Never Let Go lives up to its name, starting with a mysterious kidnapping and pushing through murders, arson, and multiple suspects. After Willow’s beloved grandfather and mentor dies, Austin cannot stay away. His protective instincts and training tell him there’s more to the story, and he’s right. But the secrets he tried to hide from Willow in their earlier relationship still haunt him and threaten to tear them apart once again. I enjoyed this story, the mystery, the hesitant but undeniable attraction between Austin and Willow, and the complicated relationships. The plot seemed a little too cluttered at times, leaving me confused, and not in a good way. Other than that minor drawback, Never Let Go held me captive from the beginning to the end, pulse racing and pages flipping. I give this story four and a half stars and recommend it to anyone who likes romantic suspense. Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions are my own.
Elizabeth Goddard's novel "Never Let Go" starts off with a bang, snatching you into a mystery that will keep you guessing throughout. She has crafted an intriguing cold-case with the underlying premise that sets things into action, and in those first few pages I wondered to myself what it would take for someone to be willing to go to such lengths for a baby and how it would feel to be that parent who experiences that. Goddard certainly has a fertile imagination, as the story is filled with unexpected twists and turns that will hold your attention as Willow and Austin work to track down the truth.
The one detractor for me is the way that the romance was depicted, as I'm not as much of a fan of novels where there is ongoing second guessing by the characters about their relationship and whether it is going to move forward or not. It is likely that many readers will enjoy this aspect of Willow and Austin's relationship, but the romantic elements of the novel just weren't for me. That said, I realize I am likely not the target audience of this novel, and I did certainly enjoy the suspense and the intrigue in the book, and how Goddard crafts the action into her scenes. I also enjoyed the spiritual overtones woven into the tale, such as when Willow turns to God in her darkest of moments. Readers will be reminded that God is there for them at all times, waiting to walk them through difficult circumstances if they would just turn to him.
Those readers who are looking for a blend of romance and mystery should grab a copy of "Never Let Go". I award this novel a rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
The story premise is very intriguing it brings together Forensic genealogist Willow Anderson with Ex-FBI agent Austin McKade on a quest for answers regarding a baby’s abduction more than twenty years ago. The story is set against the stunning backdrop of Bridger-Teton National Forest region of Wyoming.
I am not a huge fan of romance but when suspense is thrown into a plot layered with twists hard to see coming it makes for a pretty good read. Well romance…the chemistry between Austin and Willow is hot and cold I really wanted to slap them to make a decision but again this is a necessity to show us how vulnerable relationships can be and how our past can interfere with our decisions to move forward. I like the way the author weaves in the backstory of her protagonists as the story progresses. It is also interesting to watch Willow and Austin piece together the decades of mystery behind this kidnapping. Following these two has kept me on the edge trying to see who was behind. Well it is a well-kept secret that is divulged only in the last pages. This is a story well done from its riveting opening to the satisfying conclusion…..
This fast-paced and emotional page-turner is my first experience reading Elizabeth Goddard and it will not be my last.
I received a copy of this book from Revell Books via NetGalleys for my thoughts