Never Let You Go

Katy Regnery
Never Let You Go
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Katy Regnery
Release Date
June 2015
Contemporary Romance, New Adult

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.

This is a standalone novel inspired by Hansel & Gretel. New Adult Contemporary Romance: 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.)

Book Review by Rachel's Willful Thoughts (reviewer)
Oct 13, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
93 people found the following review helpful
Although it doesn't start with the traditional "Once upon a time...," the modern retelling of Hansel and Gretel is even more powerful than the original.

Author Katy Regnery introduces Holden and Griselda in NEVER LET YOU GO. These two foster children were held captive for three years until they tried to escape, with one of them getting free. Ten years later, they come face to face.

Readers who are leery of books that might serve as a trigger for abuse issues may want to skip this story, but the overall message makes the journey worthwhile. There's no glossing over the fact that this book contains brutal scenes that are breathtakingly raw.

The events of the past play an important role in shaping the people Holden and Griselda become. As a result, their first encounter is packed with emotion. Anger, sadness, regret and hate are only some of the feelings that seep through the pages.

Ultimately, it's a question of whether Holden and Griselda can overcome the horrors of the past in order to see what the future will hold.

One of the most surprising elements of the book is the development. The author did a phenomenal job providing a solid back story while presenting a multi-faceted look at the challenge faced by the couple.

Grab a box of tissues because this fairytale packs a punch. Evil does have a face, one that Holden and Griselda know too well. It's a tough story, but it comes with an impressive message.
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