Never Tell by Alafair Burke

81%

31 Critic Reviews

The meticulous plotting, coupled with Ellie’s complicated evolution as a heroine, make this Burke’s strongest work to date.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

Detective Ellie Hatcher will be forced to uncover the truth behind the apparent suicide of a teenaged girl with intriguing connections to both New York’s wealthiest—and its most dispossessed.

This addictive thriller from acclaimed suspense writer Alafair Burke draws its details from the author’s own experiences as a criminal law professor and deputy district attorney, creating an exhilarating, true-to-life tale of crime and its consequences that is perfect for fans of Laura Lippman, Harlan Coben, and Burke’s breakout standalone thriller Long Gone.

 

About Alafair Burke

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Alafair Burke is the bestselling author of seven novels, including the stand-alone thriller, Long Gone, and the Ellie Hatcher series which includes 212, Angel's Tip, and Dead Connection. A former prosecutor, she now teaches criminal law and lives in Manhattan.
 
Published June 19, 2012 by Harper. 497 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Romance. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Never Tell
All: 31 | Positive: 29 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Jun 01 2012

A smooth, compelling read that is proof positive that Burke continues to mature as a writer.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Apr 30 2012

The meticulous plotting, coupled with Ellie’s complicated evolution as a heroine, make this Burke’s strongest work to date.

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The Washington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Patrick Anderson on Jun 17 2012

Burke has a good eye for the many faces of New York. 

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Suite 101

Excellent
Reviewed by Bonnye Good on Aug 07 2012

Alafair Burke (Long Gone) continues to create engaging police procedurals that shrink from neither violence nor corruption.

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Look At OKC

Excellent
Reviewed by Look at OKC on Jul 08 2012

Alafair Burke's writing, while not the honed expansive imagery of her father, grabs the reader, tantalizing to try to follow the evidence. 

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TODAY'S ZAMAN

Excellent
Reviewed by Todays Zaman on Jun 22 2012

Burke, author of last year’s amazing “Long Gone,” has delivered another winner.

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Amarillo Globe-News

Excellent
Reviewed by Jeff Ayers on Jun 22 2012

These two seemingly different story lines converge in a shocking way, demonstrating Burke’s remarkable abilities as a writer. 

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Curled Up

Above average
on Mar 15 2014

...Burke's edgy, wild ride reminds us that in Ellie’s world of pinched recrimination and embarrassed repression, the past does not always marry well with the present.

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Lesa's Book Critiques

Good
Reviewed by Lesa on Jun 22 2012

It's a treat to read such an intriguing story while also encountering characters that are so well-written. 

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S. Krishna's Books

Good
Reviewed by Swapna Krishna on Jul 27 2012

Burke has also created a sympathetic and likeable main character in Ellie Hatcher. 

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Geeky Bloggers Book Blog

Below average
Reviewed by Geeky Bloggers on Jul 11 2012

I was kind of surprised at how quick the timeline moved. 

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Book Reviews and More by Kathy

Good
Reviewed by Kathy on May 17 2012

Never Tell is a compelling novel with many unexpected twists and turns. 

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From the TBR Pile

Good
Reviewed by Kari on Aug 01 2012

Never Tell is very well written and thought out. I loved all of the characters. I liked the relationship between Ellie and her partner Rogan. The relationship between Ellie and her boyfriend Max was comfortable and realistic. After reading this one, I am going to be stalking my library for they first three in the series.

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Jen's Book Thoughts

Good
Reviewed by Jen on Jun 19 2012

NEVER TELL is definitely Burke's  most ambitions plot to date. 

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Reviews From The Heart

Good
Reviewed by Heart2Heart on Jul 27 2012

 If you love shows like CSI or Numbers, then you will LOVE this novel.

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The Lostent Wife

Good
Reviewed by Lydia on Jun 23 2012

I thoroughly enjoyed the ride this book took me on. 

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Murder by Type

Good
on Jun 29 2012

NEVER TELL was one I read straight through. It is complex, it deals with the darkest side of human nature, and it is absolutely compelling. It is a tightly paced police procedural, it engages the reader, and, when the book is finished it asks us to think about what we might have enabled someone to do.

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A Bookish Way of Life

Good
Reviewed by Nadia on Jul 16 2012

I'm definitely recommending this book to anyone and everyone who loves a good mystery/suspense read.

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Steph the Bookworm

Good
Reviewed by Steph on Jul 13 2012

Highly recommended for fans of mystery and suspense.

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Book Reviews by Elizabeth A. White

Good
Reviewed by Elizabeth White on Jul 02 2012

Fans of Alafair Burke’s writing will find Never Tell to be another outstanding outing for both the author and her lead. 

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Book Addict Katie

Above average
Reviewed by Katie on Jun 28 2012

This novel is fast-paced and very well written. Ellie is a heroine with flaws that are recognizable in many police characters, but her reactions are not predicable...

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Rabid Readers Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Admin on Jul 13 2012

Alafair Burke is going on my “to read right away” list. 

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Confessions of an Avid Reader

Good
Reviewed by Melissa on Jul 12 2012

If you enjoy the mystery/crime genre and haven't yet given Alafair Burke's novels a try, I recommend you do so.  

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Celebrity Books Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Vogue on Jun 12 2012

The story kept my interest, mixing mystery with deeper fare. 

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My Two Blessings

Good
Reviewed by Robin McCormack on Jun 20 2012

Never Tell is one of those books that even though you may have something that needs doing, you just have to read one more chapter.

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Avid Mystery Reader

Below average
Reviewed by Keishon on Jun 18 2012

The plot is really thin and was pushing really hard at my being able to suspend disbelief. 

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In Real Life

Good
Reviewed by Erin on Jun 19 2012

A good police story becomes a great one.

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It's a Crazy, Beautiful Life

Good
Reviewed by Deanna on Jul 05 2012

Ellie Hatcher is a genuine, likable character who I think I would like to visit more often.

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Belle Wong

Good
Reviewed by Belle Wong on Jul 04 2012

I find Ellie Hatcher to be such a refreshing character.

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Basking in Books

Good
Reviewed by LJB on Jun 25 2012

I was impressed with Burke's ability to create characters with complexity.

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Wendi's Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Wendi B on May 21 2012

Burke’s crime novels unwrap like a gift, layer after layer. 

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