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Tell No One

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  995 ratings  ·  161 reviews
Their desperate secret. Her desperate search. A shattering truth exposed.

Caroline Corbett wants nothing to do with her father, Hoff, a man who abandoned her as a young girl and then vanished from her life almost thirty years ago. But when her beloved aunt expresses a dying wish to see him once more, Caroline, despite her failing marriage and other personal troubles, drops
Paperback, 348 pages
Published May 14th 2019 by Lake Union Publishing
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Katie B
Feb 27, 2019 rated it liked it
I think I would have liked this one more if it just would have picked a lane and stayed in it. Some of the personal issues of the main characters bogged down the story. I basically didn't care for anything that wasn't directly related to the disappearance of Caroline's father.

Caroline Corbett hasn't seen her father since he vanished from her life and the town he lived in decades ago. After her dying aunt begs Caroline to go find him she attempts to search for him but it soon becomes apparent th
Chelsea Humphrey
Diving into the latest Barbaba Taylor Sissel is a bit like coming home; her books are comforting and you know precisely what you're going to get. While this wasn't my favorite of her novels, I still enjoyed it and think fans of her work should definitely pick this up. The gorgeous cover drew me in immediately, and I think my major hindrance in giving this a higher rating was that I simply felt a bit overwhelmed by the many diverging plots here. If I had been pulled in fewer directions, I may hav ...more
Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
Caroline Corbett is determined to fulfill her dying aunt’s wish. She wants to be reunited with her brother who has not been seen by any family member in years. Caroline’s father, Hoff, left her family and remarried when she was young. He was never a part of their lives and she felt neglected by his actions.

The search for Hoff gives Caroline a break from her own difficulties. Her marriage is at a crossroads and the business she shares with her husband has been mismanaged. Because of this, Caroli
This is a Mystery/Thriller. I have to say I loved this book, and the ending ... WOW ... I did not see that ending coming. This book is about a woman trying to find her dad that she has not seen since she was 12 years old. She is trying to find her dad because her Aunt that she is super close too is dying of cancer and only wants to see her brother one more time. Everyone should read this book. I won Kindle edition of this book from a goodreads giveaway, but this review is 100% my own opinion. (* ...more
Caroline Corbett’s Aunt Lanie was dying and when she begged Caroline to find her brother, Caroline’s father Hoff, Caroline was determined to do it. It had been thirty years since she’d seen her father. He’d left her mother and her, married another woman who had a young son and Caroline’s bitterness and jealousy had kept her from trying to find him. As well as her heartache over her aunt, Caroline’s marriage was in tatters.

Harris Fenton was head coach of the baseball team as well as athletic dire
May 19, 2019 rated it liked it
I received a free e-copy of Tell No One by Barbara Taylor Sissel from NetGalley for my honest revew.

Caroline's dying Aunt last request for her was to find her (Caroline's) father. A father who abandoned her as a child, remarried another woman and had another child named Harris. Caroline loves her Aunt, who was like a mom to her and wants to do as her Aunt asked. Caroline decides to find her father but she uncovers things along the way that put her own life in danger.

I struggled getting into thi
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That. Ending. Though.

Author Barbara Taylor Sissel keeps the tension taut from start to finish. Shying away from stereotypes and tired clichés, she builds both Caroline and Harris into three-dimensional characters. Readers may not always like them or the way they act, but they’ll sympathize enough with them to want to cheer them on.

With enough red herrings to satisfy most mystery lovers, the author keeps the answer to the central question—what happened to Hoff and where is he—just out of reach un
Susan Peterson
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In Tell No One, readers are drawn into an intricate web of family secrets, abandonment, and deception. The story is told from two points of view: Caroline, who is looking for her father who disappeared 30 years earlier; Harris, a trusted coach and mentor who is caught up in something that can destroy everything and everyone he loves. One thing that sets Barbara Sissel’s books apart from other suspense novels is the depth of emotion that I feel for the characters, their struggles and their demons ...more
May 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
A lover of all things football, I was pumped to realize this novel had a secondary football theme.

Unfortunately, it focused not at all on the actual game, and entirely on the corruption many colleges still face today. But oddly, it doesn't even focus much on that.


Well, this book has a multitude of story-lines, which eventually come together as one...but the road getting to that intersection is long, slow, dreary, and a rather painful one. (That's my polite way of saying this book is bo
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
From the absolutely beautiful cover to the very last word of this book you will be drawn into the story of Caroline Corbett’s and her hunt for her father. Caroline has not seen her dad for thirty years. Partly because she didn’t want to. She distanced herself when she was a teen and he had remarried. He had reached out to her several times but she would have nothing to do with him. Now she regrets not knowing where he is or what he is doing. Her aunt, his sister, is dying and wants nothing more ...more
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A request from her dying Aunt, Caroline is tasked with finding her father. A father who abandoned her as a child and remarried another woman and became a father to her son Harris. Caroline doesn't want to let her aunt down. She has been more of a mother to her than her own mother. In her quest to find her father Caroline uncovers secrets that put her in danger. The last thing she needs. She has enough problems already in her marriage with her husbands shady deals that could land her in jail alon ...more
Deborah Blanchard
I hope my review can do this book justice. This is a very emotional read. Filled with long buried secrets and lies. It is told in the alternating voices of Caroline, who is searching for a father she hasn't seen in almost thirty years, and Harris, whose stepfather was Caroline's father. This is a very intense story that brings forth such a wide range of emotions. I could feel the pain and sadness, the fear and the turmoil. I was brought to tears by the heart wrenching, explosive, didn't see comi ...more
Zoe Mann
Apr 13, 2019 rated it liked it
‘Tell No One’ by Barbara Taylor Sissel is a story surrounding a dying woman’s wish to see her brother one last time and a woman’s search for her missing father, who disappeared out of her life over 30 years ago.

This is a story of heartbreak, addiction, illness and betrayal but also a story of love, acceptance and closure.

There are many story lines which run alongside each other in ‘Tell No One’.

One of illegal activity in the sporting world, one of drug addiction, one of a woman heading for di
Iona Baird
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a wonderful read!! Barbara Sissel does an excellent job of building tension, the story lets the reader roll a bunch of possibilities in their heads for the solve of the mystery. The characters were all shades of grey (in a good way), and Harris was a well structured, complex addition.

My only grouch is that the story could have used more diversity and action; it was missing a bit of that “ka boom” factor.

Nonetheless I would recommend this book; Sissel builds tension beautifully and constru
Lori Boyd
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love author’s that can describe a scene and you are immediately there, you close your eyes and you picture the scene. This author does that for me.

Family drama told in voices of two step siblings, who had never met. Both are faced with hard they do what’s right or do what’s easy? Caroline finds out her husband is doing something illegal and it could land her in prison. Harris has an addiction and has seen a robbery. Now, he’s being blackmailed. A lot going on in this book: addicti
Mar 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
First of all, let me say that I thought this book was a mystery/thriller. Why did I think so? Because it's on the Mystery/Thriller shelf on Goodreads. So my main issue here is not the book per se, but the way it was marketed to me. I should have paid closer attention to the fact that Netgalley had it under General Fiction (Adult) and Women's Fiction, but even if I did I honestly have no idea what General Fiction or Women's Fiction actually is. Is it Women's Fiction because one of the two main ch ...more
Barbara Sissel
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
*** One tragic moment. A hasty cover up. But will the truth stay hidden? ***

I'm so looking forward to sharing TELL NO ONE with you! Coming out on May 14, 2019, I would love it if you would add it to your Goodreads shelf!
Maryam Rz.
2 STARS? DNF at 46%
I tried. For the second time. But I just...don't care?
I skipped ahead and the ending was interesting tho. Thus, the second star.

FRTC 🤷🏻‍♀️

I received an ARC through NetGalley for an honest review. Many thanks to the publisher, Lake Union Publishing.
Linda Zagon
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Barbara Taylor Sissel, Author of “Tell No One”, has written a captivating, intense, riveting, and unpredictable novel. The Genres for this Novel are Fiction, Mystery, and Suspense. The timeline for this novel in the present and goes to the past when it pertains to the events or characters in the story. The Author describes her characters as complex and complicated.

Caroline Corbett has many problems with her husband and their business and also has a daughter. Much of Caroline’s bitterness at life
Chelsey (a_novel_idea11)
I enjoyed this book, the writing style and the incredibly detailed character development. I liked reading from two perspectives to build the story and unravel the mystery surrounding Hoff’s disappearance, however, I felt like Sissel tried to incorporate too many issues. From a missing father, abuse, infidelity, drug addiction, fraud, crumbling marriages, PTSD, long lost love, robberies, coverups (shall I go on?) it felt a little overwhelming. That being said, Sissel did tie everything together n ...more
Karen McQuestion
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Barbara Taylor Sissel is my favorite literary suspense author and this book is one of her finest! She’s a master at layering in intrigue without it being heavy-handed. Right from the start I was pulled into the story wondering why Caroline had lost contact with her father, what secret was Jace keeping, why was she being followed? The novel brilliantly weaves in three separate storylines, all of them coming together at the end in a surprising twist.
Bambi Rathman
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book has secrets. This book has more secrets! Secrets that are to Tell No One. But eventually secrets are hard to hide.
Caroline Corbett has been estranged from her father, Hoff, for over 30 years. She hasn't had any desire to be in contact or to have anything do to with him. But she has Aunt Lanie who has one last wish before she dies and that's to see her brother to make peace with him. Caroline wants to honor her aunt's last wishes so she starts out on a mission to find her father and br
Patricia Romero
"It's not the lies you tell everybody else that matter so much, but the lies you tell yourself can kill you."

This tale is told from two points of view. Caroline and Harris. Caroline is trying to find the father that left when she was young and she shut out for good. But now her father's sister is dying and she needs to tell him something. Caroline is determined to find him all the while her own life is in  shambles.

Her story was rambling and all over the place and I had little patience for all o
Lolly K Dandeneau
Mar 26, 2019 rated it liked it
via my blog:
'Come back, come back, come back, as if his return- her family’s restoration to their once-upon-a-time life- were a matter of asking, or begging, or any words at all.'

Caroline’s aunt Lanie is dying and desperate to see her brother, Garret “Hoff” Hoffman before she passes away. Caroline’s mother tells her ‘it’s a fool’s errand’ to even try, no one knows where he disappeared to, only that he left a trail of heartbreak behind. What caused her once
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-read
I am a HUGE fan of this author, having read the majority of her books so when she contacted me to see if I would like to read an eARC of her newest novel, the answer was an overwhelming YES!!!!!! And I will admit I also did a happy dance!!

As the synopsis states, Caroline Corbett sets out on a mission to find her father that she hasn't had a relationship with for close to 30 years. The reason being is because his sister, her aunt Lanie who helped raised her wants to see her brother one last time
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaway-wins
This book is more slow burn mystery than thriller. It’s told from the perspectives of the two main characters, each chapter bouncing back and forth between the two. Caroline has just found out her aunt Lanie (her father’s sister) is dying of cancer. Lanie’s dying wish is that Caroline finds the father (Hoff) that neither women have seen in 30 years so she can find closure with him before it’s too late. The last time Caroline talked to Hoff he was living with his second wife Julia and her son Har ...more
Oct 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
This is such a hard review to write, but I just couldn't give this more stars. It was slow throughout, with too much of a focus on character development and not enough on plot. The ending alone made it lose a star or maybe even two for me. Not only had I already figured it out, but the thoughts of the main character Caroline were so frustrating when she figured out the truth. Maybe if I had connected to the characters more I might have liked this better. Looks like quite a few other readers enjo ...more
Diane Perry
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Caroline is in search for her estranged father. He seemed to have fallen off the face of the earth years ago. She made a promise to her dying aunt she would find him. In her search, she uncovers some deep and heartbreaking secrets about her Dad and family. Beautifully written and powerfully told. I devoured this book. Unputdownable!
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Caroline sets out to find her estranged father Hoff at the behest of his dying sister, her beloved aunt Lanie. To Harris, his stepfather Hoff was the father he never had. The collision between present and past could be dangerous.

TELL NO ONE feels like a longer book than it is, bogged down too many characters and backstories that didn’t advance what felt like a slow moving plot. I wish Barbara Taylor Sissel had gone into more detail about the effects of traumatic brain injury in personality and f
Kerry Anne King
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
So much to love, beginning with the interwoven storylines and the way they both revealed and obscured the surprising and devastating truth. I love when I'm surprised by an ending, and I didn't see this one coming! In her usual way, Sissel does a brilliant job of compassionately portraying a basically decent human being torn between addiction and doing what is right, along with exploring the complexities of love, loss, betrayal & sacrifice that make up family dynamics. ...more
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Barbara Taylor Sissel writes issue oriented, upmarket women’s fiction that is threaded with elements of suspense and defined by its particular emphasis on how crime affects the family. Next to writing books she loves to edit them, and with more than fifteen years in the profession, both as a bestselling author and as a developmental editor, she's got experience. Contact her via her website if you' ...more

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