Audiobook Review

I'll Never Tell

By
Casey Kelleher
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Performance
Overall
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Excellent, Unforgettable, Best of the nest

Very good, thoroughly enjoyed, 

Good, Solid, Enjoyed many aspects

STAR RATINGS GUIDE

This. Gave. Me. Chills.

THE BIRDICT

💛 Look. I have listened to my fair share of mysteries and thrillers. Probably several people’s fair share. And this is an instant fave. In short, it’s a yes from me.

💚 Let’s start with the fact that the premise is instantly gripping. Children doing terrible things? I’m terrified. Sign me up. And it only gets creepier from there. And I mean super creepy. There’s a distinct Freddy Kruger vibe throughout. If there is a scarier sentiment than I FOUND YOU, please write a book about it, make an audiobook and fling it my way.

💜 Major bonus points for the main character, Likeable, especially as she is not made to do incredibly stupid things in sacrifice of moving the plot forward. In fact, that leads me on to my main point. Which is that this is just well written. It’s real and human, with light amid the dark (the characters have fun together at times) and kudos for the very sensitive treatment of mental illness. Huzzah.

🧡 I would put this on a par with Lisa Jewell. I would say it’s smarter than The Silent Patient.

Big thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for providing me with an ALC in return for an honest review.

SQUAWKING THE TALK

🎧 Hello, Daphne Kouma, I haven’t heard you before, but really enjoyed this maiden voyage. I liked that this was a very fluid performance. By which I mean that there was no sense of foreboding in the non-scary bits. I really liked the voices of Emma-Jane and Harriet. Some of the male voices were a bit off, but that’s me being picky.

🎧 A light to medium amount of concentration required for this, especially if you want to pick up on little hints along the way. I didn’t get lost at any point and need to rewind. I also listened to this in a day, which meant that I did so whenever I wasn’t typing (ie, cooking dinner, errands, etc), which I couldn’t do with something too intricate.

BIRDS OF A FEATHER: SIMILAR AUDIOBOOKS

I loved this even though I guessed much of the ending. Even though I spent the whole time waiting for Bobby to turn up. Because this wasn’t a book that raced through the plot just to get to the ending like me eating my dinner just so I can eat cake.What I didn’t guess was that Sarah was real. And when I did, my heart broke. In a good way.
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I'll Never Tell

THE BLURB

When we were young, Sarah and I did a terrible thing – but it was only me who paid the price. Now, just when I thought no one from my old life would ever find me, a note is slid under my door: I haven’t forgotten. I haven’t forgiven. FOUND YOU.

My best friend Sarah and I used to spend all our time in a place we called the Doll House. It was just an old, abandoned cottage in the woods behind our house but it was heaven to us. Until one of our games went wrong. And someone ended up dead.

It was an accident, or at least Sarah told me it was. But when I tried to tell the police that I wasn’t involved, they didn’t believe me. When the Doll House Girls were splashed across the newspapers, it was my face they showed under the headlines. I’m the one who stood trial.

Now, twenty years on, I’ve made a new life with a new identity. I have a wonderful husband, Carl, and Jacob, our adorable son. Despite everything in my past, I’m happy.

Then the first note arrives. FOUND YOU. Soon other threats start coming, and the person behind them is clear they’d be willing to hurt my family – to hurt Jacob – to get to me. I know who they are. And I know what they’re capable of. The other doll… The girl who got away with murder.