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Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens

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Chevy Stevens does great “woman in peril” stories, and this book is no different. Lauren and her daughter Sophie tell this story in alternate chapters. Lauren’s POV also covers the history of what happened to bring them to the present day.

Lauren was married at 19 to a seemingly great guy, Andrew. It didn’t take long for him to prove that wrong, becoming abusive, possessive and an alcoholic. Lauren takes 6-year-old Sophie and runs away one night. Something happens when Andrew goes out to look for them, and he is out of the picture.

Years later Lauren thinks he is stalking her when she finds things moved around in her house. Meanwhile, daughter Sophie is secretly meeting with her dad. He was a good father to her before they left and mom had shielded her from the worst of his behavior. Sophie also meets a boy and is a typical teenager, making stupid choices, lying to her mother and being moody. Lauren has made a new life for herself, running her own cleaning business and dating a nice guy.

Andrew swears to Sophie that he isn’t stalking her mom. But if not him, then who?

I found the danger in this book was not as ramped up as in previous Stevens books. What I really enjoyed were the characters, especially the relationship between Lauren and her teen daughter Sophie. It seemed like a very realistic portrayal of the mother/daughter dynamic. I enjoyed the story and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good thriller.

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