I'll Never Tellby Published 1 Jun 2019
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Deeply buried secrets make for a disturbing family reunion in bestselling author Catherine McKenzie’s tantalizing novel of psychological suspense.
What happened to Amanda Holmes?
Twenty years ago, she was found bludgeoned in a rowboat at the MacAllister family’s Camp Macaw. No one was ever charged with the crime.
Now, after their parents’ sudden deaths, the MacAllister siblings return to camp to read the will and decide what to do with the prime real estate the camp occupies. Ryan needs to sell. Margaux hasn’t made up her mind. Mary believes in leaving well enough alone. Kate and Liddie—the twins—have opposing views. And Sean Booth, the groundskeeper, just hopes he still has a home when all is said and done.
But it’s more complicated than a simple vote. The will stipulates that until they unravel the mystery of what happened to Amanda, they can’t settle the estate. Any one of them could have done it, and each one is holding a piece of the puzzle. Will they work together to finally discover the truth, or will their secrets finally tear the family apart?
"I'll Never Tell" Reviews
I'll Never Tell is a smart and engaging mystery that mirrors Agatha Christie's method for presenting each developing character as a potential suspect, and with seven characters that's quite the feat. Plentiful secrets, intriguing relationships, and a nostalgic but eerie atmosphere allow Catherine McKenzie to successfully reach for Christie's masterful talent as well. I am so excited to see McKenzie's writing evolve over the years. Check her out and put this title high on your list!
Thank you to the following for permitting me access to an advance reader's copy (ARC) of I'll Never Tell. This generosity did not impact my honesty when rating/reviewing.
Author: Catherine McKenzie
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Genres: General Fiction (Adult), Women’s Fiction
Pub Date: June 1, 2019
This is by far the best mystery I’ve read in a long time.
Twenty years ago, Amanda washed up to shore at Camp Macaw, blood pouring from a gash in her head. She was just seventeen years old at the time, a camp counselor. Her best friend was Margaux, the second oldest of the MacAllister clan. And she had a huge crush on Ryan, the eldest sibling of the family who owns the camp.
There is middle sister, Mary, and the twins, Liddie and Kate. When they are all called to convene for the reading of the will after the deaths of their parents, secrets start to unravel as to what really happened to Amanda that night.
This is such a well done novel. Thanks to NetGalley and Lake Union for the opportunity to review this book, which RELEASES JUNE 1, 2019.
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Seventeen year old Amanda was smashed on the head, twenty years ago, at the MacAllister family’s Camp Macaw. Now the five MacAllister siblings have been called together for the reading of their parents' will, after their parents died in a train accident. Everyone in this family has secrets and it seems they each know something about what happened that night, twenty years ago, that they haven't shared with the others. Now their dead father is instructing them to figure out who attacked Amanda because he thinks it's one of them, and the estate can't be settled until they have done as he has instructed.
This is an Agatha Christie type whodunit and it was an enjoyable and quick read for me. The short chapters are written from the point of view of the siblings and Sean, the camp caretaker, who has never wanted to anything other than to continue taking care of the camp. Whether the camp continues to be run by the MacAllisters or gets sold to build condos, also depends on what the siblings learn and decide, after a final vote, once the mystery has been solved.
After reading this book, I'll definitely be reading more of Catherine McKenzie's work and I see that she has a lot of books already other there for me to read. Thank you to Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for this ARC.
The MacAllister children are all gathering together. A reunion of sorts at their family-run summer camp. But this particular reunion is far from a joyful one. In fact, all five kids would rather be anywhere else.
This is a reading of a will, followed by a memorial for both their parents. Their father left some very strange caveats in his will. Looming the largest of them? In order for all the children to inherit equally they need to all agree that one of them wasn’t responsible for the crime against Amanda Holmes.
A cleverly laid out, suspenseful read that I quickly flew through in just a few days. You’ll be kept guessing as the night Amanda was attacked plays out.
My one issue was with the five family members, a bit confusing keeping them straight. Two characters were highly descriptive and I immediately clicked with them. The other three daughters were somewhat interchangeable and I’d continually have to pause to recall which character was narrating that particular chapter.
This is the third book I have read by Catherine McKenzie with The Good Liar remaining my favorite of hers to date.
Thank you to NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing and Catherine McKenzie for an ARC to read and review.
I have really enjoyed some of this author's past books and was looking forward to this one.
The setting of Camp Macaw and a twenty year old unsolved murder case sounded intriguing. The reading of a father's will takes five siblings back to camp. They learn that the murder of Amanda will have to be solved before anyone can collect on the will.
Secrets and drama, a past/present timeline, some insights from Amanda herself all start to add up.... which of the siblings was responsible for Amanda's death?
Although there is a mystery, I stopped caring who did it at some point. The siblings were unlikable and I grew bored reading about them. It was a struggle to finish this one and probably one that I should have given up on at the half way mark.
Thanks to NG and the publisher for my copy.