Analise Glover was a young, brilliant, yet "different" child with a promising career ahead of her until she meets Nathan Rhodes, a professor at Callenwolde University where her parents have sent her to study linguistics. Noticing her brilliance in the art of words, languages, and understanding them, Nathan takes her under his wings, convinces her that her work isn't good enough, and tells her to change her major to psychology. He encloses her in his world, belittling her and brainwashing her to believe she has no one but him to turn to.
One dreadful night years later, she catches him in the midst of something so horrible, she flees to a cabin he once took her to. He follows her and when they confront each other, a big fight ensues. The end result is that he loses control of the gun, it goes off and when she awakens, he is dead. Analise calls her only friend to help her dispose of the body.
Years later, Analise has turned herself into Dr. Erin Abbott, a criminal psychology professor at a college in New Orleans. She's hid herself under a shroud of frumpy clothing and refused to let anyone get close to her. When she receives a letter filled with obituaries and clues detailing several murders, she knows her past is back to haunt her and takes the information to the police. Unfortunately, they don't really believe her and why a killer would single her out leaving her clues that she claims only she can see.
Reporter/Journalist Gabriel Moss, on the other hand, is sure that her story of the ABC Murders will save his dying newspaper. Thrusting himself in her life, he immediately sees through her charade and wants to find out what she's hiding. Their partnership is set amidst lies and secrets, yet they join forces to find the killer. What ensues is an emotional race against time to identify and stop the killer from adding victims to his list.
Action-packed and suspenseful, Selena Montgomery immediately draws in the reader and keeps a consistent hold through the pages of NEVER TELL. Going from the present to the past and back again, we're able to relive Erin's earlier life and find out exactly why she's holding tight to her secrets. The sensual attraction between Erin and Gabriel fits perfectly and allows us to see all dimensions of their character. What I really loved about the story was the suspense. While reading, you have no idea who the killer is until you actually read it once it's revealed. Additionally, Montgomery has written a story that transcends race and lands solidly as a book I'd recommend to anyone.
Reviewed by Tee C. Royal
of The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers