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Never Let Go

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Never Let Go by Lori Duffy Foster is an INCREDIBLE psychological thriller.

This is a suspense thriller that I could not put down. 

Carla Murphy was a great character. Well written, complex, and complicated. 

Carla wakes up in a drug-induced sleep in her friend's basement. From there, I couldn't stop turning the pages. 

This was such an incredible twisty thriller that I absolutely LOVED. 

Well written with multi-layered characters. 

I have read other books from this author, and I highly recommend checking out her other works.
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This book will grab you from the first chapter.  Without giving away the story, you can easily put yourself in this novel.  How would you react if someone you thought was your friend kidnapped you and stole your son in order to get your husband?  Would you be willing to help her sleep with your husband to keep everyone safe?  This book is well written and keeps you engaged throughout the plot.  I had not read this author before and will definitely read her prior books now.  I recommend the book and the author.
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Excellent thriller! Carla wakes up in a dark basement with no memory of how she got there. What she does remember is a lunch date with her best friend who she quickly finds out is responsible for the nightmare she has ended up in. Even worse than her current situation is the fact she has no idea where her baby is or how to escape.  Dark fast paced thriller that is impossible to put down. This is my first novel by this author but it definitely will not be my last.
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A terrific thriller with lots of opposing angles to the story. A vest friend with her screws lose imprisons Carla and got rid of her baby. Rachel then makes the move on Nick using Carla to do it. An icy finger went up and win my spine as I read that part. The story also involves Cop Sawyer and another troubling case of Leander, whose body was just discovered.
Much is packed into this psychological bendy read.
Through it all I was most impressed with Carla. She was smart, savvy, and ingenious in the predicaments she was in.
I did not like the ending for Sawyer. I wished for something better for him.
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Thank you to Netgalley and Level Best Books for providing this ARC!

This book was riveting from the first page. There were twists, but not as many as I would have expected. The secondary mystery almost seemed a second thought and kind of ended with a thud for me. 

Overall, it kept me engaged. I just wish the ending would have packed more punch.

Three stars!
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Let's talk about a great first chapter!!!! That was damn intriguing and awesome!!!! And cringe hahaha but since the first chapter I was like yup I'll enjoy this one. And let me also say, this made me scared of my friends hahaha!!!! 

Chapter 10... I screamed!!! I was like F*yeah you btch!!! Hahahahaha. That little twist!!!! And then Chapter 11 what in the actual F is wrong with Rachel?!?! This was cringe and sick and I wanted to just attack her hahaha . I mean seriously WTF?! 

I'll tell you this... the first 50% was cringe and an awesome book!!!! Too good to be true. My problem was with the second half and I'll tell you why (of course). When you are reading an amazing thriller and then something the MC starts an investigation and solves everything faster than the FBI and everything starts to be packed on action, you lose me there. I understand that a mom would do anything for her kids but I feel there's a part in this that stops being realistic and I can't stand that!!!! Ugh why the author didn't just stretched the first half and avoided the super hero mom to just get her kid back with the FBI solving it? Why the need for the action? I wanted to just skip all that nonsense. Make books feel real please!!!!

Other thing to the author...
This is written in the book... "Three kids later, and she still turned heads when she walked on a beach." And I found it, well, not okay. Like if most women lost "it" after having kids. Be careful with this comments!!!! And also when talking about this same wife, saying he amazed how she is a good mom, can study, work, and manage home finances at the same time... I mean.. hahaha this is a bit sexist... Just saying. 

I want to focus in the first half of the book and a bit of the second half and say I enjoyed it!!! I really recommend it just based on the first half, I'm so sorry the second half was not for me but I'm sure many others will enjoy the mix of the book. So I do recommend it and hope you guys let me know if you read it and your opinion on it.

I'll give three stars because of the first half...!!!! Just based on that...
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If you are looking for your next psychological thriller, then look no further!  Never Let Go by Lori Duffy Foster is the one to read.  This is a fast paced, unputdownable, intense thriller.  Ms Foster takes you on a roller coaster ride with some of the twistiest twists there are.  It is highly addicting and grabs you on page one.  The characters are real and Ms. Foster’s writing talent draws you into each of their lives.  Her twisty plot will blow your mind!  I highly recommend this intriguing book, you will not be disappointed.

Many thanks to NetGalley, Level Best Books and Lori Duffy Foster for this captivating thriller.  My opinions are your my own.
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This was a fantastic read. Love Lori's books. First time author for me. She has the magic touch in her book. She know how to write.

Thank you net gallery for this opportunity to read this fantastic book by this author.
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This book has such good reviews but I had a hard time getting into it. All of the sentences were short, choppy fragments and the characters were so strange! I did enjoy the suspenseful nature of the story but this one just wasn’t for me.
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I will leave a review on Dec. 20th on Amazon and B&N

Wow this was an intense and emotional read. I couldn't put it down once I started reading it. What would you do when you are betrayed in the worst way possible by the person you considered one of your best friends. How far would you go to save your life, and that of your baby? Psychological thrillers are one of my favorite genres. This is a dark and twisted storyline, and I can say one I haven't read before. I most certainly would recommend this book to others that enjoy this genre. I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher free of charge, and I am under no obligation to leave a favorable review the opinions expressed here are my own
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This was my novel from Lori Duffy Foster. 

Thank you for the ARC.

Carla’s childhood  best friend, Rachel, (or so we thought) wants Carla’s husband at any cost. She invites Carla over along with her new baby, Christopher. The next thing Carla knows she wakes in a basement alone. Where’s Christopher? How did she get here? Carla must help her friend seduce her husband or everyone is going to end up dead and Christopher will never be found. Will she be able to tell Rachel how to seduce her husband and save them all?

There was another story going on in this book and I don’t understand because it was confusing and not necessary. Also the storyline got far fetched and hard to believe towards the ending. That is why it only gets 2 stars from me.
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Carla is betrayed by her oldest and most trusted friend. Rachel drugs her, placing Carla in a secret Rachel constructed. 
Her baby, Christopher, is sold.
And her husband, Nick, is the real target. Rachel has been obsessed with him for years - harboring hatred for Carla, the best friend who married Rachel's obsession. 
And this is just the start of the novel. 
Rachel insists Carla give secrets to seduce Nick; Carla desperately searches for a plan to gain freedom; Nick just wants his wife and son to return - pushing the police to take their disappearances seriously, knowing Cara did not run away.
Loved it!
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Carla wakes up in a locked basement room; drugged and trapped, her baby missing. Her best friend has kidnapped her in a plot to woo her husband.

This book is excitement and action from the beginning to the very last page. You think it’s over and will settle, and then anything wild thing happens! It is unrealistic and at times, predictable, but it was also fast paced and full of excitement.

“If one side collapses, we all collapse. In other words, we all die.”

Never Let Go comes out 12/20.
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If I am ever kidnapped by my best friend, that literally everyone could tell was awful and a little crazy except me, and put in an impossible prison I think I will definitely spend more time worrying about her sleeping with my husband than I do about my baby that she says she sold to someone at a fast food restaurant for a greasy bag of cash.  Yeah, and that was the most believable part of this thing.
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I don't usually read psychological thrillers, but this one hooked me immediately, and I couldn't stop reading. It begins when Carla wakes up in a sealed basement room without any idea where she is. The last thing she can remember is having lunch with her baby, Christopher, and her best friend, Rachel. Where is she and where is her baby? Where is her husband, Nick?

Meanwhile, husband Nick is falling apart. His wife is missing, along with their baby. Detective Sawyer is the lead on the missing persons case, and the husband is always a suspect in times like these. But as the case plays out, Sawyer begins to believe that Nick is innocent, and his wife and baby are the subjects of a crime. But who? 

Desperation sets in for all characters. Will Carla get out of this place? Why is someone she trusted involved in her kidnapping and that of her son? Nick is desperate to get the police to believe in his innocence and find his wife and baby. 

Never Let Go also has a subplot with two additional crimes. One of the three crimes is solved halfway through the book, but the other two continue to build the suspense. 

I'd highly recommend Lori Duffy Foster's book. The pacing is excellent, the characters interesting, the psychological tension enormous, and the final outcome a logical extension of the plot. My only criticism would be that I thought the other murder plot needed to be more closely connected to the main plot. Overall, I'd highly recommend it.

Thanks to NetGalley and Level Best Books for allowing me to read this for an honest review.
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This story had me on the edge of my seat from the very first page. Carla wakes up in a basement and that isn’t even where her nightmare begins. What happens when the person you trust the most is someone you didn’t know at all? Never let you go is a heart stopping thriller that will keep you guessing to the very end.
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Never Let Go starts off immediately after new mom Carla meeting her bestie since childhood Rachel for lunch with her newborn Christopher. Carla passes out during lunch and awakes in a locked room and Christopher missing. Rachel tells Carla she sold Christopher on the black market, and she intends to keep her hostage while she makes Carla’s husband Nick fall in love with her. Where is Christopher? How will Carla get out of this situation? Detective Sawyer is the lead on this case and is trying to put the pieces together before time runs out. 
There is also a subplot of a cold case Detective Sawyer is working of a murdered teenager who so happened to have attended the same high school as those involved in the current case. The author did a great job of showing how class/human trafficking/privilege ties into people’s lives when they are making decisions about their lives. 
This was a 4* read! Thank you to Level Best Books, IBPA, and NetGalley for the EArc and the chance to review it!
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Carla Murphy and Rachel have been best friends since they were ten years of age. But now Carla barely remembers this Rachel, in whose basement she has been trapped. She remembers coming over to Rachel’s house with her six-month-old baby Christopher for lunch, but now there’s no sign of Christopher. What’s worse, Carla’s husband, Nick, thinks she has taken off with the baby.

Rachel tells her that she has been planning this since she got to know of Carla’s pregnancy, and she has no intention of letting her leave. 

If Rachel doesn't have her way with Nick, she will kill both Nick and Carla. Carla will have to help Rachel seduce her own husband in order to keep herself and her husband alive. 

Meanwhile, Sawyer Hamill, police chief, comes to know that a body of a young teen, Leland Boise, presumably killed 15 years ago, has been found. He wonders if Carla fled because she had something to do with it.

Will Carla get out of the basement alive? Will she ever find her way to her husband and son? Or will Rachel succeed in her aim of getting into a relationship with Nick? Will Nick get over Carla? Or will he keep looking for her?

The book is writen in the 3rd person limited past tense PoV. The plot advances through three perspectives, that of Carla, Nick and Sawyer.

At first, it’s not clear how the Boise case might be linked with that of Carla and Christopher. In the end, the two mysteries don’t get resolved concurrently, I had expected them to be related somehow, but it wasn’t so.

Once one mystery was resolved, the book became more character driven, and the second mystery was put on the back burner. A cold case getting colder.

The book was well written, and the action paced well. I felt invested in the characters. Once there was a breakthrough in the first mystery, I thought the excitement generated would peter out. But it actually went up a few notches.

While I liked the action scenes and the emotions they drew out, there wasn’t much in terms of the investigation. In the end, both cases, though unrelated, were solved on the basis of the same type of clue.

Carla was a stronger character than Nick, who had precious little to do. He was more reactive than proactive.

There were a lot of grammatical issues. The author used allude instead of elude, and allusion instead of illusion.

The end was unexpected. It made me feel a little sad that justice isn’t always meted out the way we’d like it to be.
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Carla disappears with her baby, and her husband dies everything he can to find both of them. With her best friend Rachel always turning up at his house, he races to find his wife and child, following the clues.
An excellent read, I couldn't put it down, as the tension built. Superb thriller!
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3.5 stars! This book had lots of twists and turns that kept me turning the pages. I would definitely be interested in reading something else by this author, Thanks to NetGalley for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review!
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