I started Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens when I only had a mass-produced paperback copy. It was amazing and I was really into the book and got five chapters in before I could no longer stand handling the difficult format of it. I immediately ordered a hardcover and I finished it just a few days after it arrived.
I found this book very different from the others I have read by Chevy Stevens. Although I enjoyed the read, I did find the book a little heavy on the explanative narration and dialogue. But maybe I was just impatient to find out what was going on!
The reviews of other Checvy Stevens books:
Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens Synopsis:
“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 she’s 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.”Goodreads
What I Loved
I was hooked into the plot of this book right away. There was no slow start or any dilly-dallying here. It dived right in to the juicy stuff. The protagonist quickly finds her birth mother and soon discovers that her dad is a famous serial killer. From there the escalation builds steadily and the book manages to keep this fast pace until the end.
What I Didn’t Love
I found there to be a little too much explanation in this book. It came out in both dialogue and the narration. It actually reminds me of my biggest difficulty in writing. I also love to over explain and make sure that everything is understood. Most books in this genre will leave a little more room for the reader to connect the dots and dials it down on the back and forth conversations.
This wasn’t a huge issue for me, but it made me impatient to get to the more exciting stuff because I felt like I was being retold what I already knew over and over again. I like to have a bit more left to my imagination rather than having every single thing pointed out to me. The being said, I tend to be a fast reader and I could be blowing this out of proportion. I was really into the plot and just HAD to find out what was going on RIGHT NOW, so any unnecessary delay made me frustrated.
Summary: Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens
Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens has become one of my favorite books by her. It is still second to Still Missing but it was close. I was really interested in the relationships, the plot and I just could have done with less over-clarification. This author keeps proving herself to me and her books, with the exception of Those Girls, have all been right up my alley.