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What Always Watching is about:
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?
Chevy Stevens quickly became a favorite author of mine with her gripping debut, and equally impressive follow up book. So with that in mind, I was eagerly anticipating her newest release. Well folks, I'm sad to say that this one was just okay for me. There wasn't really a lot of suspense, and honestly, I hated the first person narrative. On top of that, there was wayyyy too much tragedy for one person and coincidences gushing from every sentence. I just didn't buy it, which made me very sad.
Recommend? Well, if you've read her other two works, then of course, you will want to read this one. IMHO, I just felt that it didn't come close to her other stories. Maybe my expectations were too high? If you haven't read Chevy, I can highly recommend Still Missing and Never Knowing. Those two books made me want to read in the bright sun of the day because of the scare factor!
Source: St. Martin's Press via NetGalley
ebook, 352 pages
Published June 18th 2013 by St. Martin's Press