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A love triangle goes horribly wrong in this dark, romantic suspense-thriller from the author of Still Waters.

Megan never meant to hurt her best friend, Anna. She made a mistake, and she’s spent all year trying to regain Anna’s trust. So when Anna invites her to spend the summer on her uncle’s farm, Megan is excited…and relieved. The past is finally behind them.
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Paperback, First Edition, 240 pages
Published December 4th 2012 by Simon Pulse
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Tarra
3.5 stars

Holy Effing Jesus! That's some creepy shit.

Um, yeah. Wow. I'm super scared right now. And it's midnight so that's awesome.

This book. Hmmmm. What to say. Let's see.

It was well written. There wasn't much to the story so I understand why it couldn't have gone on any longer. The ending read just like ending of any of those crazy-possessive-boyfriend/girlfriend movie. That was great!

What I don't get is how this whole book took place in the course of about a week...Yeah. What? All the MC kep
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Clair
Aug 06, 2012 Clair rated it liked it
Single White Female meets Revenge meets CRAZY EYES OMG THOSE ARE SOME CRAZY EYES ON THE COVER.
Angelyn
Jan 03, 2013 Angelyn rated it really liked it
Okay... Consider me kind of scared and creeped out :|
Anna really creeps me out now and the last part left me kind of hanging and wondering if there's gonna be a second book.

So the story is that Anna and Megan are pretty close friends, but then when anna leaves to go somewhere for the holidays she tells Megan to go to her boyfriend's party. And so Megan does, but she got so drunk and well...has a mistake with Mike, Anna's boyfriend.
So eventually they become "friends" again and Anna invites her t
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pdbkwm
May 02, 2013 pdbkwm rated it it was ok
Megan and Anna have been best friends since first grade. Megan, was that kid who wore the wrong clothes, did weird stuff, but that all changed when she was saved by the popular and beautiful Anna from social suicide. From that day on, Megan feels like she owes Anna everything and Anna won't let her forget what she did.

Then, during one drunken night at a party, Megan did the unthinkable. She makes out with Mike, Anna's boyfriend. She becomes an outcast once again. No one will speak with her. No o
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Aly (My Heart Hearts Books)
Honestly, I didn't know if I would like this book. It had a great premise and it was recommended on Teen Reads, but that doesn't make a great book. But then I read Never Let You Go and I finished it and I loved it. This novel was dark and I absolutely loved every second of reading it.

After betraying the summer before, Megan never wants to repeat the same mistake of choosing a guy over her best friend. Now that they are finally over that debacle and Anna has forgiven Megan, their friendship is, o
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Brittany
Jan 19, 2013 Brittany rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, wishlist
Megan made the mistake of making out with her best friend's boyfriend at a party. For the past year Megan and Anna worked on mending their friendship. Anna invited Megan to live and work on her uncle's farm for the summer, so Megan takes this as good news for their relationship. On the way to the farm Anna tells Megan about a boy she's fallen for, Jordan. Anna is sure that her and Jordan are meant to be. Problems start to arise when it's obvious that Jordan's affections lay elsewhere. Everyone s ...more
Kate
Sep 01, 2015 Kate rated it really liked it
This YA novel has a similar feel to R. L. Stine’s Fear Street books: shocking (teenager level) horrors take priority over everything else. The story starts with Megan anxious to reconcile with her former best friend Anna after Anna had caught Megan kissing Anna’s boyfriend. After freezing Megan out for the rest of the school year, Anna extends an invitation to Megan to spend the summer at her uncle’s farm. Anna has moved on with her life: she is now besotted with someone else, and it seems all i ...more
Kerryn (RatherBeReading)
Aug 05, 2015 Kerryn (RatherBeReading) rated it did not like it
1.5 stars

I was nervous to pick this book up as I had recently read Still Waters by the author and wasn't much of a fan. Unfortunately, I ended up enjoying this even less than I did Still Waters.

First off, I really didn't like our main character Megan, she was an extremely weak character (a problem I also had with the lead in Still Waters), she allows herself to be pushed around, never comes close to standing up for herself and had about as much personality as a bag full of white flour.

This boo
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Laura
Feb 12, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it
"Megan never meant to hurt her best friend, Anna. She made a mistake, and she’s spent all year trying to regain Anna’s trust. So when Anna invites her to spend the summer on her uncle’s farm, Megan is excited…and relieved. The past is finally behind them."

Is it really??

This is a deeply intense and creepy read. It was quite disturbing , thrilling and I could not put it down!
J.M. Stone
Jan 17, 2013 J.M. Stone rated it really liked it
I really liked this book, but I hated Anna! You can tell from right off that there's something not right about her. Megan is a sweet girl, but is definitely a follower who needs to grow a backbone. Other than that, I enjoyed (and got creeped out by) this book!
Kelsey Mitrovic
10/24
I just started this book today and am currently on page 22. So far, Anna was dating this guy named Mike. He had a party and Anne wasn't there yet. Meanwhile, Anna's best friend Megan was there. Megan was drinking that night at the party and her Mike were dancing and started to kiss. Megan knew it was the wrong thing to do, but she couldn't stop herself. A little while later, Mike and Anna broke up. Anna couldn't believe that her best friend did that to her. Every night, for exactly a month
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Kathy
Mar 17, 2014 Kathy rated it it was ok
It started out fine, but the ending was so ridiculous that if you're planning to read it - don't. It's supposed to be horror but it's no Stephen King. :(
Denise
Jun 04, 2012 Denise rated it did not like it
SIL gave me her arc to read. Way too over the top. The heroine is almost as unlikable in her neediness as the villian is in her evilness. blah.
Jacquelyn Vega
Dec 08, 2014 Jacquelyn Vega rated it liked it
An interesting story about a pair of friends, Anna and Megan, who work on Anna's uncle's farm in the summer.
Anna and Megan have been friends for so long and have gone through so much together, yet Megan feels inferior to Anna.
Anna starts crushing on one of the other farmhands, Jordan, but there is such an immediate chemistry between Jordan and Megan.
This leads to drama.

I liked the book because even though you can kind of guess where the story is taking you, it is still suspenseful. I wanted to
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Julia
Dec 07, 2014 Julia rated it really liked it
Okay, so I am officially scared. Maybe I shouldn't have read this book at 9:00 at night. Overall, this book was fairly well written. I loved the way the author wrote Megan's thoughts. They were so accurate. If I were in her situation that is exactly what I would have been thinking. Plus, that plot twist... Crazy! It was a great book with romance, a faulty friendship, horses, and unstable personalities. I recommend reading it, but be warned. Don't be like me and read it at night. You'll thank me ...more
Jay G
Mar 06, 2016 Jay G rated it it was ok
2.5 Stars

Megan and Anna have been best friends since the first grade, until Megan does something terrible and betrays Anna's trust. Now, a year later, Anna has asked her to help work on her uncle's farm during the summer. Megan believes this is the final step to getting Anna to forgive her! That's when she meets Jordan, the cute summer hand who Anna has taken a liking to, and things get a little out of hand.

I thought that this was a quick and easy read, although it wasn't anything special. The
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Tiffany
Dec 15, 2015 Tiffany rated it it was ok
Shelves: bland
Rating: 2.5 Stars

I'm not sure if I even partially liked this book or I just tolerated it.

The story was alright but I felt the plot could have been executed better. I saw a lot of potential for this story so it was extremely disappointing to see it fall flat. I wanted a story that would be creepy and suspenseful. I wanted to be a little scared and fearful of what would happen next. I did not experience any of those feelings, not even a little.

Anna was bat shit weird and delusional though. Her a
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Cassie (Happy Book Lovers)
Oct 11, 2014 Cassie (Happy Book Lovers) rated it really liked it
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This book had one of those vibes of the beginning of a horror movie, where everything is bright and sunny and happy and you know it's all just going to go downhill and scare the shit out of you. That would be an understatement.

It starts with Megan already feeling apologetic for something that happened in the p
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Bekka
Apr 16, 2014 Bekka rated it liked it
I read Still Waters by Emma Carlson Berne last year and wasn’t wholly impressed. I thought it was lacking in many places, especially in characterization. On the whole it was entirely forgettable. I wasn’t expecting much from Never Let You Go but it’s hard to stay away from something described as ‘a love triangle gone horribly wrong’. You all know how I feel about love triangles – and what’s more is this one involves one boy and two girls. So of course, I snatched it up, and I was actually pleasa ...more
Sandra
Aug 24, 2013 Sandra rated it it was amazing
Never Let You Go would be the perfect teen suspense movie. It's got a charming setting - beautiful summer weather on an idyllic farm where a bunch of young adults are spending their summer working and learning - topped off with suspense, deceit, and one very, very unhinged young lady. Megan has been invited by Anna to work with her on her uncle's farm this summer. This is a relief to Megan considering the fall out the two girls had a year ago when Megan kissed Anna's boyfriend. She's spent the y ...more
Karen
Jun 21, 2013 Karen rated it liked it
Another book I am unsure of.

The story is about two girls, Anna and Megan, who have been best friends since 1st grade.

One night, in highschool, Megan messes around with Annas boyfriend while Anna is out of town. Of course this gets back to Anna and tension arises between the girls.

Fast forward a year.

Everything is good between the girls again and they decide to work on Annas uncles farm for the summer to earn some extra money.

What ensues is a love triangle.

All of that was fine but what I had a p
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Erin
I wrote a huge review for this twice and lost it both times because of spotty internet. T_T Sad times. Anyway!

Stuff I liked:

1. The cover. The cover is what really drew me in and made me want to read this book. I thought the girl on the cover looked so scary, but it really threw me for a loop when I started reading the book and found out that the Anna in the book has black hair, not blonde, haha.

2. The setup and background to the story. I thought it was a good set up to what I was hoping would be
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Leann
Apr 15, 2013 Leann rated it really liked it
Megan made a mistake one year ago when she made out with her best friend, Anna’s boyfriend. So when Anna asked Megan to work on her uncle’s farm with her for the summer, she jumped on the opportunity. Upon arriving, Anna is back to her same mean remarks to Megan and an obsession with a boy, Jordan. Jordan and Anna arrived a week earlier than Megan and according to Anna were already in a relationship. Megan was happy that her friend as finally moved on and their friendship is back on track. Excep ...more
Sarah Kalaitzidis
Nov 03, 2013 Sarah Kalaitzidis rated it liked it
3.5 rating
I have never read anything like this before and I have got to say it was pretty good. The novel has some weak points, which involve its low amounts of tension builders and scary scenes, along with very predictable moments, it does make up these points through the well given image of the farm. The characters do give me trouble as they have personalities that I, personally, have problems with.

Anna is an outright brat that just drives me up the wall. She always tears down her friend, Meg
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Tamika
Aug 18, 2013 Tamika rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the book but there were things about the book that nagged me, therefore preventing five stars.
I loved the setting of the novel, the farm sounds so peaceful and its nice how at ease Megan is around the animals and nature. Megan and Anna's friendship annoyed me but it was an important part of the novel. Anna is constantly putting Megan down but Megan never does anything about it because they're best friends and she feels guilty about what she did to Anna last year. It very much r
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Angie
Dec 16, 2014 Angie rated it really liked it
Wow. Never Let You Go is pages of crazy! But it was fun crazy, and kind of scary crazy. That’s exactly what I was hoping for when I picked it up! The story follows two friends, Megan and Anna, during the summer that is suppose to rekindle their friendship. The year prior, Megan got drunk and made out with Anna’s boyfriend, but she’s determined not to mess up again. Enter Jordan, another teen that will be working on Anna’s family farm that summer. Anna has already put her claim on him before Mega ...more
Kandee
Another book equivalent to a shitty horror movie. In a good way since you rarely see "horror" novels out there. Well, this book isn't exactly "horror", but I don't know what else to describe it with. So let's just say horror.

There were a lot of problems with this book, like the characters, for instance, Megan, she was so stupid and I just really didn't like her. Jordan and her's relationship...Just a giant, wtf. The love at first sight thing can work in some occasions, just not this one. It was
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Cɑit
Aug 07, 2013 Cɑit rated it did not like it

Megan is thrilled to be spending the summer with her best friend Anna at her Uncle's farm. After what happened last summer with Mike, Megan thought Anna would never forgive her. On the farm, Anna falls for a boy named Jordan, but Jordan is more interested in Megan. Megan promised to never betray her best friend again, but she finds herself falling for Jordan. Anna would hate Megan if she ever found out, and what started as the perfect summer, is about to take a dark turn.
I received this book
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Abigail
This book seemed really good. With all the 3-4 stars it was getting, i assumed that it would be a good book.
But no. It was messed up (on purpose,seeing how it was a thriller) but not the right kind of messed up,if that makes sense. I mean,Megan was so...dumb. Like,c'mon, if Anna has done some messed up things before,like really messed up, why are you still friends with her? I felt that Megan was too easily won over. Or maybe a pushover. Yep,that's it. When Anna started doing some creepy sh*t, wh
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Jules Goud
Mar 05, 2014 Jules Goud rated it liked it
This book is pretty much what I excepted. I needed something to read and this one was the one I choose.

It was very predictable. If you have seen any movies or read any books like this, you pretty much know what is going to happen.

However, the plot kept it interesting. Little twists and turns that keep it interesting so that you are not totally disappointed at the end.

But, sometimes I wanted to hurt Megan. She can be really dumb. But at the same time, I know where she is coming from. She made a
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Emma Carlson Berne is the author of the YA thrillers STILL WATERS and NEVER LET YOU GO (coming Fall 2012 from Simon & Schuster). She has also written the thrillers FIGMENT and CHOKER under the pen name Elizabeth Woods. She lives and writes in Cincinnati. Learn more about Emma and contact her directly at her website, www.emmacarlsonberne.com. Or check out Emma Carlson Berne Books on http://www. ...more
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