I'll Never Tellby Published 01 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
Catherine McKenzie does it again!!! The Good Liar wowed me earlier this year and I’ve really been looking forward to I’ll Never Tell and it did not let me down! Family drama set amidst a crime years before at a sleepaway camp - the premise alone sold me, having attended a sleepaway camp for seven years myself. Told in alternating perspectives that will have you questioning anyone and everyone, this book is a fun, suspenseful ride from start to finish! Capped off with another excellent ending, I highly recommend you grab this one in 2019!
I received an advance copy. All opinions are my own.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5
I don't know how she did it, but Catherine McKenzie managed to take 7 different viewpoints and make them all clear and unique in the engrossing novel I'll Never Tell.
What it's about: The MacAllister children are all grown up and back at Camp Macaw after the sudden death of their parents in a train accident. Now the 5 of them - Ryan the oldest, the twins Kate and Liddie, Mary, and Margaux - all need to hear their parent's will being read and decide what to do with the camp. Out of all of them, Ryan is the one that most wants to sell, while the other 4 would rather hold on to their parent's legacy. The groundskeeper Sean who has been at the camp since he was little, just doesn't want to have to leave. But when the will is read, they find out they are going to have to do more than make a quick decision. In order to decide what to do with the camp, they must first figure out who committed a long-ago crime when they were younger. Margaux's friend Amanda washed up in a rowboat at the camp with a blow to the head, but no one was ever charged with a crime. The siblings are all hiding secrets from that time, and any of them could have done it. . .
I have to say that I have really enjoyed every McKenzie book that I have read so far. She really knows how to craft a story, and she is adept at giving characters unique voices, even a bunch of them, while not confusing the reader. There is a grand total of 7 viewpoints in this book so you would think it would be confusing, but they all felt very clear to me and I was able to picture each character individually.
I love the route that McKenzie takes with exploring family dynamics in I'll Never Tell. I found it really interesting to read about a family of 5 siblings, especially when they all have things to hide from each other. She really brought their stories to life in this book as well as the setting at the camp. I think this would make an excellent beach read with the camp setting, plus the mystery and family dynamics make for very beach-appropriate reading.
Song/s the book brought to mind: Let You Down by NF
Final Thought: If you are looking for a fast read, I'll Never Tell is going to be a good one. Even though it has over 350 pages I was able to read it in about 4 hours and 15 minutes. It has taken me much longer to read shorter books so I think that is a testament to how great the flow is in this book. The 7 perspectives made everything go quicker as well, and there was a fun table that I hope makes it into the finished copy. Overall, I really enjoyed this one and as always, I am looking forward to reading many more books from McKenzie!
Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an advance review copy of this book via NetGalley, all opinions are my own.
This is my seventh Catherine McKenzie book, so, you it would be accurate to say that I AM a fan...
But, I did not really connect to this book the way I have with her others...
The book opens with a lantern ceremony...a flashback from 1998, told from the perspective of Amanda Holmes, a camp counselor at the McAllister family's Camp Macaw, who was found bludgeoned in a rowboat that summer.
Each year, the camp would close with campers writing their wishes on paper lanterns, and the counselors lighting them on fire, and sending them into the sky.
We then join the McAllister siblings at the camp, on Friday, where they have been gathered along with the Camp's life long groundskeeper, Sean, and the family lawyer, Swift, for the reading of their parent's Will.
Ryan. Margaux. Mary. The twins, Kate and Liddie . What is it about grown siblings getting together and resorting to their childhood behaviors?
The Will contains an unusual exception. It stipulates that the mystery of what happened to Amanda, be unraveled, and that the siblings have 48 hours to do so, before voting on whether or not Camp Macaw will remain in the family, and operational, or be SOLD, and on WHO will inherit?
Their father has left some clues...he thinks he knows what happened.....and all of the amateur detectives out there, can also follow a "timeline" of WHO was WHERE and at WHAT TIME...as each sibling reveals what they know, and tries to figure out how each piece of the puzzle fits together.
You are also privy to revelations from Amanda, from the night in question, every few chapters as well.
The unorthodox characters, and their relationships, just didn't feel authentic to me, and I did not like or connect with any of them. The strength of the author's writing for me in the past has been that her other books all contain realistic characters who feel like they could be your friends and neighbors, but that was not the case for me, with this book.
But, the story is clever, with one sibling finally connecting all the dots at what could be the camp's FINAL lantern ceremony, following their parent's Memorial Service.
Although, I preferred the author's other novels... "The Good Liar", "Fractured" "Hidden" and "Smoke" to this one, I will continue to watch for, and look forward to reading, whatever she writes next!
I would like to thank NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing and Catherine McKenzie for the digital ARC I received in exchange for a candid review!
This title is available on 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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I flew through this! I’m beginning to realize that I love camp books. This was no exception. I agree with another reviewer that stated this was like an Agatha Christie book if she had wrote about camp. A family owns a camp but when the father dies, who inherits? And what exactly happened to a girl years ago? When the siblings return to camp, secrets come to the surface . Is one of them the killer? I was on the edge of my seat to find out. Fast paced with alternating chapters with each sibling and Amanda, the girl that was killed. Loved this!!
*Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.