She helps people put their demons to rest. But she has a few of her own....
In the lockdown ward of a psychiatric hospital, Dr. Nadine Lavoie 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 to 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 of the group’s leader, Aaron Quinn, provoke complex feelings of terror in Nadine even today?
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.
Told with the trademark powerful storytelling that has had critics praising her work as "gripping" (Kirkus Reviews), "jaw-dropping" (Publishers Weekly), and "crackling with suspense" (People), Always Watching shows why Chevy Stevens is one of the most mesmerizing new talents of our day.
©2013 Chevy Stevens (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I love the outdoors and the warm weather!! And I never leave home with out my I-Nano. It should be surgically placed into my ear. I live and breath for books.
This was my first time reading a Chevy Stevens book. I will definitely be reading her previous works. Always Watching, kept me at the edge of my seat. It wasn't a nail bitter, but it surely kept me entertained and wanting to see what happened next.
Dr. Nadine Lavoie works in a lock down psychiatric hospital.Were she meets her new patient, Heather Simeon. A distraught woman with suicidal tendencies. Heather starts to
divulge her in most secrets and demons. It turns out that Dr. Nadine Lavoie & Heather have a lot in common. A man named Aaron Quinn, a group leader in commune on Vancouver Island. But Nadine has suppressed all her childhood memories, Why?
As Nadine struggles to come to terms with her past. She also has to deal with her daughter, Lisa. Who is a drug addict, living on the streets.
The more Nadine digs, the closer she is to danger.
One last thing, the narrator Joyce Bean, brings this book to life. Her performance was a 5 out of 5 stars.
The description and emotion of this novel are very powerful. There are a lot of very uncomfortable scenes of molestation and violence and thw book centres on those events. There are lots of flashbacks which seem lazy with respect to plot development but it still works. There is a lot great about this book and it's easy to spend hours at a time listening to it. Worth the credit!
I wanted a story and a diversion - an escape. Instead a got a course in psychiatry and counseling, it is obvious that the author did her research but there is a difference between winding knowledge into a story and using every other sentence to give textbook definitions. It is also something known to most seasoned psychiatric professionals that the textbook definitions don't apply in a straightforward manner to the human person in a stepwise clinical fashion. The author should have spent time creating characters that had more depth rather than following a clinical recipe. In this book each patient with sexual abuse is the same, every event of PTSD unfolds exactly the same, and every addict uses the same evasive conversation. I wanted a story but I got a lesson. I stuck with it hoping it would get better but I was annoyed the entire way through. Doubt I'll listen to another book by this author. Like a good mystery or thriller but don't need a lesson in police investigative process or evidence gathering or forensic procedure. The narrator added nothing to the book and didn't make it any more palatable... The narration may actually have made the clinical textbook-ness of this story worse.
Needed more suspense. It started out great but lost steam quickly.
Joyce did well.
There are few things in life better than losing yourself completely in a really exceptional story.
This is one of the worst literary experiences I've had in a very long time, thankfully. The plot plodded along, seldom advancing, and never capturing my interest. The character dialogue was unbelievable, disingenuous, and dull as paint drying. I've have happily settled for killing them all off in the first one-tenth of the book, adding a period, and ending my misery. Instead, out of an unfortunate streak of masochism, I forced myself to finish this thing, and believe me, it never got any better.
The narration was perfect for this catastrophe; in other words, it was also horrible. It was stilted, the accents were extremely odd, and she sounded as completely bored as I was, which was probably true.
I've never written such a brutal assassination of a novel before, but this book deserves it. If you're looking for a riveting thriller, something you can't bear to put down, look elsewhere. This book misses the mark by a mile.
Good story, interesting characters, a mystery that flows.
She is n excellent reader, I enjoyed the performance.
No, but it kept my interest.
Listen? Probably not. Read? Absolutely. The narrator is just ....I can't do it.
YES. I love how Chevy can keep me interested in any book.
Yes, I would. I loved the story -- such intriguing twists and layers to peel back -- but I also was totally enraptured by Joyce Bean's ability to do voices from deep baritone male to little tiny girls!
Still Missing, the Chevy Stevens, was similar and just as well done.
Nadine, the protagonist. I loved her relationship with the black stray cat, too, not that you asked! ;o)
A psychiatrists ties to a sixties-style commune plague her, bringing past and present colliding with a smashing conclusion
Looking forward to the next book!
It was okay to pass the time in a car, but got quite boring and predictable halfway through and was difficult to finish. I found myself listening on 1.5 x speed just to finish and wrap up story lines. The main character was cold, annoying, completely unsympathetic
Her "male" voices for the male characters were annoying, almost laughable
I loved this book and it's the first of Chevy Stevens' that I've read. It was captivating and held my interest all the way through.
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