I’ve been avoiding domestic thrillers about ‘husband and wife’ lately due to a case of “too much of the same” but when I saw Never Let You Go getting rave reviews, I just had to read it.
She thought she’d escaped him forever. But will he ever let her go?
Eleven years ago, Lindsey Nash fled into the night with her young daughter, leaving an abusive relationship behind. Her ex-husband ended up in jail and Lindsey started a new life.
Now, Lindsey is older, wiser and believes she has cut all ties with the past. But when Andrew is released from prison, strange things start happening. Lindsey’s new boyfriend is threatened, her home invaded and her daughter followed.
Her ex-husband denies all knowledge, but Lindsey is convinced he’s responsible. Because, after all, who else could it be…?
Never Let You Go has alternating narratives between Lindsey and her daughter, Sophie; the timeline also jumps back and forth between the present day and 2005, when Lindsey made her escape. It was interesting to see the events from both mother and daughter’s perspectives, while the events were the same, the affect on each differed. I enjoyed the danger Stevens created at the beginning of the novel, you immediately empathise with Lindsey and warm to her very quickly. Your heart breaks for her at the things she endures, the constant fear she lives in. Although, I must admit, grown-up Sophie, I did not like – even when I understood her actions and maybe should have felt empathy for her, I just didn’t; if anything, I found her borderline annoying and she came across as selfish at times. Perhaps it was my dislike of her that stopped me getting into this novel the way I would have liked to.
As the plot progressed, I found myself rather underwhelmed, I have to attribute this to a case of “too much of the same.” While I didn’t guess the reveal, the whodunit, I did guess who didn’t do it. But I found the middle part of this novel lacked the danger and excitement I was anticipating – the danger element did kick back into towards the of the novel, so it’s fair to say the beginning and end of this novel were my favourite parts, my interest just waned in the middle. This plot isn’t drastically flawed in any way, I just felt it was too familiar. Domestic thrillers tend to follow a similar pattern plot-wise and, as an avid reader, I felt I was becoming too familiar with those about ‘husband and wife’ so the plots were falling short. As a solution to this, I took a break from reading domestic thrillers specifically focused on ‘husband and wife’ (I’m still thoroughly addicted to ‘the case of a missing child’) – it was the rave reviews and the amazing cover that made me pick this one up. Unfortunately, I think I should have taken a longer break.
Don’t get me wrong, this is a good book, and if you haven’t overloaded yourself with domestic thrillers lately, I’m sure you will enjoy it very much! For me it just didn’t have that ‘oomph’ – Never Let You Go does carry the ingredients needed to enjoy a book of this nature – parts of unreliable narration, different perspectives, ability to misdirect the reader, danger, scary situations and shocking realisations, so please don’t misunderstand me, this is not a bad book, in fact, it is one I would recommend to someone looking to read a domestic thriller. It’s more a case of, after analysing my own reading habits, I think I just picked up this novel at the wrong time.