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Monday, April 29, 2019


Never Tell is – in my humble opinion – highly-recommended reading. (Review by Barry Meehan)

Lisa Gardner is the number one New York Times best-selling author of 20 previous novels. Her Detective D.D. Warren series includes Find Her, Fear Nothing, Catch Me, Love You More and The Neighbor, which won the International Thriller of the Year Award.

I wouldn’t want to reveal the plot of her latest offering, Never Tell, but it has one of the most intriguing opening chapters I have ever read. A very pregnant woman, Evie, returns home one day from her teaching job to find that a murder has been committed. What she does after she discovers the body is intriguing and eye-opening, to say the least.

As the story progresses, we find that this is the second time Evie has been a suspect in a murder investigation, with both of them, 16 years apart, being investigated by Detective D.D. Warren. The original killing was ruled as accidental, but two killings don’t seem to be coincidence. So is Evie a victim, or could she be about to get away with murder – again?

To discover the truth behind both killings, D.D. Warren has to re-investigate the original case, and discover family secrets that are dark and dangerous.

The story is told through the eyes of three women – Evie, D.D. Warren and Flora, one of D.D.’s confidential informants, who survived a horrendous kidnapping and incarceration at the hands of a psychotic killer who is part of a ring of abusers on the ‘dark web’, the murky and seldom-accessed part of the Internet.

The story moves along at a frantic pace, with many plot twists and turns, all totally believable. David Baldacci, himself a thriller writer of note, refers to Never Tell as a ‘tsunami of a thriller’, and this it certainly is, never letting up as more and more secrets are revealed. “Never Tell” is – in my humble opinion – highly-recommended reading.

Never Tell is published by Penguin Random House South Africa. RRP R290. ISBN: 9781780897738 – Barry Meehan