Monday, May 27, 2019

I'll Never Tell by Catherine McKenzie ~ My Thoughts #IllNeverTell #NetGalley


I'll Never Tell

I'll Never Tell by Catherine McKenzie
Print and e-book, 380 pages
Expected publication: June 1st 2019 by Lake Union

What happened to Amanda Holmes?

Twenty years ago, she washed up on shore in a rowboat with a gash to the head after an overnight at Camp Macaw. No one was ever charged with a crime.

Now, the MacAllister children are all grown up. After their parents die suddenly, they return to Camp to read the will and decide what to do with the prime real estate it's sitting on. Ryan, the oldest, wants to sell. Margo, the family's center, hasn't made up her mind. Mary has her own horse farm to run, and believes in leaving well-enough alone. Kate and Liddie—the twins—have opposing views. And Sean Booth, the family groundskeeper, just hopes he still has a home when all is said and done.

But then the will is read and they learn that it's much more complicated than a simple vote. Until they unravel the mystery of what happened to Amanda, they can't move forward. Any one of them could have done it, and all of them are hiding key pieces of the puzzle. Will they work together to solve the mystery, or will their suspicions and secrets finally tear the family apart?


My thoughts about I'll Never Tell ~~

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first lines.)

First lines—"We only started the lantern ceremony my second-to-last year at Camp Macaw. Yet it's buried in my summer memories like the smell of the smoke from the weekly campfire, the game we played that made it sound as if we were caught in a rainstorm, or the call-and-response of capture the flag bounding through the woods. Pine and mud, sand and sunscreen."

I'll Never Tell is an intriguing story about summer camp, family dynamics, and secrets—lots and lots of secrets. Everyone in the family has a secret and they all come out when the family gathers to determine what to do with the family camp, Camp Macaw—a summer camp that holds special memories for a lot of people. But after the tragedy that happened 20 years ago, some of those memories aren't so happy.

As the family secrets start to unravel, the reader is left trying to figure out who the guilty ones are. As I read I'll Never Tell, I was constantly going back and forth, sure I knew who-done-it. Then another secret was revealed and I had to change my thinking. The guessing and second guessing drove me to devour this book and I was still surprised at the ending. And more secrets.

Catherine has created another wonderful, page-turning, exciting story that will keep you engrossed until the end. It's full of interesting characters, with plenty of twists and turns, and like I said before, lots and lots of secrets. Once you start it, you're not going to want to put it down.

I received a copy of I'll Never Tell from the author via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion of the book.

About the author

Catherine McKenzie

Catherine McKenzie was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. A graduate of McGill in History and Law, Catherine practices law in Montreal. An avid runner and skier, she's the author of numerous bestsellers including Hidden, Fractured and The Good Liar. Her works have been translated into multiple languages.

Hidden was a #1 Amazon bestseller and a Digital Bookworld bestseller for five weeks. Smoke was a #1 Amazon bestseller, and was named as a Best Book of October (Goodreads) and one of the Top 100 Books of 2015 (Amazon). Fractured was a Best Book of October 2016 (Goodreads). She is also the author of The Murder Game under her pseudonym, Julie Apple (the protagonist of Fractured). In 2018, The Good Liar, received a starred review from Publisher's Weekly and was an instant Globe and Mail bestseller.

I'll Never Tell, will be published on June 1, 2019 (US/UK) and June 4, 2019 (Canada) and has been named one of the Most Anticipated Mysteries of 2019 by Goodreads. ~ Goodreads

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