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Never Let Go

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Very intense and suspenseful.  Well written.  
Many thanks to Level Best Books and to NetGalley for providing me with a galley in exchange for my honest opinion.
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I would like to thank NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.

I was curious to know how Carla would manage to get out of the situation she was in, but I wasn't very convinced to see a childhood friend like Rachel acting like that. It would be more believable if she was a new friend. It bothered me a little. But I liked the author's writing and I will read her other books.

*Brazilian reader*
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This story was amazing and intense.  Kept me going and couldn’t put it down.  Very well written and definitely would recommend.
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Thank you Netgalley for the ARC! I liked but didn't love this book! It was slow most of the way through. I rate it a 2.7
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Thankyou to Netgalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this ARC.
This book had lies, deceit and betrayal.
This is my first book from this author and i will read more from them. 
This book was very well written and i didnt see some of the plot twists coming. 
This book kept me on the end of my seat and i had no idea what was going to happen half the time. 
Highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a thriller. 
Thankyou again
5/5 stars
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My reaction to this one was mixed. It was a decent domestic thriller with a couple of developements that had me reading faster to see what was going to happen next before the plot would slow down again.
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This book just jumps right in. In chapter one, Carla is hidden away in a room in Rachel’s basement after ex already been kidnapped for a few days. There is zero introduction, zero backstory and zero events before the kidnapping. The start did not win me over, and had me and the book on bad terms from the get go. I couldn’t get into the story because I had no care for the characters. I didn’t care about Carla or Nick enough to hope for their reconciliation.

I just wish things had started differently and maybe my review would be different.
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It’s fast paced and a quick read. I couldn’t put it down. Carla is a strong main character and I don’t think any mom would do anything different than she does. The two mysteries and how they all interconnect is so great. Extremely well written. Definitely recommend.
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Suspense from beginning to end. This novels weaves suspense and mystery in a tightly woven plots and vividly drawn characters.
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My fingers are itching, I think I chewed them down to the quick with this nail biting thriller. The storyline is so far fetched that it's addictive. Rachel is one friend that I would not like to have. I loved every minute of this book. It's both gripping and unbelievable. If you want a nail biting physcological thriller with a explosive ending then read Never Let Go.
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Never Let Go by Lori Duffy Foster begins when the protagonist, Carla, finds herself awakening to a nightmare. She is being held captive in a basement, and controlled through strictly rationed food and a series of terror tactics. Whenever she attempts to resist, her privileges, such as they are, are rescinded in order to keep her in line.

The last thing Carla remembers before all of this happens, is her excitement over meeting her best friend Rachel for a meal. Carla is accompanied there by her baby son, Christopher, whom Rachel has never really warmed to. 

Now she discovers that her supposed best friend since childhood is in fact a dangerous psychopath. Rachel is in love with Carla's husband Nick, and has been for years. So she drugs Carla and dumps her in the basement. Rachel then sells Carla's baby, forcing her former best friend into helping her make a play for Nick.

Nick meanwhile, is not buying the story that Carla has run away with the baby, his predicament worsened by the fact that the police suspect him of being responsible for his wife's sudden disappearance. And Rachel has already decided that if she can't win him over, she will kill him too! So Carla finds herself struggling to find a way to recover her baby and protect her husband, while coming to terms with the fact that her best friend is (and has apparently always been) batshit crazy. 

I found the storyline somewhat far-fetched, not least because of the sub-plot involving the policeman Sawyer, and the story of Leland, both of which also seemed a little unrealistic. The sub-plots didn't seem to add much to the main storyline. 

I think the book would be a good fit for those looking for an escapist storyline heavy on drama, rather than a psychological thriller per se. There may be those who also relate to waking up to the kind of relationship (if not the actual basement location) that Rachel and Carla actually turn out to have, since appearances can be notoriously deceptive. Though not always murderously so. If Rachel's interest in Nick had not led to such extreme actions on her part, it might have made the story more believable. But sometimes, pure escapism IS what people are looking for, so to each his or her own!

(I posted the review on Goodreads already and I have also submitted a review to Amazon UK)
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I enjoyed this book. A good plot, lots of twists and turns and characters that you loved and hated in equal measure. There were a few parts that I thought were a little unbelievable but overall I would recommend it.
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I was caught from the beginning.  This book had me on the edge of my seat from the initial crime- drugging a friend and locking them up- to the nail biting end.  I was rooting for new mom Carla to escape her “friend” Rachel.  Rachel’s manipulation of Carla’s husband adds a juicy layer to this psychological thriller.  I read it super fast as I couldn’t wait to see how the situation resolved.  Definitely worth a read.   

Thanks to NetGalley, the publisher, and the author for an advanced review copy.  All opinions expressed here are my own. 

Happy Reading!
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Never Let Go is a gripping, well-plotted novel that fully immerses the reader in a tale of complex relationships and thrilling plot twists. Lori Duffy Foster weaves the interconnected stories of its primary characters with a sure hand, and the psychological underpinnings are rendered with authentic, believable details. The book begins with a compelling hook and then adds layer upon layer of suspense that build to a most satisfying conclusion. Friendship, marriage, and motherhood are the central themes; they threaten, entrap, and ultimately empower the protagonist. The title is an apt indication of the work as a whole: You won’t let go until the last page. Highly recommend.
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*received for free from netgalley for honest review* This was a pretty crazy book, especially the ending. would recommend for sure!!
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This book started out with a bang. It's a dark and twisted story full of drama, shock, and intrigue. Who can you truly trust? There's 2 mysteries, but I enjoyed the first half of the book more than the last half. Overall, it was an easy and suspenseful read. It did have some grammatical errors and I was highly annoyed with the amount of times "he said" and "she said" were used. Overall an enjoyable 3 star read.
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Thank you NetGalley and the pubs for this early read!

Whelp, this one definitely was worth a read. Who doesn’t love a crazy lady trying to take over someone else’s life?  The pace of the book was good and kept my attention throughout. This book has multiple POVs and multiple plot points but wasn’t hard to follow.. I do think the book was a bit outlandish and unrealistic but still was a good read. Solid 3 stars.
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I lost hours of sleep to this book - I just could not put it down.  So well written and with so many twists and turns that I didn’t see coming - this is the best book I have read in many months.

Carla and her 6 month old son go missing - has she just up sticks and left, been kidnapped or worse?  Her best friend Rachel, is always there for husband Nick - or is she?  I don’t want to give more away but you have to read this book!
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What a story. The first part was so good. So fantastic. It’s about a woman who wants another  woman’s husband. Bad enough to kidnap her and her child. What’s not to like. Then we get to the second part and I didn’t much like it. It just didn’t flow with the first part like it should. 

The first part is mainly about Carla. A mother. A wife. And Rachel, her best friend. Carla wakes up in a strange place. She’s been drugged and now her child is missing. The only way she can get out of this and get her baby back is to help Rachel get Nick who is Carla’s husband. Rachel wants him and has gone to great lengths to have him. The story is very complex. 

Then the second part or sub-plot. It just didn’t seem to flow with the main story. I am not so sure it should have even been there. Of course I am not the author and what do I know. I do know that I didn’t enjoy this part. They two storylines just didn’t mesh together well for me. But overall the story was still very good. I enjoyed it.

Thank you NetGalley and Level Best Books for this ARC. 

Four stars from me.
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I was ready for a pretty uneven experience, based on other reviews. Instead I felt like I got a 2-for-1 deal. 3-for-1, actually. There's the kidnapping of Carla, the kidnapping of the baby, and the cold case. Each would have been a whole book's worth of story usually and putting them all together made everything tighter and more interesting. I'm impressed!
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