I'll Never Tell

by Catherine McKenzie

Score: 1/10

One Million Page Princess

June 8th, 2019

One Million Page Princess

June 8th, 2019

“But the view was the same, and the smell was the same, and the way the paper that covered her sandwich crinkled in her hand was so familiar it erased the smattering of red leaves on the maples in front of her, making it a wholly summer view. She could’ve been seventeen again, with everything that meant and everything she’d rather forget.”

“She was as stuck in the summer of 1998 as the radio station.”

My thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Initially, the plot line of this book really had me curious. A family, a twenty-year-old unsolved murder, and the Camp Macaw setting all working together in what I had anticipated as a page-turning Canadian murder mystery.

Unfortunately, this book fell short. While I really enjoyed aspects of the 90’s nostalgia, the Canadian references, and the fact that I wasn’t able to easily figure out who the murderer was, (I live for trying to find out who the killer is in books/movies well before the ending) I would likely not recommend this book.

The chapters jump around from character to character, and there are many. Learning about them in addition to their partners made it initially very difficult to figure out who was who. What made it even more difficult is that there really wasn’t anything redeeming about any of the characters, so by the halfway mark, without any attachment to any of them, I didn’t feel very motivated to keep reading. Thankfully, this was a mystery, so I was determined to find out “whodunnit”.

I was equally as disappointed by who the killer was, and the ending felt rushed like it was wrapped up without any significant discussion from the family over who the killer was. After spending hours reading about the intricate relationships between each family member, it would have been nice to hear how they all would have reacted upon finding out who really killed Amanda.

Until next time,