Elizabeth Hampton is consumed by grief when her mother dies unexpectedly. Leslie Hampton cared for Elizabeth’s troubled brother Ronnie’s special needs, assuming Elizabeth would take him in when the time came. But Leslie’s sudden death propels Elizabeth into a world of danger and double lives that undoes everything she thought she knew…
When police discover that Leslie was strangled, they immediately suspect that one of Ronnie’s outbursts took a tragic turn. Elizabeth can’t believe that her brother is capable of murder, but who else could have had a motive to kill their quiet, retired mother?
More questions arise when a stranger is named in Leslie’s will: a woman also named Elizabeth. As the family’s secrets unravel, a man from Leslie’s past who claims to have all the answers shows up, but those answers might put Elizabeth and those she loves the most in mortal danger.
Never Come Back starts off with Elizabeth finding out her mom is dead, and not just dead but murdered. She’s not been exactly close with her mom and now she’s also saddled with the responsibility of being the caretaker for her brother with Downs Syndrome – although very high functioning. Elizabeth is shocked when the cops begin to suspect he may be the one who killed their mom.
Things get increasingly murky in this mystery as more and more family secrets come to the light. She’s not sure what to believe anymore – and questions whether she knew her mom at all.
Never Come Back is a gripping page turner of a mystery. I found myself hard pressed to put it down for any length of time, never sure what new information was going to come to the surface, and if she’d ever learn the truth of her mother’s life and who ultimately murdered her. Never Come Back was a lot darker than I imagined it’d be, but it was a pleasant surprise.
There were several things I didn’t expect, which is always nice to keep the reader guessing. It was also fun to see some of my hunches confirmed. I can definitely recommend this to mystery and suspense lovers and I also think that readers who enjoy contemporary fiction might find this appealing too. It’s very much a family drama.
I’m looking forward to whatever David Bell has in store for readers in the future. I’m totally game to read more of his work.
Never Come Back
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