I'll Never Tell by Catherine McKenzie

I'll Never Tell

What happened to Amanda Holmes?Twenty years ago, she washed up on shore in a rowboat with a gash to the head after an overnight at Camp Macaw. No one was ever charged with a crime.Now, the MacAllister children are all grown up. After their parents die suddenly, they return to Camp to read the will and decide what to do with the prime real estate it's sitting on. Ryan, the oldest, wants to sell. Margo, the family's center, hasn't made up her mind....

Details I'll Never Tell

TitleI'll Never Tell
Release DateJun 1st, 2019
PublisherLake Union
GenreMystery, Thriller, Fiction, Mystery Thriller

Reviews I'll Never Tell

  • Debra
    Twenty years ago, Amanda washed up on shore off Camp Macaw in a rowboat with a gash on her head. Many were interviewed by the police, but an arrest was never made. Now the children of the camp owners are called together for the reading of the will. But there is just one minor thing they need to do - vote! But it's not that simple. In fact, it's complicated.Who hurt Amanda at camp all those years ago? Who had a motive? Who saw her last? Who saw so...
  • Felicia
    Me: omg girl this book is so friggin good, I was up all night.▪Friend: What's it about?▪Me: hhhmmmmm well, it's about this group of siblings that come together at the reading of their father's will only to be told that they must decide if their brother is responsible for a tragic incident with a teenage girl twenty years earlier.▪Friend: That sounds kinda ridiculous. ▪Me: Yeah I know.▪Friend: So what happens?▪Me: Nothing really.▪Fri...
  • Catherine McKenzie
    My next book, coming out in June, 2019! I am so excited about it! More to come, but in the meantime please add it to your goodreads shelf!
  • Jennifer
    I'll Never Tell is a smart and engaging mystery that mirrors Agatha Christie's method for presenting each developing character as a potential suspect, and with seven characters that's quite the feat. Plentiful secrets, intriguing relationships, and a nostalgic but eerie atmosphere allow Catherine McKenzie to successfully reach for Christie's masterful talent as well. I am so excited to see McKenzie's writing evolve over the years. Check her out a...
  • marilyn
    Seventeen year old Amanda was smashed on the head, twenty years ago, at the MacAllister family’s Camp Macaw. Now the five MacAllister siblings have been called together for the reading of their parents' will, after their parents died in a train accident. Everyone in this family has secrets and it seems they each know something about what happened that night, twenty years ago, that they haven't shared with the others. Now their dead father is in...
  • Kaceey
    3.5*The MacAllister children are all gathering together. A reunion of sorts at their family-run summer camp. But this particular reunion is far from a joyful one. In fact, all five kids would rather be anywhere else. This is a reading of a will, followed by a memorial for both their parents. Their father left some very strange caveats in his will. Looming the largest of them? In order for all the children to inherit equally they need to all agree...
  • Liz
    McKenzie does a wonderful job of placing us front and center in the MacAllister family drama. They may be adults, but the siblings fight and bicker the same way they did as kids. Gathering at their parents’ summer camp after the unexpected deaths of their parents, they expect to hear the will and make a decision about what to do with the camp. But it’s not that simple. Twenty years before, Amanda, a young counselor was found after an overnigh...
  • Holly B
    2.5 STARSI have really enjoyed some of this author's past books and was looking forward to this one.The setting of Camp Macaw and a twenty year old unsolved murder case sounded intriguing.  The reading of a father's will takes five siblings back to camp. They learn that the murder of Amanda will have to be solved before anyone can collect on the will.Secrets and drama, a past/present timeline, some insights from Amanda herself all start to add u...
  • Theresa Alan
    This is by far the best mystery I’ve read in a long time.Twenty years ago, Amanda washed up to shore at Camp Macaw, blood pouring from a gash in her head. She was just seventeen years old at the time, a camp counselor. Her best friend was Margaux, the second oldest of the MacAllister clan. And she had a huge crush on Ryan, the eldest sibling of the family who owns the camp.There is middle sister, Mary, and the twins, Liddie and Kate. When they ...
  • Susanne Strong
    3 Stars.Family Dysfunction and Murder. Oh What a Tangled Web it Weaves!Five Adult Siblings are called to the site of a Children’s Camp owned by their now deceased parents. All are waiting for the reading of their parent’s will and expect to inherit a piece of the property and/or the right to sell it. Not so fast! The camp was the scene of an unsolved crime many years ago involving a young teenage girl named Amanda and now the five siblings a...
  • Berit☀️✨
    𝗙𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗹𝘆. 𝗦𝗲𝗰𝗿𝗲𝘁𝘀. 𝗟𝗶𝗲𝘀. Catherine McKenzie has crafted a stellar who done it with dynamic characters and a creepy setting. Siblings Ryan, Margot, Mary, Kate, and Lydia have gathered for the reading of their fathers will. The family owns a camp and the will will determine its future, but it is far more complicated than that. 20 years ago Amanda Margo’s best friend was found bloody and bludgeoned ...
  • Matt
    First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Catherine McKenzie, and Simon & Schuster Canada for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.One can usually expect something stellar when Catherine McKenzie is at the helm and this book was no exception. Layering family dynamics with an over-arching mystery from years ago, McKenzie offers readers a wonderful treat as the story progress...
  • Linda
    Agatha Christie goes to Summer Camp......I'll Never Tell takes us to lazy summers spent in the confines of cabin life run by budding counselors in open-air cabins by the lake. Rules stipulated on signs, schedules and endless activities filling the days, and secret hideouts in the woods. Binoculars optional.It's July of 1998 near Montreal and Camp Macaw is filled with young adults and kids who seem to come back for the same experience every year. ...
  • Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
    Secrets, secrets… Wow this family had a LOT of secrets! Secrets they kept to protect themselves, secrets they kept to protect others, and secrets that can threaten to destroy everything. Suspenseful, salacious, and thrilling—I loved Catherine McKenzie’s I’ll Never Tell!When the MacAllister children—now adults—return to camp after their parents’ sudden deaths, they hope to mourn their parents, sell the camp land, and move on finally ...
  • Carrie
    I’ll Never Tell by Catherine McKenzie is a mystery/thriller that focuses on a death that occurred twenty years before. The story is told from multiple points of view switching with each chapter and occasionally between chapters you get the POV of the victim jumping back the twenty years.Amanda Holmes had been attending Camp Macaw which was owned and operated by the MacAllister family. One morning it was found that Amanda never returned to her c...
  • Mackey
    I've never read a book by Catherine McKenzie but have heard so many great things about her books that I wanted to try one to see what I was missing. Well, apparently I've been missing a lot. I'll Never Tell was the perfect summer read for me: not too serious, super quick, a nice mystery and interestingly quirky characters. What more could a reader ask for in a summer book?The MacAllister siblings grew up at Camp Macaw, the typical summer camp wit...
  • DJ Sakata
    Favorite Quotes:She leaned toward Liddie. She smelled like her father used to, a mix of coffee and marijuana. “Waking and baking these days?”“Have you ever thought about what they must’ve been like before all of us? … I think about it. They met. They fell in love. They were regular people once.” “And what? We made them into irregular people?”They always got the leftovers. The things left in the lost and found. If Liddie wrote a bi...
  • Norma * Traveling Sister
    Atmospheric, suspenseful, & compelling!I’LL NEVER TELL by CATHERINE McKENZIE is an excellent, engrossing, and interesting domestic whodunit mystery/thriller that had me totally consumed with curiosity right from the very start. I was immediately hooked with the camp setting and the mystery to solve here totally intrigued me. I definitely have a fondness for books with camp settings, love dysfunctional familial dynamics and the slow unraveling o...
  • Jayme
    This is my seventh Catherine McKenzie book, so, you it would be accurate to say that I AM a fan...But, I did not really connect to this book the way I have with her others...The book opens with a lantern ceremony...a flashback from 1998, told from the perspective of Amanda Holmes, a camp counselor at the McAllister family's Camp Macaw, who was found bludgeoned in a rowboat that summer. Each year, the camp would close with campers writing their wi...
  • Kendall
    I fell in love with Catherine McKenzie's writing after I read "The Good Liar". My goodness was that one of my top reads last year!! So, naturally I was ectastic... first person in line to request her new book via Netgalley!I'll Never Tell is a suspenseful thriller that takes you on a journey to find out what happened to Amanda at Camp Macaw. This is a multi-layered story that explores family dynamics to it's core. Family secrets, family lies, sib...
  • MissBecka
    Well that was certainly a great ride!This book was highly addictive. I had trouble stopping for sleep and nourishment.Being human is sometimes a hindrance.I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a fantastic summer read!Thank you NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Canada for my ARC.
  • Tammy
    4.5 ☆ This is so good let me tell you! 👏🏻🏕🛶 I’ve finally read my first Catherine McKenzie book and it was unputdownable! Part mystery-part thriller, I’ll Never Tell is about a 20yr old unsolved tragedy involving a teen camp counselor and multiple characters surrounding a father’s will and his off-the-charts cray-cray terms he set for his son to be able to inherit. The five adult children plus the caretaker gather for the readi...
  • Susan's Reviews
    My thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.The first few chapters started off interestingly enough, but there was too much repetition of both internal thoughts and plots for my taste. Five siblings and one faithful family employee gather at the family home (which doubles as a summer camp) in north eastern Quebec to attend the reading of their parents' last will. The five siblings ...
  • Erin
    Thanks to Netgalley and Simon&Shuster Canada for a digital galley in exchange for an honest review. My seventh Catherine McKenzie read was eagerly anticipated and did not disappoint. When the five McAllister children gather at their family camp for their father's memorial service and will reading, they are startled by his reference to the 1998 cold case of a murdered teenage girl. Pointing the finger at his only son, Ryan, the four sisters are l...
  • Carol
    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 ...
  • ABookwormWithWine
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐ / 5I don't know how she did it, but Catherine McKenzie managed to take 7 different viewpoints and make them all clear and unique in the engrossing novel I'll Never Tell. What it's about: The MacAllister children are all grown up and back at Camp Macaw after the sudden death of their parents in a train accident. Now the 5 of them - Ryan the oldest, the twins Kate and Liddie, Mary, and Margaux - all need to hear their parent's will bei...
  • Zoe
    Secretive, pacey, and compulsive!I’ll Never Tell is a riveting, intricately woven, character-driven whodunit that takes us to the rugged wilderness of Camp Macaw and into the lives of the MacAllister family where tensions are high, fingers are being pointed, and a twenty-year-old tragedy will finally be solved.The writing is seamless and precise. The characterization is spot on with a cast of characters that are secretive, driven, selfish and f...
  • Holly
    I flew through this! I’m beginning to realize that I love camp books. This was no exception. I agree with another reviewer that stated this was like an Agatha Christie book if she had wrote about camp. A family owns a camp but when the father dies, who inherits? And what exactly happened to a girl years ago? When the siblings return to camp, secrets come to the surface . Is one of them the killer? I was on the edge of my seat to find out. Fast ...
  • BookLover
    ARC requested through Netgalley, and kindly provided by Simon & Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review. “Why the hell did he come over here?”“You know why.” My favourite read so far this year! I read this book a little over a week ago and haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. Catherine McKenzie, one of my favourite authors, crafted a perfect story, centred around the mystery of what happened to Amanda Holmes twenty year...
  • Aga Durka
    Ok, here is the thing...I am not sure if I liked this book or not! I have been thinking about this book for past 24 hours because I really wanted to give it a fair review. So here it goes. Things I liked:The setting: I really enjoyed the summer camp on the lake setting. It had an eerie and sinister feel to it. However, I wish there was more description of the camp and the island, I think it would make a difference for me if I had a better “pict...