Never Let You Go (Paperback)

A Novel

By Chevy Stevens

St. Martin's Griffin, 9781250137166, 416pp.

Publication Date: March 13, 2018

Other Editions of This Title:
Mass Market (8/25/2020)
Hardcover (3/14/2017)
Pre-Recorded Audio Player (3/14/2017)
Paperback, Chinese (12/1/2019)
Hardcover, Large Print (3/8/2017)
Compact Disc (3/14/2017)
Compact Disc (3/14/2017)

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March 2017 Indie Next List

“Ten years ago: Lindsay Nash is trapped in an abusive marriage with a man who has threatened to kill her if she runs. Today: Lindsay is a successful small-business owner and a single mom raising her teenage daughter. When her ex-husband is released from jail, however, the terror starts all over again as Lindsay and her daughter are stalked and skillfully manipulated. Her ex swears it isn't him - but is there any chance he has really changed? This fast-paced thriller will leave you guessing right up to the end!”
— Carrie Deming (W), The Dog Eared Book, Palmyra, NY
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Description

A stunning and thrilling novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Still Missing.

Eleven years ago, Lindsey Nash escaped into the night with her young daughter and left an abusive relationship. Her ex-husband, Andrew, was sent to jail and Lindsey started over with a new life.

Now, Lindsey is older and wiser, with her own business and a teenage daughter who needs her more than ever. When Andrew is finally released from prison, Lindsey believes she has cut all ties and left the past behind her. But she gets the sense that someone is watching her, tracking her every move. Her new boyfriend is threatened. Her home is invaded, and her daughter is shadowed. Lindsey is convinced it’s her ex-husband, even though he claims he’s a different person. But has he really changed? Is the one who wants her dead closer to home than she thought?

With Never Let You Go, Chevy Stevens delivers a chilling, twisting thriller that crackles with suspense as it explores the darkest heart of love and obsession.

"Stevens's taut writing and chilling depiction of love twisted beyond recognition make this a compelling read." —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"Disturbing, suspenseful, and just a little nerve-wracking." —Library Journal



About the Author

Chevy Stevens is the author of Still Missing and Never Knowing. Before becoming a writer, she worked as a realtor. When she held open houses, she had a lot of time waiting by herself between potential buyers, and Stevens would spend this time scaring herself with all the things that could happen to her. The most terrifying scenario she thought up became the story behind Still Missing. Stevens grew up on a ranch on Vancouver Island, and she still calls the island home. When she’s not writing, she’s hiking with her husband and her dog in the local mountains.


Conversation Starters from ReadingGroupChoices.com

1. What do you think Sophie’s motivations were in writing to her father while he was in prison, despite what he had done to their family? Can you understand why she chose not to tell her mother about their communication?


2. Reflect on the structure of the novel. How did the alternating timelines of past and present affect your experience as a reader?


3. In the real world, there is often a stigma against women with abusive husbands, and many are thought of as paranoid or irrational. How can you see this stigma at play in Never Let You Go? What do you think we can do to combat it?


4. As readers, we get the perspective of both Sophie and her mother, Lindsay. Compare and contrast the two perspectives. Did you notice any major differences in the way that they reacted to their situation? Why do you think those differences exist?


5. On page 166, Sophie is with her father and thinks, “Maybe I can understand why my mom loved him.” Why does she just come to this realization now, and what do you think she means by this? Can you see why Lindsay might have fallen in love with Andrew?


6. Throughout the novel, Lindsay is suspicious of Jared and his motivations. As a reader, did you feel the same way? What did you think about Jared’s behavior, from looking up Sophie’s dad on the internet to calling Lindsay by her first name?


7. Do you think that Andrew really did change after his time in prison? Why or why not? What could you see in his behavior that leads you to this opinion?


8. Both Sophie and Lindsay feel the effects of the class divide between their family and Jared’s. Have you ever been in a situation where you felt that your relationship with someone else was affected by a difference in class? How did you deal with the situation?


9. At one point in the novel, Sophie compares her situation to the Butterfly Effect, which is the theory that small actions can have much larger effects. What do you think she means by this? Do you think it’s a good comparison?


10. What do you think the future holds for Lindsay? Do you think she will be able to build trust with anyone again after her experiences with Marcus and Andrew?