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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The Power of Cult Vs The Power of Self
This book, based on cult behavior and things that happened long ago are a winning combination for this book. It begins a little more slowly than some of her other books, due to the fact the book begins in present tense and then moves backwards in time, interweaving then and now. I felt angry reading part of this book due to cowards who couldn’t do the right thing. On the other hand the power of cult behavior that prays on the vulnerable is heart breaking. There is some level of predictability in this book, although there are a few surprises that keep it fresh. This author has a talent letting us into the minds of the characters to understand their pain and motivation. The main character did feel a bit inconsistent to me - not quite as confident perhaps as we were lead to believe in a previous novel (* NOTE: this is a stand alone novel that does not need to be read in any particular order). Overall, engaging and a great read. I am really loving this author, but I’m sad that there is only 1 ore book of hers that I have not read. :-)
Awesome book with a lot of twists and turns.
Good but frustrating too.
This book is good, but the main character's discussions regarding her daughter is very irritating. Her insistence that her daughter stay at school even though a mad serial killer is stalking them is just beyond frustrating.