I'll Never Tell

I'll Never Tell

by Catherine McKenzie

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Overview

Deeply buried secrets make for a disturbing family reunion in bestselling author Catherine McKenzie’s tantalizing novel of psychological suspense, named one of the Hottest Books of Summer by Goodreads.

What happened to Amanda Holmes?

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781542040341
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 06/01/2019
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 851
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Catherine McKenzie, a graduate of McGill University, practices law in Montreal, where she was born and raised. An avid skier and runner, Catherine’s eight previous novels have been translated into numerous languages. Most recently, her novel The Good Liar was an instant Globe and Mail and a Toronto Star bestseller, a Goodreads Best Book of April (Suspense & Thrillers), and received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. She’s a regular contributor to Writer Unboxed. Visit Catherine online at www.catherinemckenzie.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/catherinemckenzieauthor, and on Twitter or Instagram at @CEMcKenzie1.

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I'll Never Tell 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
kaitlynspet 20 hours ago
Catherine McKenzie’s I’ll Never Tell made me think of Death on the Orient Express. Five adult siblings gather at the family-owned and operated camp on Labor Day for a Memorial Service and reading of the parents will. They are shocked to find out that their father believes that his only son, Ryan was responsible for an accident 20 years earlier. Even though the police cleared Ryan their father still believes he is guilty. Their father asks the remaining siblings to vote as to his innocence or guilt. This vote will determine the outcome of the will. I’ll Never Tell was very suspenseful, had lots of secrets, and was one of those books that kept you guessing to the very end. I would highly recommend it. #catherinemckenzie#i'llnevertell#netgalley#summercamp#accident#secrets#wills#suspicions#suspense#surprises#hospitals
brf1948 8 days ago
As always, Catherine McKenzie brings us an excellent mystery filled with family and secrets and life. Each of her novels evolves from an insular world of mystery and personalities that shift with the winds of fact and time. Set in the wilds of Canada, I'll Never Tell features the MacAllister children - Margaux the competent; quiet, horse-loving Mary who considers herself the forgotten child; livewire identical twins Kate and Liddie of the conflicting, mirrored personalities; and self-indulgent handsome son Ryan, along with their contemporary returning camp-staffers Sean Booth and Amanda Bean. The mystery actually takes place on July 22, 1998, when the seven staffers are in their teens. They are the third generation to run the summer camp, Camp Mccaw, which was founded and built up by their Grandfather MacAllister, Pete's father. During summer camp of 1998, Amanda is found crumpled in the bottom of a boat on Secret Beach, struck down with an oar. There is never enough evidence for the police to make an arrest though Ryan and Sean are initially considered persons of interest. The timeline is ambiguous and marred with secrets not shared with anyone by the kids. The following summer there is an accident with a vehicle being used by Ryan, where female camp staffer Stacy is killed. Again, Ryan is cleared by the skin of his teeth. Strike Two. We return to contemporary time, twenty years later. The MacAllister parents, Ingrid and Pete, are killed in a train wreck during the winter on the first vacation they have taken in years. Pete was a very micromanaging man, who has to know everything about everybody. The extent of his sins of invasion come to light after his death. Pete's father left him Camp Mccaw and the priceless 200 riverfront acres it entailed with the stipulation that it could not be sold for any reason during Pete's lifetime, a restriction that kept him frustrated his whole life. Ingrid, though the mother of five, was not maternal nor personally involved with her children. Her unemotional handling of the children coupled with Pete's parsimony and need for complete command of every situation made the children feel like they were just around to man the camp and entertain themselves at school in Montreal in the winter. Sean, orphaned as a child, spends all year at the camp handling maintenance and security, even after Pete and Ingrid moved to the camp full time. The MacAllister children, one at a time, were weaned off into city life as they finished high school and began college or career in the city, with the exception of twin Kate, who managed the camp for her parents until her 27th birthday, when her father announced that she wasn't emotionally strong enough to actually manage the camp in their absence. And Mary, who bought her own small farm near Camp Mccaw, where she lives her quiet life, houses her horse Cinnamon, and winters the horses of the camp. Pete's will is ambiguous, and their old family lawyer, Swift, is reluctant to share it with the children. Pete's first demand was that the camp must be run through the summer following his death. He leaves everything to wife Ingrid, but because they die together, the land will go to the children. With many stipulations. They are all to gather at the camp on Labor Day weekend after the closing of summer camp for a memorial including all the old repeat campers, that to be followed by the complete reading of the will. And all six of the third generation of C
Anonymous 10 days ago
20 years ago Amanda was found beaten at the MacAllister family camp. Nobody was ever charged with the crime, but after their parents deaths, the 5 siblings are back for the reading of the will. The will isn’t what any of them expected and leads to them trying to finally figure out-what happened to Amanda? While I enjoyed this book, some parts felt a bit far fetched. I didn’t understand why the dad what he did and I don’t feel like there was ever really an explanation for a couple different things relating to him. Overall I really enjoyed the story and read it pretty quickly but wish more of the questions had been answered.
Fredreeca2001 12 days ago
Many years ago Amanda Holmes was murdered at Camp Macaw. Her murderer was never found. Now, the owners have passed away and left the real estate to their children. They must first solve the mystery of the murder before anything can be done. Each of these siblings knows something. But past aggressions and the usual family squabbles may tear them apart. What a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive! That what came to mind as I was reading this book. So many secrets, so many lies! I swear! I had no idea who was involved with Amanda’s death. I was kept changing my mind, then changing it back again. No one writes a twisted piece of fiction like Catherine McKenzie! This story kept me intrigued and captivated till the end. I was hooked from the get go! Don’t miss this one! I received a copy of this book from the author for a honest review.
LawladyCase 13 days ago
A well-written exciting book with strong characters and a compelling mystery. The MacAllister family has owned Camp Macaw for generations. A number of horrific events over the years have the MacAllister siblings contemplating the sale of this land. The mystery must be solved before the strange terms of their father’s will can be carried out. Secrets which have been buried about what happened to Amanda Holmes begin to unravel. This book is written from the point of view of each of the siblings and the maintenance man, Sean. While that may seem confusing, Ms. McKenzie makes it work. By understanding the thoughts and actions of each, we are provided with pieces of the puzzle that may not have been shared with others. The author has written characters that all have good points and flaws. None of the characters are particularly likeable, nor are they inherently evil. Yet, all are interesting and complicated. The story line twists and has a number of intricate issues that are peeled away slowly. The answer does not become apparent until the very end. It is an easy read and one which the reader will not want to put down. I recommend this book. Like Catherine McKenzie’s other books, it is a well-written, exciting book that has strong characters and a compelling mystery. I received an ARC from Lake Union Publishing through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion or rating of this book.
JustJan3 13 days ago
I’ll Never Tell By Catherine McKenzie Wow! In most who dunits, somewhere along the line you figure out who did it. Not so in Catherine McKenzie’s I’ll Never Tell. About halfway through I was convinced I had it figured out. Not so! This is not the first book I have read by Catherine McKenzie, nor will it be my last. I like her writing style. I like the way she introduces you to all her characters and them keeps them evolving. She makes you want more. In I’ll Never Tell you meet the MacAllister family who own a summer camp. 20 years ago, a young Amanda Holmes had been murdered. No one was arrested for the crime. Now Mr. and Mrs. MacAllister have died and their children have returned to the camp to hear the reading of the will. The siblings must decide what do with the camp. But…and it is a big “but”, the will stipulates they must first solve Amanda’s murder. While they work on the case, we learn quite a bit about each sibling and one additional person: Sean, the groundskeeper who Mr. MacAlllister brought to the camp all those years ago. So who had a motive to kill Amanda? You have to read I’ll Never Tell to find out who did it, why they did it, and how this affects everyone involved. My main comment to Ms. McKenzie is: Keep Writing! 06.05.19
rodeorocks13 13 days ago
Catherine McKenzie is starting to become one of my favorite mystery authors. Her books may not have started out this way but she definitely has a talent for writing in this genre. I'll never tell is a perfect example of this. I thought I had everything figured out, only to keep being proven wrong. This was one of the perfect, on the edge of your seat novels I've read in awhile. I want to be able to go back to before I read it just to be able to get the first time thrill again. I have nothing bad to say about this novel. I loved everything from the characters to the story jumping back and forth from past and present to the suprises. I can't help but love this book and recommend it to others. However, I'll never tell how it ends.
lsmoore_43 13 days ago
Three simple words. Her family’s motto. I’ll never tell. This book will leave you speechless. That ending!! WOW! I did not see that coming at all. Never even got close. Catherine McKenzie did one terrific job of capturing the readers and pulling them in to such a dramatic story of love, loss and uncertainty. There was so much going on that you had many ways of thinking about who did what and who was innocent. This family definitely had lots of secrets. Some to protect themselves and others to protect family. They were definitely a mixed up bunch but also loved each other to the end. This book will take you to a lake in a campground and you will feel like you are right there. I could picture all the places it described. I could feel the water on my skin. Cold and invigorating. The rocks and trees. The cabins and the MacAllister family. What happened to Amanda was tragic. She was just a young girl looking for something. You will feel her pain in so many ways. Her fears and loss. Her youthful wanting. She was just a young girl who should have had her whole life ahead of her. This whole story is based on what happened to her and you will not see it coming. Told from each of the siblings and the family friend’s point it will draw you in like you won’t believe. A tearful ending to a very emotional story. Thank you to #NetGalley #Lake Union Publisher’s for this ARC. Another 5 star book. I highly recommend this book!
Anonymous 13 days ago
The perfect summer read - reminiscent of days at summer camp as a child (minus the murder). 5 siblings return to camp for the memorial service of their parents who were killed suddenly and accidentally. The reading of the will does not go as anticipated for the 5, now adult, children. In order to receive their inheritance, they must solve the case of the murder committed at the camp 20 years ago. These events make for one wild weekend at camp for the five-some!
LlamaJen 14 days ago
Loved this book!!! Huge fan of Catherine McKenzie. I have read and loved all of her books. The Good Liar has been my favorite, but after reading this one, I might have a new favorite. I love books that switch between characters. This book is a mystery with so many twists and turns. I just needed to find out what happened to Amanda. The inheritance of a summer camp depended on who killed her. I kept going through all the MacAllister siblings and Sean and trying to figure out who could have done it. Their parents, mainly their father, was definitely on the crazy side. Who comes up with a will like that??? Yes, Ryan is very unlikable pretty much from from the moment he shows up blasting AC/DC from his mid-life crisis car. He looks like the person most likely to have killed Amanda. All his siblings need to vote whether he was guilty or not guilty. The only problem is there are still so many secrets surrounding the mystery of Amanda's death. The book goes back and forth between the present and twenty years ago. I was a little shocked when the truth was finally revealed. From the start I thought that person was a slight possibility, but I was convinced it was someone else. I loved the ending (and the whole book). I was hooked from the moment I started reading it and didn't want to put it down. The characters were perfect. I loved the story and writing style. There were so many surprises through out the book. Definitely recommend the book (and the author's previous books)!!! I can't wait to read more books by the author!!! Loved the cover. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Lake Union Publishing through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Lynn Shokoples 14 days ago
What happens when secrets are unburied? The grown MacAllister children will come together again at the summer camp that their parents owned for a memorial for their parents who died in a tragic accident. They will also hear the reading of the will. Ryan, the only son, Margaux, Mary, Liddie and Kate the four sisters all arrive at the camp unsure of what will happen. Not only have they lost their parents but the presumed death of their friend Amanda some twenty years ago will also come back to haunt them. Along with Sean who has been a part of the family and still lives at the camp, they will have to face their fears, their insecurities and their faith in their family over the next few days. The story twists and turns until the very last page as you wonder what really happened to Amanda and how each of the MacAllister children played a part that horrible night. I absolutely loved this story and the way that Catherine McKenzie wrote each character. The story mixes in present day and back in time to that tragic night so long ago. The story is told from the view point of each character along with Amanda’s story. I found it riveting trying to unravel the mystery along with the characters in the book. This is the first book I have read by Catherine McKenzie but it definitely won’t be the last. Thank you so much to Simon & Schuster Canada and NetGalley for an advanced copy of the book to review.
JamieS 14 days ago
An unsolved murder from at camp 1998 starts this story. In 2018 five siblings, after their fathers death, they must decide what to do with the camp...thus the rollercoaster ride begins. Haven't read this author before but certainly will check out more of her books. A great summer read!! Thank you Net Galley for an e-arc in exchange for an honest review
357800 14 days ago
Camp Macaw. Twenty years later. 1998 - An unsolved murder. 2018 - Reading of Daddy's will. Five grown siblings + one camp caretaker....each....with their own agenda....each....with big time family secrets....even the recently dead. I'LL NEVER TELL alternates between past and present revealing secrets....and lies to solve the murder of a young counselor. I really liked the premise of the storyline, and Amanda's voice (from the beyond) but didn't much care for any of the other characters....or their banal lives, but stuck with it to find out what actually did happen to Amanda. Am sorry to say, I'LL NEVER TELL turned out to be a long and tedious read for me unlike many other reviewers....unlike The Good Liar and Fractured that I really enjoyed. ***Arc provided by Lake Union Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for review***
Teri1957 14 days ago
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Catherine McKenzie has written a book that will keep you on pins and needles until the very end. Enjoy!
LuvSnoop42 14 days ago
I am a huge fan of books set in a camp environment, so I had really high hopes for this one. It just didn't quite do it for me. It is not a bad book, just mostly predictable. It was difficult to connect with any of the main characters as they were all stock "types". The self-centered and reckless brother, normal sister, weird sister, etc. I did like finding out what actually happened to Amanda. That was a different idea, but overall, the ending just wasn't there for me. I saw the much overused "major twist" a mile away. This was my first from this author and I would try another from her. Thank you to #NetGalley, Ms. McKenzie and Lake Union Publishing for the ARC.
TheBookBag 15 days ago
I'll Never Tell is an intriguing story about summer camp, family dynamics, and secrets—lots and lots of secrets. Everyone in the family has a secret and they all come out when the family gathers to determine what to do with the family camp, Camp Macaw—a summer camp that holds special memories for a lot of people. But after the tragedy that happened 20 years ago, some of those memories aren't so happy. As the family secrets start to unravel, the reader is left trying to figure out who the guilty ones are. As I read I'll Never Tell, I was constantly going back and forth, sure I knew who-done-it. Then another secret was revealed and I had to change my thinking. The guessing and second guessing drove me to devour this book and I was still surprised at the ending. And more secrets. Catherine has created another wonderful, page-turning, exciting story that will keep you engrossed until the end. It's full of interesting characters, with plenty of twists and turns, and like I said before, lots and lots of secrets. Once you start it, you're not going to want to put it down.
vphillips88 15 days ago
The mystery of what happened twenty years prior and the reading of the will is but a catalyst for these siblings being forced to reveal themselves to each other for the first time. Maybe that's what their eccentric late father intended, who knows? We learn that they each hold secrets, not only about what happened twenty years ago, but about themselves. It seems that none of them really knows the other. Their individual secrets and assumptions have driven a monumental chasm in this family. Man, Catherine McKenzie can develop a character. I felt like I knew these people, like they were my own family. Hell, they ARE my family. I liken McKenzie's style to that of Celeste Ng, whereas the players ARE the story. This story really got me thinking about my own secrets, we all have them so don't even try it. No matter how small or inane the closeted skeleton, it still causes tiny fissures in our relationships. If revealed, they wouldn't cause a complete break and could only serve in strengthening our bonds, so why do we keep them?
lauriesophee 15 days ago
I was always told "What happens at camp, stays at camp". How true! This is an incredible suspense, mystery and family story. It takes place at a camp, where a memorial service and the reading of the will are planned for the two people who owned and loved this beautiful refuge. Their five children all grew up in this environment and will attend. There will be friends and of course the "lifers" who loved the camp summers and want to rejuvenate the memories of their younger days. But... This book is OH so much more! There was a terrible crime twenty years ago, that still needs to be solved. The twists and turns forced me to read well in to the nights. Each character is keeping secrets, slowing being revealed as the story unfolds. I had no idea who was responsible for this mystery until the last chapter. Anyone who has worked at a camp or has been a camper, will find this is spot on! My own memories of working, swimming in the cold lake and the scents of the woods, dining room, and art room all came flooding back! Excellent!
BigReader7860 15 days ago
What a great book! I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read and review this book. It was very well written and exciting all the way through. This is a story about a girl who was killed twenty years ago at a summer camp. No one has ever been found guilty of this crime. After all these years, the family who owns the camp return for another death. The reading of the will has a stipulation- no one will be allowed to collect their inheritance until the old murder is solved. Amidst a lot of events that you won’t see coming is a really good and nostalgic book for anyone who has been to summer camp!
CCinME 15 days ago
Multi-layered family drama. Everyone has at least one secret but when families reunite, how many are spilled? And who's responsible for the tragic end of a friend. For anyone who loved camp when they were growing up, this is a behind-the-scenes of one family who are inextricably linked to this place. They are required to expose the secret of who hurt Amanda and why over the course of a weekend. There are many secrets and lots of drama.
KerryACroucier 15 days ago
What happened to Amanda Holmes all those years ago? When McAllister siblings return to Camp Macaw after their parent’s death, they are there to hear the reading of the will and unanimously decide what to do with the property. Family dysfunction and secrets are the name of the game as each sibling comes to terms with the past, their secrets, and their relationship with each other. Told in alternating timelines, with the addition of Amanda’s point of view, the siblings have to unravel what happened in the past while coming to terms with family secrets, past and present. The characters are interesting with their own secrets and quirks, and McKenzie keeps it interesting by alternating between the different points of view. Full of twists that will keep you guessing; this one will have you turning pages trying to figure out what is going to happen. This is a good one to add to your summer (or anytime) reading list. #LakeUnionPublishers
Ms-Hurst 16 days ago
Thanks to Netgalley for the advanced copy. I would possibly round up to a 3.5 if I could. Who wouldn't want their parents to own a summer camp on a lake? Apparently the Macaws. After their parents sudden death, they are told to keep it open one more year and then meet to hear what's next. The family is divided on what they want to be done with it, and that is before the will, and its strange conditions, is read. It's not just the family to consider. Sean has lived there most of his life and wants to stay. And there is Amanda on everyone's mind. Who killed Amanda 20 years ago and left her in a boat? Dad had his ideas. Was he right? This was a fun, summer read. There were parts in which the family drama and remembering seemed irrelevant and I just wanted to get back to the present day story, but I still read it in two sittings. I'd recommend for anyone who likes a little mystery.
Anonymous 16 days ago
Thank you Netgalley and publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This book is a 3.5/5 rounded up to a 4. This is my second Catherine McKenzie novel, the first being The Good Liar (4.5/5) I was very excited to receive this, but the book fell flat for me. I thought there were way too many characters, and I didn't really care for any of them. I also found the story somewhat slow. I did not guess the twist and did find the ending to be fitting, which caused me to bump up my rating for this book. I would still be interested in checking out Catherine's other stories, but I would recommend The Good Liar, before I would recommend this story.
whatthebook 16 days ago
I received an advanced reader copy of I’ll Never Tell from Lake Union Publishing via NetGalley, in return for my honest opinion. I’ll Never Tell by Catherine McKenzie is a story about revealing family secrets. The MacAllister family has owned and operated a summer camp in Canada for decades. Twenty years ago, a camp counselor, Amanda, was found bludgeoned- no one was ever charged with this crime. After their parents die, the MacAllister siblings – Ryan, Margaux, Mary, Kate and Liddie- return to Camp Macaw for the reading of their father’s will. There’s a stipulation in his will that requires the five MacAllister siblings and Sean, the camp groundskeeper, to solve the attack on Amanda. All six of them are at turning points in their lives though none of them are particularly close with one another. They all have secrets and their own ideas about who is responsible for this crime. I devoured this book – it was a fast, easy read- perfect for a rainy afternoon on the couch. I’ll Never Tells is available today, June 1, 2019.
teachlz 16 days ago
Catherine McKenzie, Author of “I’ll Never Tell” has written an edgy, suspenseful, intense, mysterious, captivating, and intriguing novel. It certainly makes one think if going to camp is a crime. I felt as I was thrown into the pages of this book to help solve the murder of a former camper, Amanda Holmes, twenty years before. Camp Macaw, owned by the MacAllister family had many things to offer the wealthy campers. The Genres for this Story are Mystery, Suspense, and Fiction. The author describes her dramatic cast of characters as complex, complicated, volatile, and suspect. The helpers have been treated as family as well. The timeline for this story goes back twenty years to the past crime and is also set in the present. When Mr. and Mrs. MacAllister are accidentally killed, the adult children are called for the reading of the will and a Memorial service. The MacAllister children do have memories of the camp and the activities, but also realize that the location and real estate could be quite profitable if they sell. Although no one person was convicted of the crime, there are doubts that are raised in the will. All of the adult children have to make a unanimous decision on the fate of not only their family but the real estate. Will the camp still remain in the family or be sold? What complicates things are deep family secrets and complicated motivations. There are clues that are provided as well as twists and turns. Everything is at a stalemate until what happened to Amanda is solved. Solving this crime is going to take lots of work. Looking back at the past, seeing the family dynamics presently, and anticipating the future is a major task. I would highly recommend this thrilling mystery.