Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Will Not See by Chautona Havig

August 31, 2017 Chautona Havig, Christian, contemporary, giveaway, mystery/suspense 14

about the book

When Vikki Jeffries wakes up in a Rockland hotel with no idea of who she is and why she can’t remember… well, anything, the Rockland medical community begins to take a closer look at what may have happened to cause a second case of inexplicable amnesia.

But for Vikki, this is more than a medical anomaly–it’s her life. What is she doing in Rockland, thousands of miles away from her home in Apache Junction, Arizona? Who is she? Why is no one looking for her? Or are they?

The secrets of a past she’s discovering she doesn’t want to know lay locked away in a memory that refuses to acknowledge their existence.

When Brandon Marana finds his neighbor struggling to open her front door, his quiet life becomes a race to protect Vikki and himself from people who are determined to find her.

He’s falling in love with her–but he shouldn’t. He’s a Christian. She’s not. But the more she depends on him to know who she is and learn why these things keep happening to her, the stronger those ties become.

Will Not See: Sometimes, the past needs to stay there.

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SERIES: Sight Unseen #2
GENRE: Inspirational Christian Suspense
PUBLISHER: Wynneword House
RELEASE DATE: August 29, 2017
PAGES: 187

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“All our little attempts to make everything go to our plans are illusions we give ourselves when we take our eyes off the Lord.”

There is something fishy going on in Rockland, and I’m definitely hooked! Two women (the first we met in None So Blind) who wake up in the same city, on separate occasions, with no knowledge of who they are, where they are, or why they can’t remember anything.

In Will Not See, this is how we meet Vikki – waking up with her into a nightmare, rather than from one. No memory. As though it’s been wiped clean. She can’t even remember how to shave her legs. (If I woke up with no memory, someone might think I’ve forgotten how to shave my legs too. I wonder if I could use that as a valid excuse without the all-encompassing memory loss…..Hmm.) If it weren’t for the ID in the purse she assumes is hers, no one would know her name either.

Are you intrigued yet? The more we read, the more questions we encounter. AND I LOVE IT! I adore books that hand me tidbits of information, while life and events and emotions play out organically on the page. I’m right there with Vikki, holding her hand and looking over her shoulder …trying to determine if that’s a person stalking me us her or just a shadow… waiting for the next shoe to drop… staring at that journal like it might hold the secret to everything.

Some of the reactions/outbursts seem a little over the top to me – or just out of left field – and I could live the rest of my life without encountering the term ‘cray cray’ – but those are minor preferential issues in what is a very well-plotted light suspense novel. The ending wraps a lot up but you’ll for sure what to keep an eye out for book 3  – Ties that Blind.

Bottom Line: Will Not See by Chautona Havig combines psychological suspense, tender faith, authentic characters and of course her trademark wit to deliver a compelling novel you’ll be tempted to read in one sitting. Vikki is easy to embrace, and readers will remain invested in her life through the end – and looking ahead to how she fares in book 3. In turns lighthearted and emotional, Will Not See reminds me why I love Havig’s suspense novels!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / Love it!

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about the author

Author of the Amazon bestselling Aggie and Past Forward Series, Chautona Havig lives and writes in California’s Mojave Desert. With dozens of books to her name, Chautona spends most of her time writing, but when she takes the rare break, she can be found reading, sewing, paper crafting, or sleeping and dreaming of finishing the dozens of books swirling in her overly-active imagination at any given moment

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The circle of death swirls on the screen and it shifts. The bank balance appears, and with it, my heart sinks. It’s been a tough few months, financially. The bottom line proves it.

My reaction? Inhale. Exhale. “Okay, now we know the worst. We can do something about it.”

My husband, on the other hand, suffers a definite blow. Kevin might not sleep that night. Instead, he’ll mull over what we could have done differently, how we can make changes, if he’s a failure at this thing called life. He’ll pray—for hours.

They say ignorance is bliss. And sometimes, that’s true. It’s also a personality thing, I think. I tend to be a “let me have your worst” kind of gal. But when the negative arrives, I also tend to want to shield Kevin from it all. I don’t know how he can worry so much. He can’t fathom how I can turn it off.

But sometimes those personality things go deeper—into what can be serious faults. It has been said,

“There are none so blind as those who will not see. The most deluded people are those who choose to ignore what they already know.”

Or, in the words of Jeremiah,

“Now hear this, O foolish and senseless people, who have eyes but do not see, who have ears but do not hear.”

What does this have to do with not seeing?

As I work on the Sight Unseen series, one recurring theme happens, of course. Memory loss—the removal of all insight into one’s past. You can hear who you were, be informed of what you did and why others think you did it, but you can’t know your own self the way you once did. It’s a fresh slate, and it can be a good thing in some respects.

Those around you can now see the difference between habits and personality traits—true dislikes and those conditioned by life. What might have been a fear once could be gone if the cause of that fear is blotted out.

But even for these fictional characters, truth doesn’t change. In None So Blind, Ella takes her memory loss and uses it as an opportunity to reinvent herself, if you will. And you know what? If you asked her family about it, they’d tell you that it fits her personality. That take-charge, gotta get ’er done attitude Dani may have used in different ways, but both “manifestations” of the woman had those qualities. Sure, Ella’s was tempered by recent experience, but not much.

Vikki Jeffries, is almost the antithesis of Ella in that respect.

The past is in the past. It scares her. Is it because she doesn’t know it? Because she’s frightened by the unknown? We don’t know. But what we do know is anything associated with that past, even the few very personal items she finds, she rejects. It’s as if ignorance of them will protect her from them. Where Ella runs to face her problems, Vikki runs from them.

But despite those differences, I find it interesting that both women did the same thing, basically—just at different times.

Before her “episode,” Ella chose to blind herself to her faults. She knew them. Lived with them daily, but couldn’t face or address them. So, she “refused to see.”

Vikki—we don’t know. But I think the story shows that she couldn’t blind herself to truth before her episode. As much as she might have ached to, she just couldn’t. Now that the opportunity is here, however, she grasps it and if she insists on squeezing her eyes shut indefinitely, it may cost her everything—her life. Her soul.

Philippians 4:8, “…whatever is true.”

They say ignorance is bliss. Well, “they” also say, “Truth hurts.” And sometimes it does. But so do the consequences of that ignorance. I guess the next time the bank balance dips low, I won’t be handling the fallout alone. Then again, one can always pray that it doesn’t dip low! I think we’ll start there.

To celebrate her tour, Chautona is giving away a grand prize of the None So Blind Paperback, the Will Not See Paperback, a Journaling Bible (Choice of KJV or NLT), Prismacolor Pencils, and a Christian Hymns Album!! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!

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Carrie

14 Responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Will Not See by Chautona Havig”

  1. Dianne Casey

    Sounds like an amazing read. Would enjoy reading the series. Great giveaway, thanks for the chance.

  2. Kay Garrett

    Oh my goodness, Will Not See sounds amazing. Thanks for the review and the heads up on a great book that definitely is on my TBR list.

  3. Esther Filbrun

    I couldn’t imagine waking up, like Vikki, not knowing stuff that seems everyday. Wow. Can’t wait to read this–I love mysteries! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Evangeline

    This is a new-to-me author, and I would love to win this giveaway. Thanks for the chance. 😊

  5. Chautona Havig

    I am 100% with you on “cray-cray.” And the drama. I am so not a drama person. However… yeah. It’s what the story did. I think someone is going to try to wean Vikki of the cray-cray thing, though. It was HARD to put it in there the 8 (UGH) times I did. I kept trying to pull it out and going, “No. That’s her. Deal.” It’s like Flynne from the Agency Files and her “totes adorbs” and “Puffy heart this or that” AAAAAKKKKK

  6. Becky Smith

    Sounds like an amazing book! I can’t wait to read it! Great interview!!

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