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Don't Ever Tell

Written by: Lucy Dawson
Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (35 ratings)

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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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But the voices...

The story was great.

The actor playing Charlotte wasn't appropriate. She sounded like she was in her 60s. When the 'character's revealed her age I was astounded. It was so bad I was tempted to stop listening.

I'm glad I listened the whole way thru but as a note to the author, get more involved in casting next time as it really took away from the experience.

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Great start, iffy ending

I was rivetted for most of this as it seemed a strong psychological thriller, complete with competing unreliable and untrustworthy narrators with interesting backstories. The plot was promising as well.

The last quarter of the novel...the end especially, was disappointing and the plot lost its way. The conclusion was unsatisfying.

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Again, disappointing.

I have had really bad luck of late. This book was really only captivating the last few chapters. Very disappointing.

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  • Kate
  • 2019-06-26

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
  • 2019-10-29

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
  • 2019-10-12

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
  • 2019-07-30

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
  • 2019-10-17

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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  • Casey Thompson
  • 2019-10-22

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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  • Regina Spicer
  • 2019-07-11

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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  • tgnao
  • 2019-07-29

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
  • 2019-07-03

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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  • La güera fodonga
  • 2019-08-17

Could have been great, but...

This could have been so much better if it were not for the unbelievably sappy ending -- that read more like an unedited version not yet tweaked. Held my interest up until the last few chapters. I feel cheated!!!

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