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Never Coming Home

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This was an EASY 5 star read, I loved this one so much! Great characters and the pace stayed the same if not picked up, I loved the twist and wasn't expecting it .
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I’ve loved all of this author’s books and this one was no exception! I knew very little about this book going in and I think that was the perfect plan for this one. 

Having the killer as the protagonist was such an interesting take on the “husband murdered the wife trope” and something I absolutely loved. And while it may be wrong, I actually really liked Lucas’s character and couldn’t help myself from rooting for him! Thoroughly enjoyed it and can’t wait for the next book from this author.
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I've read a lot of books with the whole husband killing wife trope, but I have to give it to Hannah Mary McKinnon. This one really stepped it up a notch. Full review coming soon!
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Lucas Forester knew that Michelle was the one he had been waiting for from the moment he met her at the private party being held in a London Art Gallery. 

BUT, NOT FOR THE REASONS HE LED HER TO BELIEVE
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McKinnon never disappoints. A taut mystery that kept me on the edge of my seat. I recommend this read.
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this book… was a deliciously twisted story!

Giving this a 𝟜.𝟝 ⭐️ / 5 star rating
𝐷𝑟𝑜𝑝𝑝𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑎 𝟘.𝟝 𝑟𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑏𝑒𝑐𝑎𝑢𝑠𝑒 𝐼 𝑓𝑒𝑙𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝐼 𝑘𝑛𝑒𝑤 𝑜𝑟 𝑠𝑢𝑠𝑝𝑒𝑐𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑘𝑖𝑙𝑙𝑒𝑟, 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑙𝑦 𝑜𝑛 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝐼 𝑤𝑎𝑠𝑛’𝑡 𝑠𝑤𝑎𝑦𝑒𝑑 𝑡𝑜 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑠𝑖𝑑𝑒𝑟 𝑜𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑠. 

LOVED how this book was written from a killer’s point of view… Hannah’s brain in writing this novel and to capture Lucas’ thoughts, actions and inner monologue was masterfully done! 

Thank you to Hannah Mary McKinnon and Mira Books for my paperback arc I was sent. Also thank you to Libby (library audiobook app) for having the audio version available and NetGalley for an advanced eARC! 

Cheers 🍷📚💃🏻
Tina
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thanks to Netgalley for the free ebook copy in exchange for my honest review

Another win for me from McKinnon! I knew I would fly through this book and I did. I love her books and I haven’t been disappointed yet. Lucas is just an awful person from start to finish but I loved his POV in this book – who doesn’t want the perspective of the evil, calculating, self-proclaimed con artist that is trying to steal millions from his wife? Once again, the pacing was perfect, the short chapters kept me going, and there’s always something that McKinnon throws at us that you’re never expecting!
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Really enjoyed this thriller! I loved how it started, we are thrown into the middle of a situation and have to piece together what has happened. This book is told entirely from Lucas's point of view. He's a bad guy, but the reader can't help but like him and root for him a little bit. Knowing what is going on inside of his head endears him to the reader more than if we didn't understand his motivation and reasoning. He's not entirely bad, he has a rescue dog and does seem devoted to both the dog and his ailing father in the UK. The ending twist is fun and makes the entire book very entertaining. There are a couple of sections that are a bit cliché and kind of silly, but overall I thought it was a clever, addictive read.
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Mind boggling & dangerously good is how I would describe this book!!!!!! I couldn't read it fast enough to satisfy my curiosity.
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This book was a page turner from beginning to end. Simple plan - kill his wife and keep the money. However someone is onto him and knows what he did. And will not let him get away with it.   I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
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3.75/5

Never Coming Home is a suspenseful, twisty read. There is a little part in the second half of the book, where the pacing of the plot does drag a tiny bit, but the pace soon picks up again.

I feel that although this thriller was overall an entertaining read, I found the plot twist to be predictable and I felt like I already knew what was going to happen and there was a little surprise for me in the end, but I was still right.

I enjoy reading a thriller where I think I have it all figured out, and I am proven wrong with a solid ending. For me, my rating reflects the predictable nature of this book. I may not have 100% figured out the how, but I knew the who and the why was pretty easy to figure out.
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This is a scary thriller, with the leading man being one of the most despicable characters I’ve ever run across in a book. And, I made that observation before I reached the 15% mark in the book.

Lucas (our despicable character) preyed on Michelle, right from the second he saw her. His sole intention was to come and end up as a very rich man, no matter what it took. So he married her and later hired a hit man for the kill. But, as the publishers' description stated the hunter becomes the prey. 

This quickly becomes an extremely convoluted tale. The plot is driven by Lucas. Although he is despicable (did I already mention that?) and quite evil,  he is a very interesting character. He's certainly not someone I could warm up to but, possibly, through his charm, he might be able to fool me. No detail is too trivial, nothing is overlooked. Or, so he thinks. He is very confident in himself. 

A twisted page turner. And it had me stumped. I had one possibility in mind as to what was happening, I had to wait to see if I was right. Strangely enough, there were even some humorous parts. 

Books like this make me wonder how the author's mind works. Does the author stay awake at night trying to decide how suspenseful they can make it? Or does it just come naturally? 

The outcome I was holding at bay in my mind, did sort of turn out to be true. BUT, it was much more complex than I could ever imagine. And the conclusion even made me smile. All along the readers know “who dunnit”. But, the reader had no idea who is “doing it”. 

I could not have a steady diet of books like this but I do enjoy one upon occasion. This is one of the best thrillers I have ever read, though I had my doubts at the beginning. I could easily see this becoming a movie. 

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an Advance Readers Copy. Apologise for the late review.
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You can count on Hannah Mary McKinnon to present you a well-thought, tidy story. And this time we have a character that is just like that, thorough in his task of killing his wife, taking all the family's fortune, and getting away with like he's the good guy. Things have been going his way to a point even his mother in law might be leaving him richer than he had calculated. Except someone is sending him letters like they know something.

3.5 rounded up to 4.

The story will at least make you curious, because Lucas really convinces you he's taken all measures to ensure his wife has been killed, he even knows where the killer he hired buried her body. Also, the more you suspected this or that could have gone wrong, Lucas will investigate and check that it's all as it should have been. Nevertheless, someone knows it. Who? Why? What's their purpose that they're taking their time to say their demand? 

However, this book isn't a page turner. Maybe it was all too perfect for it to be as entertaining as it could have been. Certainly, Lucas wasn't the character I would cheer for, and it took me a long time to decide what in the book would make me happy. So, I'll blame it on not connecting with the main character or his plight. And not hating him enough to want people to catch him; he did convince me for that part. 

The book is flawless in all else that counts. You're in for a story with numerous plot twists, and at least my theories kept crumbling away, so I was interested in finding out the end. 

If you don't mind or even if you like slow-paced mystery novels, I recommend it. 


Honest review based on an ARC provided by Netgalley. Many thanks to the publisher for this opportunity.
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WHAT A RIDE. I loved that this was told from the POV of the husband: what a twist on the unreliable narrator! This is definitely a darker read, but a very solid psychological thriller!


I received an advance copy. All thoughts are my own.
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Lucas is such a manipulator, con man, killer, thief, that you will really hate him. His character grabs you from the start as he tells you he planned to kill his wife all along.  At times his insights and narrative got to be boring as they rambled on.  I also didn’t like his wife Michelle as pretty much everyone was beneath her.  Strong character writing by this author. There did seem to be a lot of characters to keep track of as the thriller continued to the end.  3.5 stars
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Hannah Mary McKinnon never disappoints!  Never Coming Home may be my new favourite from her; although I've said that very same thing after each of her last few books I've read!

This one is told from the villain's POV, and you will love to hate Lucas!  The book was fast paced, kept me interested from start to finish, and had some twists I didn't see coming.

There's a good reason Hannah Mary McKinnon is an auto-buy author for me!
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Let me start by saying that this book is not your typical Mystery/Thriller novel. There are several things that set it apart from the run of the mill book in that genre. The first one being that all you need to do is read the published synopsis, or the first few pages of the book and you know that the main character, Lucas, put out a hit on his wife and had her killed. That is not the mystery. We also know right up front why Lucas had her killed. The mystery part comes in when someone starts sending him things in the "I know what you did last summer" kind of vein. The other thing that set this book apart for me is that Lucas is a totally unlikeable character with no redeeming qualities that I could find. This is not just my opinion, but a plot point stated by the author. Lucas is, as he would say, " a total arse" and you are not supposed to like him. I get that, and it works on some level, but unfortunately for me, his character was so over the top that I found him off putting and it actually hampered my enjoyment of what would otherwise have been a well crafted story. And the story was well crafted with a twist at the end that was really good and made the book worth the time to read it for the most part, but I just couldn't get past Lucas' personality enough to REALLY enjoy the book. I'm sure there are a lot of readers who would not be bothered by, and probably even enjoy Lucas as a character given how the book flows. As for me, I would like to thank Mira books for giving me a chance to read this book through Netgalley. My recommendation to other readers would be to give the book a try and see if the story wins out for you. 

Review Pending on Amazon.,
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I had hoped to like this book. I have been enjoying suspense books a lot as of late. Sadly, Never Coming Home didn't keep my attention. It was all a little too slow for me. I had to add this book to my DNF list. I do hope that others will enjoy and love this book. It just was not for me.
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4.5 stars 

This is my second book by Hannah McKinnon and I really enjoyed it! This was like the handbook on how to get away with murder.

As with any thriller/domestic suspense, it’s bound to be somewhat unrealistic. But if you think of it like an action film, you’ll enjoy it.
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Another great book from Hannah. She always keeps me guessing and turning the pages. So good! A great suspense novel.
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