Spiffy New Reviews for NEVER TELL

I’m delighted to report that early reviews are starting to come in for NEVER TELL.  Okay, I’ll be honest: I’m delighted to report only because they’re pretty darn good.

The lovely folks at Publishers Weekly featured NEVER TELL in a boxed, starred review:  “Near the start of Burke’s excellent fourth novel of suspense featuring NYPD Det. Ellie Hatcher (after 2010’s 212), 16-year-old Julia Whitmire, the daughter of legendary music producer Bill Whitmire, is found dead in the bathtub on the top floor of her family’s West Village townhouse with her wrists slashed. Ellie assumes that the Whitmire parents’ social clout is the reason why she and her partner, J.J. Rogan, must investigate an apparent suicide as a potential murder. At Casden, Julia’s elite prep school, they discover a rampant subculture of prescription drug abuse and intense academic pressure. Julia’s friend, Ramona Langston, also points them in the direction of several homeless youths she and Julia befriended over the past year, particularly Casey Heinz, who has a crush on Ramona and keys to the Whitmires’ residence. Ellie becomes less convinced that Julia killed herself as details emerge of a rape survivor blog linked to the case and threats against its anonymous author. The meticulous plotting, coupled with Ellie’s complicated evolution as a heroine, make this Burke’s strongest work to date.

Can I get a woot?!

Booklist agrees about all that meticulous plotting stuff, saying, “One of Burke’s trademarks is connecting disparate plotlines, which she does here in spades….Skillfully structured.”

And I always appreciate the support of independent booksellers.  Hot off the presses from Mystery Lovers Bookshop in Oakmont, PA: “Alafair Burke just gleams in the new Never Tell featuring NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher on a case of suicide that gets very complicated. If I gave stars to a book it would be all of them to this masterpiece… Parenting, private school stresses, drug testing, family and many late twists and turns mean you should start this one only if you have time to finish it in one sitting. Masterful!

All this good news — plus the noise coming into my apartment from the protests going on right now in Union Square Park — persuade me that the husband and I should go out to dinner tonight to celebrate.  I hope you’re doing something that makes you equally happy.

I also hope that you’ll roll the dice on me by placing an order for your copy of NEVER TELL before it is published on June 19.  Your pre-order helps build buzz by telling retailers, book reviewers, and bestsellers lists that NEVER TELL has enthusiastic support from readers. And I know that I have the most supportive readers on the planet.

Although I can’t send a personal gift to every person who pre-orders the novel, I will be giving away a complete, signed set of all of my novels (eight titles) to three lucky readers. To enter, just pre-order a copy of NEVER TELL from your favorite retailer by June 17, and then either e-mail your receipt to offer@alafairburke.com OR fill out this handy-dandy pre-order form by June 19.

Have a great day, and thanks, as every, for reading!