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ARC Review: Never Tell Them by N.L. Hinkens

Title: Never Tell Them
Author: N.L. Hinkens

Pages: 258

Genre: Psychological Thriller, Suspense
Themes: Honesty, Abuse, Protection, Deception, Trust, Healing

Anticipated Publication Date: May 11, 2021
Publisher: Dunecadia Publishing

Thank you to the author for giving me the opportunity to read and review an ARC of Never Tell Them.


A father and son have recently moved in next door to Sonia and her family. She and her mother are suspicious of Ray Jenkins right from the start.

When Ray gets into a car accident and temporarily loses his memory, Sonia is willing to help out and take care of his four-year-old son, Henry. However, when Henry shares some disturbing information, Sonia isn’t sure what to do. Should go to the authorities? Is four-year-old Henry just upset of his mother passing?

As Sonia begins to uncover the truth, she may soon discover that some lies are buried deeper than what she first suspected.

my review

I’ve read a few of N.L. Hinkens books and have loved every single one of them, so when the chance of reading of an ARC of her latest book became available, I jumped at the chance to read it!

The first aspect that I loved was reading this book through the eyes of both Sonia and Ray. It really gave me a chance to piece together what is happening and what was true or not. The author is very clever in sharing these two characters’ thoughts because it kept my mind spinning almost the entire time I was reading! I kept thinking one thing only to end up thinking another, then going back to my original thought, etc. It was so exciting (and even fun) to try to put the pieces of the story together.

Along with this, the twists and turns presented here were wonderful. Again, the author kept me guessing until the end of what really happened. Even when I convinced myself of something, I backtracked, only to find out I was right. It was so wild and so beautifully done. This is one of the main reasons I love this author – she can really tell a story!

The characters that were meant to be loved and cared, I was able to easily. The ones that I was meant to dislike, I definitely did. Then the ones who turned out to be different than what I first expected, my feelings reversed. I truly love when authors can help me care about the characters they write. This helps me want to continue reading and enjoy the story more.

Themes of deception, truth, secrets, family, and abuse were seamlessly woven throughout the text. Though there was reference to child abuse, I luckily didn’t have to “see it” as it was happening. It really is difficult for me to read about any form of abuse, especially child abuse, so I appreciate the author mentioning through the eyes of the characters, as it already happened versus having to live through it with the characters.

If there is perhaps an aspect that I would like to be slightly different it would some of the ending. Without giving much away, the protagonists go down a path that seems like the best solution given the situation, however, I’m not quite sure if what they decided would be realistic in the real world. This bit did not deter from my enjoyment of the book at all, though, and I fully plan on reading the next adventure this author writes!

Can’t wait to see what N.L. Hinkens has in store next!

My Rating


I would highly recommend this read to those who enjoy psychological thrillers and truly don’t mind bouncing back and forth trying to figure out the truth!

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