Reviewed by Jenna Arthur

She never felt included. Two sisters. One dad. One mom. Adopted. In her thirties Sara, with the help of friend and psychiatrist Nadine, breaks through the childhood walls that have blocked the truth for so many years: she needs to know where she came from. A childhood filled with competition, and longing for the love of a father whose view always fell kindly on his biological children, left Sara yearning for more. Now, so many years later, with fiance Evan and daughter Ally, Sara will delve into her past to find what will violently shape her future. No one is safe.

Sara never knew that finding her biological mother would be a curse. She couldn’t have known the hatred her mother would feel for her, the feelings she would deny her. Unable to let go of a mother who didn’t want her, Sara hires a private investigator only to find that her mother is not who she says she is. Unraveling countless lies, she finds out her biological mother was a victim of a serial killer and rapist, and the only survivor. And Sara is his daughter.

Days later she receives what will be the first of hundreds of calls from a man she feared, a man who killed countless women in cold blood: her father. Playing a cat and mouse game the story follows Sara, her adopted family, fiance and daughter through a maze of manipulation to try and capture the man Sara knows so little about.

Never Knowing pits father against daughter in what may be one of the best new thrillers I have read this year. Filled with betrayal, fear, love and confusion, this story makes Sara question everything she knows and is. Could this man shape who she is? Could murder be in her blood?

Chevy Stevens lets us into the mind of a ruthless serial killer, showing us the paternal, loving side of his psyche. Her words give shape to one man’s obsession with pain and one woman’s obsession with fear. Every emotion is real and every twist gripping. Sara is a complex and relateable character whose urge to find herself, her origins and love spans genres.

Rating: 4.5/5

Jenna lives in the bustling city of Pittsburgh, PA with her fiance and her two beautiful cats. Along with her passion for reading and the literary world, she is also an artist, writer, environmental activist, creative coordinator and aspiring culinary genius. She believes there is nothing better to her then a good book, and lives one cover to the next.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by St. Martin’s Press. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.