Always Watching

Always Watching

Book - 2013
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Psychiatrist Nadine Lavoie has a true desire to help people put their demons at rest. But she has demons of her own, some she can barely think about and some she can't even remember. In the lockdown ward of a psychiatric hospital, she is in her element. She has the tools to help people, and she has the desire--healing broken families is what she lives for. But Nadine doesn't want to look too closely at her own past, because there are whole chunks of her life that are black holes. It takes all her willpower to tamp down her recurrent claustrophobia, and her daughter, Lisa, is a runaway who has been on the streets for seven years. When a distraught woman, Heather Simeon, is brought into the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit after a suicide attempt, Nadine gently coaxes her story out of her--and learns of some troubling parallels with her own life. Digging deeper, Nadine is forced to confront her traumatic childhood, and the damage that began when she and her brother were brought by their mother to a remote commune on Vancouver Island. What happened to Nadine? Why was their family destroyed? And why does the name Aaron Quinn, the group's leader, bring complex feelings of terror to Nadine even today? And then, the unthinkable happens, and Nadine realizes that danger is closer to home than she ever imagined. She has no choice but to face what terrifies her the most ... and fight back. Sometimes you can leave the past, but you can never escape.
Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780312595692
Characteristics: 340 pages ; 24 cm


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Feb 10, 2017

I enjoyed this book quite a bit. It was hard to put down, however I felt the last few chapters were very rushed. I'm looking forward to reading more of her books.

Oct 04, 2016

I am reading this book and it is very good. It was very good, had a lots of twists and turns in the story. Probably will read it again sometime. I read it again June 2017. It's a great book with lots of twists and turns. It was hard to put down for sure. An unexpected ending!

May 06, 2016

I thought this was a good read in fact I liked it so much I looked for more books by stevens here because this was the first which I stumbled across in the store and happened to purchase. The storyline was good and it was very suspenseful! Found a new author I really like.

Nov 17, 2015

I've enjoyed everything I've read by this author so far, and this was no exception.

Jul 27, 2015

Novel about a cult and the lives it shatters. Poorly written. Disappointing.

wenchilds Jun 23, 2015

I've never been a big mystery reader. I enjoy Inspirational stories more than anything. But this was a fairly intriguing story. Some parts I was bored with and it just kind of dragged on. But I would probably give another one of her books a read.

Jul 16, 2014

First time I've read this author & parts were engaging, but overall, not.

Jun 19, 2014

I loved this book. It was interesting from being to end. Love how she writes, giving enough detail to form a picture, without overkill. This book made me want to read more of her work. *Spoiler* There was some talk about child molestation. I wasn't prepared for. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes suspense.

Jun 18, 2014

The book cover promised that Always Watching would be "chilling," "harrowing," "twisty" and a "heart-pounding thriller." It wasn't.

Protagonist Nadine is a psychiatrist, but rarely converses productively with other characters in the book, as a psychiatrist would be trained to do. It also seems highly unlikely that the therapy Nadine underwent years before in an attempt to deal with her debilitating claustrophobia never got to the root of that issue, yet a suicidal patient's connection to a commune (read: cult) where Nadine spent time as a youth suddenly begins resurfacing memories buried for decades.

Couple that with the fact that, in her recent books, Chevy Stevens hasn't recaptured the tension and creepiness she achieved in "Still Missing." Her writing seems dumbed-down and less well-thought-out than it was in her debut novel.

All that said, the "Always Watching" story line is interesting, and if you can look past the book's obvious problems, it's a decent read. I just didn't find the book to be particularly "compelling" (another of the words reviewers used to describe it).

Jun 15, 2014

this novel reads like a rollercoaster slow in the beginning but takes off and you just go for the and ....downs....will be reading more of this author

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