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Don't Tell a Soul

3.7  ·  Rating details ·  1,645 Ratings  ·  197 Reviews
Tim Wallace's wife was killed in a boating accident several months ago--and one New Jersey cop is sure he did it. He didn't. But even if the police eventually clear his name, he'll never get over this terrible tragedy…

It's New Year's Eve. Tim's buddies convince him to go out for the first time since his wife's death. They're at a local pub when, just before midnight, a dru
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 29th 2009 by Minotaur Books (first published June 1st 2008)
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DON’T TELL A SOUL (Susp.- Tim Wallace-NJ, Wyoming-Cont) – G+
Rosenfelt, David – Standalone
St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2008, US Hardcover – ISBN: 9780312373955

First Sentence: Friends have asked me why I’m telling this story, and for a long time I had no intention of doing so.

Tim Wallace‘s wife died when their boat exploded. Because Tim was found in the water wearing a life jacket, New Jersey Detective Jonathan Novak is certain murdered his wife despite the lack of evidence.

Tim’s friends and business p
Mar 06, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not great, but not all that bad either. Rosenfelt defiantly picked a good plot here, very suspenseful and intriguing. Tim Wallace lost his wife in a tragic boating accident - cops suspect he's guilty; he is not. Several months later, still reeling his wife's tragic death, he decides to celebrates New Years with friends at a local bar when he is approached by a stranger who asks "Can you keep a secret?" Hmm, what would you do? Tim tries to blow him off, but the stranger is relentless and the stra ...more
Dick Whittington
Quick, easy and exciting read. Keep you interested from beginning to end. Not the best written of books or the best developed of characters, but a good story with lots of twists and turns. The ending was too quick and neat. Makes for a good escape read. No real thinking or concentrating necessary.
Lady Delacour
Interesting plot with lots going on.
But, Don't Tell a Soul...
Narrator Erik Singer did a fair job.
Slowed him down to 95x and
his voice deepened, along with improving pace.
Clean except for harsh foul language.
This is a very fast paced and simplistic book. The plot was almost like a connect the dot kind of plot. There wasn't anything very unique about it. Tim Wallace watched his wife die as his boat exploded before his eyes a year ago. Ever since then, Detective Novack has had it out for Tim. He thinks Tim killed his wife even though all evidence pointed elsewhere. It was almost demented the way the cop was after Tim. I would think that a cop that obsessed would be put on suspension especially since h ...more
Sep 10, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: slco-rc
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May 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an audio book listened to on a drive across the Midwest and it had all the qualities one needs dodging trucks and rainstorms across Ohio. Dogs, murders, suspense and sarcasm. While not an Andy Carpenter novel, it had striking similarities and most importantly keep my interest for about 13 hours. Oh, it ends happily and the dog gets a new master so everyone is happy...except for the dead souls and there were quite a number of them...but it was only a story after all.
Sep 03, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Really 3.5 stars. Most of the story raced along in typical Rosenfelt style - a touch of humor, a touch of menace - put the end seemed a bit too perfunctory and left me with a few too many unanswered questions.
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the stand-alone thrillers David Rosenfelt wrote, not part of the Andy Carpenter series. That being said, it was scary and had plenty of twists and turns. Tim's wife was killed in a boating accident, one New Jersey cop thinks Tim murdered her, he didn't. When a stranger approaches Tim with "Can you keep a secret?" and gives him information about a murder, and says "Now it's your problem" and walks away, the cop is more convinced Tim murdered his wife. Now Tim needs to find out what ...more
TheReadingKnitter/ Kasey
Ugh the language is horrible. I can handle a few curse words here and there but I can't and won't listen to GD dropped every few minutes. To many other good books that don't feel the need to put something like that in them.
Teri Pre
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: july2017
Loved his series, love his stand-alones!
Very suspenseful but the end sort of left me scratching my head. We need another 50 pages on the plot as a whole!
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intriguing quick read that had a couple of twists and interesting plot development. I enjoyed the writer's wittiness.
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008-reads
SETTING: New Jersey
SERIES: First standalone from the author of the Andy Carpenter series
RATING: 3.75

At one time, Tim Wallace had what might be called a "golden" life. Together with his two best friends, Danny and Will, he's established a security company that's just beginning to be successful. He's blessed with the perfect life partner, Maggie, and a well-loved pet retriever, Kiley. However, in the flash of a moment, his life changes from heaven to hell. He's convinced a
Oct 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don’t Tell a Soul by David Rosenfelt was a book I would recommend for people who love to read about mysteries and murders. It is definitely a book that will keep you on your toes and wanting more! I personally don’t like to read, unless it’s a good book, and in this case it was. I didn’t want to put the book down because there was never a dull moment. Although I overall enjoyed this book, I was not a big fan of the ending. It resolved all the conflicts and answered all my questions, but it wasn’ ...more
Aug 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maggie Wallace loses her hat and Tim Wallace loses Maggie. Maggie and Tim are a happily married couple. Tim takes Maggie out on his boat for the first time. Normally Tim went on his boat alone or with his close friends Danny and Will but he has never taken a woman. He proudly shows Maggie his boat which he has renamed The Magster, his nickname for Maggie. The two are having a wonderful time until Maggie’s hat blows away and she insists that Tim chase the hat. Tim dives off the boat to retrieve t ...more
Jacki (Julia Flyte)
If you've finished the latest Harlan Coben novel and you're not sure what to pick up next, you could do worse than "Don't Tell A Soul". Even the title sounds like a Harlan Coben book! It's about Tim Wallace, whose wife dies in a boating accident. The police retain suspicions that he was responsible, but haven't been able to prove it. Then one New Year's Eve, a man called Cashman comes up to him in a bar and confesses a secret: that he murdered a woman several months prior. Tim does some investig ...more
Paul Pessolano
Tim Wallace is happily married to his Maggie. He has a profitable construction company.

Magie dies in a boating accident that completely turns his life upside down. Even though he is cleared of any wrongdoing, a police detective believes he is guilty and continues to pursue him.

Tim's life takes another turn for the worse when he is convinced by two of his friends to spend New Year's Eve with them at their favorite bar. A drunk comes up to him and tells him a secret and asks him to "Don't Tell a S
The Nate Gatsby
Entertainment value: 15/20

The book was very action packed. It was a very short book and tried to tell the story from multiple viewpoints so it was always pretty entertaining. Enough twists and turns to keep you guessing and interested.

Readability: 17/20

The book was very easy to read. It will not be mistaken as high-class literature. Something for a light reader who just wants something easy and quick to read.

Plot: 8/20

The plot was very bare bones. There wasn’t much going on other than the main
Un potentiel gâché. Il y a tellement de trucs qui ne fonctionne pas avec ce roman que je ne sait pas trop par où commencer. Premièrement, j'ai donné 3 étoiles, car 2 aurait peut-être été un peu trop sévère, mais 3 étant très généreux, je vous dirais de vous fier plutôt à un 2,5. Le rythme est bon et l'action se passe à une vitesse intéressante, malgré quelques longueurs. Cependant, les personnages sont vides et stéréotypés au maximums, on ne se préoccupe aucunement de leur sort et on ne s'y atta ...more
Janis Gilbert
Tim Wallace’s wife died in a boating accident several months ago. Tim was the only eye witness, and one New Jersey cop is sure he killed her. He didn’t, but even if the police eventually clear his name, he’ll never get over this terrible tragedy.

On New Year’s Eve, his two best friends and business partners finally convince him to go out for the first time since Maggie’s death, and at their neighborhood pub just a few minutes before midnight, things in Tim Wallace’s life go from bad to worse. “Ca
Tyler C
Mar 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book that I read for my 4th quarter book review was “Don’t Tell A Soul” by David Rosenfelt. I really never read any other book with this kind of murder plot, although, any murder-like story with a twisted plot would be related to this book. The part of the book that David Rosenfelt should’ve done a way better job with is the character buildup. The book was based off of around seven different peoples’ points of views. It tended to be very confusing. Other than that, I felt no connection to an ...more
Sep 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tim and his wife were just starting their married life. When they go out on his boat one day, when his wife's hat blows off, she asks him to go after it. Getting in the water to retrieve it, when he looks back, the boat is blown up, killing his wife.

Tim does survive but now the police think that he killed his wife and are watching him. Even though he passed the lie detector tests, they still think he is hiding something. Tim tries to go on with his life but just working and staying in. When his
Oct 05, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
Good story and writing. Tim Wallace takes his new bride aboard his boat for the first time. When her new hat flies into the water she begs Tim to retrieve it for her. As he reaches it in the water, the boat explodes, killing the wife. Of course the police believe Tim somehow arranged the "accident", but are unable to arrest him due to lack of evidence. The lead investigator, Novak, vows not to let the case get cold. Less than a year later, Tim goes to the police with a tip about a murder, claimi ...more
Jennifer Jowsey
hmmm. it was alright. there were hints that it was trying to push to one direction, and i really hoped it wasn't going there, but it did (turned into a type of book that doesn't interest me). some careless errors made the book distracting (right off the bat, he's told of this murder of 'a woman' in some town, buried behind a swingset, missing a finger. so he goes home and googles 'sheila [town] missing.' uh, who's sheila? i went and reread that part of the book three times - never does the story ...more
Tim Wallace, who witnessed his wife's death several months ago and is under suspicion for her death, is encouraged by his best friends to go out on New Year's Eve. While in a bar, a stranger tells him of a body buried somewhere. Tim goes to check it out and finally tells the police. The police find a body and Tim's life is almost destroyed. Someone is out to destroy his life by accusing him of many crimes. Tim decides to investigate himself. He is helped by a woman he meets in a dog park. This w ...more
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tim Wallace finds himself in an unlikely situation. Months after his wife is killed in a boat explosion (which the cops think he caused), Tim is approached in a bar by a man who confessed to Tim that he (the man) had killed a woman a few months ago. The man tells Tim the woman’s name and location of the murder. Of course, Tim is going to investigate. He soon finds himself suspected of killing the woman. Oh, and, unbeknownst to him, he is also on track to annihilate key members of the U.S. govern ...more
Aug 13, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Barb heard about David Rosenfelt while watching an interview with Janet Evanovich. This was an author that she said that she enjoyed reading. I have read all six of the books that he wrote which were Andy Carpenter mysteries. They were all very enjoyable. Don't Tell A Soul is his first Non Andy Carpenter book. As in his other books, Rosenfelt writes some wise cracking dialoge. His characters have depth and there are so many layers to the story that you can not figure out who is behind Tim's prob ...more
This novel marked Rosenfelt’s first departure from his Andy Carpenter series. A standalone, the main characters were not as strong or developed as those present in his long running series. However, fans noticed, I am sure, the similarities between the casts of characters - there shared a lot of traits in common - right down to the pizza-crust-loving golden retrievers. I just did not find this one as much fun to read as the series. Still, it was a nice change of pace, and interesting to see Rosen ...more
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