Sunday, July 29, 2012

Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens


Sara Gallagher is a thirty-three-year-old single mom, with an adorable six-year-old daughter named Ally, she’s engaged to a great guy, and owns her own business restoring antique furniture. Yet she can’t stop wondering about her birth mother and what genes she might have passed on to her daughter, and any children she might bear in future.

When she finally succeeds in locating her, the woman wants nothing to do with her. Sara can’t shake the feeling that she is hiding something, so she hires a private investigator. The truth soon comes out—Sara’s mother was the sole survivor of the Campside Killer, one of the worst serial killers in Canadian history, with at least thirty victims. Sara’s mother managed to survive, after he shot and killed her parents and raped her, but the assault left her pregnant with the daughter she gave up for adoption—Sara.

When the story is leaked to the press, Sara and her family have good cause to be afraid—if the Campside Killer is still alive, he now knows he has a daughter. Then the calls begin, some are obvious pranks, but amongst them is one who claims he is Sara’s father and sends her one of the earrings he took from her mother as a souvenir as proof. He says he wants to get to know Sara and sends her dolls made from his victims’ clothes and hair.

The police want to use Sara to capture the notorious killer, but poor Sara finds her formerly happy life begins to crumble and fall apart under the pressure.

This was a fascinating, fast-paced book, with each chapter staged as a one-sided therapy session, with Sara telling her story to a silent therapist named Nadine. This is the second book I’ve read by this author and I was not disappointed. I will be eagerly awaiting her next one.

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