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Never Tell: A Novel of Suspense (Ellie Hatcher #4)

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  1,830 ratings  ·  278 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
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
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
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
#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
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 4 of 5 stars  ·  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....
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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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
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
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
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
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
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
This story was quite a ride since NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher doesn't seem to be quite with the program for at least the first half of the book--coming to conclusions too soon as to the nature of a teen's death, not quite communicating with her detective partner and romantic partner. The last half of the book was a much more enjoyable read in that various murder motives are considered as the complexity of the situation magnifies from black and white to all the shades in between; plus she begins ...more
This was an uncorrected Proof copy--not for sale that the library director of the Bradford County Library picked up at a convention in Philadelphia, and which I borrowed to read. I had read perhaps two of Alafair Burke's books before. I believe that she was an adopted daughter of James Lee Burke, who used her as a character in the Dave Robechaux books that HE writes. I would say that if indeed, she is related, she lacks some of the sharpness in her writing that he exhibits. The characters were i ...more
My disappointment with this novel is that it takes us on a sad trip from beginning to end. Ms. Burke is much better with Ms. Hatcher more on the offensive and a stronger finish. 2 of 10 stars
This is a very confusing mystery that was probably better captured in paper format. This is the 4th NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher mystery. When she is called to the scene of a teen girl in a bathtub with her wrists slit, she thinks suicide and her mind is really closed to other options. At least until the girl's parents and her own captain force the issue and she is forced to look at this as a homicide. She still doesn't buy it. But the more she investigates the more fishy things look. Not necess ...more
I am a big fan of Alafair Burke, and enjoy reading her posts on Facebook as well. Never Tell is another excellent read. The story begins with a blog by a victim of domestic sexual abuse and a supposed suicide. But, of course, things are not as they seem and the main character, Ellie Hatcher, reluctantly realizes this as they looks into the two seemingly unrelated crimes.
According to Dennis LeHane, this is from one of the best young writers of this genre...doesn't speak well for the future. The plot was byzantine, the characters not believable, the writing mediocre. I know she is the daughter of James Lee Burke, but she apparently has not inherited the writing gene...unlike the Stephen King/Joe Hill relationship.
Worst police mystery novel. I've ever read. The characters were wishy-washy, changing personality by the paragraph. The story was so convoluted in the authors attempt to give it twist that it wasn't a mystery as so much a wade through a already brutal book. It was almost like the author couldn't find a direction so tried to do everything at once.
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