Saturday, May 5, 2012

Never Knowing-Chevy Stevens

Never Knowing

Chevy Stevens

St. Martin's Griffin, May 22 2012, $14.99

ISBN: 9781250009319

Thirtyish Sara Gallagher was raised by adopted parents on Vancouver Island, but never felt like she was part of the family. For years she obsessed over meeting her biological parents. Though engaged to Evan and raising with him their six years old daughter Ally, she recently located her mom Professor Julia Laroche. Sara visits her mother, who rejects her.

Despondent Sara needs to know why. She learns her mom’s birth name was Karen Christianson and her father is the Campsite Killer, who murdered numerous people over four decades. He raped Julia who gave birth to Sara as a result of his assault. When the media makes a fuss about Sara's lineage, her still on the loose dad demands she and his granddaughter visit him. If she fails to obey, he will increase his homicidal count.

This is an exciting twisting family drama as the protagonist fears she may be a violent chip off the old man’s block. With a nurturing vs. naturing undercurrent, fast-paced from the moment Julia shows she fears Sara and never slowing down, fans will appreciate this tense suspense thriller although the climax is weaker than the path getting there.

Harriet Klausner

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