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Never make a promise you can’t afford to keep…

This is a story about Charlotte – a mother and a wife with the perfect job, the perfect life… at least, that’s how it looks from the outside.

But behind closed doors, the marriage is breaking, and Charlotte’s husband Tris doesn’t even know how much. He has no idea what Charlotte has planned for him, who she has found, why she
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Kindle Edition, 284 pages
Published June 25th 2019 by Bookouture
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Louise Wilson
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it


Charlotte and Tris seem to have the perfect marriage, but they are going through a rough patch. She's an author whose struggling to meet deadlines with two young children to look after. Tris often works away from home. She first met Mia at a book signing and Charlotte I'd minded of her younger self, she even thinks Mia looks Loire she did. Mia is a struggling actress and Charlotte bumps into her again a year later. Charlotte asks Mia to pretend that she wrote one of Charlottes books. She promise
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: 'You don't LOVE me! You LIED to me!' Tears are streaming down his face, he looks deranged, a stranger - no hint of the gentle man I love. 'You LIED and you stole it from me! LIAR!' His face contorts; the harder he pushes the angrier he becomes, or maybe it's the other way round.

It all happens very fast. The music is building again, about to drop, I'm not sure if his hand slips because he's drunk, or he means to - but suddenly he isn't pushing on my jaw, it's my throat. It's extraordinar
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Ranjini
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Charlotte and Tris seem to have the perfect marriage from an outsider's perspective, but it is far from that.
Their marriage is going through a rough patch, what with Charlotte having to manage the house and the kids.
She’s a struggling author who doesn’t find time to write, with all the household chores on her.
She is also rushing to meet deadlines and hold onto their marriage as well.

One day at a book signing, a young fan comes up to her. Charlotte is startled to see that she looks almost iden
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Mandy White
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lucy Dawson never fails to deliver! I am a big fan of her books and this one had me reading late into the night to find out what was going to happen next. Absolutely brilliant - easily 5 stars from me. And can we talk about that cover - gorgeous!!! if you like psychological thrillers then you need to pick up a Lucy Dawson book and get reading - you will not be able to put it down.

As for the plot of this one I am not going to go into too much detail as to do so would be to give too much away. And
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Kat Dietrich

Don’t Ever Tell by Lucy Dawson is a psychological thriller

First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Bookouture, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


My Synopsis: (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions)
Mia is an actress, struggling to make a go of it. She is rather naïve, rather vulnerable, and has been hurt badly in the past. She hasn’t had a whole lot of luck in her acting career or he
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Shalini
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
How do I review this book where the author Lucy Dawson has twisted me up so badly that everything I know feels a lie. Everything really appears topsy-turvy to me after reading this book as if the pieces I know and the pieces which are shown don't really fit. Have I just been thrown into a rabbit hole by this fascinating author?

Nothing could be more brilliant than a plan plotted in seclusion meant to harm the one who caused you pain soon bringing the worst kind of hurt you could ever imagine. Thi
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Mark
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I love Lucy Dawson’s books and a new one is always greeted with excitement, one of those authors you know will deliver something special and different
Well ‘don’t ever tell’ is definitely both of those, probably one of the most unique books read this year
Charlotte and Tris have the perfect marriage, so it seems, Charlotte is a middle ranked author BUT wants to be a number 1 bestseller, she has a book she KNOWS will be just that....but not with her fronting it...through a set of coincidences she m
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The Reads
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My goodness this was scarily real and relatable I just Couldn’t stop reading. If you seriously only read one book the rest of the year, do yourself and favour and make it this one! It really is a story of you don’t know what goes on behind closed doors. Charlotte appears to have the perfect life, a loving husband, two gorgeous children, a job that she loves albeit struggling with the balance of it, the nice house and car. Life couldn’t be better, or could it? Under the surface, Charlotte and Tri ...more
Robyn
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Don’t Ever Tell by Lucy Dawson is a psychological suspense with a surprising twist. I found myself thoroughly hooked right from the start!

Charlotte and Tris seem to have the perfect marriage, but nothing is as it looks. Cracks slowly come to be revealed the deeper we get into the story and the once perfect marriage looks far from a happy affair. Charlotte is an author and Tris is a businessman often gone for work which leaves Charlotte to raise their two children. Besides being a wife and mother
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Eva
Jun 27, 2019 rated it liked it
When author Charlotte Tristan contacts actress Mia Justice to work on a project, little do both these women know their lives will change dramatically.

Mia is a struggling actress. Jobs are few and far between. So when she is approached by Charlotte, it looks like things might finally be looking up. Charlotte wants Mia to pretend to be her, effectively offering her the part of “author” and sell a book.

That’s all I’m saying as I’m way too worried I’ll give something important away. Suffice to say,
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Lee Husemann
Jun 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Nothing much happens in the first half of this book and I did not start enjoying it until the second half. Charlotte is an author and is married to Tris, a businessman and it seems as if their marriage is in trouble. They have 2 young children thrown into the mix. Charlotte has a sister, Florence and they seem to argue and cry a lot. I enjoyed the second half of the book so I would give this book 3.5 stars. Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest rev ...more
Gillian Nolan
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Don’t Ever Tell by Lucy Dawson 🖤
Thanks @netgalley @lucydawsonbooks and @bookouture
Publication date 25th June 2019
‘Never make a promise you can’t afford to keep’. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
I was so excited to receive this ARC as I am a long time fan of Lucy Dawson’s books. And wow this was just amazing! Like literally couldn’t put it down. So good! •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
Psychological thrillers is a tough genre and to try and release a unique and original story is a mean
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Diane Merritt
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good on the edge of your seat book. Such a great read. This author never seems to disappoint.


Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for an early release of this book.
Toni
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

I have to admit that I almost put this book down about halfway through. The build up just seemed to take too long and I wondered when it would get to the point.

Nothing really of consequence happened until Charlotte’s psychologist sister, Flo heard a few sessions from a new client named Mia Justice. Charlotte had met Mia a year or so earlier and marveled at how she almost seemed like a twenty year younger version of herself. She had the same mannerisms as she did also. Looks and manneri
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Lavender
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
4,5 Stars

This books starts as a domestic drama but during the last half it develops into a very dark and unexpected story. I got totally absorbed while reading it although it is slow paced. Somehow the author dragged me completely into her dark tale of revenge.

Charlotte and Tris are living a normal family life with their two kids. But you can see that the marriage is struggling. Charlotte is at first a person you can connect to. She has to care for their children while her husband is working lon
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Meggy
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Our lives are made up of stories. Our own. The those of our family and friends. Our world collides with strangers, forming imperceptible bonds. Most of which won’t lead to anything. But some change the scenery of our days forever.

When I met Charlotte, I judged her based on the basic information released by the author. Charlotte is a woman, a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a writer. Alright. So, even if we all have a story, could Charlotte hide several, being a writer? Quickly, it becomes
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cafeyre
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Charlotte is an author, wife, and mother of two beautiful kids. Her life looks like a dream. Handsome and successful husband, a job she loves and wonderful house. Everything is going well until one of her book tours in Edinburgh where she met Mia, the girl that looks almost like her in her twenties. After few years Mia appears in her life again as she is a client of her sister. The day when she found out the truth about her it completely changes her life.

Mia is a young actress who tries her best
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Wendi Lee
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Charlotte has a great family and the perfect job, writing mystery thrillers. But beyond the facade, things aren’t so perfect. Her husband, Tris, belittles her profession, and rarely helps with the kids. She and her sister are still reeling by the unexplained eight year absence of their father. And Charlotte’s novels aren’t receiving the attention they deserve. So when Mia steps into her life, Charlotte sees a perfect opportunity.

But Mia is vulnerable, a struggling actress with a bad breakup in
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Sheri
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Don’t Ever Tell (the title’s a bit misery memoir, though the cover is pure domestic thriller) is about Charlotte, a writer of, um, domestic thrillers, and Mia, a young aspiring actress. There’s no apparent connection, until Charlotte approaches Mia with an unusual proposal which promises to benefit both. Of course, it’s not that simple...

It was an intriguing read, though the connection, when it came, was hardly mind-blowing. I’ll admit it took me longer than it should have done to guess (there w
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Michael David
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
DON’T EVER TELL was a great read with complex characters that had me hooked until the very end!

Charlotte is a wife and mother to Tris. She’s a somewhat struggling author, and they are having problems in their marriage. One day at a book signing, the one fan who comes up to her is a younger woman who looks almost identical to Charlotte. Her name is Mia, and she’s an actress. When they meet again a year later, Charlotte asks Mia to do something unthinkable...pretend to do something she didn’t do,
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Christine
May 26, 2019 rated it liked it
3/5 stars.

Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Lucy Dawson for a free advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

Charlotte and Tris seem to have the perfect marriage from an outsider's perspective, but it is far from that. Their marriage is crumbling, except Tris seems to be oblivious to the fact that his marriage is failing...

Don't Ever Tell start off as a domestic suspense/thriller, but turns into a revenge thriller. My opinions may be an outlier, but I didn't enjoy this book as much as
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Melanie
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WOW, what a fantastic book!!! I flew through Don’t Ever Tell within one day, and that included sleeping through the night and going to my daughter’s soccer game! This is hands down the best suspenseful psychological thriller I have ever read. I have not read any books by Lucy Dawson before, and I can’t wait to find out if her other books are as fabulous as this one! She has a new fan and follower! I don’t think I could come up with a single thing negative about this book. You seriously need to r ...more
Bev Dulson
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this....I'm a big fan of Lucy Dawson and find myself devouring her books, Don't ever tell was no different.

Charlotte is an author, she has never quite hit the dizzying heights of JK Rowling and hit the big time, but when she meets up and coming actress, Mia who bares a resemblance to her, she spots an opportunity to piggy back on Mia's rising star.

What really piqued my interest in this book, is like Charlotte, I'm a struggling author so I was looking forward to seeing how this plot played
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Ruth Parker
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Charlotte wants a favour for Mia that could make them both rich. But is it going to be worth it for either of them?
I really enjoyed this book, with its twists and turns and the interesting unreliable narrators. I didn’t know so to believe. I fell for a lot of the red herrings in the book and massively enjoyed being teased!
This is for fans of other Lucy Dawson books and someone who wants a darker Jane Fallon!

I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. My opin
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Lilly
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
What starts as a domestic suspense tale turns into a dark study in lies, illusion, and revenge.
The narrator is unreliable and this adds more fun to the narrative.

As with most cases a picture perfect life is in reality far from it, and the hidden cracks will soon emerge with tragic consequences.

Thanks Netgalley, Bookouture, and author Lucy Dawson for an ARC in exchange for an honest opinion.
Stina
DON'T EVER TELL is my second Lucy Dawson book and I must say it was a disappointment after reading THE DAUGHTER, which I loved! I am not sure where to begin with this book because it was just so average, without much excitement at all.

The story is about Charlotte and Mia, told from both their perspectives in alternating chapters throughout. A domestic drama of sorts, the pace is somewhat slow for over half of the book - which in my opinion, is just far too slow. How can you have your readers on
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LianaReads blog
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
As the description says, this book is indeed one of unputdownable psychological thrillers and you won't want to finish this gripping story because it's a story that will stay with you for a while at least if not forever.
Charlotte is indeed the perfect mother and wife, with a wonderful husband and life. But one chance encounter turns her life upside down. She won't let anything and anyone see what really happens inside her house or heart and there are some twists and turns that I for o
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Dawn
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Charlotte and Tris are married, she is an author and he is in marketing. Their marriage isn’t what it used to be. Charlotte meets Mia, an actress, at a book convention and ends up asking her to be the face to a book she has written. Upon the news breaking, Mia ends up in danger but can Charlotte help her?

I have previously struggled with Lucy’s books, for some unknown reason I just can’t seem to get into them but with this one I was absorbed from the first page! Think I need to try reading her p
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Deborah
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
DON’T EVER TELL by Lucy Dawson is a book that caught my eye on NetGalley as I’ve been craving more and more thrillers of late. The book follows Charlotte, a wife and mother of two who works from home as a thriller writer. On one level she seems to have her life all sorted out, but behind the scenes her marriage is struggling and Charlotte is struggling to balance out her work and family life.

Charlotte’s husband Tris is clearly not fully invested in the marriage and Charlotte is ready to put her
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Lisa Jenkins
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I want to thank NetGalley, Lucy Dawson, and the publisher for the ARC of don't ever tell. I've been a Lucy Dawson fan since I first read everything you told me a couple of years ago. I always look forward to her new books! A lot of the early reviews for this book were amazing so I could not wait to dive right in.
"Never make a promise you can’t afford to keep… This is a story about Charlotte – a mother and a wife with the perfect job, the perfect life… at least, that’s how it looks from the outsi
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Lucy studied Psychology at Warwick University before becoming a children’s magazine editor. Her first bestselling book – His Other Lover – was published in 2008. Since then she has published four other novels and her work has been translated into numerous other languages. She lives in Exeter with her husband and children. Lucy finds writing in the third person uncomfortable.