REVIEW: I’LL NEVER TELL, BY CATHERINE MCKENZIE

 

Twenty years ago, she was found bludgeoned in a rowboat at the MacAllister family’s Camp Macaw. No one was ever charged with the crime.

Now, after their parents’ sudden deaths, the MacAllister siblings return to camp to read the will and decide what to do with the prime real estate the camp occupies. Ryan needs to sell. Margaux hasn’t made up her mind. Mary believes in leaving well enough alone. Kate and Liddie—the twins—have opposing views. And Sean Booth, the groundskeeper, just hopes he still has a home when all is said and done.

But it’s more complicated than a simple vote. The will stipulates that until they unravel the mystery of what happened to Amanda, they can’t settle the estate. Any one of them could have done it, and each one is holding a piece of the puzzle. Will they work together to finally discover the truth, or will their secrets finally tear the family apart?

My Thoughts: As we wend our way through the events of one summer, we are shown Amanda’s thoughts on that crucial night, and offered bits and pieces of what happened to her.The MacAllisters are a big dysfunctional family, with dark secrets held by each of them, so it is no surprise that, in the pages of I’ll Never Tell, we begin to sort through a lot of history in order to put the pieces together. But even as I picked out my “favorite culprit,” as time went by, there were clues pointing elsewhere. The stunning reveal in the final pages changed everything for the family, but because of their family motto to keep secrets, the answers were not made public.

In the end, it was clear how the family ties kept them all competitive and secretive, locked away in the darkness of their guilt and fear. 5 stars.

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