Never Lie – Freida McFadden

Newlyweds Tricia and Ethan are searching for the house of their dreams.

But when they visit the remote manor that once belonged to Dr. Adrienne Hale, a renowned psychiatrist who vanished without a trace four years earlier, a violent winter storm traps them at the estate… with no chance of escape until the blizzard comes to an end.

In search of a book to keep her entertained until the snow abates, Tricia happens upon a secret room. One that contains audio transcripts from every single patient Dr. Hale has ever interviewed. As Tricia listens to the cassette tapes, she learns about the terrifying chain of events leading up to Dr. Hale’s mysterious disappearance.

Tricia plays the tapes one by one, late into the night. With each one, another shocking piece of the puzzle falls into place, and Dr. Adrienne Hale’s web of lies slowly unravels.

And then Tricia reaches the final cassette.

The one that reveals the entire horrifying truth.

Book Info: Print length: 285 pages. Publisher: Independently Published. Date: 19 Sept 2022

#1 Amazon, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author Freida McFadden is a practicing physician specializing in brain injury who has penned multiple bestselling psychological thrillers and medical humor novels. Freida’s work has been selected as one of Amazon Editors’ best books of the year and she has been a Goodreads Choice Award nominee. Her novels have been translated into over 30 languages.

Freida lives with her family and black cat in a centuries-old three-story home overlooking the ocean, with staircases that creak and moan with each step, and nobody could hear you if you scream. Unless you scream really loudly, maybe.

My Review:

If you are looking for a twisty, gripping psychological thriller than you can always rely on Freida McFadden. With a back catalogue of 16 twisty thrillers and 3 women’s fiction, you are guaranteed to find a book that is both page-turning and entertaining. The majority of Freida’s books are available on Kindle Unlimited and some on Amazon Prime which is an added bonus.

This is my 5th book by Freida and I plan to read all her books within the next few years. Never Lie is a standalone thriller which I chose to read with my buddy readers over a period of 3 days and stopping at sections to discuss.

Meet Tricia and Ethan – a newly married couple who met and married after a whirlwind romance and are now househunting for their dream forever home. They’ve got an appointment to visit a house and due to adverse weather conditions they arrive at the isolated and empty house during a blizzard and find themselves stuck without any mobile reception or way home. With no option but to stay in the house overnight and wait for the weather to clear they start to notice strange and spooky things.

The book has dual timeframes and two main narrators. Tricia, the newly wed and Dr Adrienne Hale, the psychiastrist who owned the home and vanished 3 years ago.

As usual the author takes the reader down several rabbit holes, dropping clues or misdirection everywhere and soon you begin to suspect everyone and trust no-one.

I’m not going to go into any more detail because you need to read the book for yourself to find out what happens and why. This would have been an easy 5 star read for me, but unfortunately the ending/reveal fell a little flat for me and therefore I changed my rating to 4 stars. Still a very enjoyable read and the rest of my buddies agreed.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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