From the acclaimed author of Still Missing comes a psychological thriller about one woman's search into her past and the deadly truth she uncovers.
All her life, Sara Gallagher has wondered about her birth parents. As an adopted child with two sisters who were born naturally to her parents, Sara did not have an ideal home life. The question of why she was given up for adoption has always haunted her. Finally, she is ready to take steps and to find closure.
But some questions are better left unanswered.
After months of research, Sara locates her birth mother---only to be met with horror and rejection. Then she discovers the devastating truth: Her mother was the only victim ever to escape a killer who has been hunting women every summer for decades. But Sara soon realizes the only thing worse than finding out about her father is him finding out about her.
What if murder is in your blood?
Never Knowing is a complex and compelling portrayal of one woman's quest to understand herself, her origins, and her family. That is, if she can survive. . . .
Stevens's unnerving stand-alone thriller about a woman's search for her birth parents matches the intensity of her impressive debut, Still Missing. Growing up on Vancouver Island, Sara Gallagher felt emotionally detached from her adoptive family. Now 33, Sara finally locates her birth mother, university professor Julia Laroche, but is devastated when Julia wants nothing to do with her. Sara learns that she was conceived when her birth mother was attacked by the Campsite Killer, a serial killer responsible for a 40-year reign of terror, who has never been caught. When the circumstances of Sara's birth become public, her biological father contacts her, demanding to meet her and her six-year-old daughter. If she refuses, he will continue to kill. Stevens chillingly portrays a woman searching for her identity who's not just horrified by the results but fearful she or her child has inherited violent tendencies. While the plot flirts with clich s, the skillful storytelling never flags. 150,000 first printing.
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This is a pretty decent fictional account of a messed-up woman, who opened up a Pandora's box when she went snooping for her birth parents. It has an excellent storyline, character development, and a very unique way of unfolding-in sessions rather than chapters. The plot got kind of draggy, and the story went in a repetitious circle for quite a while in the middle of the book, and the conclusion kind of reminded me of a Scooby-do epilogue. But, all in all a pretty neat little book, that will engage most readers, particularly the woman folk.
Amazing story..kept me wondering what would happen next.. Loved it from the first page. Very well written... BRAVO
Excellent writer, I especially like the plots and surprises, twists and turns. What a gift to be a writer. The setting for the novel is Vancouver island and it is awesome to read a story with names of communities I have visited and live near. Great new writer. Congratulations!