Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone
Release Date: May 2010
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Author Site: http://www.erinhealy.com/
My Rating: 3.75/5
Source: Received for review from Phenix Publicity
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.
NEVER LET YOU GO is another gem from Thomas Nelson Publishers that is yes you guessed it…Christian Fiction! I’m continually being surprised by how much I’m enjoying the recent books I’ve read in this genre. I’ve read BURN which was co-authored by Erin Healy. NEVER LET YOU GO is Erin’s first solo book published and I really enjoyed it!
Lexi is a very “real” character. She could very well be people we all know or even one of us. Her druggie husband, Grant, walked out on her seven years ago and ever since then Lexi has been terribly down on her luck. Her beloved sister was murdered shortly after and then her father had a mental breakdown. With her mother traveling all the time Lexi struggles to get by every day as she takes care of the most precious thing in her life – her daughter Molly.
Grant has come back into Lexi’s life wanting to establish a relationship with Molly, her sister’s murderer is up for parole, and the man who led Grant to a life of drugs has come to demand payment of Grant’s past debts that Lexi has no way of paying. Her world is starting to fall apart all over again and to make matters worse there seems to be strange supernatural things taking place that no one can explain. Lexi could very well be losing her grip on reality when she needs it the most.
So I will say I was a tad bit confused at the beginning. I didn’t really enjoy how the start of the novel was set up. But as the story progressed I was quickly engrossed in Lexi’s life and the strange happenings going on in it. I became attached to her and the other characters including Grant who of course I hated in the beginning. NEVER LET YOU GO was filled with intricate twists in the plot that had me reeling. I really enjoyed the writing style and found the Christian “undertones” of the book not too over the top. They aren’t very subtle either but I think I enjoyed the story so much that the message being written about didn’t really bother me.
After reading BURN and finding it “just okay” I was excited when I finished NEVER LET YOU GO and came away with such satisfaction. Thrilling, suspenseful and with dynamic characters, I definitely recommend giving NEVER LET YOU GO a shot!