#1 New York Times bestseller Lisa Gardner returns with an unpredictable thriller that puts fan favorites D. D. Warren and Flora Dane on a shocking new case that begins with a vicious murder and gets darker from there. A man is dead, shot three times in his home office. But his computer has been shot twelve times, and when the cops arrive, his pregnant wife is holding the gun. D. D. Warren arrives on the scene and recognizes the woman--Evie Carter--from a case many years back. Evie's father was killed in a shooting ...
#1 New York Times bestseller Lisa Gardner returns with an unpredictable thriller that puts fan favorites D. D. Warren and Flora Dane on a shocking new case that begins with a vicious murder and gets darker from there. A man is dead, shot three times in his home office. But his computer has been shot twelve times, and when the cops arrive, his pregnant wife is holding the gun. D. D. Warren arrives on the scene and recognizes the woman--Evie Carter--from a case many years back. Evie's father was killed in a shooting that was ruled an accident. But for D.D., two coincidental murders is too many. Flora Dane sees the murder of Conrad Carter on the TV news and immediately knows his face. She remembers a night when she was still a victim--a hostage--and her captor knew this man. Overcome with guilt that she never tracked him down, Flora is now determined to learn the truth of Conrad's murder. But D.D. and Flora are about to discover that in this case the truth is a devilishly elusive thing. As layer by layer they peel away the half-truths and outright lies, they wonder: How many secrets can one family have?
Evie Carter is found at the top of the stairs, murder weapon in hand. Her husband, Conrad, is dead in his study. Shot three times. His laptop is destroyed on the desk. Shot twelve times. Why?
Another thing about Evie Carter: She confessed to accidentally shooting and killing her father 16 years earlier.
Arriving on the scene, Boston PD Sergeant Detective D.D. Warren says, " There's something else going on here. Something more."
D.D. investigated Evie's case 16 years ago.
Leaving the scene, D.D. notices her confidential informant, Flora Dane (the gutsy survivor of the horrific events of "Find Her"), across the street.
Flora knows Conrad Carter from her days spent with Jacob Ness, the evil man who had abducted her in the previously mentioned tale.
Thus begins another winner by the amazing Lisa Gardner. How one person can write such consistently great stories and put them into such twist-filled plots is beyond me. I'm just glad she does!
This is a case study in family secrets and lies and the consequences if you "Never Tell".
All the Gardner trademarks are here: wonderful, real characters, brilliant structure, chapter-ending cliffhangers, propulsive story, a slam-bang, action-packed finale and a heartwarming denouement.
You'll love it.
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Mar 3, 2019
A great read with strong, female leads
When Evie was 16 she was convicted of shooting her father in an 'accident' while cleaning his rifle. 16 years later when her husband is also shot to death, D.D Warren is drafted in to work out whether she got away with murder in the past, and whether she is about to again!
I must admit that this was my first of the D.D. Warren detective stories and it didn't hinder my enjoyment of the tale at all. I also didn't realise that the Flora Dane storyline had been explored in a past book - I had thought that it was more of a historical character backstory than a story a reader would have known. This may mean however, that going back to read past books in the series may now be ruined by spoilers!
Refreshingly the plot is spearheaded by three strong female characters, Evie; whose husband has just died, D.D Warren; the lead detective and Flora; CI and previous victim of a kidnapping. The chapters alternate between them in a way that keeps the pace up nicely throughout and I didn't find myself 'skimming' one more than the other to get to a more interesting storyline. All three women are nicely fleshed out and you got a good depth of character from each of them. The story itself is also interesting with a lot of nice threads and interesting lead which kept me engaged all the way through. I particularly liked the insight into the 'Dark Web' and thought it gave a nice, rarely explored dimension to the story.
Overall Never Tell is a great read with three strong, interesting female leads and has certainly inspired me to read more of the series as well as keeping my eye out for the next one! Thank you to NetGalley and Random House UK - Cornerstone for the chance to read the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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