Top positive review
The DD Warren series keeps getting better, and more elaborate
Reviewed in the United States on March 1, 2019
NEVER TELL is a grim, but gripping story in which several plots intersect.
A woman who killed her father in a shotgun accident at the age of
16 and was considered not guilty of murder, now 16 yrs later, appears to have killed her husband
in another shooting incident. Now this woman, Evie, says she was not the one who killed her father.
She now claims she and her mother used that cover story to preserve the
image of her father from having committed suicide. So who killed her father?
Did she kill her father? Has she now killed her husband?
And who was her husband? On the surface he was a very personable window
salesman, but he has no past, no relatives and never gets beyond superficial
relationships with people. After his death, it turns out he has hidden cash
and phony driver’s licenses. A mystery man. Perhaps a bad man.
DD Warren has a confidential informant, Flora Dane. Flora was abducted
and held in sexual bondage by a long distance truck driver for 472 days. Although
she was eventually freed by the FBI, her head is not right. She is seriously damaged
psychologically. The only way she can keep going is by helping other people
struggling to overcome awful experiences. Not a happy life, but it keeps her
sane - for the most part.
DD Warren finds Flora helpful as a CI, but she also knows Flora is a loner,
somewhat of a vigilante and reckless at times. But Flora is very useful and DD
cannot just ignore her. Flora is becoming an important figure in this series.
Then there is Kimberly Quincy, the FBI agent who led the raid that freed
Flora, who is once again involved in Flora’s case because there were apparently
other women who were abducted/killed by Jacob Ness, the man who held
Flora in bondage. This is still another thread in this complex story.
NEVER TELL is complicated and sordid. But how can you not finish a story so
compelling with so many intriguing subplots?
Lisa Gardner is outstanding.