Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “I’ll Never Tell” by Catherine McKenzie, Lake Union, June 1, 2019
Catherine McKenzie, Author of “I’ll Never Tell” has written an edgy, suspenseful, intense, mysterious, captivating, and intriguing novel. It certainly makes one think if going to camp is a crime. I felt as I was thrown into the pages of this book to help solve the murder of a former camper, Amanda Holmes, twenty years before. Camp Macaw, owned by the MacAllister family had many things to offer the wealthy campers. The Genres for this Story are Mystery, Suspense, and Fiction. The author describes her dramatic cast of characters as complex, complicated, volatile, and suspect. The helpers have been treated as family as well. The timeline for this story goes back twenty years to the past crime and is also set in the present.
When Mr. and Mrs. MacAllister are accidentally killed, the adult children are called for the reading of the will and a Memorial service. The MacAllister children do have memories of the camp and the activities, but also realize that the location and real estate could be quite profitable if they sell. Although no one person was convicted of the crime, there are doubts that are raised in the will. All of the adult children have to make a unanimous decision on the fate of not only their family but the real estate. Will the camp still remain in the family or be sold? What complicates things are deep family secrets and complicated motivations.
There are clues that are provided as well as twists and turns. Everything is at a stalemate until what happened to Amanda is solved. Solving this crime is going to take lots of work. Looking back at the past, seeing the family dynamics presently, and anticipating the future is a major task. I would highly recommend this thrilling mystery.