Never Tell: A Novel of Suspense Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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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.
From the Back Cover
Even a perfect family has its secrets.
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 drugs ran rampant among students. And a search of Julia's computer reveals that she'd been 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. 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 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.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product Description
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The sighting took place on an indistinct video showing NYC’s latest heroine - a woman who pulled a teenage boy from subway tracks just as a train was shooting toward him. McKenna only had a fast glimpse of her face but believes it is Susan. After all, Susan had been a close friend of hers, and a friend of Patrick’s, McKenna’s husband. Susan was a West Pointer as was Patrick. Even ten years ago Susan had been a bit of an enigma - she was forced into military life by her father, a general. On campus she was without fault. Yet after hours she could easily turn into a flirtatious gal eager to hook up with fellows she met in bars.
McKenna becomes determined to prove that the woman who saved the young man and Susan are one and the same. But when she shows the image to Patrick he discourages her, saying it couldn’t be Susan and suggests McKenna is imagining things, trying too hard just as she did several years ago which caused her not only embarrassment but the loss of her job.
Ignoring Patrick McKenna begins to search on her own which later reveals manufactured emails, the reopening of a decade old Manhattan police shooting, and ultimate danger for Patrick and herself.
Burke has crafted an innovative plot that keeps readers guessing until the end.
- Gail Cooke
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.
Video of the theft goes missing. An article McKenna just published is shown to be based on fraudulent data. She gets fired, and her nightmare begins.
McKenna is convinced the person she saw was the missing Susan Hauptmann, but no one believes her. So she begins her fight on her own.
There are a number of side plots, and even her husband comes under suspicion.
At this point I was expecting one of those paranoid stories, where, finally, the truth is discovered. And while I got part of this, there were so many other factors involved, that it finally becomes a very complex mystery.
Burke is very adept at juggling all her characters, and keeping the story moving. But I felt it got bogged down at the end, when she tried to fill in all the gaps. maybe it was the way she did it. But I got bogged down near the end, which is where Burke lost one star from me.
Otherwise a really good, very complex story.
Can't wait for the next one.
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It's fine, and it's not fair to compare her work to her father's, but there you are.Published on July 1 2014 by spider queen
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