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Sunday, February 17, 2019

#ATBR2019: Never Tell by Lisa Gardner @duttonbooks @lisagardnerbks #allthebookreviews

Never Tell
by Lisa Gardner

Thank you Dutton Books and NetGalley for these early copies.
Jessica and I are big fans of Gardner's work and this one is no exception.

Publisher: Dutton
Publish Date: February 29, 2019
Kindle Edition
416 Pages
Series: Detective D.D. Warren #10
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense

A man is dead, shot three times in his home office. But his computer has been shot twelve times, and when the cops arrive, his pregnant wife is holding the gun. 

D.D. Warren arrives on the scene and recognizes the woman--Evie Carter--from a case many years back. Evie's father was killed in a shooting that was ruled an accident. But for D.D., two coincidental murders is too many. 

Flora Dane sees the murder of Conrad Carter on the TV news and immediately knows his face. She remembers a night when she was still a victim--a hostage--and her captor knew this man. Overcome with guilt that she never tracked him down, Flora is now determined to learn the truth of Conrad's murder. 

But D.D. and Flora are about to discover that in this case the truth is a devilishly elusive thing. As layer by layer they peel away the half-truths and outright lies, they wonder: How many secrets can one family have?

My Review:

As a person who typically likes to read series books in order, I somehow ended up starting this series in book 8.  I have loved each book since and this is no exception.  While I think these books could potentially be read as standalones, I think the way Gardner builds each character book by book is in indicator that starting at the beginning to get the full feel of them may be the way to go.  However, I find myself FULLY invested in D.D. and now Flora just after three books.  

I am guessing from beginning to end.  And while I may not have been in jaw dropping shock when all was revealed, I was like I KNEW IT... but I actually didn't... but I did kinda shake my head like maybe I should've known?! Ha! I don't know what it is about Gardner, but her writing is so easy to read.  I love the banter and push back between the characters, the fleshing out of their characters some more and the revisit to a person from an old case for D.D. 

A series I highly recommend and will definitely be continuing to read.  I don't know what else Gardner has in store for Flora and D.D. (and Phil) but I am here for all of it.


Jessica's Review:

Every time I pick up a Lisa Gardner book I know I'm in for one hell of a thriller, and her newest release was no different! NEVER TELL is the next installment in the D.D. Warren series and the next book as she teams up with Flora. If you want strong female leads, then look no further. This could be read as a standalone but FIND HER and LOOK FOR ME I would highly recommend because you can get to know Flora better and their dynamic.

Not wanting to spoil anything about this book, I'll keep this short and sweet. When you start this one you'll want to make sure you have some time open because Gardner keeps you glued to the pages. She keeps you on your toes throughout and I'm always doubting myself as I try to figure it out. I enjoyed the ending and the build up and there's something she is fantastic at: building the characters. 

I highly recommend picking up any of Gardner's books. You'll get some kick ass female leads, suspense packed plot, and plenty of twists to keep you guessing. 

5/5 stars 

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