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  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio on CD Unabridged; Unabridged edition (June 19 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1469206854
  • ISBN-13: 978-1469206851
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.9 x 14 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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“[Burke] has delivered another winner….Two seemingly different storylines converge in a shocking way, demonstrating Burke’s remarkable abilities as a writer….Hatcher is a complex character, and her journey both personally and professionally will have even the most jaded suspense aficionado rapidly turning the pages.” (J<k>eff</k> A<k>yers</k>, Associated Press) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Sixteen-year-old Julia Whitmire appeared to have everything: a famous father, a luxurious Manhattan town house, a coveted spot at the elite Casden prep school. When she is found dead in her bathtub, a handwritten suicide note left on her bed, her parents insist that their daughter would never take her own life.

But Julia's enviable world was more complicated than it seemed. The pressure to excel at Casden was enormous. Abuse of prescription antidepressants and ADHD medication ran rampant among students; an unlabeled bottle of pills in Julia's purse suggests she had succumbed to the trend. And a search of Julia's computer reveals that in the days leading up to her death she was engaged in a dangerous game of cyberbullying against an unlikely victim.

NYPD detective Ellie Hatcher is convinced the case is a suicide, but she knows from personal experience that a loving family can be the last to accept the truth. When the Whitmires use their power to force a criminal investigation, Ellie's resistance causes trouble for her both at work and in her personal life. As she is pressured to pursue a case she doesn't believe in, she is pulled into Julia's inner circle—an eclectic mix of overly precocious teenagers from Manhattan's most privileged families as well as street kids from Greenwich Village. But when the target of Julia's harassment continues to receive death threats, Ellie is forced to acknowledge that Julia may have learned the hard way that some secrets should never be told.

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By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on May 27 2013
Format: Paperback
I only 'discovered' Alafair Burke a couple of years ago when I picked up 212 - the third in a series featuring NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher. I remember thinking at that time 'why is this author not already on my 'must read' list'? (She was promptly added!)

Never Tell is the fourth book in the Hatcher series. Burke piques our interest with the opening prologue - an entry from a blog - "Second Acts: Confessions of a Former Victim and Current Survivor."

Cut to Ellie and her partner Rogan - they've been called out to what appears to be a clear cut suicide. But the dead girl is young - and her parents are rich and influential. Her mother insists her daughter would never kill herself. Ellie thinks the call is a waste of her time and believes the death is exactly what it appears to be. Rogan - he's got his doubts. And it turns out he's right. A chastened Hatcher approaches the case with a new attitude. And what she finds........

Ellie is a great protagonist. She's real and fallible, but at the same time tough, dogged and determined. I enjoyed the secondary story line of Ellie's love life - her relationship with Max, an NYC Assistant District Attorney. I always like to get to 'know' a character's life and follow the changes throughout a series. Rogan works as a good foil to Ellie's personality. They are complete opposites, but work well together. Their dialogue is easy and entertaining.

Burke has again come up with a plot populated with enough false leads and twists to keep me wondering 'whodunit' until the last few chapters. Never Tell kept me interested from first to last page. Burke has worked as a criminal prosecutor and currently teaches criminal law. That insider knowledge gives her writing an added punch and a dose of reality. A recommended series.

Fans of Lisa Gardner and Linda Fairstein would enjoy Alafair Burke's books. I'm looking forward to her next book - a stand alone called If You Were Here, releasing in June 2013.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
"You never give me a chance." Song lyrics May 11 2012
By michael a. draper - Published on
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N.Y.P.D. detective Ellie Hatcher and her partner, J.J. Rogan are summoned to the scene of an apparent suicide. The victim is age sixteen and from a wealthy and influential family.

Alafair Burke uses her knowledge of the streets of New York to create action that rolls out as if the reader was a pedestrian in the street or in Washington Square Park, listening to the sounds of laughter and observing the eccentricities of the characters.

Ellie not only investigates the questionable suicide of the teenager but has flashbacks of her own policeman father who was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot when Ellie was of impressionable age. She considers if she "...could simply set aside her own past like a discarded shopping bag."

When Ellie talks of her youth and her hero father, she remembers the occasions when he'd discuss his work. We wonder if this could be anything like young Alafair Burke growing up with her own multiple award winning writer father, James Lee Burke.

The teenage children and their relationships with their parents are the heart of the story. Many of these teenagers have been cast aside by their parents and are attempting to live their lives on the streets. We are also given a lesson of the danger of abuse of perscription drugs and antidepressants.

There is rich character development as we learn of the character's histories and view the parents who seem so perfectly content in their society world.

The author keeps the reader guessing through the intricacies of the story and the reader will shake their head in appreciation of the writing skill as we read the concluding chapters of the story.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Far Transcends the Ordinary Read April 18 2012
By Daring Di - Published on
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This is my first Alafair Burke novel, and may I say it will not be my last! From page one there is drama and tension, and the story will bring change to your thinking on some issues.

When the teenage daughter of an influential family commits suicide, her mother refuses to believe it, and pressure is brought to bear as she demands a full investigation.

While this sounds a rather mundane plot, the author manages to bring it all together in a maelstrom of suspense, tragedy and triumph that far transcends the ordinary.

Ms. Burke's masterful handling of delicate issues, her controlled and well-defined plotting, along with some very realistic characterizations give Ms. Burke an edge on many of her contemporaries.

Highly Recommended.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
". . . or even shades of gray: March 30 2012
By lb136 - Published on
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There's a small but touching scene in Alafair Burke's latest police procedural and fourth tale of Ellie Hatcher (you needn't have read the others): The mother of Julia Whitmire, the poor little rich girl who committed suicide--or did she?--is searching through the dead 16-year-old's collection of clothing to find the proper one for her funeral. As she goes through the wardrobe she remembers and reflects. To me that was a sure sign that this book, this writer, is a cut above the rest.

"Never Tell" starts off, after a scene-setting prologue, with Ellie Hatcher, an NYPD detective and her partner J. J. Rogan arriving at the townhouse where Julia's body has been found in her bathtub, with her wrists slashed and with a suicide note close to hand. And maybe you'll think, "oh right--the cops will be anxious to close the case but the influential parents will demand a more complete investigation."


But be patient. Yes, Hatcher is convinced it's suicide, Rogan's not convinced, and after pressure's put on the partners they indeed do embark on a complete investigation, and find themselves riding a carousel surrounded by characters high and low, with motives pure and impure, and with many secrets to conceal. It becomes intriguing and atypical, as Ms. Burke makes what in lesser hands would be stock characters seem real, and she finally ties up the spidery loose ends beautifully and in one case in a single paragraph. (Now what happened with that . . . ? Oh!)

It even has sort of a moral. As one of the characters tells Hatcher: "Things can be black and white, right and wrong--all at the same time."
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Another Hit In The Ellie Hatcher Series May 24 2012
By Lisa M - Published on
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When NYPD detective Ellie Hatcher and her parter, JJ Rogan are called to the scene of an apparent suicide, to Ellie it apears like an open and shut case. 16 year old Julia Whitmore is dead in her bathtub, wrist slit and a suicide note on the bed.

The problem is, Julia's mother refuses to believe her daughter would take her own life. The Whitmores are wealthy Manhattanites and have the means and the power to keep this case open and so Ellie and JJ must treat this as a possible homicide.
During the investigation, they come across more questions than answers and it seems like everyone has something to hide. There are the homeless kids that Julia and her friend, Ramona, have befriended, the rampant drug abuse at the private school they attend, and Ramona's mother is being harrassed and threatened on her anonymous web blog, which somehow connects back to Julia.

So what caused this young teen to take her own life? Or was she really murdered. As the case moves forward, Ellie comes to see that not everything is black and white and just when you think you have all the answers, another question pops up. Just when I thought I had it all figured out, some new secret came out. I was guessing till the very end.

I really enjoy the Ellie Hatcher series for several reasons. Alafair Burke has created a character that I can somewhat relate to as a woman. She is strong at times, can be very stubborn and nowhere near perfect. It is her flaws that make her so likeable. We all have them.
Ms Burke also uses her experience in the criminal justice system to provide accurate information on how police procedure works. Not everything is like it is on Law and Order. She also paints a portrait of New York City where you can visualize it in your mind. It's enough to make me want to go back, but not too much that it feels like page filler.

Overall, I liked NEVER TELL , the 4th Ellie Hatcher novel in the series, maybe more than the prior 3. It grabbed my attention from page one and didn't let go. I spent 2 nights up late saying to myself "just one more chapter" and finding I would read several more before turning in.

If you haven't read any of these novels (or the seven previous, including one stand-alone) I urge you to check them out. The Ellie Hatcher books give enough background to inform first time readers, but not too much that it will feel redundant to loyal fans.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Tangled web, fascinating culmination March 23 2012
By Trudie Barreras - Published on
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It would be easy to indulge in clichés like "intricate" and "finely crafted" when reviewing this book, because they do indeed apply. Although I have not read previous books in the Ellie Hatcher series, it is obvious that this young female detective is a thoroughly developed and well-realized character.

There are several things I truly appreciated about Burke's style. First and foremost, I am glad she did not resort to the extremely gory descriptions that seem to have become the trademark of much recent writing in the genre. Similarly, although there was enough "street language" to lend verisimilitude, it was not so overwhelming as to distract from my enjoyment of the story. I believe she handles the situation of her transgender character with exemplary sensitivity and significance, and avoids extreme stereotyping of the "street kids" as well as the "rich kids".

One of my own personal concerns over many years has been the trouble people generate for themselves by secrecy, prevarication, and manipulative behavior. This tale certainly verifies for me the complete mayhem people can wreak in their own lives and the lives of loved ones by indulging this tendency. Also, as Burke so effectively explores via her convoluted plot, the "tangled web we weave" by attempts to deceive others and justify our own behavior can truly trap the innocent as well as the guilty.

All in all, I consider this a story well worth reading, and fascinating in its culmination.