I'll Never Tell by Casey Kelleher
12/3/21; 250 pages
I'll Never Tell by Casey Kelleher is a highly recommended psychological thriller.
Alessia has a
wonderful life with her husband, Carl, and their young son, Jacob. After
her past, which she keeps secret, she never thought she would have this
current life of satisfaction and happiness. When a brick with a note
tied around it is thrown through a front window, she immediately
realizes that her current life is under attack. The note said "Found
You" and it is followed quickly by other frightening occurrences that point to Alessia's past coming back to haunt her. She is sure her childhood friend, Sarah, is responsible.
The narrative unfolds through two different timelines in chapters headed as "Now" and "Then" with 20 years separating the action. Emma-Jayne, 12, had a friend named Sarah, 10, and the two played in an abandoned house they called the doll house. Something terrible happened there. Emily-Jayne keeps telling the police that Sarah did it, but they don't believe her. She is the one who was sent to an institution until she was 18. After this, she changed her name and lived a quiet, unassuming life. Meeting Carl was something she never thought would happen in her life.
This is a short,
novel and Alessia is, in general, a believable character although you
will question some of her actions which seem illogical. There is a lot
of sympathy for both Alessia and young Emma-Jayne. It becomes clear in
both timelines that they are unreliable narrators. The plot is
interesting, but after a few chapter you will be able to figure out what
is going on. Soon you will be able to predict who is responsible for
the harassment and just need to get to the end to see if you were right.
Likely you will be correct. Setting the predictability of the plot
aside, there will be a few twists and surprises. You will also have to
set aside some disbelief in order to enjoy the novel. 3.5 rounded up.