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Never Tell

Updated: Aug 14, 2019

A nail-biting psychological thriller full of staggering lies, secrets and deceptions.



Conrad Carter is dead, he was shot three times in his home office. His computer has been shot twelve times. When the cops arrive, his pregnant wife, Evie, is holding the gun. D.D. Warren arrives on the scene and recognizes Evie from a case sixteen years earlier. Evie’s father had been killed in a shooting that was ruled an accident. But for D.D., the coincidence of two murders in Evie’s family is too much.

Flora Dane sees the news of Conrad Carter’s murder on TV and she immediately recognizes his face. She remembers a night when she was held as a hostage and her captor knew this man. Flora is now helping D.D. find the truth about Conrad’s murder. But D.D. and Flora are about to discover that in this case the truth is elusive. As they peel away the half-truths and outright lies, they wonder: How many secrets can one family have?

“It’s true that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. But no one says that strength doesn’t come at a price.”


Three strong female characters in this fast-paced read, what could be better! You are definitely going to need a new manicure after you are done with this nail-biting psychological thriller. With two murders under investigation, the lies, secrets and deceptions, are staggering.

LISA GARDNER has created an exceptional cast of well-developed characters. Her robust story-telling is captivating and will keep you on the edge of your seat. Her writing captured my attention when the computer caught ten rounds, and then I couldn’t stop turning the pages. There was one character, Keith, a computer genius and true crime blogger that had me wondering if perhaps we are going to see him again in another book! Very intriguing. Gardner certainly got my attention with this story.

Gardner is a New York Times bestselling thriller novelist. A self-described research junkie, she has transformed her interest in police procedure and criminal minds into a streak of internationally acclaimed novels, published across 30 countries. She’s also had four books become TV movies. She lives in New Hampshire where she spends her time with an assortment of canine companions.

Thanks to Netgalley, Dutton and Lisa Gardner for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

“And part of brilliance isn’t just solving a problem; it’s seeing a problem no one else realizes is a problem yet.”

Publisher Dutton / Penguin Random House

Published February 19, 2019

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