Sunday, July 10, 2011

Some Questions Are Better Left Unanswered

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. . . .

Jackie says:
"Chevy Stevens, the author Still Missing, once again delivers a huge dose of adrenaline via the written word.  Sara has always known that she's adopted--her father's treatment of her reminded her each and every day.  She'd thought, on and off, about researching her biological parents, but didn't act on it until a few months before her wedding.  She hired a private investigator who soon turned up her mother's name.  When Sara called the woman, she tersely denied ever having a daughter.  But that was a lie, one protecting 30+ years of pain, shame and terror.  Because it turns out that Sara is a child of rape--in fact the woman who gave birth to her was the only person to survive an attack by a famous serial killer, one who is still on the loose.

Somehow, the media gets a hold of the information, and soon there is a circus of attention around Sara--a circus that her biological father notices.  He begins to contact her, wanting a fact, demanding one.  Very much against her adoptive family's wishes, Sara begins to work with the Canadian version of the FBI to catch her infamous father.  But at what cost?

This is a thrill ride of a book, once again delving deep into psychology (once again, Steven's tells the story through a series of therapy sessions between Sara and her doctor), not the least of which deals with Sara trying to figure out if she has inherited the ability to be a killer.  This book has plenty of action and plot twists and turns, right down to the last pages.  It's an amazing read that will be difficult to forget."

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