“Never Let You Go” by Chevy Stevens is a fascinating thriller that will keep readers guessing and second-guessing their predictions throughout the story. It’s about Lindsey, who married the man of her dreams. But it turns out that he is far from that.
Andrew, handsome and successful, becomes her worst nightmare, abusive and possessive. While Andrew loves their daughter, Sophie, he doesn’t trust Lindsey, doesn’t allow her any freedom, credit cards, money, or friends. When his threatening behavior turns violent, and he almost kills her one night, she knows she has to get out of the relationship. The story is told in alternative voices from both Lindsey’s and Sophie’s points of view.
With the help of her brother, Lindsey manages to escape with Sophie. But the plan has unintended consequences, and Andrew ends up in prison for killing a woman when he drunkenly drives after them. He gets out when his term is up and finds Lindsey and Sophie.
That’s when things start to happen. Their dog is poisoned, the house is ransacked. Lindsey finds things not where she left them. Is it Andrew? He swears it isn’t and that he learned his lesson in prison.
Stevens does a fabulous job portraying the conflict Lindsey feels. She loved Andrew a lot but went through hell in their marriage. He begins a short-lived relationship with Sophie when she writes him in prison as part of a school project. Lindsey does not know she does this, and feels betrayed when she finds out. Andrew appears reformed and regretful, but Sophie is confused and conflicted when the suspicious events begin to happen. Stevens seems to channel Sophie’s teenage voice and her guilt at bringing Andrew back into their lives.
Jared, Sophie’s boyfriend, is also a suspect in the strange events. He has wealthy parents who leave him alone to drink, take drugs, and basically do whatever he wants. Is he as possessive and controlling as Sophie’s father?
When the real culprit is revealed, it’s a twist that some might have seen coming, but it’s no less satisfying for that.
Please note: This review is based on the advance reader’s copy provided by St. Martin’s Press, the publisher, for review purposes.