleven years ago, Lindsey Nash escaped into the night with her young daughter and left an abusive relationship. Her ex-husband was sent to jail and she started over with a new life. Now, Lindsey is older and wiser, with a teenage daughter who needs her more than ever. When her ex-husband is finally released, Lindsey believes she’s cut all ties. But she gets the sense that someone is watching her. Her new boyfriend is threatened. Her home is invaded, and her daughter is shadowed. Lindsey is convinced it’s her ex-husband, even though he claims he’s a different person. But can he really change? Is the one who wants her dead closer to home than she thought?

Chevy Stevens targets her readership with a novel that hits all the notes they come to expect from her—and ratchets up the stakes even more in a novel that explores the darkest heart of love and obsession.


Exciting News

  • Indie Next List
  • Amazon Editor’s Pick
  • Rights sold to fifteen countries
  • On the German bestseller list for seven weeks
  • Globe and Mail Bestseller
  • Toronto Star Bestseller
  • Nominated for Goodreads Choice Award
  • Selected as one of Suspense Magazine’s “Best of 2017”
  • Bookreporter.com Bets on Pick
  • Featured on Buzzfeeds Beach Reads Roundup
  • Featured on LitHub Daily

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Praise

“Stevens’s taut writing and chilling depiction of love twisted beyond recognition make this a compelling read from the first page to the last.”

Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“Disturbing, suspenseful, and just a little nerve-wracking, this fast-paced psychological thriller will keep fans of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl on edge.”

Library Journal

“Stevens’ take on a familiar woman-pursued-by-abuser plot has sparked a fast-paced thriller with a surprise twist.”

–Kirkus

“The gripping, often terrifying story follows Lindsey as she endures the roller coaster that is survival and in the end finds an outcome that she never expected….Stevens’s portrayal is spot-on.”

–Booklist

“Stevens’s latest has all the suspenseful drama she is known for, dialed up a notch to cause fingernail-biting and breath-holding….Filled with twists, this mystery is not easy to figure out and will keep readers quickly devouring the story to discover what exactly is going on and who is behind it–and it will not be the expected answer.”

–RT Book Reviews

“Chevy Stevens is back with a thriller that definitely kicks the tension up a notch and does not let go until the last mystery is revealed. Lindsey Nash has finally found peace when she leaves her abusive husband and sees him imprisoned. Her world is shattered, however, when Andrew is released and she realizes that she and her daughter are both at risk. NEVER LET YOU GO is full of twists, turns, and an ending that will leave readers saying, “I never saw that coming.” Start reading this thriller in the morning because you won’t put it down until you have turned the final riveting page.”
Pamela Klinger-Horn, Excelsior Bay Books

“NEVER LET YOU GO was the first Chevy Stevens novel I picked up. It will not be the last. I opened the book on Thursday and closed it on Saturday enraptured by the spine-tingling heart-wrenching story of Lindsey, Sophie, and Andrew. The author perfectly captures the terrified and helpless mindset of the domestic abuse victim. The impatience I felt with Lindsey is the same impatience I’ve felt with friends experiencing intolerable situations at work or at home. Then the author’s magic draws the reader down that rabbit hole into the downward spiral of helplessness where even the most extreme actions are justifiable. The loss of innocence, the fumbled attempts at reconciliation, the misunderstood conversations that compounded tense interactions. NEVER LET YOU GO is a perfect example of how we interpret conversations through the filter of our world view. The heart-wrenching sadness at the end of the novel is that of lost opportunities.”
Gillette Kempf, An Open Book

“Ten years ago: Lindsay Nash is trapped in an abusive marriage with a man who has threatened to kill her if she runs.  Today: Lindsay is a successful small business owner and a single mom raising her teenage daughter.  However, when her ex-husband is released from jail, the terror starts all over again as she and her daughter are stalked and skillfully manipulated.  Her ex swears it isn’t him – but is there any chance he has really changed?  This fast-paced thriller will leave you guessing right up to the end!”
Carrie Deming, The Dog Eared Book

“I received this book yesterday and finished it today, Wow what a story. What a beginning, grabbed me on the first page on couldn’t put it down. Love turns to abuse, obsession, control, threats, possessiveness, violence, death, trust issues, fear, and forgiveness. This novel is full of suspense; the ending was a real shocker. I loved it.”
Sarita Goodman, Books n Things

“Andrew is one hell of a scary abusive husband.  And the writing…. Chevy Stevens describes his facial expressions so well and it gives me chills each time because you know he is going to do something horrid and mean.  I will be reading again in a couple of hours and I can’t wait. Thanks for sending me such an enticing, frightening, addictive story!”
Susan Wasson, Bookworks

“Get out your thesaurus and look up suspense, thriller, compelling, unforgettable and any other word you’ve ever applied to your favorite suspense novels and apply them all here.Wow, Stevens’ writing is so great I actually wish I could forget some scenes BUT you will love this whole book. Oh, and guaranteed twists you won’t see coming.”
Sue Roegge, Chapter 2 Books


Inspiration

When I started writing my sixth book I had a completely different premise. The initial concept was born from a nightmare I had about a home invasion. I decided to write the story from multiple perspectives, but I began to have doubts. I wasn’t feeling an emotional connection to any of the characters. I thought I was just second-guessing myself and pressed onward. After nine months, I sent the draft to my editor, who confirmed my fears—the story was not coming together. We had a few conversations about ways to fix it, but I felt in my stomach that it was the wrong premise. First person perspectives seem to be the best way for me to connect with my characters, otherwise it’s as though I am seeing the story and not experiencing it.  That doesn’t mean I won’t try other things in the future, but I knew that with this book I needed to find a story that I felt more in touch with so I could write from a more authentic place.

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