Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Book Review: Never Tell by Lisa Gardner


Book Review: Never Tell

Author: Lisa Gardner

Pages: 405

Read on: Kindle

Read in: 4 hours

Plot Summary: 

One death might be an accident.
Two deaths looks like murder.
A man is shot dead in his own home, and his pregnant wife, Evie, is found with the gun in her hands.
Detective D.D. Warren instantly recognises her. Sixteen years ago, Evie also shot her own father. That killing was ruled an accident.
D.D. doesn’t believe in coincidences. But this case isn’t as open and shut as it first appears, and her job is to discover the truth.
Evie might be a victim.
Or she might be about to get away with murder again.

Things I Liked:
1. I like Lisa Gardner's books. She writes nice taut thrillers with a fair amount of character building, which is always nice, especially, in taut crime thrillers. I have read several books by her, including previous books in her Detective DD Warren series. This book is the 10th DD Warren book and is, possibly, the best in the series. 

2. The premise is very interesting. A girl, who "accidentally" shot her father when she was sixteen years old, is accused once again of shooting her husband to death. While the dead husband has three bullets in him, his laptop has twelve. Obviously, this guides the direction the investigation takes and things only get very interesting here on out. 

3. Flora Dane, abduction and rape survivor, is also present in this book and we get to see fairly graphic descriptions of some of the horror she endured at the hands of her kidnapper and rapist- Jacob Ness. While DD recognises the woman accused of shooting her husband, Flora recognises the husband himself- a man she was almost sold to for a night or two by her kidnapper. So, now both women go down different, but related paths to figure out how Jacob Ness and Conrad Carter were connected and if Carter's murder had anything to do with said connection. 

4. We also get to see a bit of Evie's childhood, her family dynamics and the events leading to the shooting and death of Evie's father, which was quite interesting. Dysfunctional families are all dysfunctional in their own messed up way and is always interesting to read about. 

5. The book is very fast-paced and there is very a dull moment. There are two-three parallel investigations going on, which keeps matters interesting. I love reading books in this genre where so much is going on. 

6. There is a nice twist in the book, which is always a nice thing. Sorry, don't want to spoil things for you guys because this is a book that you ought to read. 

Things I Didn't Like: Nothing really. 

Rating: 5/5 

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