Book Review: I’ll Never Tell by Catherine McKenzie

I’ve been on a summer camp book bonanza lately after reading The Summer of Songbirds by Kristy Woodson Harvey. Although I’ll Never Tell by Catherine McKenzie is also set at a summer camp, it’s a really different take on the theme that falls in the mystery/thriller genre. Different, but oh so good!

I listened to the audiobook version of this one, and it was a great one that made time fly. Julia Whelan was one of the narrators—enough said (if you know, you know). Here’s a spoiler-free look at the plot . . .

Twenty years ago, Amanda Holmes was found murdered at Camp Macaw, the MacAllister family’s lakeside retreat. Her body was found abandoned in a rowboat, and the culprit was never caught.

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Now, following their parents’ untimely passing, the MacAllister siblings have reunited at the camp to decide its fate. Ryan is pushing to sell the valuable property, while Margaux remains undecided. Mary wants to preserve their childhood haven, but twins Kate and Liddie are bitterly divided on the issue. The only certainty is groundskeeper Sean Booth’s hope to keep his home.

However, their parents’ will contains a startling stipulation: before disbanding the estate, the siblings must join forces to finally unravel the truth behind Amanda’s murder all those years ago. Each of them harbors a piece of the puzzle, and any one could be the culprit.

In this gripping mystery, loyalties will be tested, and long-buried secrets unearthed. Can the MacAllisters resolve the harrowing cold case before it rips them apart forever? The shocking truth awaits at Camp Macaw.

If you want a mystery that keeps you guessing until the very end, I definitely recommend I’ll Never Tell.

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