Publication Date: 12th June 2015
Series: A Modern Fairy Tale (Book 2)
In this modern retelling of “Hansel and Gretel,” 13-year-old foster children, Holden and Griselda, escape from their abductor after three years of brutal captivity and try to cross the Shenandoah River on foot. Tragically, one of them makes it to safety but the other is left behind.
Ten years later, Griselda’s boyfriend drags her to a fight club grudge match where her world is turned upside down when she watches Holden step into the ring.
Though the connection between them is fierce, bitter regret, simmering rage and a cache of physical and emotional scars lie between them, just as dangerous as the whitewater of the Shenandoah.
Never Let You Go is a story of fear and hope, defeat and survival, and two people - once profoundly broken – who discover that love is the only thing that can make them whole again.
FYI - This is a standalone novel inspired by Hansel & Gretel. Due to profanity, scenes of physical abuse and very strong sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18. (Note: children are not sexually abused in this book.)
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
For me, Katy Regnery books mean warmth and happiness. Love and happy ever afters. They are fun, easy to read and make me smile.
Never Let You Go... Is different from any Katy Regnery book I have ever read. Since I've read all her books, I'll go so far as to say it's different from anything else she's ever written.
Katy's books, in my weird little head, are represented by sunshine, rainbows and pretty lovely things.
Never Let You Go is dark. It's twisty. It's uncomfortable. I knew this book would be different but it was still jarring.
Yes, there is light to break apart the darkness but at the 15% mark I was drowning in darkness while reading this book (slightly ironic since I'm on holiday and was sitting reading it in the Florida sunshine). But I kept reading, hoping that soon, things would look up. Soon, things would brighten and I wouldn't feel so angry, so frustrated and so helpless anymore... Then, adult Holden and Griselda meet, and, their connection - which until this point was just flickering through flashbacks - truly begins to shine. Brighter and brighter, the more you read, until it's so bright it's dazzling.
At 30 odd percent, this book had me hook-line-and sinker. I couldn't put it down, even when I got so bloody mad I was ready to chuck the thing across the room. I had to read. I had to know how this perfectly damaged pair healed and finally got their happy ever after despite the hurdles laid in their path.
When the final page was turned, I was so happy. I felt like everything had come full circle and was tied up with a pretty bow.
This book represents a wonderful journey and I felt privileged to have shared it.
(Review copy received in exchange of an honest review)