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Review: Always Watching by Chevy Stevens

Don’t ya just hate it when you’re so excited to start a book and it doesn’t live up to your expectations? Yea. Me too. Unfortunately that was the case with Always Watching by Chevy Stevens. I had read two of her other novels and loved them. When this one came out, I picked it up from the library right away.

Always Watching is about Nadine Lavoie. Nadine is a psychiatrist at a mental institute. She has many struggles including a very strained relationship with her drug-addicted daughter and a severe case of claustrophobia. She spent some time on a commune when she was younger, and also is missing some of her memories from her time there. A young woman by the name of Heather is admitted to Nadine’s hospital for a suicide attempt, and hearing Heather’s story brings Nadine’s past to the surface. Her memories start to come back and she is now forced to untangle the messy web of her past.

This wasn’t a bad book. I’d say it was average. One of the issues was that I never connected with Nadine, or any of the characters for that matter. She just wasn’t very likeable. None of the characters were. I also found the book to be a little boring. Her previous novels are also psychological thrillers, but this one fell short. The other ones had me turning the pages late at night, this one did not. Again, it wasn’t bad, just didn’t meet my admittedly high expectations.

Chevy Stevens is a talented author, but I’d definitely check out her other novels before this one.


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