I'LL NEVER TELL BY CATHERINE McKENZIE - BOOK REVIEW

Going into this book, I had no real idea of what to expect. I only really glanced at the synopsis before starting it - all I knew was that it was a thriller about a family with some secrets. And while that was true, there were so many more layers to the story than that.

Hello everyone!

I am back with another book review, I'll Never Tell by Catherine McKenzie. Thanks so much to Simon and Schuster for sending me a copy of this book as part of the Thriller Chronicles promotion.


This book is told from six perspectives, the five MacAllister children, as well as the life-long camp counsellor-turned-handyman-turned-adopted-son of the family. There are two timelines - the present day and 1998 - the year Amanda Holmes was bludgeoned at the camp. While the case was closed without anyone being charged, there can only be so many suspects. After the simultaneous death of their parents, the MacAllister children, now adults with lives of their own, are brought back to the camp to read the will and ultimately, decide the fate of the camp. The children are shocked when they find out that in order to get their share of the camp, they will have to unravel the mystery of what happened that night to Amanda - even if it means convicting one of their own.

I'll be honest, I don't usually love books with this many perspectives. They are rarely done well and it becomes hard to keep track of who is who. I will say, however, that McKenzie does a pretty good job at keeping them clear. Each chapter is headed with the character and she writes in third-person so their names are constantly being used. I did have a bit of a harder time keeping each character's personal lives straight, five people is a lot. By the end, I was just remembering smaller details about each character to keep them straight.

That being said, I absolutely loved the concept of this book. The Christie-vibe was really well done and I loved the idea of the close family connections - it reminded me a bit of This is Where I Leave You in that regard. While I wouldn't say that the mystery was particularly enthralling, it did keep me interested and I found myself unable to figure out whodunit? until the very end. Although looking back, I can easily see where McKenzie developed the culprit.

There was a lot I liked about this book but I wasn't in love with how things wrapped up. I felt like things were cleaned up a little too nicely and there weren't really any consequences. I'm assuming most of the children just went on to live their normal lives, which is fine, but not really the ending I wanted from a thriller.

Overall, an interesting take on family drama and secrets!