She helps people put their demons to rest.
But she has a few of her own…
In the lockdown ward of a psychiatric hospital, Dr. Nadine Lavoie is in her element. She has the tools to help people, and she has the desire—healing broken families is what she lives for. But Nadine doesn’t want to look too closely at her own past because there are whole chunks of her life that are black holes. It takes all her willpower to tamp down her recurrent claustrophobia, and her daughter, Lisa, is a runaway who has been on the streets for seven years.
When a distraught woman, Heather Simeon, is brought into the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit after a suicide attempt, Nadine gently coaxes her story out of her—and learns of some troubling parallels with her own life. Digging deeper, Nadine is forced to confront her traumatic childhood, and the damage that began when she and her brother were brought by their mother to a remote commune on Vancouver Island. What happened to Nadine? Why was their family destroyed? And why does the name Aaron Quinn, the group’s leader, bring complex feelings of terror to Nadine even today?And then, the unthinkable happens, and Nadine realizes that danger is closer to home than she ever imagined. She has no choice but to face what terrifies her the most…and fight back.
Sometimes you can leave the past, but you can never escape.
Told with the trademark powerful storytelling that has had critics praising her work as “Gripping” (Kirkus), “Jaw-dropping” (Publishers Weekly) and “Crackling with suspense” (People magazine), ALWAYS WATCHING shows why Chevy Stevens is one of the most mesmerizing new talents of our day.
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Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Author: Chevy Stevens
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR :
Chevy Stevens grew up on a ranch on Vancouver Island and still lives on the island with her husband and daughter. When she’s not working on her next book, she’s camping and canoeing with her family in the local mountains. Her debut novel, Still Missing, won the International Thriller Writers Award for Best First Novel. Please visit her at www.chevystevens.com
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THE BOOKISH DAME REVIEWS :
Any of us who have been fans of Chevy Stevens' books have wondered about the illusive psychiatrist behind her other novels. That faceless woman who helped the other women protagonists work through their nightmares has been keeping me guessing. Well, in this novel, Dr. Nadine Lavoie comes out from the curtain and lets us know about her past...and it's HUGE!
Helping a would-be suicide who has left a commune, Nadine relates her own young life, abuse and fears with her patient's with startling conclusions. As she digs deeper into her past and her emotional issues, we're drawn into the suspense and the tension of this story.
Chevy Stevens has a way of making me bite my nails! I feel my muscles tensing as I read, and I feel my stomach getting butterflies. She can cause me to get intense. I read through her books like a hot knife through butter, they are so compelling and urgent. I just have to get to the answers to the problems she presents.
This book is a shocker. It's chilling in its details and closeness to reality. The way Ms Stevens handles so many of the aspects of child abuse and commune mentality make it seem she knows things first-hand. Chilling. I found it absolutely mesmerizing. I found it so personal, it was as if I were sitting across the table from Dr. Lavoie hearing her story.
As always, Chevy keeps you guessing until the very end...
This is another book in Chevy Stevens' group that you'll want to get asap. A great read!
5 stars Deborah/TheBookishDame