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Never Knowing

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  13,692 ratings  ·  2,175 reviews
The second novel by Chevy Stevens, author of bestseller STILL MISSING.

At thirty-three Sara Gallagher is finally happy. Her antique furniture restoration business is taking off and she’s engaged to a wonderful man. But there’s one big question that still haunts her — who are her birth parents? Sara is finally ready to find out.

Sara’s birth mother rejects her—again. Then sh
Hardcover, 410 pages
Published July 5th 2011 by St Martins Press (first published 2011)
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2.5 stars/Fiction; Suspense

First-read win from GR! Thank you!

I know that I am going to be in the minority here, but I did not care for this book.

What can I say? It never takes me longer than a few days to finish a book and after reading Still Missing in one day, I was sooo anxious for Chevy Stevens' new book. But this one? It took me over a week to read and that is only because I forced myself to finish out of gratitude for the first-read win.

None of the characters are likeable and the plot unbe
Kristi Vitale
Chevy Stevens doesn't mess around. Like a racehorse out of the gate, her books take off like mad wildfire, simmering and sizzling along the way. And, faithfully, NEVER KNOWING never lets up until its knock-over, finish-line ending. Intense, yet simple, uncomplicated, perfectly enthralling.

Like her previous best-selling psychotic thriller, STILL MISSING, her new story, NEVER KNOWING, is a book of therapy sessions, this time gracing us with the voice of passionate, and a tad neurotic, 33-year-old
While this novel was good—some may even call it great—I couldn’t help but feel like this was a repeat performance of Still Missing. Had I not just read Ms. Stevens’s debut novel a couple months prior, I might have developed an entirely different opinion on the matter. The first time out the unique structure captured my attention and had me flipping pages faster than a sugar addict working his way through a dozen doughnuts, but this time the polish had worn off, and while I still devoured NEVER K ...more
This is the first time in a while that I wish I could give negative stars. Because I had enjoyed the previous book? Because of the staggeringly high rating? Because it is just so God awful?
Stevens has, with this lousy waste of paper, capitalized on The Laziest Ways to Write a Novel. They are:

1. Use a contrived, unrealistic, and wholly ridiculous tactic, such as Sessions with (an Oddly Silent) Therapist.

I think she did this last time, and it annoyed me then too, but I was forgiving of it, I
Maria Pomeroy
Love, love, love this book!!!!
This is my second book by Chevy Stevens and, I feel, it is just as good as her first book, "Still Missing".
This book is about a 34 year old woman, who was adopted at birth by parents who subsequently were able to conceive two more daughters.
The adoptive father is somewhat abusive emotionally, his wife is psychologically absent and the two younger sisters are mean, hateful and vindictive.
Sara is 34 and has a 6 year old (annoying, unlikable) daughter and a very supp
Jul 27, 2011 Sara rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: crap
This book gave me a migraine equal to the ones the two main characters suffer from. I was not particularly taken with the "Lifetime" movie plot of Stevens' previous novel "Still Missing" and honestly picked this up without realizing it was the same author. Her characters are heavy handed and extremely black and white and once again Stevens feels the need for a truly unnecessary twist ending that has no real baring on the rest of the story. A novel that actually concentrated on the relationship b ...more
This book was hard to put down. I read two hundred pages the first day I started reading "Never Knowing." The story never lets up from page one and the ending has a real twist. A twist that I never saw coming. Since I am a big fan of thrillers, I tried to come up wth the plot twists as I went along. Chevy Stevens threw me a big surprise! I love this book.
Vannessagrace Vannessagrace
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I won a copy of this book on a giveaway.

An easy to read and hard to put down book. "Never Knowing" follows Sara as she goes on a quest to find her birth parents and gets caught up in a thriller of a journey to find the truth. Complete with a terrifying serial killer and a totally unexpected twist, this story has the hallmarks of a good thriller.

This book was scary enough that I had a hard time reading it at night and found myself double-checking that my doors were locked before be
In Never Knowing Sara Gallagher is a young mother of a beautiful daughter and is planning a wedding to a wonderful man. She was adopted as a baby, and grew up with two sisters who were born biologically to her parents after her. She felt that she never really belonged after they were born. That her dad never treated her the same as the others. When she gets older, Sara wants to know who her biological parents are. When she finds her mother she is rejected immediately. It is soon after that she d ...more
The idea to this book is great; what a shame the writing couldn't live up to it.

Adopted Sara is searching for her birth parents, but when she finds her mother, she’s rejected in horror. Puzzled and hurt, Sara searches on and discovers the awful truth: her father is the Campside Killer, a man who’d been raping and strangling girls every summer for 30 years, and Sara’s mother is the one that got away. Worse is to come when he contacts Sara, telling her that talking to her several times a day is t
Oct 12, 2011 Brenda rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Thriller lovers
Shelves: favourites
Unbelievable! How can so much happen to one person, and keep happening, and keep happening.......

Sara Gallagher was adopted. All her life she had wondered about her birth parents, and although she loved her parents, especially her mother, when her 2 sisters, Melanie and Lauren, were born (both naturally to her parents), she felt left out, never being good enough, never as good as her sisters.

So, with her gorgeous daughter, 6 year old Ally, and a wonderful fiance Evan, and the preparations for th
3.5 stars.

Sara Gallagher has family issues. As an adopted child, her father always showed favoritism to her two naturally conceived sisters. Now, grownup with her own child, Sara's relationship with her adopted family still isn't that great. It's a good thing that she's getting married to her fiancee, Evan, in a couple of months - and that she loves her daughter, Ally, more than anything in the world. But when Sara attempts to find closure by researching who her birth parents are, she stumbles u
Sara Gallagher has always felt like someone who didn't belong in her family. She's known about her adoption from a young age, but it was the birth of her adoptive parents' two biological daughters that really set her apart and accentuated the "not belonging."

So when she searches for her biological parents and finds her mother living nearby, she thinks she may have finally found a place of her own. But Julia, her biological mother, openly rejects her, and soon Sara discovers why. Her birth father
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After a few incidents of the word "rape," I read ahead--and no. Just no.

...and after a three-day break from women-and-murder books, I'm ready to try again.

...and now I am two chapters in and I'm pretty sure the protagonist is the villain of the story. I mean, she's completely self-centered and emotionally manipulative--has more than a few megalomaniac tendencies--indulges in behavior that makes her a stalker and bully. Surely the reader isn't meant to sympathize with her??

Also Stevens' writing s
When Sara decided to find out about her birth parents, she had no idea how much havoc and chaos would be the result.
She is soon to be married, has a six year old daughter, and something in her life is missing. She has a Rocky relationship with her father, who never really wanted to adopt her in the first place. All her life, she was never good enough for him, he was noticeably cruel to her and treated her differently than her two sisters that were born after she was adopted. She gets along with
The best books, perhaps, are the ones that make us feel something - not something that is passing and shallow, but a true feeling of connection, understanding, and empathy for one or more of the characters. This book certainly did that for me. Never Knowing was certainly all kinds of suspenseful, but it was equally heartfelt. I must fess up and admit that I almost set the book aside a few times during the first 100 pages or so, because I have a huge stack of October reading on my shelves, and I ...more
Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*
This is the second novel I have read by Chevy Stevens,and it grabbed me right from the begining just as her other book "Still Missing" did. All her life Sara Gallagher has wondered about her birth parents.Being given up for adoption has always haunted her,little did she know that seeking out her birth mother she is to unravel some devastating truths that will change her life and affect all those around her.After finding out the circumstances of her conception, Sara's story unfolds and plays out ...more
In the genre that she writes, Chevy Stevens is an up and comer, certain to give seasoned thriller authors a run for their money. Never Knowing is another on the couch, tell it to your therapist, can you imagine, book. The main character, Sara is adopted, and like many adoptees wonders who her birth parents are and why they gave her up. The answer is not quite what she expected and we learn early on that Sara's birth mother is the victim of rape and wants no reminder of how Sara came to be. What' ...more

I could not bear to finish this book. I got 2/3rds of the way in and had to give up. All the characters are so pathetic, boring and obnoxious and ruined what might have been an interesting plot (adoptive woman descovers her mother is the only victim of a serial killer to get away. Her father is the serial killer). The main character's daughter is the main reason for giving up though. She is 6 years old and is the most obnoxious, rude and downright unpleasant child I have ever come acro
Lil Gluckstern
If you pick up "Never Knowing" by Chevy Stevens, be prepared to stay up late. Following the structure of "Still Missing," "Never Knowing is a series of therapy sessions involving a woman who is trying to see if she can find her birth parents. In spite of her settled life, with a fiance and a child, she decides to seek out her birth mother, setting off events that will result in endangering all that she cherishes. Ms. Stevens does a great job of delineating the different characters; no one turns ...more
I liked this book and found the protagonist very, very human. The presentation of information is given through sessions with Sara's therapist. How the story is revealed through each session every few days is a very interesting and effective way to tell the story.

Sara is high strung, high stress, and fears she may have her father's temper. Her father being a serial killer who just finds out he has a daughter through his one victim he was not able to kill after raping her and the child subsequentl
Jan 14, 2012 Parvathy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: First person narratives, crime drama
Recommended to Parvathy by: goodreads
I have to figure out a new rating system. Most of the books I rate have 3 or 4 stars ratings. I try really hard to give some of the book I have enjoyed a 5 rating to but in the end I will find some fault in them which restraints me. The same goes for books I don't like. I couldn't go low than a 3 star rating before I find something redeeming about the book. As a result books that I have enjoyed and book that were just OK have the same standing on my shelf and books that are my favorites and book ...more
Cheryl Kennedy
Praise once again for tense plotting by NEVER KNOWING author, Chevy Stevens. After finishing the author's debut novel, STILL MISSING, I was pleased to have the opportunity to read her sophomore attempt.

Staying with visits to the main character's therapist's office as the structure of the book, the author presents a cautionary tale of opening Pandora's Box, only to find the main character, her daughter, and her fiance in the world of a pathological killer and rapist, a reluctant biological mother
Jun 07, 2011 Beckie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: serial killer fans
Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens was given to me free from . This is a novel about a woman who decides to find her biological parents. Sara, mom of 6 year old Ally, was adopted at birth by a childless couple, who then as it ironicaly works, has two children naturally after the adoption. Sara was singled out by her adopted father as the "adopted" one. As an adult, Sara hires a private investigator to find her birth parents. Her mother is found and is known to be the only surviving ...more
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Andrea Newkirk
Review: I've always been a fan of psychological thrillers, I'm not sure whether it is because I have a degree in psychology or the fact that I love getting an adrenaline rush ;-) So when I won an advanced copy of Never Knowing through a Goodreads drawing I was very excited to read it and I will say that I was not at all disappointed!!

Author Chevy Stevens knows how to write gripping novels that will have you literally on the edge of your seat. I read this book in one setting, just could not put
I would have to give this 4.5 stars -- it definitely sucked me in and kept me wanting more!

This was the first Advanced Readers Copy of a book I have received and I am so grateful for receiving it! THANK YOU! Now, on to my review...

For fans of Chevy Stevens' first novel STILL MISSING, this book follows the same format as before -- the main character is talking to the same therapist. It is interesting to look into the therapists' case files -- it is almost like this is a series of books with each
Terri Lynn
Sara Gallagher was adopted by a woman who thought she could not have children and the woman's husband who did not want Sara and let her know this every day of her life. When Sara was 4, they had a biological daughter Lauren, and two years later, another biological daughter Melanie. Poor, miserable Sara was emotionally and physically hurt by her adoptive dad while Lauren ran and pretended it didn't happen, Melanie smirked, and her adoptive mom turned a blind eye. Her mom used her Chrohn's diseas ...more
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CHEVY STEVENS grew up on a ranch on Vancouver Island and still calls the island home. For most of her adult life she worked in sales, first as a rep for a giftware company and then as a Realtor. While holding an open house one afternoon, she had a terrifying idea that became the inspiration for Still Missing. Chevy eventually sold her house and left real estate so she could finish the book. Still ...more
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“I didn't know what to do with this new reality, the horror of my conception. I wanted to bury it in the backyard, far away from anyone's eyes. My skin crawled with knowledge, with the evil that I'd looked into, that had created me. I took long showers. Nothing helped. The dirt was on the inside. (31)” 5 likes
“You were down to earth and funny - not at all what I imagined a psychiatrist would be. This office was so bright and pretty that, no matter what I was worried about, as soon as I walked in here felt better. Some days, especially in the beginning, I didn't want to leave. (1)” 4 likes
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