Don’t Ever Tell by Lucy Dawson


EXCERPT: ‘You don’t LOVE me! You LIED to me!’ Tears are streaming down his face, he looks deranged, a stranger – no hint of the gentle man I love. ‘You LIED and you stole it from me! LIAR!’ His face contorts; the harder he pushes the angrier he becomes, or maybe it’s the other way round.

It all happens very fast. The music is building again, about to drop, I’m not sure if his hand slips because he’s drunk, or he means to – but suddenly he isn’t pushing on my jaw, it’s my throat. It’s extraordinarily painful and I can’t breathe properly. I start to writhe up against the wall. My hands flutter up like butterflies, pulling at his fingers in panic.

I’m going to die.

He’s going to kill me.

ABOUT THIS BOOK: Never make a promise you can’t afford to keep…

This is a story about Charlotte – a mother and a wife with the perfect job, the perfect life… at least, that’s how it looks from the outside.

But behind closed doors, the marriage is breaking, and Charlotte’s husband Tris doesn’t even know how much. He has no idea what Charlotte has planned for him, who she has found, why she has hired someone to pretend to be her. But he doesn’t have long to wait to find out…

MY THOUGHTS: The blurb says I was going to be gripped from the very first page and kept guessing until the very last, but I didn’t believe it….I WAS WRONG! I read this book overnight, unable to put it down. I even left work early after having started it at lunchtime!

Dynamic. Gripping. Unpredictable. I had no idea what Charlotte was doing.

This book deserves a second, and slower, read. Brilliant!

So brilliant, I am not even going to bitch about the mediocre cover featuring the woman in the red coat that is so overused it has quite lost its impact.


THE AUTHOR: Lucy studied Psychology at Warwick University before becoming a children’s magazine editor. Her first bestselling book – His Other Lover – was published in 2008. Since then she has published four other novels and her work has been translated into numerous other languages. She lives in Exeter with her husband and children. Lucy finds writing in the third person uncomfortable.

DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Bookouture via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of Don’t Ever Tell by Lucy Dawson for review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own personal opinions.

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Author: sandysbookaday

I love good quality chocolate. I love the ocean and love to be in, on or beside it. I read any and every where. I am a proud mum and Nana. I like wine, gin, Southern Comfort, a cold Heineken on a hot day. I am very versatile like that. I cross stitch, do jigsaws, garden, and work on a farm. I am an occasional scribbled. I have far too many books I want to read to ever find the time to die. I am an active member of Goodreads as Sandy *the world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* and review on Amazon under the name Sandyj21. My Goodreads reviews are automatically linked to my Facebook page. Groups I belong to and participate in on Goodreads include: The Mystery, Crime and Thriller Group; Mysteries and Crime Thrillers; Psychological Thrillers; Reading for Pleasure; Crime Detective Mystery Thrillers; English Mysteries; Dead Good Crime; Kindle English Mystery, All About Books and NZ Readers. April 2016 I made the Top 1% of Goodreads reviewers (As follows) Hello Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*, In our community of readers, you stand out in a notable way: You're one of the top 1% of reviewers on Goodreads! With every rave and every pan, with every excited GIF and every critical assessment, you've helped the Goodreads community get closer to a very important milestone – the 50 Million Reviews mark!

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