Never Knowing

Never Knowing

Audiobook on MP3-CD - 2011
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Struggling with a need for closure, Sara Gallagher attempts to reconnect with her birth parents only to learn that her biological father is an infamous serial killer, a discovery that causes her to fear that she has inherited violent tendencies.
Publisher: Grand Haven, Mich. : Brilliance Audio, p2011
ISBN: 9781441843272
1441843272
Characteristics: 1 sound disc (12 hr., 11 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: MacDuffie, Carrington 1958-

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SuzeParker
Feb 26, 2013

Never Knowing is decent, even though it doesn't begin to achieve the marvelous creepines factor of Stevens' first book, Still Missing. The main character's neurotic, obsessive behavior got on my nerves and I'm not at all convinced most people would make the decisions she made throughout the book. That aside, Never Knowing is a quick read and a fun little weekend distraction.

mayfairlady Jul 11, 2012

Narration is good. The plot, unfortunately, is interminable. I don't think the device of each chapter being a 'session' at the therapist works at all in this one. Not nearly as good as the first title by this author.

Cdnbookworm Aug 09, 2011

This is the second book by Stevens. Her first, Still Missing, is a finalist for the OLA Evergreen Award.
This novel uses the same device as her first, sessions at a therapist. I don't think it works as well for this one. There was one instance where I felt the contents of the session seemed like they came after the session. I can't say I liked the reader for this either. To me, the way she read it gave the main character, Sara Gallagher, a tone (put-upon, whiny) that I didn't like, and I don't think the author intended. It made her less sympathetic. But enough about what I didn't like.
The story was great. Sara is an adopted child who has felt that she was treated different from her siblings and always fantasized about her real parents, particularly her father as she always felt unloved by her adopted father. Now she is in her thirties and about to get married to a wonderful man and has a daughter she loves. She thinks she is ready to find out who her birth parents were. She researches and finds her birth mother who rejects her out of hand. As she struggles with this, she discovers that her mother was the only survivor of a violent serial killer, one who has never been caught. Which means that her birth father is a serial killer.
The rest of the book follows Sara's struggle to come to terms with this and what she feels she may have "inherited" from her father. It also shows her struggle with the publicity around it, that may have put her and her family in danger. Pageturning action abounds. And, Stevens gives us the occasional extra little twist just when we relax our guard. Highly recommended.

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