“Don’t Tell A Soul” by M. William Phelps

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I would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books, Pinnacle for the ARC of “Don’t Tell a Soul” by M. William Phelps for an honest review. The genre of “Don’t Tell a Soul is true crime, and this is the first time I have read and reviewed a true crime novel. This genre reminds me of the true case trials on television, and through M. WIlliam Phelps’ vivid descriptions of the crime and characters, I felt that I had a front row seat.
The author retells the death of Cherry Walker, a kindhearted woman with mental challenges, who is found murdered and burned on the side of the road. Kim Cargill often left her son at Cherry’s house to babysit for days on end. Cherry has been given a subpoena to testify at a custody hearing dealing with Kim’s abuse to her child. Kim Cargill has a history of abusing her ex husbands and children. If Cherry does testify, Kim will be in major trouble. With Cherry’s death, Kim has no worries about her testifying.
I find it fascinating how the author can process and explain how a sociopath and complicated liar can manipulate people so easily. From the autopsy to the actual trial with witnesses. attorneys and the jury, the author manages to give a visual timeline. I felt like I was in the courtroom. I would recommend this book for those who would like to experience a true crime novel.

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