Book Review: Never Let Go by Elizabeth Goddard

never let go elizabeth goddard book review


As a forensic genealogist, Willow Anderson is following in her late grandfather's footsteps in her quest for answers about a baby abducted from the hospital more than twenty years ago. The case may be cold, but things are about to heat up when someone makes an attempt on her life to keep her from discovering the truth.

Ex-FBI agent--and Willow's ex-flame--Austin McKade readily offers his help to protect the woman he never should have let get away. Together they'll follow where the clues lead them, even if it means Austin must face the past he's spent much of his life trying to forget. And even if it puts Willow's tender heart at risk.

In this fast-paced and emotional page-turner, bestselling author Elizabeth Goddard keeps the stakes high, the romantic tension sparking, and the outcome uncertain until the very end.

  • Genre: Christian Suspense

  • Publisher: Revell

  • Published: 02/05/2019

  • Pages: 368

  • Goodreads Rating: 4.38

Never Let Go  Elizabeth Goddard Book Review
A family tree can wither if nobody tends its roots.
— Unknown

Why I Chose This Book

The first two words that caught my eye was, Forensic Genealogist. Is that even a real job? And what do they exactly do? So that attracted me right away. Plus half of the book is set in my home state!

First Initial Thoughts

Willow is a Forensic Genealogist. What she does specifically is help clients find out about their relatives from the past; what they did, who they were, and how they died or if they are still alive. I found it quite interesting. The book starts with her grandfather, JT dead from an accident. She is trying to pick up the pieces when one night she is at home when someone sets her house on fire. She looses everything. Is it intentional and is someone out to kill her? Is it related to the case that he was trying to solve?

Willow finds out that JT was working on a case with Katelyn Mason who’s baby was abducted from the hospital 21 years ago. She desperately wanted to find her daughter because she was dying. I liked Willow. Despite all that happened she was persistent in continuing the search and determined to help. She was able to put aside her trauma and continue working.

Austin McKade is a ex-FBI agent and use to have a relationship with Willow. Now he is a private investigator. Before JT died Austin was hired to help him find the missing child. When he finds out Willow almost died in a Fire he comes to her and offers to help. She agrees and they soon have to figure out how to work together after all that happened before.


I grew up in Wyoming so I have been to the Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Hole a dozen of times. I miss the beautiful scenery and snow capped mountains! The author did come up with fake county names for the city of Jackson Hole- I chuckled when I read the names she came up with. Hoback is a real place. Locals refer it to as Hoback Junction because people have to pass it before entering Jackson Hole and the Tetons - and often in the winter it can be closed down.

Memories, good and bad, can be used to help us heal if we don’t let ourselves be mired down in them.
— Sarah Jo Smith

Final Thoughts

What I liked about this story is that the actual mystery seemed plausible. Sometimes I don’t like suspense books because the actual mystery just seems too out there. The mystery itself kept me guessing till the very end. However, there were clues sprinkled throughout the book and it was obvious once I knew who done it.

Elizabeth did a good job in portraying how remote Wyoming is. Jackson Hole is a fun town but once you’re out of the area it’s basically wide open spaces - miles away from other towns. I liked that she stayed true to the portrayal of this area despite the fake names she created for certain places.

I liked Willow and Austin working together. They worked well together and I loved reading their romance blossom again over the pages. I think Willow helped Austin learn to forgive himself for his past mistakes and Austin helped Willow move on from what happened and was there for her when she needed someone.

Overall I really enjoyed this romantic suspense story. It was faced paced, unique, and different from other suspense books that I have read.

Would I Recommend?

Yes. I definitely think anyone would enjoy this fun and fast paced suspense.

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Why did I choose Blackberry flavor for the drinks? if you go to any tourist shop in Jackson Hole you will find Blackberry flavored anything. Blackberries grow wild in Wyoming and are often picked there. You will also find a lot of Huckleberry themed gifts and food.

Have you been to Jackson Hole, Wyoming? If so, what were your thoughts?

the caffeinated bibliophile

Note: I was sent a copy of this book to review from the publisher. All opinions are my own.