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#41: Always Watching - Chevy Stevens



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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.




  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (June 18, 2013)
  • ISBN: 9780312595692


Author Bio:
CHEVY STEVENS grew up on a ranch on Vancouver Island and still lives on the island with her husband and daughter. When she’s not working on her next book, she’s camping and canoeing with her family in the local mountains.  Her debut novel, STILL MISSING, won the International Thriller Writers Award for Best First Novel.




Review:
Chevy Stevens is one of my favorite novelists. She has a clever and crafty way of writing that gets into your head and pulls you deep into the story. 
Though this book is so very different from the other two books I have read, this story is just as creepy and scary. The scare quality is on a different field though. The first two books had a sicko that taunted and terrorized, while this one has a head sicko of a cult. That's what commune means to me anyway.... One guy manipulates others, creating a gruesome chain of events that the other members turn a blind eye to. 
Intrigue and mystery play a key part in this story too. The predictability of events is so much harder to guess. You think you've got it all figured out and then you see you were only half-right or completely off-base.
Another hit!!! A wickedly wonderful story that I highly recommend!


5/5 

CymLowell
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  1. This sounds interesting. I'm not the biggest fan of books that involve "gruesome" things, but I'm pretty intrigued by the cult aspect of it and the unpredictability. Sounds interesting, I think I'll see about taking a closer look anyway, even though it's not my typical read.

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