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Never Knowing

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  18,162 Ratings  ·  2,488 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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Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was another excellent psychological thriller by CHEVY STEVENS that was extremely hard to put down and also grabbed my attention from the very first session (chapter).

THE COVER didn't come into play on this one as this book was chosen to be read solely on who the author was although I do find the cover somewhat appealing.

NEVER KNOWING is a fitting TITLE for this novel. Is it better to know or not to know the truth?

NEVER KNOWING has us following along Sara Gallagher's search for her birth pa
Apr 11, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chevy stevens is fast becoming one of my favourite authors in this genre she brings substance & a solid plot that gets you right into the book.

All her life Sara Gallagher has wondered about her birth parents being an adopted child with two sisters Lauren & Melanie who were born naturally to her parents, Sara did not have a normal ideal home life.

She has always wondered about her real mother now she is engaged to Evan & has a 6 year old daughter Ally she wants to find out who she real
Mar 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
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
Mar 14, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Oct 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 27, 2011 rated it did not like it
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 bearing on the rest of the story. A novel that actually concentrated on the relationship ...more
Maria Pomeroy
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Elaine R.
Η Σάρα Γκάλαχερ αποφασίζει να μάθει την αλήθεια γύρω από τους λόγους, που οδήγησαν τους βιολογικούς της γονείς να τη δώσουν για υιοθεσία και άθελά της, ανοίγει το κουτί της Πανδώρας· αν δεν το είχε κάνει, δε θα υπήρχε και βιβλίο άλλωστε... Ενδεικτικά αναφέρω κάποιες δραστηριότητες που θα είχε προτιμήσει από την έρευνα στο internet, αν ήξερε τι την περιμένει: bungee jumping πάνω από ηφαίστειο, parapente στο παρά τρία, κατάβαση και διανυκτέρευση στον Καιάδα, δυο παρτίδες πρέφα στο καφενείο του χωρ ...more
Dec 30, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, book-club
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
Vannessa Anderson
May 10, 2011 rated it did not like it
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Apr 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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.
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think that Chevy Stevens knows how to write a good psychological thriller! I couldn’t leave this book of my hands… imagine being adopted, knowing it and at some time discovering that your biological father is a serial killer!! It is difficult to handle; I liked that Sarah, was describing the story as small talks to her therapist! The development of the characters, main and secondary, are well built. Do not expect to discover many actions scenes and detailed “murder scenes”; this book is mostly ...more
Nov 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Wow Chevy Stevens has done it again! What a twist. I can only hope that she continues with more and more!!
Mar 14, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, mystery, 2012

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
Apr 08, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: new-reads
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
Sep 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: Τρόμου
Ένα πολύ καλογραμμένο ψυχολογικό θρίλερ! Η Chevy Stevens φαίνεται να γνωρίζει πως να σε κρατάει σε αγωνία. Από την αρχή μέχρι το τέλος δεν βαρέθηκα στιγμή. Η πρωτοπρόσωπη αφήγηση της ηρωίδας με έκανε να "βουτήξω" μέσα στην ιστορία, σε τέτοιο βαθμό που ένιωθα ότι κυνηγάνε εμένα την ίδια. Όλοι οι ήρωες περιγράφονται με τέτοιο τρόπο που νομίζει ότι υπάρχουν πραγματικά και σε κάνει να τους συμπαθήσεις ή να τους αντιπαθήσεις. Σίγουρα θα διαβάσω και τα υπόλοιπα βιβλία της συγγραφέως.
Anastasia Ts.
Το διαβασα πολύ γρήγορα, μόλις σε μιάμιση μέρα. Μου άρεσε, ωστόσο δεν έχω διαβάσει αρκετά βιβλία αυτού του είδους για να δώσω μια ολοκληρωμένη κριτική άποψη. Είναι ενα μυθιστόρημα που σε βοηθάει να περάσεις ευχάριστα την ώρα σου χωρίς να πολυσκέφτεσαι και να αναλύεις καθετί που διαβάζεις.
Jul 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 02, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Aug 19, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
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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
Jul 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 11, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Very good murder mystery. Great twist at the end. I listened to the audiobook and I don't know if it was the reader but the main character was ticking me off. She was so whinny. I wanted to smack her on the back of the head a couple times. Other than that, this was another really good one from Chevy Stevens.
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 never had an ideal home life. The question of why she was given up for adoption has always haunted her. Finally, she is ready to take steps and to find closure.

But some questions are better left unanswered.

I picked up Never Knowing and was sucked into it pretty much immediately. The story is told through therapy sessions with the main character, S
Jan 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*
Apr 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
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
Feb 25, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Nov 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011
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
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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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“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)” 5 likes
“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
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