Narrator: Rachel Fulginiti

Audio Review: Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens

Posted June 6, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 8 Comments

Audio Review: Never Let You Go by Chevy StevensNever Let You Go by Chevy Stevens
Narrator: Caitlin Davies, Rachel Fulginiti
Published by Blackstone Audiobooks on March 14, 2017
Genres: Mystery, Suspense
Format: Audiobook
Length: 11 hours, 56 minutes
Source: Library
Audio | Goodreads
four-half-stars
three-flames

A stunning and thrilling novel from New York Times bestselling author Chevy Stevens. The author of Still Missing targets her readers with a novel that hits all the notes they have come to expect from her--and ratchets up the stakes even more.

Lindsey Nash is starting over with her new life after leaving her abusive ex-husband who was sent to jail. She has her own business and is raising her teenage daughter who needs her now more than ever.

When her husband is finally released, Lindsey believes she has cut all ties. There is no way he can ever find her and her daughter again. But she gets the sense that someone is watching her, tracking her every move. Her new boyfriend is threatened. Her home is invaded. Even her daughter is shadowed. Lindsey is convinced it's her ex-husband, even though he claims he is a different person and doesn't want to do her any harm. But can he really change? Is the one who wants her dead even closer to home than she thought?

 

 
Lindsey Nash was living her own private nightmare in her own home. Husband Andrew seemed perfect, loving and attentive to everyone, including Lindsey’s family. But alone with her, he was controlling, threatening and hypersensitive to every move she made. When things escalated, she found her moment to escape to freedom but it came at a high cost.

 
This story had a slow build, starting provocatively so that you knew early on what was to come next. I liked the approach used to portray the situations, beginning in the past and transitioning back and forth to the present. It’s not a unique storytelling device but it was executed effectively with good timing. The tension was always there but gradually heightened as things progressed to an extremely exciting climax.

 
What makes this story standout from others focused on domestic abuse is in its subtlety. Andrew’s abuse isn’t extreme and probably represents the more common experience. The damage to Lindsey is more psychological but the outcome is the same. I thought the author got it right and achieved the more accurate resonance. Also, using two narrators for Lindsey and daughter, Sophie’s voice and points of view made for a great listening experience. The contrasts in their perspectives of like events was fascinating and eye opening.

 
It’s not often that I completely miss a twist at the end of a mystery or thriller. I NEVER saw it coming, which says a lot for the quality of this story. It’s my first book by this author and I’m now a fan.

 

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About Caitlin Davies

Caitlin is a voiceover artist and award-winning audiobook narrator. She is the voice of a number of popular audiobook series including the House of Night, Penryn & the End of Days, Dragon Blood, The Warrior Chronicles, and The Talon Saga. Caitlin has narrated books for Audible, Harper, Macmillan, Listening Library, Blackstone, Brilliance, Podium Publishing, and Tantor Audio. Visit Audible.com for a list of books narrated by Caitlin.

About Rachel Fulginiti

You’ve probably heard me somewhere along the line, voicing for any number of products or services, such as Target, Kia, CVS and McDonalds, to name a few. As a voice actor, I’m best known for my natural “non announcer” announce style, as well as for funny/comedic & dry/wry reads. My voice is often described as warm, rich, attractive, hip, smart, confident, playful, trustworthy, inspiring and down to earth.

My strong background in acting informs my style, enabling me to bring copy to life in an authentic, believable and engaging way. After earning my BA in Theatre at the University of New Hampshire (cum laude), I went on to graduate from the 2 year Meisner Program at the School for Film and Television (NYC). I fine-tuned my craft on Manhattan’s stages, doing theatre, sketch comedy and performance art for ten years before relocating to Los Angeles and transitioning to voice over.

In addition to voice acting I also narrate audiobooks, mainly in the Mystery/Thriller and Romance genres. As a storyteller, I love bringing books to life. I enjoy the creativity and intensity of becoming immersed in an author’s world and embodying the text.

In my spare time I’m a singer, a writer and a yoga enthusiast. My musical outlet is Fantasizer. I am also a health and wellness coach with Arbonne International and I write a healthy lifestyle blog called Great Tasting Vegan, as well as an artist blog.

About Chevy Stevens

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 Missing went on to become a New York Times bestseller and win the International Thriller Writers Award for Best First Novel. Chevy’s books have been optioned for movies and are published in more than thirty countries.

Chevy enjoys writing thrillers that allow her to blend her interest in family dynamics with her love of the west coast lifestyle. When she’s not working on her next book, she’s camping and canoeing with her husband and daughter in the local mountains.

Review Breakdown
Story (Plot)
four-half-stars
Writing
four-half-stars
Dialogue
four-stars
Characters
four-half-stars
Narration (Audio)
four-stars
Overall: four-stars

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