Saturday, June 5, 2010

Book Review: Never Let You Go by Erin Healy

Never Let You Go by Erin Healy
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publish Date: May 4, 2010
Hardcover, 320 pages

My Review:

Never Let You Go was a very interesting book.  I have started not reading what the book is about right before I read it so I can go into it with a vague idea, but not an overall idea.  I would have read a synopsis when agreeing to review, but sometimes several weeks pass and I don't quite remember what the book is supposed to be about.  I did that with Never Let You Go and I was continually surprised with the direction the book went.  I think I expected more of a romantic suspense, and you do get that, but there is a lot more of a spiritual battle similar to Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti books.  This didn't take away from the story at all - it really added to it.  And it definitely added to the element of surprise.  Every time I thought I had something figured out, it twisted and turned.

The characters were interesting.  I liked Lexi, she was just trying to do what was best for her child, but like all of us, she's human and she was holding onto quite a few secrets and grudges.  One of my favorite characters was Angelo, who was always in the right place at the right time and he had a sense of humor (and a magenta truck).  The storyline with Grant, Lexi's missing, but not ex, husband added to the story and I liked learning about him.

Never Let You Go is full of flawed characters just trying to find their way in life.  I think everyone can relate to one of the characters even if you haven't done exactly what they have done.  We all have sin and we all need forgiveness and we all often need to forgive someone.  I think that was the major take home message of this one.  And the storyline that brings home this message was very interesting and well put together.  As Ms. Healy's solo debut, I think she did a wonderful job and I look forward to her next book as well.

My Rating:  4.25/5.0

About the Book:
Losing everything has made Lexi hold those she loves tightly. Hell is determined to loosen her grip.

Lexi lives in the shadow of choices her husband made. Especially Grant's choice to leave seven years ago, without a word. Her relationship with their daughter, Molly, is now the most important thing in her life. Lexi will do anything-work grueling hours, attend church on her only day off, sacrifice financially-just to see Molly smile.

When Grant shows up declaring his intent to re-enter their daughter's life, Lexi is skeptical of his motives. She soon determines not to let him near Molly. Then a drug dealer named Warden arrives on Lexi's doorstep, demanding payment of Grant's old debts.

But that's just the earthly perspective. Staggering supernatural events are spilling into her world in real and shocking ways. Hell's fury is great, but Heaven's power is greater still. In a novel that defies easy categorization, this has all the early buzz of the breakthrough read of 2010.

About the Author:
See my author spotlight for more information about Erin Healy.

FTC Information: I received this book from Amy Currie of Phenix & Phenix Literary Publicists for review.  I have Amazon links on my review pages but I do not make any money from these because of NC laws.  I put them solely for people to check out the books on a retail site.