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Always Watching

Stevens, Chevy (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Always Watching


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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.
Authors: Stevens, Chevy
Title: Always watching
Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
Characteristics: 340 pages ;,25 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: 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.
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ISBN: 0312595697
9780312595692
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Report This Aug 21, 2013
  • Klimo1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I enjoy reading books by Canadian authors and I look forward to reading the first two books that Chevy Stevens has written. Other than her use of "manic depression" instead of the more current and correct bi-polar, I felt that the author did a fine job with this novel. Dr. Lavoie was a very believable character, and the theme of "childhood sexual abuse being wiped from her memory due to past trauma" was very relevant! Dr. Lavoie was also a very strong character.

Report This Jul 09, 2013
  • ehbooklover rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A frightening and disturbing edge-of-your-seat thriller that I couldn’t stop reading despite the rapidly waning light during a very long power failure.

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