Today I am reviewing You Can Never Tell by Sarah Warburton. This was released on the 10th of August, published by Crooked Lane Books.
Framed for embezzlement by her best friend Aimee, museum curator Kacy Tremain and her husband Michael move from New Jersey to a charming Texas suburb to escape their past. Kacy quickly makes new friends–preppy, inscrutable Elizabeth, chatty yet evasive Rahmia, and red-headed, unapologetic Lena. But good friends aren’t always what they seem.
As she navigates the unexpectedly cutthroat social scene of her new town, Kacy begins to receive taunting postcards–and worse, discovers cameras hidden in the wall of her home. Lena and her husband, Brady, reassure her that the cameras are just relics of the paranoid previous homeowner . Once the cameras are removed and Kacy’s fears are quelled, Kacy and Michael make the happy discovery that they are going to be new parents.
Months after the birth of their daughter, Michael accidentally makes a shocking discovery about Brady’s past. And when Lena suddenly goes missing, Kacy and Michael begin to uncover the truth about their neighbors–and it’s more terrible than anyone could have imagined.
Interlaced with transcripts of a chilling “true crime” podcast that follow the tangled threads of the drama, You Can Never Tell is a taut and complex psychological thriller that never lets up until its breathless conclusion.
A psychological thriller inspired by the Moors Murders, You Can Never Tell, explores the twisted side of suburbia. What starts as a slow burn as the scene is set, soon ramps up into a thrilling page turner. Peppered with extracts from a true crime podcast, adds to the chilling atmosphere and really gives the book an extra edge, while its characters, who each have been written so vividly, bring everything to life.
My first book by Sarah Warburton, I really enjoyed her unique style and the way she executed the story. It kept my attention from beginning to end, has been very well written and even though its outcome was not unexpected, it did not hinder my overall enjoyment of the book.
Thank you to Sarah Warburton, Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of You Can Never Tell which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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Let’s Get to Know Sarah Warburton
Sarah Warburton is the oldest of four sisters, raised in Virginia, and an avid reader and knitter. After earning a B. A. in Latin from the College of William and Mary, an M.A. in Classics from the University of Georgia and another from Brown University, she studied at the University of New Mexico with Sharon Oard Warner and Julie Shigekuni, at the Taos Writer’s Workshop with Pam Houston, and in Houston with Justin Cronin.
She spent ten years as a writer (and eventually lead editor) for UpClose Magazine. Her short story, “Margaret’s Magnolia,” appeared in the Southern Arts Journal; she won first place in a WOW! Women on Writing Flash Fiction Contest; and her Pushcart prize nominated story “Survival English” appeared in Oyster River Page. Now she lives with her family–husband, son, daughter, and hound dog–in the mountains of Southwestern Virginia. For a “basically happy person” I write very bleak prose.