“From Catherine McKenzie, the instant bestselling author of The Good Liar, comes a riveting domestic suspense in the vein of Liane Moriarty that sees five siblings forced to confront a tragedy they thought was buried long ago.
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After the sudden death of their parents, the MacAllister children return to the run-down summer camp where they spent their childhood. The four sisters and their elder brother haven’t all been together at Camp Macaw in over twenty years—ever since a tragic and mysterious accident.
Over the course of the Labour Day weekend, the siblings must determine what to do with the property, now worth millions. But a stunning condition of their father’s will compels them to face their past—and come to a decision that threatens to tear them apart forever.
A sharp and engrossing novel of suspense, I’ll Never Tell reveals what happens when the secrets and lies that hold a family together are finally exposed.”
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I’ll never tell is a whodunit novel in the style of Agatha Christie. A family is reunited in a summer camp after season for the reading of their parents’ will as they both died in a train accident. But a clause put by their father forces them to resolve an unsolved murder perpetrated by one of them twenty years ago in this same camp. Over the years miscommunication had brought its lot of painful imbroglio and misunderstanding. With the final reveal (and some twists) the web of lies and secrets culminates in drama to finally bring resolution and closure to the family.
It is a mystery novel — a thriller ? — and a touchy-feely chick-lit story altogether, full of thoughts on the meaning of relationships: between parents and children, between siblings and between couples (happy or unhappy and of all gender orientation). Catherine McKenzie [ Biblio • FB • Goodreads • Google • Web ] is certainly skilled at developing the psychology — and often the darker aspects — of her characters. In this ninth novel, she uses again a narration at the first person done through multiple point of views… including the one of the victim ! (I guess it is her style; but at least this time [I previously commented on her novel Hidden] she puts the name of the narrator in the head of each chapter).
I’ll never tell is well written as the storytelling is fluid and compelling. More importantly, the plot remaining believable despite its several twists and turns, it is quite enjoyable. Therefore it constitutes a very good read that — once you get familiar with the characters and settings — you can barely put down until the end. Catherine McKenzie is a local writer worth our attention. I will certainly read another of her books (she has published ten so far and most of them have even been translated in French). Her latest novel, You can’t catch me, just came out and Paramount Television Studios has already acquired its rights for a TV series. They also had previously acquired the right for I’ll never tell.
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