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I'll Never Tell

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  16,968 ratings  ·  1,765 reviews
Deeply buried secrets make for a disturbing family reunion in bestselling author Catherine McKenzie’s tantalizing novel of psychological suspense.

What happened to Amanda Holmes?

Twenty years ago, she was found bludgeoned in a rowboat at the MacAllister family’s Camp Macaw. No one was ever charged with the crime.

Now, after their parents’ sudden deaths, the MacAllister siblin
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Published June 1st 2019 by Lake Union Publishing
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Jacquie Bull I believe it is in Quebec, Canada, as many of the campers were from Montreal and were French speaking. I only saw one mention of 'the Townships', whic…moreI believe it is in Quebec, Canada, as many of the campers were from Montreal and were French speaking. I only saw one mention of 'the Townships', which usually refers to the Eastern Townships, a region in southeastern Quebec, Canada, south of the Saint Lawrence River and near the United States border. The town of Magog is also mentioned more than once, and it is also in this area of Quebec.(less)
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Judy I think the objective was for the killer to be identified before she could finally Rest In Peace.

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Catherine McKenzie
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
My next book, coming out in June, 2019! I am so excited about it! More to come, but in the meantime please add it to your goodreads shelf!
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me: omg girl this book is so friggin good, I was up all night.
Friend: What's it about?
Me: hhhmmmmm well, it's about this group of siblings that come together at the reading of their father's will only to be told that they must decide if their brother is responsible for a tragic incident with a teenage girl twenty years earlier.
Friend: That sounds kinda ridiculous.
Me: Yeah I know.
Friend: So what happens?
Me: Nothing really.
Friend: What do they do to decide if he's guilty?
Me: Welll
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Twenty years ago, Amanda washed up on shore off Camp Macaw in a rowboat with a gash on her head. Many were interviewed by the police, but an arrest was never made. Now the children of the camp owners are called together for the reading of the will. But there is just one minor thing they need to do - vote! But it's not that simple. In fact, it's complicated.

Who hurt Amanda at camp all those years ago? Who had a motive? Who saw her last? Who saw something? Who has secrets? The siblings are tasked
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seventeen year old Amanda was smashed on the head, twenty years ago, at the MacAllister family’s Camp Macaw. Now the five MacAllister siblings have been called together for the reading of their parents' will, after their parents died in a train accident. Everyone in this family has secrets and it seems they each know something about what happened that night, twenty years ago, that they haven't shared with the others. Now their dead father is instructing them to figure out who attacked Amanda bec ...more
I'll Never Tell is a smart and engaging mystery that mirrors Agatha Christie's method for presenting each developing character as a potential suspect, and with seven characters that's quite the feat. Plentiful secrets, intriguing relationships, and a nostalgic but eerie atmosphere allow Catherine McKenzie to successfully reach for Christie's masterful talent as well. I am so excited to see McKenzie's writing evolve over the years. Check her out and put this title high on your list!

Thank you to t
Holly  B

I have really enjoyed some of this author's past books and was looking forward to this one.

The setting of Camp Macaw and a twenty year old unsolved murder case sounded intriguing.  The reading of a father's will takes five siblings back to camp. They learn that the murder of Amanda will have to be solved before anyone can collect on the will.

Secrets and drama, a past/present timeline, some insights from Amanda herself all start to add up.... which of the siblings was responsible for Ama
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
McKenzie does a wonderful job of placing us front and center in the MacAllister family drama. They may be adults, but the siblings fight and bicker the same way they did as kids. Gathering at their parents’ summer camp after the unexpected deaths of their parents, they expect to hear the will and make a decision about what to do with the camp. But it’s not that simple. Twenty years before, Amanda, a young counselor was found after an overnight camp outing in a canoe, with a large gash in her for ...more
Atmospheric, suspenseful, & compelling!

I’LL NEVER TELL by CATHERINE McKENZIE is an excellent, engrossing, and interesting domestic whodunit mystery/thriller that had me totally consumed with curiosity right from the very start. I was immediately hooked with the camp setting and the mystery to solve here totally intrigued me. I definitely have a fondness for books with camp settings, love dysfunctional familial dynamics and the slow unraveling of all the secrets and lies totally fascinated me.

Jul 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The MacAllister children are all gathering together. A reunion of sorts at their family-run summer camp. But this particular reunion is far from a joyful one. In fact, all five kids would rather be anywhere else.

This is a reading of a will, followed by a memorial for both their parents. Their father left some very strange caveats in his will. Looming the largest of them? In order for all the children to inherit equally they need to all agree that one of them wasn’t responsible for the crime
Theresa Alan
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is by far the best mystery I’ve read in a long time.

Twenty years ago, Amanda washed up to shore at Camp Macaw, blood pouring from a gash in her head. She was just seventeen years old at the time, a camp counselor. Her best friend was Margaux, the second oldest of the MacAllister clan. And she had a huge crush on Ryan, the eldest sibling of the family who owns the camp.

There is middle sister, Mary, and the twins, Liddie and Kate. When they are all called to convene for the reading of the wil
Jun 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
3 Stars.

Family Dysfunction and Murder. Oh What a Tangled Web it Weaves!

Five Adult Siblings are called to the site of a Children’s Camp owned by their now deceased parents. All are waiting for the reading of their parent’s will and expect to inherit a piece of the property and/or the right to sell it. Not so fast!

The camp was the scene of an unsolved crime many years ago involving a young teenage girl named Amanda and now the five siblings are brought together to figure out who dun it. What?! Y
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Catherine McKenzie, and Simon & Schuster Canada for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.

One can usually expect something stellar when Catherine McKenzie is at the helm and this book was no exception. Layering family dynamics with an over-arching mystery from years ago, McKenzie offers readers a wonderful treat as the story progresses. The MacAllister family have long been associat
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Agatha Christie goes to Summer Camp......

I'll Never Tell takes us to lazy summers spent in the confines of cabin life run by budding counselors in open-air cabins by the lake. Rules stipulated on signs, schedules and endless activities filling the days, and secret hideouts in the woods. Binoculars optional.

It's July of 1998 near Montreal and Camp Macaw is filled with young adults and kids who seem to come back for the same experience every year. It's owned and operated by Pete and Ingrid MacAlli
Nilufer Ozmekik
3.5 rounded down to 3, I think I wore my tough grader suit today!

I always keen on reading a story resembles old Agatha Christie mysteries, takes place at one location, limited people reside there, one of them is the murderer so whodunit ( we need an egg shaped head detective with amazing little grey cells or St. Mary Meade’s famous and wisest spinster!) kind of, fast pacing page-turners! Even I enjoyed the pacing, story’s progression, I hated the guts of the character and each chapter turned in
𝗙𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗹𝘆. 𝗦𝗲𝗰𝗿𝗲𝘁𝘀. 𝗟𝗶𝗲𝘀.

Catherine McKenzie has crafted a stellar who done it with dynamic characters and a creepy setting. Siblings Ryan, Margot, Mary, Kate, and Lydia have gathered for the reading of their fathers will. The family owns a camp and the will will determine its future, but it is far more complicated than that. 20 years ago Amanda Margo’s best friend was found bloody and bludgeoned in a boat washed up on the shore of the camp. It is the siblings job to vote and determine whether or n
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Secrets, secrets…

Wow this family had a LOT of secrets! Secrets they kept to protect themselves, secrets they kept to protect others, and secrets that can threaten to destroy everything. Suspenseful, salacious, and thrilling—I loved Catherine McKenzie’s I’ll Never Tell!

When the MacAllister children—now adults—return to camp after their parents’ sudden deaths, they hope to mourn their parents, sell the camp land, and move on finally from the place that they feel unable to escape. But their par
I've never read a book by Catherine McKenzie but have heard so many great things about her books that I wanted to try one to see what I was missing. Well, apparently I've been missing a lot. I'll Never Tell was the perfect summer read for me: not too serious, super quick, a nice mystery and interestingly quirky characters. What more could a reader ask for in a summer book?

The MacAllister siblings grew up at Camp Macaw, the typical summer camp with cabins that surround a lake, stories re-told ove
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I’ll Never Tell by Catherine McKenzie is a mystery/thriller that focuses on a death that occurred twenty years before. The story is told from multiple points of view switching with each chapter and occasionally between chapters you get the POV of the victim jumping back the twenty years.

Amanda Holmes had been attending Camp Macaw which was owned and operated by the MacAllister family. One morning it was found that Amanda never returned to her cabin at the camp the night before and a search was c

This is my seventh Catherine McKenzie book, so, you it would be accurate to say that I AM a fan...

But, I did not really connect to this book the way I have with her others...

The book opens with a lantern ceremony...a flashback from 1998, told from the perspective of Amanda Holmes, a camp counselor at the McAllister family's Camp Macaw, who was found bludgeoned in a rowboat that summer.

Each year, the camp would close with campers writing their wishes on paper lanterns, and the counselors lightin
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Favorite Quotes:

She leaned toward Liddie. She smelled like her father used to, a mix of coffee and marijuana. “Waking and baking these days?”

“Have you ever thought about what they must’ve been like before all of us? … I think about it. They met. They fell in love. They were regular people once.” “And what? We made them into irregular people?”

They always got the leftovers. The things left in the lost and found. If Liddie wrote a biography of her childhood, it would be called Nothing Was Ever Mine
May 22, 2019 rated it liked it
I fell in love with Catherine McKenzie's writing after I read "The Good Liar". My goodness was that one of my top reads last year!!

So, naturally I was ectastic... first person in line to request her new book via Netgalley!

I'll Never Tell is a suspenseful thriller that takes you on a journey to find out what happened to Amanda at Camp Macaw.

This is a multi-layered story that explores family dynamics to it's core. Family secrets, family lies, sibling relationships, and the stories we tell our ow
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: release-2019
4.5 ☆ This is so good let me tell you! 👏🏻🏕🛶 I’ve finally read my first Catherine McKenzie book and it was unputdownable! Part mystery-part thriller, I’ll Never Tell is about a 20yr old unsolved tragedy involving a teen camp counselor and multiple characters surrounding a father’s will and his off-the-charts cray-cray terms he set for his son to be able to inherit. The five adult children plus the caretaker gather for the reading of the will. All takes place at their family owned Camp Macaw. The ...more
MissBecka Gee
Well that was certainly a great ride!
This book was highly addictive. I had trouble stopping for sleep and nourishment.
Being human is sometimes a hindrance.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a fantastic summer read!

Thank you NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Canada for my ARC.
Susan's Reviews
My thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
The first few chapters started off interestingly enough, but there was too much repetition of both internal thoughts and plots for my taste. Five siblings and one faithful family employee gather at the family home (which doubles as a summer camp) in north eastern Quebec to attend the reading of their parents' last will.
The five siblings are dismayed to discover that there is a complex t
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, kindle
Thanks to Netgalley and Simon&Shuster Canada for a digital galley in exchange for an honest review.

My seventh Catherine McKenzie read was eagerly anticipated and did not disappoint. When the five McAllister children gather at their family camp for their father's memorial service and will reading, they are startled by his reference to the 1998 cold case of a murdered teenage girl. Pointing the finger at his only son, Ryan, the four sisters are left to decide whether or not they have been livin
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My favorite from McKenzie!

I loved the setting (the old camp where so many memories are waiting to be revived) and the characters in all their complexity. The analysis of the bonds between the members of this big family was really touching. I felt like I knew them all and could have continue to read about their everyday lives for a whole other book. The mistery of their friend's death just added the extra detail that made this book perfect (almost).

The only thing that bugged me was one of the ch
Camp Macaw. Twenty years later.

1998 - An unsolved murder. 2018 - Reading of daddy's will. Five grown siblings + one camp caretaker....each....with their own agenda....each....with big time family secrets....even the recently dead.

I'LL NEVER TELL alternates between past and present revealing secrets....and lies to solve the murder of a young counselor. I really liked the premise of the storyline, and Amanda's voice (from the beyond) but didn't much care for any of the other characters....or th

May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Secretive, pacey, and compulsive!

I’ll Never Tell is a riveting, intricately woven, character-driven whodunit that takes us to the rugged wilderness of Camp Macaw and into the lives of the MacAllister family where tensions are high, fingers are being pointed, and a twenty-year-old tragedy will finally be solved.

The writing is seamless and precise. The characterization is spot on with a cast of characters that are secretive, driven, selfish and flawed. And the plot, told from differing points-of-v
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5

I don't know how she did it, but Catherine McKenzie managed to take 7 different viewpoints and make them all clear and unique in the engrossing novel I'll Never Tell.

What it's about: The MacAllister children are all grown up and back at Camp Macaw after the sudden death of their parents in a train accident. Now the 5 of them - Ryan the oldest, the twins Kate and Liddie, Mary, and Margaux - all need to hear their parent's will being read and decide what to do with the camp. Out of al
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
I flew through this! I’m beginning to realize that I love camp books. This was no exception. I agree with another reviewer that stated this was like an Agatha Christie book if she had wrote about camp. A family owns a camp but when the father dies, who inherits? And what exactly happened to a girl years ago? When the siblings return to camp, secrets come to the surface . Is one of them the killer? I was on the edge of my seat to find out. Fast paced with alternating chapters with each sibling an ...more
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Catherine McKenzie was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. A graduate of McGill in History and Law, Catherine practiced law in Montreal for twenty years before retiring to write full time. An avid runner and skier, she's the author of numerous bestsellers including HIDDEN, FRACTURED, THE GOOD LIAR and I'LL NEVER TELL. Her works have been translated into multiple languages.


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