Tuesday, June 25, 2013

ARC review: Always Watching by Chevy Stevens

Note: I gratefully received a copy of this novel from Net Galley and St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review.

 Synopsis(via Goodreads):

She helps people put their demons to rest.

But she has a few of her own…

In the lockdown ward of a psychiatric hospital, Dr. Nadine Lavoie is in her element. She has the tools to help people, and she has the desire—healing broken families is what she lives for. But Nadine doesn’t want to look too closely at her own past because there are whole chunks of her life that are black holes. It takes all her willpower to tamp down her recurrent claustrophobia, and her daughter, Lisa, is a runaway who has been on the streets for seven years.

When a distraught woman, Heather Simeon, is brought into the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit after a suicide attempt, Nadine gently coaxes her story out of her—and learns of some troubling parallels with her own life. Digging deeper, Nadine is forced to confront her traumatic childhood, and the damage that began when she and her brother were brought by their mother to a remote commune on Vancouver Island. What happened to Nadine? Why was their family destroyed? And why does the name Aaron Quinn, the group’s leader, bring complex feelings of terror to Nadine even today?

And then, the unthinkable happens, and Nadine realizes that danger is closer to home than she ever imagined. She has no choice but to face what terrifies her the most…and fight back.

This insomniac's opinion:

I adored the Chevy Stevens' novel Still Missing so I was thrilled to receive a copy of this ARC(advanced reader's copy). In typical Stevens' style, this novel was heavy on the suspense and twists. I voraciously devoured the first half of the novel and couldn't wait to unravel the mystery.

Unfortunately, the second half of the novel was a bit slow-going for me. The ending was unfortunate. It was like a blow 'em up action movie where they take it so far that it no longer resembles reality in any way.

Criticisms aside, though- this was a great summer read! I really enjoyed it and it did not take long to finish.

Worth staying up all night to read?

Yes. There is a certain scene(ahem, buried alive, ahem) that may give you nightmares, though!

Rating: 3.5 stars

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