Always Watching

Author: Chevy Stevens
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press                          

Pages:  352
Genre:  Thriller
Source:  Publisher

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. 

Sometimes you can leave the past, but you can never escape.

Ope’s Opinion: Wow!  This book really made me want to forget anything else I was suppose to be doing. It was an awesome story.  I felt like it could have really happened.  At times I found myself holding my breath while I was reading.  I couldn’t read fast enough during certain parts of the story.

                                    The main character Nadine, she was such a real person.  She feels like someone I would know.  It is nice to see a very strong female character and to also see her vulnerabilities.  

                                     Chevy must have done a lot of research on communes.  It felt very authentic.  I do not have experience with communes, except from what I have read.  Chevy made me feel like I was there and I could believe how people were drawn into that life.

Rating:  Four chairs – I like this book so much I know several friends to share it with.

                 FTC – Disclosure of Material Connection: 
      I received one copy of this book free of charge from St. Martin Press. 
            I was not required to write a positive review
                 in exchange for receipt of the book;
         rather the opinions expressed in this review are my own.


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