Never Tell, Paperback
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)

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Your past will always find you...With her three beautiful children, millionaire husband and Cotswolds mansion, former investigative journalist Rose Miller has an enviable life.

But behind the domestic bliss lies a secret past...As Oxford students in the early nineties, Rose and James belonged to Society X, an elite clique that knew no boundaries.

Led by the enigmatic Dalziel, the group were hell bent on breaking down society's norms - until an unimaginable tragedy occurs.

With the subsequent scandal covered up, Rose has settled into family life - but is afraid to admit her feelings of boredom.

So when her ex-editor asks Rose to dig the dirt on a wealthy businessman new to the area, adrenaline enlivens her.

But as Rose's investigation begins to threaten her family she backs away - and then a tragedy at her home begins to widen the cracks in her domestic facade.

As their world crumbles around them, is Rose about to atone for the sins of her past?

An utterly gripping novel that will captivate fans of Sophie Hannah and Nicci French.

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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  • Category: Thriller / suspense
  • ISBN: 9780007334674

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Your past will always find you…With her three beautiful children, millionaire husband and Cotswolds mansion, former investigative journalist Rose Miller has an enviable life. But behind the domestic bliss lies a secret past…As Oxford students in the early nineties, Rose and James belonged to Society X, an elite clique that knew no boundaries. Led by the enigmatic Dalziel, the group were hell bent on breaking down society's norms - until an unimaginable tragedy occurs.With the subsequent scandal covered up, Rose has settled into family life - but is afraid to admit her feelings of boredom. So when her ex-editor asks Rose to dig the dirt on a wealthy businessman new to the area, adrenaline enlivens her.But as Rose's investigation begins to threaten her family she backs away - and then a tragedy at her home begins to widen the cracks in her domestic façade. As their world crumbles around them, is Rose about to atone for the sins of her past?My Thoughts:This book was very pacy and kept me turning the pages to the very end. I really wanted to find out what was going to happen next especailly to Rose. Her whole world has been turned upside down and her connections to her past and the ‘Society X’ have come to the fore. The story switches from Rose’s present life, married to James and their luxury lifestlye, to her past life at university and her involvement with the secret society. I really enjoyed this book but was a little baffled at the end as whether James had done what he was accused of or not. I think I have made up my own mind on this !I would recommend this book if you like quick, pacy thrillers and would probably read another book by this author.

Review by
4

This novel is packed with intrigue and mystery – the author demonstrates a determination to keep the reader guessing as well as having a keen ear for toddler-speak (I loved Freddie – he didn’t speak much but everything he said was hilarious). A huge cast and any number of illegal goings-on (both in the present and in the past) keep everything bubbling furiously, and to finish the book was a must, just to find out how the author would draw the multiple threads of the story together. Secrets are kept judiciously, and at one point the baffled narrator Rose is reduced to trailing round after the errant men in her life demanding that they jolly well tell her the truth. They never do, of course, because that would ruin the story. But at one point she gets to sit on a sofa “in the shape of a vagina” (whaaat?). It was moments like that – and the many references to real people or events – that added spice to the story.There were times when the author’s tendency to water down her descriptions grated on me. At one point we had a ‘rather stooped’ man in a ‘slightly threadbare suit’, people laughing ‘rather hysterically’ (all within a page) – I longed for something bold...less fence-sitting. I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s not one of those stories that end on an anticlimax, nor does it hinge on implausible coincidences. What it is, though, is very complex and I suspect only a diagram the size of a small town would enable me to comprehend the loyalties, connections and motivations of every character. For that reason it wasn’t an altogether satisfying ending, but in terms of sheer entertainment value and honest desire to entertain the reader, I cannot fault this novel.

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