Don’t Ever Tell by Lucy Dawson | @bookouture

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Don’t Ever Tell by Lucy Dawson. My thanks to Kim Nash at Bookouture for the invitation to join and for the review copy.

Author : Lucy Dawson
Title : Don’t Ever Tell
Pages : 284
Publisher : Bookouture
Publication date : June 25, 2019


This is a story about Charlotte – a mother and a wife with the perfect job, the perfect life… at least, that’s how it looks from the outside.

But behind closed doors, the marriage is breaking, and Charlotte’s husband Tris doesn’t even know how much. He has no idea what Charlotte has planned for him, who she has found, why she has hired someone to pretend to be her. But he doesn’t have long to wait to find out… 


When author Charlotte Tristan contacts actress Mia Justice to work on a project, little do both these women know their lives will change dramatically.

Mia is a struggling actress. Jobs are few and far between. So when she is approached by Charlotte, it looks like things might finally be looking up. Charlotte wants Mia to pretend to be her, effectively offering her the part of “author” and sell a book.

That’s all I’m saying as I’m way too worried I’ll give something important away. Suffice to say, the intrigue drips from the pages. You know, from the prologue, that something quite bad has happened. But the what, who, why is a mystery. I couldn’t at all figure out how the pieces of this story fit together and felt compelled to keep reading until the answers were revealed to me.

The chapters alternate between Charlotte and Mia. I found Charlotte quite hard to connect to, or even like, most of the time. Although once I got to know her character’s circumstances better, it was easier to understand where she was coming from. Mia, on the other hand, immediately came across as someone to root for. She hasn’t had the easiest of times and I just desperately wanted something good to happen for her.

Lucy Dawson always manages to come up with an original plot that keeps you guessing until the very end, and Don’t Ever Tell is no different. You never know who to trust and I will give you cookies if you can at all predict where this story is going to end up. It is utterly unpredictable and another enjoyable read from Lucy Dawson.

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Lucy studied Psychology at Warwick University before becoming a children’s magazine editor.

Her first bestselling book – His Other Lover – was published in 2008. Since then she has published four other novels and her work has been translated into numerous other languages.

She lives in Exeter with her husband and children. Lucy finds writing in the third person uncomfortable.

  6 comments for “Don’t Ever Tell by Lucy Dawson | @bookouture

  1. June 27, 2019 at 9:18 am

    Great review – I loved this one

    Liked by 1 person

  2. June 27, 2019 at 11:04 am

    Fab review! What type of cookies are you giving out? 😂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. June 27, 2019 at 11:37 am

    Lol, I’d never have predicted where the story was going. No cookies for me. Glad we both enjoyed this one, Eva. Great review!

    Liked by 1 person

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