Only Ever You: A Novel

Only Ever You: A Novel

by Rebecca Drake


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How far will one family go to protect their child?


Jill Lassiter’s three-year-old daughter disappears from a playground only to return after forty frantic minutes, but her mother’s relief is short-lived—there’s a tiny puncture mark on Sophia’s arm.

Is it a bug bite, as Jill’s husband David thinks, or something far more sinister? When doctors can find no trace of drugs in her system, Jill decides she’ll never know what happened to Sophia, but at least her child is safe. For now…

The Lassiter home, situated in an affluent Pennsylvania suburb, is being watched. Someone has infiltrated the family’s professional and personal lives—and is dead-set on making Jill and David face every parent’s worst nightmare all over again…and, this time, seems to want more than just Sophia.

“An adrenaline-fueled thriller.”—Publishers Weekly

“Heartrending…and masterfully plotted…will captivate readers.” —The Criminal Element

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250215536
Publisher: St. Martin''s Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/09/2019
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 211,895
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

REBECCA DRAKE is the author of the novels Don't Be Afraid, The Next Killing, The Dead Place, which was an IMBA bestseller, and Only Ever You, as well as the short story "Loaded," which was featured in Pittsburgh Noir. A former journalist and native New Yorker, Rebecca currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA, with her husband and two children.

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Only Ever You 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous 5 months ago
I could not put this book down! I finished it in two sittings, and would have in one if I didn’t have to sleep at some point… Drake offers engaging prose, complex characters, and a thrilling plot, with each twist crazier than the last. Even when you think you see what’s coming, you’ll find yourself blindsided. Highly recommend!
CCinME More than 1 year ago
3-1/2 Stars - fast paced domestic thriller with a very unlikeable victim which I found to be quite distracting. Very suspenseful with twists and turns.
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Melhay More than 1 year ago
*I requested a copy of this book from the author or publisher for an honest review. I'm not going to summarize the story as the book description is perfect. I'm also going to try very hard to not spoil the story with a few great details. Without them, you will enjoy the story as you read it. The story caught me in the heart. As a parent we all fear that one moment out of sight and gone. That's all it takes, and kids move so fast! I can feel for Jill through the book. I remember having an active three year old. Ugh. Things could be seen by others differently. The story is told from Jill Lassiter's POV along with a woman by the name of Bea. These two views help draw the full picture for us. We also get journal entries of a young woman, a mistress. When it all comes together, ooooh it will click all that has happened in these lives to bring us to where we are. Things we learn grow the plot, deepening all as we go. There is a secret that's revealed about 90 pages in. With the journal pages and what we learn, I started to draw my own conclusions of who people are and how they all relate. By then I needed to know if Sophia would be found, how all the truths come out, and if I was right in my thinking. I was surprised at the ending when it all comes out! Rebecca crafts a story that many can relate to with the normalcy of life and fears that parents hold close to their hearts. Then the fear becomes a heart breaking reality. Rebecca uses the short time lapses with perfection, we get a strong feel for daily activities and the characters while each scene has a powerful impact in the story, now and later, leaving hints along with drawing the characters and their actions for us. There is no down time in this novel. The ending! Oh my! Never saw that all coming. Definitely a page turner to the end! And it all fits. This is not my normal genre read. But I am glad I read the book. I didn't want to stop when I started. I found time was lost to me and I'd just spent an hour in the anxiety with Jill. I found I was so drawn into the story that I didn't even feel droggy with the late hour of reading.
Laura_at_125Pages More than 1 year ago
Only Ever You is a parental nightmare thriller. Your young child goes missing and then turns up just fine, then once everything has settled back down, your child is gone once again; and this time they don’t turn back up right away. Pulling from the fear at the heart of every mother and some hints of Dateline, Only Ever You is a read that will have you clutch your kids just a little closer, and take a hard look at those around you. Rebecca Drake crafted a very “ripped from the headlines” world in Only Ever You. A twisty plot, that kept me guessing to the end, was elevated by the very real wold setting. The pacing was fantastic and I appreciated the detail spent around moving the story constantly forward. The emotions were true to the story and although it felt a little overwrought at times, it did fit the theme in the book. The characters for the most part were great. I did get a little sick of the husband and his antics, as it was his wife and child that everything was happening to and he was at times very laissez-faire about the whole proceedings. Drake’s writing was great on the gripping parts and a little light on the character development. When combined as a whole I did really enjoy the story, the writing and the plot. Only Ever You is a thriller that actually deserves that categorization. Yes, it had some mystery elements, but it was at its heart a doozy of a thriller. I loved that I thought I had it all figured out, and while I was close, I was still wrong at the end. Rebecca Drake delivered a good tale that kept me reading way too late into the night. While Only Ever You did have a bit of weak characterization, as a whole it succeeded and I really did enjoy the read. Drake is an author I will keep an eye on, as I would want to check out more by her. I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Penmouse More than 1 year ago
Only Ever You: A Novel by Rebecca Drake is a creepy book in a good way. The book starts off with a mysterious kidnapping, with a quick return of the kidnap victim, and then follows through more creepy events including another kidnapping. There's also some bloody scenes in the book. I gave Only Ever You: A Novel a four star rating as there is some profane language in the book. I like to read books without profanity. Recommend. Review written after downloading a galley from NetGalley.