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Never Ever Tell: An unforgettable page-turner that you won't be able to put down Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B0861PLLPZ
- Publisher : Boldwood Books; Large type / Large print edition (18 June 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 732 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 326 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 167,746 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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As an avid reader I feel Kirsty Ferguson’s first published book with Boldwood speaks volumes of new Australian talent. If you love ‘Gone Girl’ or ‘Big Little Lies’ with its twists and turns you will not be disappointed with ‘Never Ever Tell’.
I eagerly await her next novel. 5 stars
Ferguson has done it again! Delivering a psychological thriller so believable that it takes your breath away. With realistic characters that could be your neighbours, and an ending you will not see coming till it hits you between the eyes.
Kirsty Ferguson is definitely an author to watch out for!
Kirsty has crafted a very dark plot that for some readers, may be hard to read. It deals with issues of rape and extreme domestic violence, which at times is quite graphic and confronting, but there is a magnetic pull that keeps you wanting to turn the pages to see how it is all going to unfold.
This is the first book that I have read of Kirsty’s and I was really impressed with her writing, which kept me very engaged throughout. Due to its nature, it mustn’t be easy writing these types of stories, living and breathing its darkness until it is complete, but Kirsty takes it all in her stride and has delivered quite a remarkable read.
Never Ever Tell will have you gripped from start to finish as you are taken on one very emotional roller coaster ride. At times it will have your heart pounding and gasping for breath, as the tension rises all in the lead up to a shocking revelation that you don’t see coming!
With its strong plot and characters that are complex, believable and very well written, Never Ever Tell will capture your attention and have you reading well into the night. A well put together story that all comes together through writing that is both powerful and compelling, it really is a must read.
Thank you to NetGalley, Boldwood Books and Kristy Ferguson for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Never Ever Tell which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
Whoa! This book is nothing like I expected. I'm not sure what I was expecting but it wasn't that. It's a difficult book to read on many levels though it does peter out before another brutal event that leaves you breathless. NEVER EVER TELL is an intense read that begins as a domestic drama before becoming something of a thriller with several twists and heart pounding scenes. It is definitely NOT for the fainthearted with many triggers included. I am still reeling long after finishing the final page.
The story begins with Vanessa Sawyer recapping the past eight years of her life leading up to the present day through the first couple of chapters. She has been dealt pretty much a crappy blow thanks to a rumble in the back of a van when she was 18 which landed her married to Mark. He who had been her best friend's boyfriend, put her in a cab home and rejoined the high school dance and sought Vanessa out. Leading her to his van with tender kisses and promises that they would be together, she succumbed to his charms in moment of teenage passion. Promising to tell Maggie about them the following day, he bid her goodnight. But he had no intention of telling Maggie. He just wanted a quick fumble and to get his leg over because Maggie wouldn't until they were married.
Then six months later, Vanessa discovered she was pregnant. She told Mark who denied it was his but since she had only ever slept with him there could be no other candidate. They then told Maggie together, who understandably threw a mega hissy fit, and then they told their parents...who thought it best they marry. On what should be a girl's happiest day, Mark couldn't even look at the heavily pregnant Vanessa. What then ensued were years of abuse at his hands, blaming her for ruining her life. She went into labour while he was hitting and kicking her, telling her she couldn't do anything right. And when her son was born and she held him in her arms, everything else went away. She named him Wren, which Mark scoffed at being a stupid name, and he was the light of her life. Wren was her reason for living, for going on even when Mark's abuse was at its worst. She vowed to protect him at all costs. But little did she know her little boy would grow up protecting her also. He becomes her salvation.
After what she did to Maggie, the town turned against her and she lost all her friends until she had only Mark, who abused her daily, and her parents who lived a couple of streets away. But through it all, she still has Wren. Even when she has no one else...she still has Wren.
The one day, shortly after the birth of her second son Ty, downtrodden and a shadow of the girl she used to be, she bumps into Billy Wright who sees past the facade she keeps in place, past the bruises on her face, past the lies she tells...and sees a young vulnerable woman with a child and a baby who needs his help. And with Billy's help, Vanessa packs their bags and embarks on a new journey. One in which her children will grow up safe and loved.
Years pass and Wren is now at a community college for his final year of high school with his two best friends, Justin and Wade. And then Wren meets Olivia. Beautiful sweet Olivia, whose father is their new principal, and the two instantly feel a connection. They begin dating and, although she cannot stand his two best friends, she and Wren become inseparable. She describes them as "soul mates".
Then one day, Vanessa's beautiful honest and loving boy Wren comes home a different person. Something happened that he is keeping from her that haunts him so terribly. But what? And then...everything changes. Vanessa's life is thrown into an upheaval like she has never known and with every fibre of her being while there is still breath in her body, she becomes obsessed with uncovering the truth...neglecting everything and everyone else. But is she ready for the truth...if and when she finds it?
I have to say, from beginning to end NEVER EVER TELL is a brutal and harrowing read for the most part. It is dark and confrontational yet compelling. It is the stuff of nightmares. And if you are a sensitive reader or are triggered by extreme abuse and rape, then I advise giving this one a miss. It is very triggering and it is very confrontational. And many parts are difficult to read. Extremely difficult.
NEVER EVER TELL is divided into two parts - Part One and Part Two. The narrative in the first part is dedicated to Vanessa's backstory, which is completely harrowing to say the least. But it is central to the story that is to come in the second part and the devastating events that transpire. I cannot say much more than that...but boy, what an intense read! And simply breathtaking.
And WOW! I did not see that twist at the end coming at all! It was even more brutal than what we, the reader, had already bore witness to. It was a clever twist but I'm not sure I liked it...I'm still in two minds about it. But it definitely threw me, that's for sure. Even knowing what I do now I still don't think I could have anticipated such an ending.
This is my first read by Kirsty Ferguson and now that I've discovered her, it won't be my last. She is Aussie born and bred and I do like to support our home grown authors. However...I feel I must comment on the one thing that sticks in my craw. One of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to Australian or British authors is the use of American English. In Australia we use UK English and I loathe to see everything Americanised in what is an Australian author's book. Although the setting could be anywhere as it is not specified as being in Australia, America or even Antartica. I did think it had an American feel to it despite being written by an Aussie author, which in my opinion should be set in Australia (half the reason I read home grown authors). And while I don't like American English in Aussie or British written books, I can tolerate it but my biggest beef is with the use of the term "mom" throughout. I loathe it. In Australia we use "mum" and that is what I expected to read. So I was disappointed to have an Australian author's book Amercianised when I expected it to be...well, Australian.
That is really my only criticism with the book because it was very cleverly written and Vanessa particularly was incredibly well developed. I could see everything through her eyes and feel everything as she would feel it. I admit to growing somewhat frustrated with her in her obsessive campaign for the truth, as she shut the rest of her family out and was in danger of losing them completely. But when she came back to earth, she fell back with hell of a thud. She was grounded immediately.
NEVER EVER TELL is a raw and highly emotive tale that is both harrowing and heartbreaking to read. Written completely in the third person, the first part is solely from Vanessa's perspective, while the second part is through Olivia's Wren's and Vanessa's eyes.
A dark, compelling and addictive read, NEVER EVER TELL is a domestic drama and thriller rolled into one. It is haunting read that will stay with me for a while to come.
Top reviews from other countries
I really enjoyed this book and would have given it 5 stars of there had been less use of the "f'"word and I was sorry that it had so many typos which were a bit offputting.
What I will say about this book is that it had a clear plot line with a beginning, a middle, and a gripping conclusion. No supposed ending or they walked into the sunset type ending where you dont really feel satisfied and that it leaves you with questions. Not this book. It is like, bam and like being hit by a bus.
Try to stick with it and you wont be disappointed. The writing is very much like Lianne Moriarty though not as polished. As someone said, there were a few typos but not enough to distract and, yes the f word was too often but not only that, it didnt suit the character. Definitely an author to watch and I will be looking for other recommendations of her work.