I'll Never Tell
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 sibl...more
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 ...more
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: Wellllll....t ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 asso ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 paren ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 l ...more
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...more
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 all of ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
“Why the hell did he come over here?”
“You know why.”
My favourite read so far this year! I read this book a little over a week ago and haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. Catherine McKenzie, one of my favourite authors, crafted a perfect story, centred around the mystery of what happened to Amanda Holmes twenty years ago at Camp Macaw, a summer camp owned by Mr. and Mrs. ...more
Wow, what a crazy roller coaster of a read this was. I love how this story was told from multiple perspectives.
This is the story of a family and five children. The parents owned and operated a summer camp. Twenty years ago a horrible accident happened to one of the sisters friends, Amanda, but no one ever knew what happened or who was to blame.
The parents have died and one year after the anniv ...more
Things I liked:
The setting: I really enjoyed the summer camp on the lake setting. It had an eerie and sinister feel to it. However, I wish there was more description of the camp and the island, I think it would make a difference for me if I had a better “picture” of the landscape (and NO, the map of the camp a ...more
Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
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