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Don't Ever Tell

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  2,473 ratings  ·  243 reviews
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 sh
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Published June 25th 2019 by Bookouture
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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
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
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
Robin Loves Reading
For those looking in, Charlotte seems to lead a charmed life. However, she is a wife and a mother with some issues. Her marriage is fracturing and, as an author, she is falling behind with her latest deadline. That is how things are on the inside.

Husband Tris has no idea what is really going on with Charlotte. Imagine what his shock would be if he were to discover that Charlotte has hired someone to pretend to be her. No doubt, when he finds out, it will indeed be the shock of his life - especi
 Li'l Owl

We were so genuinely optimistic, but within forty-eight hours of returning home all that remained from Mallorca were our already fading tans and the echo of good intentions. A mountain of holiday washing for me, a deluge of emails on Sunday night for Tris when he switched his work phone on and two dull, grey last weeks of the holidays to fill before back to school saw to that. It was almost as if we’d never been away, save the tantalizing taste of a different, better life s
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
Revenge is sweet, or is it.

This is a mind blowing book. A tale that’s so gripping, so compulsive so habitual you will not want to leave it alone.

I read parts of this then was listening on audio which I borrowed from my library, I ended up staying with the audio as the voice was so emphatic in places reaching various tones, pitch and pace that had me either gasping, holding my breath or shocked.

It’s certainly a fast paced book and I loved it.
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
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
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
The Coycaterpillar 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
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,
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
Samantha Gonsalves
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Don't Ever Tell by Lucy Dawson is a great suspense book and is my second book by the author. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and it keeps you hooked right till the very end. The prologue of this book is dark & gritty and there are very high chances you'll find it difficult to stop turning the pages, once you're through it.

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 marri
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
“I wonder where this is going”

“Okay, so what about those people? Why is she in the story?”

“That is not a good idea!”

“OMG I didn’t see that coming!”

“Oh yeah, it’s a train wreck and it is happening now!”


The above basically sums up my experience with this book. At first, I just couldn’t see the whole picture. There is Charlotte with her seemingly perfect life. She is married to Tris and they have two kids. Then we are introduced to Mia, a young struggling actress with a shitty love life. I
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
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
Gillian Moore
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
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.
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
Natalie M
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very solid four-star read.
The first half was interesting and largely scene setting/character development. By about Chapter 15 this one takes off at super-sonic speed. Everything falls into place, and the dominoes start tumbling.

Charlotte and Mia voice their stories well. The supporting characters and twisted relationships really made this one feel like ‘Big Little Lies’ by Liane Moriarity. If you like that type of book, this is one for you. Excellent psychological mind-twisting plot...very cl
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
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
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
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
Meggy - Chocolate'n'Waffles
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
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
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Don't Ever Tell
By Lucy Dawson

Thank you to Net Galley, Lucy Dawson and Bookouture for providing me with my ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

This starts out to be a domestic psychological thriller. It is slow going at first which I believe is due to introducing all of the characters. First we are introduced to Charlotte who seems to have the perfect life married to Tris. Their marriage isn't as perfect as it seems. It is beginning to show its faultlines as Tris doesn't think Charlotte'
Lisa Aiello
Oct 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
3.5 stars - A very interesting and engaging premise. The writing and characters were well done. I just am not sure I understand where this all ended up. I think maybe I missed something or there was something I was supposed to understand or deduce, that I just didn't quite get. I dunno - I liked it well enough that it kept me reading and guessing and wondering what was truly happening, but I got no big payoff, aha moment at the end.
Katherine "Kj" Joslin
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wow, I didn't know what to expect and fell upon this Audiobook in Audible. This was a great twisty tale. I am off to look up more Lucy Dawson book!
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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.

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