Dark. Menacing. Mesmerizing. I didn't know what to expect when I started reading Never Let You Go but Healy far exceeded my expectations! I was well and truly hooked and, though I had no intention of doing so, read this book in one sitting. It's that addictive.
Raw and real and angst-riddled. Lexi hasn't had an easy life and it seems like no matter what she does circumstances just keep getting worse. She feels like she's losing control -- and for very good reason. There are forces afoot with evil intent and she's at the heart of the battle. And yet there's a light shining in the midst of all that darkness. Lexi just has to find the courage to head for it.
A stunning suspenseful drama with an enthralling supernatural element.
Plot: This was a very spiritual story. You can feel it from the beginning, but it's not confirmed until the end. The things that Lexi goes through in the week that this story takes place are nothing short of divine encounters and spiritual warfare. It's hard to say much without giving anything away.
Characters: You learn about the characters what you need to know for the story to unfold, however, you don't really know the characters.
Themes: The theme of this book was forgiveness. Lexi's biggest struggle in life is forgiving the people who have so greatly wronged her. She has to forgive herself, too, for she blames most of her problems on her own actions.
Emotion: There were times during this book, especially in the beginning, when certain characters came in to play, I was honestly scared. I could feel the deception and confusion that the character brought jumping off the page.
Overall: This book was very interesting to read and very hard to put down. I would sit down to read one chapter and found myself unable to stop. The spiritual side of the book made it easy to get wrapped up in and you always want to know what's going to happen next.
Losing everything can knock the wind out of you and it can take years to reclaim what you had before and sometimes you will never be able to reclaim what you have lost. For Lexi Solomon, seven years ago she had everything she ever wanted , a family, a husband and a daughter. That all changed the day her sister Tara was murdered. Her husband walked out on her , the guy she had a brief affair with was arrested for murder , her father ended up in a mental institution and her mother decided to jet-set around the world and take up a job as a travelling food critic. Now seven years later , the life Lexi has built for her and her nine-year old daughter is about to come crumbling down and if they are not careful , then it is about to become literally a living nightmare as Lexi is being stalked by her ex-husband Grant's crazy friend Ward who wants Lexi all to himself and if he doesn't then it's bye-bye Molly , Norman the guy who killed Lexi's sister and the guy Lexi had a brief affair with is about to be let out on parole and to top it off Lexi's mother Alice and ex-husband Grant are back in town and they both want to get to re-know Molly. Can Lexi survive this nightmare or is Ward about to take it up a notch with kidnapping ? . Where is God when you need him the most , it seems though that God is keeping an eye out for Lexi and Molly as he delivers her in the form of a hunky guy - a human angel of sorts - Michaelangelo . Can Angelo be Lexi's Knight in Shining armour and help her through this dark time before the darkness starts to consume her ? Never Let You Go explores the high-stakes decisions played out in the thin spaces between heaven and earth.
Never Let You Go by Erin Healy is a poignant and frightening look at the harsh consequences of unforgiveness. Lexi Solomon is struggling to make ends meet as a single mom to nine-year-old Molly. When her estranged husband Grant shows up, followed by her drug dealer friend Warden, Lexi's life is suddenly thrown into turmoil, especially when Warren threatens to hurt Molly if Lexi doesn't speak at the parole hearing of her sister's murderer, Norman, in an attempt to get him freed from prison early. Lexi's history is complicated and she is quickly overwhelmed and trapped by the demands of Warden and her fears of losing Molly for good. Healy, who has written terrific thrillers with Ted Dekker, puts her experience to good use here. Readers will feel torn for Lexi's sake. She seems to be trapped by her past, and with every turn of the page, her situation just gets worse and worse. Warden is a terrifying villain who is always one step ahead of Lexi. There are spiritual elements, but Healy keeps them to just the right level. It keeps readers guessing and creates tension and fear without overusing it. Lexi is presented with a powerful choice, one that readers face on a daily basis, although not as extreme as hers, and there's an excellent message in it.