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, Mystery Thriller, Fiction

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!
  • 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 ...
  • 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. ...
  • Jayme
    3.5 starsThis 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Jamie
    Catherine McKenzie does it again!!! The Good Liar wowed me earlier this year and I’ve really been looking forward to I’ll Never Tell and it did not let me down! Family drama set amidst a crime years before at a sleepaway camp - the premise alone sold me, having attended a sleepaway camp for seven years myself. Told in alternating perspectives that will have you questioning anyone and everyone, this book is a fun, suspenseful ride from start t...
  • Amy Bruestle
    I won this book ARC from a giveaway in return for an honest review...⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Wow! What a great read! Full of suspense, twists and turns, drama, and a family with many secrets. This is definitely my type of book! 😀I really enjoyed reading this, and I wish there was a sequel so I could keep reading about this troubled family! One of my favorite things about this book was how the author kept you interested by adding bits of suspense in al...
  • Jayme
    3.5 starsThis 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...
  • Kimberly Belle
    When it comes to psychological thrillers, lies and dark family secrets are the very best kind, and Catherine McKenzie handles them both with skill in I’ll Never Tell, a riveting story of siblings linked by long-ago tragedy. Suspicions swirl, and the truth is revealed in steady, page-turning increments that culminate in a whopper of an ending. A smart and surprising story you won’t want to miss.
  • Sherri Thacker
    So many lies and secrets went on at Camp Macaw. 20 years later, 5 siblings come together to read their fathers will and he has a “stipulation” they have to do. This book kept me guessing until the end. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for this book for my honest review.
  • Barbara White
    Wow. What a tightly woven, intricate story of family secrets and a twenty-year-old, unsolved crime. I've read most--not all--of Catherine McKenzie's books, and what I love is that each story is completely different. In this one, there are many moving parts and multiple POVs, but it all works seamlessly, as layers are excavated and each small piece of the puzzle is revealed. I'LL NEVER TELL is the quintessential definition of a page-turner.
  • abdulia ortiz-perez
    I received this ARC book from Netgalley for honest Review.What a great thrill and suspense it was to read. What a great psychological thrill! This novel had everything in it. The thrill, the suspense, the psychological, romance and the twist is crazy. This novel will keep you thinking and guessing. When you think you right, well let me just say that you might be wrong. This had me all over the place. My heart beating so fast! I couldn't believe w...
  • Kristen Cook - A Book Ninja
    Where do I even start with a book that has me guessing until the very end. This is a book told from 8 different POV and written in the first person. It did take me some time to keep all of the main characters and stories straight. But once I got it in my mind, I didn’t want to put the story down. Just when I thought I could pin “it” on someone, I was convinced it was someone else. I could easily believe any one of the 8 main characters did ...
  • Christine Moore
    This book grabs you from the beginning and doesn't let go until the very end. So many twists and turns keeps you guessing! Just when you think you have it figured out another twist! The characters are complex with a ton of secrets and the setting was amazing- you can smell the trees! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and Catherine McKenzie has written another amazing book!!! I received an advanced readers copy from NetGalley and Lake Union Publishin...
  • Carol Boyer
    The suspense is riveting on each page of this novel as each one of the MacCallister children come home to the reading of their parents will and find them struggling and plotting to know who will be the one to preserve the family owned land and camp. They learn they have to first solve the mystery of who murdered their dear old friend Amanda whose body was found in a rowboat washed ashore. Each one, Ryan, Kate, Liddie, Margo and Mary could be susp...
  • Jamie Mason
    So much of what's shelved as mystery these day isn't. That's not really a bad thing, but I'LL NEVER TELL brings back the pleasure of old-school mystery with a modern, nuanced feel.
  • Bambi Rathman
    Catherine McKenzie has a suspense filled....page turning....dark secrets book with a deeply flawed family of characters that I just had to figure out. If that's possible! Each character has their quirks and hidden secrets upon hidden secrets that, as siblings and camp workers, they had no clue what each other was hiding. As secrets start being exposed, the doubts and suspicions start escalating. It seems even the deceased father was suspect. "The...
  • Maureen
    Summer camp reunion with siblings who have a lot of secrets from each other. Ryan, Margaux, Mary, Kate, and Liddie return to Camp Macaw one year after their parents’ deaths for a memorial service and the reading of the will. Before the weekend is over, the siblings each have confessions to make to themselves and one another. And what about Amanda, who was the victim of a horrific crime 20 years ago? And Sean, why was he always at camp? Settle i...
  • Dianna (SavingsInSeconds blog)
    I received a free copy of the book from the publisher. Opinions shared are mine. In the book I’ll Never Tell, the camp story is told from the family’s point of view. Their family’s livelihood depended on the camp and its “lifers,” so it wasn’t just a source of recreation. It was their lifestyle. The timelines switch off between the decades-ago night of a terrible tragedy, and a weekend in the present. The tale is a mystery to solve, b...
  • Holly Brown
    Another winner from Catherine McKenzie! I never went to overnight camp but she conjured it perfectly (I could practically smell it!) I love how she spliced the past and the present, and was able to skillfully balance so many character POVS. Excited to read her next one.
  • Donna Hines
    What ever happened to Amanda at the MacAllister's family camp?It appears that 20 yrs earlier she was the victim of a crime and left for dead in a rowboat.Now the MacAllister kids are all grown up and after their parents death they learn of a will that offers prime real estate on the land the camp sits on.The will is being fought over but the truth is nobody can do anything without answers to Amanda's death as it's part of the will!Each one holds ...
  • Laurie
    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 me...
  • Joyce
    5 starsMr. Swift is the the lawyer. Amanda Holmes was the girl who was killed twenty years earlier at Camp Macaw. There are cameos inserted in the story told from Amanda's point of view. The MacAllister siblings are Ryan who is the eldest and has a very bad temper, Margaux is the eldest daughter and sometimes more of a mother to the other girls, Kate and Liddie are twins and Mary who loves horses and has built her life around them in the home she...
  • Jen
    What is it about boarding school and summer camp plots that so fascinate us? The sense of isolation from adult guidance? Young people in a confined setting that creates an alternate social setting from the wider world?The setting of I'll Never Tell is Camp Macaw, a summer camp near Montreal owned by the MacAllister family, has a long history of generational campers who return year after year and then send their children to enjoy the same experien...
  • Barbara
    The MacAllister family owns a summer camp resort for youth, while their parents and their own four kids (now adults) grow up in what you think is an ideal life at Camp Mccaw. Or is it ideal? The parents are killed in an unfortunate accident and the four siblings gather together at Camp Mccaw to find out what is in their will. Everyone is shocked and surprised as to what their father is requesting from them and they are stuck there for several day...
  • Michelle Bolton
    Five siblings, a summer camp on a lake, a 20 year old unsolved mystery of a fellow camper (Amanda) who washed up on shore with a gash on her head and the reading of a will! Wow! Now grown adults, the siblings reunite at their family owned camp to hear the reading of their parents' will. They all think they will be faced with the decision of keeping or selling the camp. They are shocked by their father's wishes. Now each sibling starts asking ques...