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Don't Ever Tell

Written by: Lucy Dawson
Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins

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Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of The Daughter and White Lies comes an enthralling psychological thriller unlike anything you’ve heard before!

Never make a promise you can’t afford to keep.... 

This is a story about Charlotte - a mother and a wife with the perfect job, the perfect life...at least, that’s how it looks from the outside.

But behind closed doors, the marriage is breaking, and Charlotte’s husband, Tris, doesn’t even know how much. He has no idea what Charlotte has planned for him, who she has found, why she has hired someone to pretend to be her. But he doesn’t have long to wait to find out.... 

©2019 Lucy Dawson (P)2019 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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  • Kate
  • 26-06-19

5 stars

Lucy Dawson is an author I'm coming to be able to depend on to write a great thriller. It was original and fresh and after part one, there was no chance I was going to be able to put it down. I should have been asleep hours ago but it was so good that I'm up writing this review at 3:34 am. This should be a no brainer. It's worth the credit and then some.

I've listened to all her thrillers and haven't been disappointed yet. I'm already looking forward to her next release already.

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  • Jen
  • 29-10-19

Only half the book is good

The first half had me, couldn't stop listening. The second half was the scorned woman drama that went on and on and on... "Don't ever tell" turned into TELL EVERYONE and sit around and feel sorry for everyone in the entire world and give all your money away to everyone else because you are such a good honest marshmallow happy person who loves puppies and children. It was kind of nauseating. This could have been fantastic, but really fell and rolled down a steep hill of nothing.

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  • Lupo
  • 12-10-19

Not really a psychological thriller

While I don't feel like I wasted a credit with this book, I can say that I'm disappointed in the plot. I though Lucy Dawson did a good job creating the characters of the two main heroines. But there was no suspense and few and predictable twists. I felt let down at the sudden end. The plot was interesting and really could have gone a number of much more interesting ways. It almost seemed that Dawson was given a word count to stay withing and narrowed the book to fit within it. It seems that critical points within the book weren't developed as they should have: what happened the memorable night at Mia's flat; innuendos about Charlotte's past from her mother-in-law, etc. I'm sure many people (as evidenced by the positive reviews) will enjoy the book. But to me, there was no mystery, no thriller, no twists, no romance, a mixed up flow, and a hurried plot. Perhaps if you like character studies, you'll enjoy the book. The narrators were very good.

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  • Laurie
  • 30-07-19

Questionable Ending

This was a great listen but I did not get the ending at all. I felt left hanging. It could be just me not understanding, but it seemed a little lame.

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  • easybay
  • 17-10-19

There isn't a proper ending!

When the music started playing and the author started speaking, I literally thought Lucy was another character. Nope, total disappointment. Lucy, drag out your computer and finish off this book! Give it a proper ending.

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  • Regina Spicer
  • 11-07-19

One of my favorite

Wonderful imaginative plot idea that kept me fascinated and guessing what the final outcome would be until the last. Most I’ve figured out and feel disappointed that there was no surprise or ah ha moment at the end. Lucy Dawson brilliant as was the job the narrators did preforming it.
Sincerely,
Reg

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  • Casey Thompson
  • 22-10-19

Kept my attention but..

It was very entertaining and I enjoyed the narration. The last two minutes seemed like an after thought. It was just plopped in there with no real set up or explanation after the fact. I wish the author explored that “angle” more.

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  • tgnao
  • 29-07-19

Brilliant

I was actually looking for a book that my favorite narrator Georgia McGuire could read to me and I found Lucy Dawson. I also think that Rachel Atkins did an awesome job to. I had so much fun listening to this story Lucy Dawson is a terrific writer. I will certainly look for more of Lucy Dawson.

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  • Andrew Dunne
  • 03-07-19

Lucy’s best one yet!

I’ve read or listen to every one of Lucy Dawson’s books. This is actually my favorite. It’s wonderful! I couldn’t put it down and I listened for two days straight. I was even able to jog to it -
it was that interesting!!

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  • TCD
  • 03-07-19

Really different! In a good way!

I thought I had this storyline figured out and was so surprised by about the halfway mark. Not your typical mystery at all. Very smart. Loved it!!

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  • David M
  • 29-06-19

Another Cracking Good Book from Lucy Dawson

Charlotte is struggling as a thriller writer, it seems that her best years as a writer may be behind her. The best years of her marriage to Tris may lie in the past as well.

Then Charlotte bumps into an actress called Mia at the Edinburgh book festival. Mia has a striking resemblance to Charlotte, only she is 20 years younger. Charlotte is inspired by a plan to boost her flagging career - a plan which promises to lead to a multi-million pound book deal.

I was totally hooked by this book. The quality of the writing by Lucy Dawason had me totally gripped, I felt I was there as the plot took its twists and turns. At about the 8 hour mark, it felt like everything was just about wrapped up, then off the story went again on a new tack. I couldn't wait to see where we were being taken.

Lots of good stuff around family relationships, parents, adopted children, grandparents, ex-fiances etc.

Quite a satisfying ending I thought...except what happened about the contractual commitment for the second book? That was a loose end I was waiting to have resolved but it never was. It had the potential to be somebody's downfall.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-07-19

Sent back

Started OK but then dragged on and on.. Gave up listening to this boring story...

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  • joanjava
  • 06-07-19

Plot line reaches, twists, grasps nothing

Inconsistent characters. Plot full of holes. Writing tedious, turgid. I did not enjoy this book.

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  • Catherine
  • 29-07-19

Very Cleverly written!!

A great idea of the author to give the main character, Charlotte, such a good idea!!
Both of the main characters (Charlotte and MIa) were quite likeable, but I never really got what the relationship was between them in the end - why DID they look so alike?? Did I miss something?
It was enjoyable to listen to as I never knew quite what was going to happen and what the outcome was going to be, I don't think I could have guessed.
Both narrators were very good.
I would recommend this book

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  • Hean Tremaine-Tucker
  • 22-01-20

great storyline

I loved this book it started as anyone would day to day, but went on to be great with a great twist that actually could happen
great writing, great story. well done Lucy xx

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  • nathan hanley
  • 28-11-19

Brilliant

Absolutely brilliant! I had no idea what was going to happen throughout the book which made the experience so much better! Great read

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  • sarah alexander
  • 26-11-19

could have had more

enjoyed it but felt it could have had many more twists and turns. just felt a bit like the author was rushing it

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  • Mrs. N. J. Warburton
  • 16-11-19

Good, but took a while to get going.

Was good when it got going but I felt cut off early when the final 15min chapter was a message from the author... As long as you recognize the final chapter, you're fine. All is explained.

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  • Susan merrington
  • 28-10-19

Great book!!!

I loved every bit of this book . the character's became very real very quickly . I didnt want it to end! ❤

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  • Ninja
  • 25-10-19

Very good

Performances were great. It needed the 2 women to be different narrators and worked brilliantly. I love a story where I can’t guess the twist

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-11-19

suspense

I enjoyed this book very much and it kept me interested the whole time I would definitely recommend it.

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  • Kylie
  • 26-09-19

the voice of the "children"

Teddy was somewhat annoying ... but maybe that was the intentions of the writer and reader Lol.
Thanks You. K

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-09-19

Story too slow

Couldn't get into it.... Some other reviews say it gets good around chapter 12.... But just can't wait for it to improve.
I did like the narration however, the story was not interesting enough to keep me listening.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-07-19

Where is the story??

When I was hoping something was finally about to happen, after 24 incredibly boring chapters, it ended.
Don't waste your time with this book.

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  • Cheryl NT
  • 18-07-19

Not enjoyable

Too much imitation in the narration of whining children and angry adults. Not a relaxing or enjoyable read. I bought this expecting a good twist, but the negative conversations throughout took away any enjoyment of listening to a good story.

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