Never Tell (Ellie Hatcher #4)
Sixteen-year-old Julia Whitmire appeared to have everything: a famous father, a luxurious Manhattan town house, a coveted spot at the elite Casden prep school. When she is found dead in her bathtub, a handwritten suicide note left on her bed, her parents insist that their daughter would never take her own life.
But Julia's enviable world was more complicated than it seemed...more
All of the first responders, Ellie included, are ready to sign off on the death as...more
Before I begin about the story, I want to highlight that there are a number of important issues about teens, drugs, sexuality, parenting, and schools that are at...more
But once I started reading, I found there was so much more. The main protagonist in this series of novels is police detective Ellie Hatcher. Ellie is somewhat of a bo...more
Never Tell is the fourth book in the Hatcher series. Burke piques our interest with the opening prologue - an entry from a blog - "Second Acts: Confessions of a Former Victim and Current Survivor."
Cut to Ellie and her partner Rogan - they've be...more
My Speedy Summary...
Private school disturbed student commits suicide...but is it really suicide?
This book pretty much has it all including a reasonably dysfunctional detective who doesn't really believe a crime has been committed. Julia is found not alive in her bathtub with a suicide note nearby. It appears to be a suicide and everyone involved wants to sign it off as one...except for Julia's parents who don't believe she would have done such a thing.
The theme of "never assume" is prevalent in Alafair Burke's newest installment in t...more
Alafair Burke uses her knowledge of the streets of New York to create action that rolls out as if the reader was a pedestrian in the street or in Washington Square Park, listening to the sounds and watching the antics of the cast of characters.
Ellie not only investigates the questionable suicide but has flashbacks to the...more
Ellie Hatcher series - Julia Whitmire appeared to have everything: a famous father, a...more
NEVER TELL is very well plotted. I was gues...more
By Alafair Burke
Published by Harper, An Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers
Never Tell, the latest novel in Alafair Burke’s Ellie Hatcher Series, is another winning crime thriller. Filled with suspense and an overwhelming number of clues, twists, and turns, Never Tell will keep you guessing until the last page.
An alleged teenage suicide and grieving parents who insist their daughter was murdered, bring things close to home for Ellie Hatcher. Though the case seems like a slam dunk, Ellie...more
'Never Tell' is the fourth installment in the Ellie Hatcher series, but can be read as a standalone novel. It tells the story of Julia Whitmire, a popular rich girl from NYC who has apparently committed suicide. Ellie and her partner are assigned to the case when Julia's parents insist that their daughter was murdered. Soon the both Ellie and the reader are caught in a tangle of lies, deceipt, secrets, and teenage pressure. Ellie must put aside her own personal demons in order to get Ju...more
Received my copy and can't wait to start. I have 9 others plus my current read in front. 5/31/12
Going on vacation and taking with me. Hopefully will start sometime this week 6/29-7/5
Started and finished sometime before 7/8/12
When a privileged young lady is found dead in her bathtub with her wrists slashed and a hand written suicide note, everyone automatically assumes she killed herself. Everyone but her mother, and when you...more
Each Alafair Burke book I read, I like this author a little bit more. Ms. Burke, as usual, has done a wonderful job at keeping readers guessing as to cause of fate for the young woman. Finally, she is wonderful at weaving twists in her books which seems to be a standard comment in other reviews written for her books. This book was no different. This was a book that I, literally, had to go back and reread the ending a couple of times because I truly did...more
I liked the author's dedication to her mother-in-law at the beginning and all the readers she named at the end left me breathless !!!
There were a few tiny mistakes but ones I overlooked since it was a tale so well told that kept me interested enough to not mind.
I was a little disappointed by Ellie,...more