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Always Watching | [Chevy Stevens]

Always Watching

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    andrea Annandale, NJ, United States 07-02-13
    andrea Annandale, NJ, United States 07-02-13 Member Since 2011

    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.

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    "Page Turner, or a Great Listen!"

    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.
    Enjoy!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    elizabeth bolton, CT, United States 12-02-14
    elizabeth bolton, CT, United States 12-02-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Disappointment -wont get another from this author"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Victoria, British Columbia, Canada 10-13-14
    Sarah Victoria, British Columbia, Canada 10-13-14 Member Since 2014
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    "You can feel the emotion in this book"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Warren, OH, United States 08-12-15
    Cynthia Warren, OH, United States 08-12-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Not so much for "Always Watching""

    It started out slow, which most books do to build up the characters. However, it never got any better. I thought about returning it a couple times, but never did. I waited it out. What a disappointment. Don't waste your time.

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    MCP 08-07-15
    MCP 08-07-15

    I like memoirs and zombies; funny and scary stories... I smell a book!

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    "Scientology, anyone?? :D"

    WOW! Especially listening to this after watching the Scientology documentary recently I felt like it was a page right out of a cult handbook.
    Before I get in trouble with that... overall the story was like an itch you wanted to keep scratching. So much going on, so many things racing through your mind. Narration and story are intense.
    Another great work by Chevy Stevens.

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    Patricia Elberton, GA, United States 06-14-15
    Patricia Elberton, GA, United States 06-14-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Stilted"

    A stilted performance of a mediocre story. far too much psychological introspection. I did not enjoy either the performance or the story.

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    Terryl Coffel 04-17-15
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    "Great Listen! "

    Having listened to this and Still Missing, I prefer this. The narrator is great, as is the storyline. Keeps you on your toes. Definitely recommend it!

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    Rhonda Morrison Worcester, MA 09-11-13
    Rhonda Morrison Worcester, MA 09-11-13 Member Since 2014

    Film Lover

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    "Interesting character study, decent mystery."
    If you could sum up Always Watching in three words, what would they be?

    Good story, interesting characters, a mystery that flows.


    What other book might you compare Always Watching to and why?

    None


    Have you listened to any of Joyce Bean’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    She is n excellent reader, I enjoyed the performance.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, but it kept my interest.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine United States 08-19-13
    Katherine United States 08-19-13
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    "GREAT STORY!!! HORRIBLE Narrator."
    Would you listen to Always Watching again? Why?

    Listen? Probably not. Read? Absolutely. The narrator is just ....I can't do it.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    YES. I love how Chevy can keep me interested in any book.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Joyce Bean’s performances?

    NO


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron P. Lazar Geneseo, New York, United States 07-30-13
    Aaron P. Lazar Geneseo, New York, United States 07-30-13 Member Since 2012

    mystery writer

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    "Brilliant and Engrossing Story!"
    Would you listen to Always Watching again? Why?

    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!


    What other book might you compare Always Watching to and why?

    Still Missing, the Chevy Stevens, was similar and just as well done.


    Which character – as performed by Joyce Bean – was your favorite?

    Nadine, the protagonist. I loved her relationship with the black stray cat, too, not that you asked! ;o)


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A psychiatrists ties to a sixties-style commune plague her, bringing past and present colliding with a smashing conclusion


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to the next book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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