|| This Book Review may have spoilers – Never Tell by Lisa Gardner||
My second book review! I read a couple of other book bloggers posts recently and realized that I can be too hard on myself when it comes to my writing. I’m doing awesome out here and need to acknowledge that! I still promise to keep improving, but from now on I promise on being more positive about my writing. So besides that, I’m looking for more book bloggers to follow/read. You don’t have to do reviews, it can be anything book related. Just shoot me a comment or a message. Now, onto the show!
Never Tell – Lisa Gardner
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? (Source)
What I Loved
Basically the entire book. I know, I know I promise I’ll get more specific but before I do that I want to be very open and honest about something. I LOVE LISA GARDNER. That sounds so extreme but honestly I have loved everything I’ve read from her. She’s completely made a “can do no wrong” impression in my brain. I will do my very best to give an objective review, but you have been warned.
I think one of the things that I enjoy so much about this series is the character development. I’m sure you’ve heard me talk about it before but I think that sometimes writers have a hard time staying consistent within their own characters. The worst thing a writer can do (to me) is have a character do something very “out of character” with no explanation. I know that they own the characters but if one of them is a stodgy old man and he does something against that with no explanation it really takes me out of the story.
This is obviously not the case with this book or any of the other’s that I have read by Gardner. I think that Flora Dane is one of my favorite characters that I’ve ever connected with. She’s complex and fucked up and strong and smart and kickass. I could honestly keep going on. Her introduction to the series was a kick in the pants just like her personality. I really hope to see more of her.
What I Didn’t Love
I know I said I was going to be objective, but honestly there wasn’t anything that I didn’t love about this book. It was really cool that she was able to educate her audience in the workings of the dark web and to do so through a new character for us to trust through it. I always just wish I could devour the books faster.
Why I Would Recommend this Book
This section should be more like “Why I Would Recommend this Author.” If you’ve ever read anything by Karin Slaughter or even Chelsea Cain, you would also enjoy Lisa Gardner. Her books have just enough suspense it them to keep you guessing. Also they are very well researched and I always feel like I’m learning something new, whether it’s some sort of police procedure or some seedy underbelly that I haven’t read into. I always like to learn something new.
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About the Author
Lisa Gardner is a #1 New York Times bestselling crime novelist. A self-described research junkie, she has parlayed her interest in police procedure and twisted minds into a streak of twenty thrillers. Her latest, NEVER TELL, comes out Feb. 19 2019 and features Detective D.D. Warren joining forces with vigilante Flora Dane to investigate the murder of known associate of Flora’s infamous kidnapper.
Lisa lives in the mountains of New Hampshire with two crazy pups and an ancient rescue dog. When not writing, Lisa loves to hike, play cribbage, and of course, read!
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