Friday, May 27, 2011

ARC Review and Giveaway: Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens

by:  Chevy Stevens
published by:  St. Martin's Press 
publish date:  July 5th, 2011

All her life, Sara Gallagher has wondered about her birth parents. As an adopted child with two sisters who were born naturally to her parents, Sara’s home life was not ideal. The question of why she was given up for adoption has always haunted her. Finally, she is ready to take steps and find closure.

But some questions are better left unanswered.

After months of research, Sara locates her birth mother—only to be met with horror and rejection. Then she discovers the devastating truth: her mother was the only victim ever to escape a killer who has been hunting women every summer for decades. But Sara soon realizes the only thing worse than finding out about her father is him finding out about her.

If you read Still Missing many of the elements of Never Knowing will be familiar.  It's set up the same way as Still Missing as the main character telling the story to her psychiatrist.  I was a little disappointed in this.  I thought that was really unique in Still Missing and really worked for that book.  In this book it still worked, but I had hoped for something a little different I guess.

I did really like this book.  It was really exciting and tense.  All the heartbreak and fear that Sara suffered with the reader does too.  Chevy Stevens does a great job of pulling you into Sara's world and let you walk around and get to know the characters. 

While I thought that Still Missing was way too in-your-face and kind of shocking for the big screen, I thought this book would make a really great movie.  I could see it cast with some cool people.  I kept thinking Agent Cho from The Mentalist might make a good Billy.  Sandra Bullock kept coming to mind for Sara, like her character in Murder by Numbers.


Since we surpassed 700 followers (yay!) we're going to have another giveaway!!  I will be giving away my gently used ARC of Never Knowing to one lucky winner.  I'll go ahead and make this one INTERNATIONAL.  Please leave a comment below with your email address.  If you would like additional entries please share this giveaway on your blog, facebook, twitter, etc. and leave the link in a separate comment.  I'll leave this contest open until 6/6/11.


KimberlySue said...

Thanks so much for the giveaway!


KimberlySue said...

I tweeted the giveaway as well!


Yiota said...

thank you so much!

Seesen said...

Thank you so much for the chance to win.

Yel (The Itzel Library) said...

Woa, thanks for this chance :)

Martha Lawson said...

I can't wait to get my hands on this book. It sounds really, really great. Enter me please

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Librarybug said...

I just finished listening to Still Missing & am really excited for Never Knowing. Thanks for the giveaway!

Ricki said...

I loved Still Missing.

debbie said...

I would love to read it, it sounds really good.

Christi said...

This sounds really interesting, thanks for bringing it to our attention, and for the giveaway!


Vivien said...

I've been curious about this one for a while, thanks!!

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Vivien said...

+1 spread here

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buddyt said...

It sounds like it might be an interesting read so please enter me in the giveaway if it is open worldwide.


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Andra said...

Thanks for the chance to win!

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Sophia said...

Thanks for the giveaway! Sounds like an interesting book.

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Sophia said...

I also tweeted-!/Adidaswbm/status/74538251444166656

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Darlene said...

Oh, I can't wait to read this!! I loved Still Missing and am eagerly awaiting Stevens' next novel.

My email address is wpgapmama at gmail dot com,and I am a GFC follower (Darlene).


Sarah the Hobbit said...

Thanks for this awesome giveaway!
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Hannah said...

Thanks so much! Sounds like a great book!


Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

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LindsayWrites said...

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Tethered Mommy said...

Oh, I would so love to read this!

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Katie said...

Thanks for the giveaway!


Lissyta said...

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SpadesHigh said...

CONGRATS on 700 Followers!!!

Thank you for celebrating with a giveaway!! =)
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Julie said...

This one looks great!
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Anonymous said...

Please enter me in your contest

Lora1967 said...

I tweeted your giveaway!/Lora1967/status/75680134891442176

~Enamored Soul~ said...

Thank you SO much for hosting this amazing giveaway. I was fortunate enough to interact with author Stevens at an online chat, and she was a delight. And I loved learning about her thought processes as she wrote this book. I am simply pining away to read thank you! :D

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~Enamored Soul~ said...

I tweeted the giveaway:!/inluvwithbookz/status/75680573020053504

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Miss Lauren said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Miss Lauren

mromero said...

Thanks for the giveaway, I'd love to win looks like a great read.

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Katie said...

thank you and congratulations!

Sakira said...

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Kris Summers said...

Blogged about it!

Mary Ellen said...

Thank you for the chance to win!

Mary Ellen said...

I tweeted about the giveaway:!/MaryEllenT/status/85686050927808512
GFC follower - Mary Ellen Thompson
Thank you for the chance to win