Never Lie, by Frieda McFadden, was definitely a page turner. Newlyweds Tricia and Ethan are stuck in a remote house during a blizzard, and oh yeah, the house’s past owner is missing, probably murdered. Tricia starts seeing things like strange footprints and moving portraits, and then she discovers a secret room full of secret recordings…
The premise is great, and McFadden is a master at creating suspense. Her writing style, with short chapters alternating between past and present, and between Tricia and the mysterious homeowner/controversial psychotherapist, skillfully weave in multiple cliff hangers and red herrings. You think you know what’s going on, but you don’t.
There is a huge twist that I did not see coming. After I was done, I even went back to see if there were clues, and there sort of are. Personally, I feel like McFadden cheated just a bit, but I can’t go into detail without giving spoilers.
I am in awe of McFadden’s success. She started out self-publishing (she might still be?) and now has several books on the Amazon bestseller list, paperbacks on the shelves at Target, and a devoted fanbase. I think that she, like Colleen Hoover, is pretty fearless in her writing, and readers love that.
If you have Kindle Unlimited, you can read Never Lie for free, and it’s definitely worth checking out.