February 28, 2021

Never Tell – Lisa Gardner

Publisher: Penguin Random House UK

Released: 21st February 2019

I don’t like police procedural crime thrillers.

I adore them.

Every time I go back to my favourite genre I always wonder why I stray.

This is novel number 10 in Gardner’s DD Warren series. I’ve only read one other book in this series and that was #8 Find Her. Lucky for me #10 is a continuation of that story. That said, you really don’t have to have read any of the previous books as, like many series nowadays, the book totally works as a stand alone.

This one grabbed me from the start and dragged me kicking and screaming into a completely gripping story.

Told from various points of view, another favourite of mine, this book follows:

Evie: Finds her husband shot to death in their home. Upon finding the body she doesn’t dial 911 but instead shoots his laptop 12 times. Promptly arrested for her husbands murder. Oh, and she shot and killed her father when she was 16.

Flora: The main character from Find Her, now employed as a Confidential Informant to DD Warren. Reminded me a lot of Lisbeth Salander from The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. A damaged young lady with a lot to prove to herself. I love this character – I found myself rooting for her.

DD Warren: Policewoman of the moment. Desk-bound following a previous incident she is delighted to find herself back on the streets with a HUGE case. She’s ace. With the glut of male leads in crime fiction she’s a joy to read. Similar to Tess Gerritsen’s Jane Rizzoli (but without the friendly pathologist).

Dick Delaney: Evie’s defence attorney and her father’s best friend. A smooth operator with an answer for everything. Plays the ultimate good guy. Sometimes.

The story is like an onion… so many layers! It’s full of twists and surprises yet it’s easy to follow – Gardner has woven an intricate storyline that holds attention and keeps you guessing.

Never Tell by Lisa Gardner is an absolute triumph in the genre. I cannot say enough good things about this novel. I definitely want to start the series from the beginning and read the lot!

Without a shadow of a doubt THIS is a 5-star read!


I received a complimentary advance proof of this book direct from the publisher Penguin Random House UK in return for an unbiased review.

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