Monday, July 22, 2013

[Book Review] Always Watching by Chevy Stevens


Andrea reviews ALWAYS WATCHING by Chevy Stevens (St. Martin’s Press, 2013)

This is, by far, one of the absolute best books I have read this year! In fact, the first night after I checked it out, I read it for four straight hours! I just hope this review can do the book justice.

Nadine Lavoie is a psychiatrist in a mental institution and totally in her element. She has the tools and the compassion to help others, but Nadine does not want to look too far into her past because of the danger that lurks there.

When patient Heather comes into the ward after a drastic suicide attempt, Nadine is shaken to the core because she and Heather have experienced some of the same troubling parallels. Both women were forced to live at a remote commune on Vancouver Island. Nadine is coming to grips with the childhood trauma she suffered from leader, Aaron Quinn, and his brother, Joseph, as she has hospital treatment sessions with Heather.

What is it about Aaron and Joseph that causes terror and anguish for both Nadine and Heather and other people in their town? What has Nadine blocked out psychologically to cause her claustrophobia? Can Aaron’s reign of power be squelched before he hurts the younger generation? Finally, who or what is it commune members believe is always watching?
This is an intense page turner that is not for the weak stomached. I do believe once readers start this gripping new novel by Chevy Stevens, they will not be able to put it down!
Andrea King, Poplar White Station Library

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