Book Review: I’ll Never Tell by Catherine McKenzie
Deeply buried secrets make for a disturbing family reunion in bestselling author Catherine McKenzie’s tantalizing novel of PSYCHOLOGICAL SUSPENSE, named one of the Hottest Books of Summer by Goodreads.
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, a psychological thriller narrated in the THIRD PERSON with MULTIPLE POVs, is reminiscent of an Agatha Christie WHODUNIT MURDER MYSTERY. The MacAllister family’s (five siblings) past and present lives unfold as they try to figure out what happened to seventeen-year-old Amanda twenty years ago at Camp Macaw?
Margaux, Ryan, Liddie, Kate, and Mary return to CAMP MACAW, managed by their adopted brother Sean also real estate owned by their recently deceased parents. They’re back after twenty years for the reading of their father’s LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT and to honor their parent’s memory. A night they’ve all tried to leave in the past comes back to haunt them after learning of the last will and testament’s stipulation, a condition that could tear them apart or bring them closer. Long suspected by their father of killing Amanda, Ryan can’t receive a share of the property until his siblings vote for his INNOCENCE OR GUILT. If determined guilty, Ryan’s share of the property goes to their adopted brother Sean.
As they try to determine what happened to Amanda that summer night on the lake, family drama, SIBLING RIVALRY, and SECRETS, and suspicions erupt. Using a simple chart to piece together everyone’s whereabouts that night―who did what, where, and when they arrive at faulty conclusions and assumptions made years ago.
Hauntingly, the author adds Amanda, the VICTIM’S VOICE to recant her unfortunate experience that night to coincide or contrast the other character’s stories. Little by little Amanda reveals what she experienced, a night that should have been memorable, her first sexual experience, turns out to be her last when the assailant takes her life with a fatal blow.
The murderer could have been any member of the MacAllister family. Although evidence suggested one person, the author keeps the reader uncertain as more information arises. The UNPREDICTABLE ENDING caught me off guard when the real murderer was revealed.
If you’re looking for a psychological thriller plotted like a whodunit murder mystery filled with SUSPENSEFUL TWISTS AND TURNS then check out Catherine McKenzie’s novel, I”LL NEVER TELL.
Catherine McKenzie was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. A graduate of McGill in History and Law, Catherine practices law in Montreal. An avid runner and skier, she’s the author of numerous bestsellers including HIDDEN, FRACTURED and THE GOOD LIAR. Her works have been translated into multiple languages.
HIDDEN was a #1 Amazon bestseller and a Digital Bookworld bestseller for five weeks. SMOKE was a #1 Amazon bestseller and was named as a Best Book of October (Goodreads) and one of the Top 100 Books of 2015 (Amazon). FRACTURED was a Best Book of October 2016 (Goodreads). She is also the author of THE MURDER GAME under her pseudonym, Julie Apple (the protagonist of Fractured). In 2018, THE GOOD LIAR, received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly and was an instant Globe and Mail bestseller.
Author Website: www.catherinemckenzie.com
Twitter and Instagram at @catherinemckenzieauthor.
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