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Never Tell (Ellie Hatcher #4)

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  2,619 Ratings  ·  325 Reviews
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.
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James Thane
NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher is called to a death scene at a plush Manhattan town house. The body is that of a sixteen-year-old girl, Julia Whitmire. Julia was a student at an exclusive prep school, the daughter of influential parents, and a girl with perhaps too much independence. Julia is found in the tub with alcohol and drugs in her system; her wrist has been slit, and she has written an apparent suicide note.

All of the first responders, Ellie included, are ready to sign off on the death as
Glenda Bixler
Jun 08, 2012 Glenda Bixler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed-books
Finding a new author that has given me a whodunit mystery that is so complex and interwoven that I'm still stumped until the very end, is a rare gift. I knew as soon as I started never tell that the author had that undefinable "edgy" feel to her writing that makes me tense, excited, knowing that I've picked a suspenseful winner to read!

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
Oct 05, 2012 Ed rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: law-enforcement, nyc
#4 in the Ellie Hatcher series. This book was almost impossible to get into. If I had not read, and enjoyed, Burkes 7 previous books, including the first three of this series, I would have given up within the first 200 pages. For the first 200 pages, the only spark of life is the dialogue between Ellie and her musician brother. The final 150 pages bring some life to the story line and salvage the books rating.

Ellie Hatcher series - Julia Whitmire appeared to have everything: a famous father, a
Nia Forrester
It's been a long while since I read a book in this genre, but I decided to give it a try because the ebook was reasonably-priced, at $1.99, the author is female, is the daughter of the great James Lee Burke (author of 'Heaven's Prisoners' and the other Dave Robicheaux novels), and writes with a backdrop of a city (NYC) that I love.

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
Oct 25, 2012 Alecia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I thought it started out OK, but then had too many streams of disjointed storylines running through it. Although some of the characterizations were pretty good, I struggled to finish it and found it a tedious read overall.
Aug 02, 2013 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Crime/mystery buffs
Recommended to Mary by: Library browsing section
Good read. Characters appear real, believable, and I liked them. Female detective closes a case too soon, and is put back on it only to dig her teeth in and keep digging until she has solved the case, well almost....
Jun 16, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good whodunit, with many interesting characters and plot twists. The author did a great job of keeping my interest right up to the end of the book. Nice job!

This book was received for free from Goodreads First Reads.
Another good entry in this series.

The investigation of a teen girl’s apparent suicide leads Hatcher into an investigation into threats against a blogger chronicling her childhood abuse. Burke does a good job of tying (if only faintly) both investigations together but the young woman’s death fades into the background as the threat investigation takes over. I think she could have done much more with the teen’s death storyline; it was strong enough to stand on its own.

Burke keeps the reader guessin
Mar 23, 2012 Patty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Never Tell
Alafair Burke

My Speedy Summary...

Private school disturbed student commits suicide...but is it really suicide?

My Thoughts...

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 p
Called to look into the death of sixteen-year old Julie Whitmire, NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher is quick to dismiss the death as a suicide. But after political pressure is placed on the department by Julie's high profile, wealthy and politically connected parents, Hatcher and her partner are forced to dig a bit deeper and quickly discover that things aren't necessarily as black and white as they originally assumed.

The theme of "never assume" is prevalent in Alafair Burke's newest installment in t
N.Y.P.D. detective Ellie Hatcher and her partner, J.J. Rogan are summoned to the scene of an apparent suicide. The victim, age sixteen, is from a wealthy and influential family.

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
Oct 07, 2012 Katie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Absolute drivel. I am flabbergasted (and a little frightened) by the multitude of of high ratings given to this dreadful, poorly written, lowest common denominator, I-Can-Read "novel".
I'll come back, and detail my disgust for this "book" by example - but first: It isn't a beach book; it isn't trashy fun; it's a cobbled together, poorly researched, cliche ridden, brain cell sucking, misguided, if only the pages were softer I'd use it for toilet paper, misinformed, Fox news meets US Weekly, stack
Jan 19, 2016 Angel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't like this book as much as the first three in the series. The homicide case itself was interesting and there were plenty of twists to keep you guessing but ... Ellie. I'm not sure what happened to Ellie in this book but I found myself wondering (more then once) why she was being written as such a brat. I'm sure there are better words but it's what seems to fit. If you're drawn to the series for Ellie (more then the crime and resolution) you might find this book frustrating. Still a good ...more
Marcia Clark
Jul 14, 2012 Marcia Clark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun and interesting! I always appreciate it when crime fiction authors incorporate real world issues and Alafair Burke has done a really nice job of weaving in prescription drug abuse, corruption, and the unique problems faced by today's teens in an organic, informative way. Protagonist Ellie Hatcher is realistically drawn. It was such a nice change of pace to finally see a detective who occasionally jumps to the wrong conclusion and makes mistakes along the way. It happens, and that realism add ...more
Jul 15, 2012 Suzanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, thriller
3.5 stars. This novel was kind of slow starting and took a good while to become engrossing. But, glad I hung with it as it eventually starting twisting and turning like a corkscrew.
3.5 stars--pretty good crime/mystery novel. I wasn't overly enamored by the way the ends were wrapped up, but overall a quick read.
Linda Strong
May 01, 2015 Linda Strong rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
This is the continuing story of Ellie Hatcher, NYPD Homicide Detective and her partner, Detective Rogan.

This time around, the detectives are called to the home of a very wealthy resident, who states she found her daughter dead in the bathtub. The first responders, the Medical Examiner all say the teenager committed suicide as there is also a handwritten note next to her. Ellie also agrees nothing looks out of place and decides there is no reason homicide should get involved. Except.. the girl's
Apr 08, 2016 exncgal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this story, with a few minor exceptions as noted below. It was fast-paced and well-told, and I stayed up way too late last night to finish it!

My comments are focused on three main aspects of the story:
1. I've read the whole series, in order, and I still don't get why Ellie is so reluctant - or even resistant - to getting close to Max.

2. The "whodunnit" around Julia's death was an excellently told story. Lots of twists, turns, and unexpected bumps in the road. However, I have a
Mar 23, 2015 Bria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ehhhhhh......not words but that sound pretty much sums up my feelings for this novel.

The plot was interesting. Interesting enough I read the book in one sitting. But it wasn't very memorable or surprising. The characters were pretty stereotypical and the plot really played that up.
That word "stereotypical" takes on a whole new meaning with this book. I guess the author tried to go for some sort of ironic joke played on stereotypical characters. Ellie, a pretty but dresses like a boy hardass cop
May 21, 2012 Wendi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Never Tell
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
Stephanie Ward
4.5 Stars

'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
Alexis Villery
Jun 17, 2013 Alexis Villery rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Never Tell is a complicated and intriguing tale where nothing is as it seems. Detective Ellie Hatcher is called to the scene of an apparent suicide. The victim is sixteen year-old Julia Whitmore, daughter of a Rock Star and a student at an exclusive prep school. Julia's parents are convinced that she would never attempt suicide, while Ellie--all to familiar with the denial of a family in pain--prepares to move on. She's soon called back in when one detail stands out, requiring closure. What Elli ...more
Luanne Ollivier
May 27, 2013 Luanne Ollivier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I only 'discovered' Alafair Burke a couple of years ago when I picked up 212 - the third in a series featuring NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher. I remember thinking at that time 'why is this author not already on my 'must read' list'? (She was promptly added!)

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
May 21, 2012 Tami rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I haven't received my copy yet, just received notice I had won. 5/21/12
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
Jul 29, 2012 Naomi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Michael Sherer
Jul 11, 2012 Michael Sherer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not very free with five-star reviews (though I love getting them as an author) because I believe books that receive five stars should be "amazing," as suggested here on Goodreads. To amaze, a book has to have either an original plot, beautiful writing and use of language or a combination of the two. Alafair Burke has done something a little different in NEVER TELL. In a solidly told, intricately plotted tale, Burke has done a masterful job of capturing the essence of her characters through t ...more
Bill Garrison
Apr 09, 2012 Bill Garrison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
NEVER TELL, by Alafair Burke, is a twist filled police procedural that proves you can never judge a person at face value, because they all have secrets that they will kill to keep. Ellie Hatcher and her partner Rogan are called to the apparent suicide of 16-year old Julia Whitmire. The Whitmires ooze money, and Julia's mom Catherine insists her daughter was murdered. When Hatcher and Rogan write off the death as a suicide, the Whitmires raise heck at the mayor's office and soon Hatcher and Rogan ...more
Lynda Kelly
Dec 16, 2015 Lynda Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I really liked this book. I can see why it is always in the Kindle charts from Amazon !! A great story with lots of twists and turns. I thought I'd guessed who was the baddie but no, I got it wrong !!
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,
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
NYPD detective Ellie Hatcher has been called to the scene of a murder at a luxurious Manhattan townhouse. When she arrives, she finds the grieving mother who is both distraught and angry. Her daughter, Julie Whitmore, only sixteen-years old is dead in the bathroom upstairs. She has a right to be upset but angry? Ellie learns that the EMT's that have arrived on the scene before her, claim that this is nothing more than a suicide but her mother doesn't believe that is what happened. She believes h ...more
Nov 03, 2014 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Ellie and her partner are called uptown to an apparent suicide, they're both ready to write off the call. The vic's father is big leaguer in the music industry, though, and forces the department to treat the case as a homicide. The vic's mother is insistent that her daughter would never have killed herself, despite all evidence otherwise. Even Ellie grudgingly begins to admit that there are some things that don't quite mesh with the suicide theory.

NEVER TELL is very well plotted. I was gues
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