Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Review: Never Let You Go

My Synopsis:

Never Let You Go by Erin Healy

(For review from Phenix & Phenix Publicity)

Lexi Solomon has had a relatively quiet seven years since tragedy almost destroyed her family. Now, three men re-enter her life and threaten it once again. Lexi's husband, Grant abandoned her and their daughter, Molly seven years ago, now he's back and he wants to be a part of Molly's life. Norman is the man who killed Lexi's sister, Tara, seven years ago and now he is up for parole. Ward, an old friend has decided to collect on a debt from seven years ago that Lexi never even knew existed.

Lexi's life is spinning out of control and she begins to understand that their are deeper forces at work here. Something is going on that she can't grasp. It seems as though the forces of Heaven and Hell are assailing her family. Her relationship with her mother is estranged and her father, unable to deal with his daughter's murder is now in a mental health facility. Who can she turn to for help? What is Ward really after money or revenge? Will Lexi allow Molly to meet her father? Will she testify on behalf of the man who killed her sister?

My Thoughts:

This was a really interesting book. I couldn't pin point exactly what was happening for a little while, but that made it all the more captivating. There were some supernatural elements of the story that really flowed well and gave the book a very different feel that most reads. It's a book that readers of Christian Fiction would enjoy as well as mainstream readers.

The characters were very well developed and grabbed the readers interest quickly. Lexi was a strong character, but we see throughout the book that she has been and is still vulnerable to weaknesses, like everyone else. Grant's character has learned from his mistakes but he is still paying the consequences for his actions. Ward is definitely an interesting character, you can almost feel the evil emanating from this character, very well written.

There are several underlying themes in this book, including the main theme of forgiveness and being able to look beyond the circumstances and see or perceive why people do the things they do. Forgiveness is a lesson that is hard to learn in any situation and this book delves into how it effects the person who needs to find forgiveness and the person who needs to give that forgiveness.

Never Let You Go is available NOW from your favorite bookseller!

I give this one 4 out of 5 apples from my book bag!

Here is some more information about the author Erin Healy.

Co-author of the bestselling novel Kiss (with author Ted Dekker), Erin Healy has joined forces with Dekker once again to present Burn (Thomas Nelson | January 2010 | 978-1-59554-471-1 |
$24.99), a new supernatural thriller grappling with the good and evil natures that exist within all of us.

Healy is the owner of WordWright Editorial Services, where she has specialized in fiction book development for the past eight years. She is an award-winning editor of numerous bestselling novels, and has worked with popular authors such as such as Frank Peretti, James Scott Bell, Melody Carlson, Colleen Coble, L. B. Graham, Brandilyn Collins, Rene Gutteridge, Michelle McKinney Hammond, Robin Lee Hatcher, Denise Hildreth, Denise Hunter, Jane Kirkpatrick, Gilbert Morris, Lisa Samson, Randy Singer and Robert Whitlow.

Healy earned her bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in communication studies from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif., and began her career as an editor for Christian Parenting Today during the mid-1990s. After advancing from assistant editor, to associate editor, to editor while working for the magazine, she moved on to serve as a book editor for WaterBrook Press. She founded WordWright Editorial Services in 2002.

Healy began working for Dekker the same year, editing 12 of his well-known, heart-pounding stories, before collaborating with him as a co-author on Kiss. Her first novel, Kiss is the story of Shauna, who wakes from a coma to find she is responsible for a terrible accident that left her brother permanently disabled and her recent memories erased. She discovers she has a paranormal ability to steal memories from others, a capability that she uses to clear her name and find out what really caused the car accident.

With Burn, Healy continues to bring her feminine voice to Dekker’s popular brand of supernatural thriller. The story of one woman’s ultimate betrayal of friends and family and the far-reaching consequences of her actions, Burn features overarching themes of good vs. evil, guilt and regret, and the grace of second chances. In May 2010, Healy will release her first stand-alone title as an author with Never Let You Go (Thomas Nelson), which melds elements of the supernatural and suspense with relationaldrama.

Healy currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colo., with her husband, Tim, and two children. She is the director of the Academy of Christian Editors, as well as a member of International Thriller Writers and the American Christian Fiction Writers. Visit for more information.


Mystica said...

A tough book I would say. Forgiveness is tough when it becomes so very personal. Storyline should be very interesting.

Llehn said...

I think it's so important that books have great characters. Otherwise, why should we care as readers?d

Shy said...

I love that you summarise the themes of the book in your review. I do love reading books that actually talk more about human's emotion cause sometimes, it potrays the events that I can thoroughly relate to. I believe that this is something I'd tremendously enjoyed!

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

This sounds really interesting! I havent read this author.

Llehn said...

I like the idea how a sense of not knowing what's going on can work for the novel!