Never Tell by Lisa Gardner

Main Characters

  • D. D. Warren
  • Flora Dane
  • Evie Carter
  • Evie’s mom
  • The defense lawyer
  • Keith

Publisher’s Summary

#1 New York Times bestseller Lisa Gardner returns with an unpredictable thriller that puts fan favorites D. D. Warren and Flora Dane on a shocking new case that begins with a vicious murder and gets darker from there.

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?

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My Review
4.5/5 Stars

Never Tell is a well written book with well developed characters. Characters with layers that need to be peeled to get to the truth. Evie tries to hide from her pasts but if not confronted, the past will incriminate her in the future. Flora a woman with a past you do not wish on your worst enemy. She is the one that holds the key to a mans life. His past is what got him killed, and if Flora doesn’t recall her painful past, all will be in vain. This book will keep you guessing and you definitely won’t be bored.

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Book Quotes

“People think trauma is mental,” I say abruptly. “I’m mentally scarred, damaged, take your pick. And with enough therapy, time, my mind will heal and, ta-da, one day I’ll be all better again. But trauma isn’t just mental. It’s physiological. It’s an adrenal system that’s totally burnt out, so that I spend days at a time in fight mode.” I realize as I’m describing this that one of my knees is bouncing uncontrollably. “Followed by crashes where I can barely get out of bed.”

― Lisa Gardner, Never Tell

“And what is a marriage except adding A to B and hoping it equals an amount greater than the sum of its parts? Briefly, the promise of a new life almost made the math work. Except A was still A, and B was still B. We could create a new life, but we couldn’t stop being ourselves.”

― Lisa Gardner, Never Tell

“And I won’t stand in a corner anymore. I will step up. I will become part of the world I live in, even when it’s scary. Because life is scary, but it still beats the alternative.”

― Lisa Gardner, Never Tell