One misstep puts a man - and everyone he loves - in the path of a relentless killer.
The scion of an old-money San Francisco family, Daniel Brasher left his well-paying, respectable money-manager position to marry his community organizer wife and work at a job he loves, leading group counseling sessions with recently paroled violent offenders.
One night he finds an envelope - one intended for someone else that was placed in his office mailbox by accident. Inside is an unsigned piece of paper, a handwritten note that says, "Admit what you've done or you will bleed for it." The deadline in the note has already passed, and when Daniel looks into it, he finds that the person to whom the envelope was addressed was brutally murdered. But that's just the beginning.
It appears that the killer might have some connection to the offenders Daniel is counseling.
As he scrambles to uncover the truth, Daniel finds more warnings in his office mail, to people whom the police cannot track down, and to victims who cannot be saved. Daniel's efforts to find and help the victims, however, have alerted the killer to his involvement. Next Daniel gets a deadly threat of his own. Now, with the clock ticking, Daniel must somehow appease, outwit, or unmask a seemingly unstoppable killer.
©2013 Gregg Hurwitz (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
I Love to listen to books more often than reading. Audible gets me through the day and night more especially when I'm working !
I'm a fan of this author and I still am. Everyone is entitled to a bad apple every now and then lol this book held my attention but there were so many missteps through out the story. My credit could have been better spent but I got through it. You may want to skip this one. If you've seen suspenseful movies then you can figure out the ending.......
Great plot, well-written, with great characters and a story that is fast paced and interesting. The main character is a therapist, and some of the book takes place in a group therapy setting, which the author handles incredibly well. Makes me think he's got some psychological background. I'm afraid to say more for fear of giving away important plot points… I'll just say that the book never sagged for me, and I was sorry when it ended.
This is a very slow story, predictable, corny in parts. The reader is part of the problem - his intimations are annoying. All in all, not recommended for anyone who enjoys a good thriller.
This is the first book by Gregg Hurwitz and the last. This was a most wordy and boring book! Scott Brick did a great job carrying the storyline! He could not save this book and poor storyline.
Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?
When it comes to rating books I like I am fairly liberal with the stars. There were some flaws in this mystery, but what makes this such great entertainment for me is the group therapy sessions with felons and the depth of character unravelled in key players.
Daniel Brasher is the only heir to one San Francisco's wealthiest fortunes. Much to the chagrin of his mother, he shunned managing the family fortune to become a counselor. As if that wasn't enough, he married a divorced Hispanic community organizer with heart cancer. But this is all background.
Much of the book involves intricate, revealing and realistic group therapy scenes with hard core felons. Here is where Daniel's true genius is revealed. He is masterful as a therapist, leading his patients to heal themselves. The relationships here are complex and mysterious, because one of them just may be an active serial killer.
The contrast of his mother's snobbery and his wife's work is constant source of humor and quite a bit more.
There's great detective work involved and a great deal of suspense.
Scott Brick can come off heavy handed at times, but not with this performance. He is great.
Im giving this 5 stars because it truly is great entertainment.
Tell no lies is not bad - much better than other thrillers I've read (even by much more well known authors).
I almost put this book down early on, however, because I felt that it was sanctimonious. There seemed to be a hostile tone towards wealthy people that was hypocritical based on the actions of some of the characters. While this tone was very strong at first, it was moderated somewhat later on. I am not sure what the author was trying to say here (if anything) so I tended to ignore it.
The mystery was very good except for a few surprising clues that emerged towards the end that immediately ruled out suspects and made others fit. Also, I found the endings of the side story lines trite and saccharine. Overall though, the plot was well crafted and MOST characters were believable. I feel like this novel is worth reading if you have the time.You'll especially like this novel if you know details of San Francisco geography. Hurwitz has peaked my interest as an author.
What to say...a unique story line (at least it's not like anything I've ever read) that's fast paced, exciting and attention grabbing to the very end. Characters are great and well developed. But inside this excellent story is a second excellent book. Main character is a therapist and there are several therapy sessions with his prison group that are really excellent, by that I mean he's an effective therapist. No idea how Hurwitz learned this, but he's dead on. I definitely recommend this book. I look forward to his next book.
People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.
Group therapy as a device to develop character is certainly nothing new in movies, books, TV. Gregg Hurwitz in my mind takes a risk using it as the fulcrum for his serial killer thriller, the format having previously been mined so deeply. But his group therapy sessions are the best part of this book. Indeed, through the first few hours, I was ready to complain that there weren't enough group sessions, but that was not at all the case by the end.
What makes it work so well is that Hurwitz's main character, the therapist, suspects someone in the group of being the killer, but for reasons I will not divulge, he has to conduct his sessions as if nothing is afoot, as if he is only delving into their psyche as he was before the killings began. The reason why this works so well is that it allows Hurwitz to focus more on character development than plot, and that is almost always a difference maker in literature.
Rather than compare Tell No Lies to books that center on group therapy, I will compare it to another serial killer thriller I read (listened to) recently, Blood Work by Michael Connelly. But I can't tell you why -- although if you read Blood Work, you can probably surmise why I chose it just because I chose it. But that's only an implicit spoiler for the first major reveal -- there are other nice twists to come.
Impossible to choose, for the reason already stated as to why I liked this book in the first place -- all the group therapy characters are good. They work in concert as a group in elevating the narration, as well as the writing. The one thing I will add about this latest of many Scott Brick performances is that he doesn't do the one thing I don't like him doing -- he doesn't read too slowly. I still listened to parts of the book at 1.25 or 1.5 speed because he is nevertheless deliberate in his pace, but he doesn't get overly ponderous in tone at all.
As much as I liked it, I went four stars instead of five because my initial (educated) guess as to motive and perp turned out to be right, from the very moment I heard the motive and perp first mentioned. It was somewhat telegraphed, especially the motive, although Hurwitz does throw us for a loop when it comes to perpetrator (which I will not hint at beyond that).
I liked this book, at one point I was like wow when will it end it seemed a bit drawn out but it was still good.. it makes you think about your actions at times. you never know who you are hurting when you want "strings pulled" for you or someone you love. at first I was thinking the mother had something to do with the murders but as I kept listening I realized there was more to it. what I liked is that you really had to listen to the whole book to find out who the killer was or who was involved and even when you thought you knew who it was. ... the plot thickened and you find out you were wrong.. this book kept me on the edge of my seat.
Very much so.
He is very good at narrating.
Thank you and bring me more.
Report Inappropriate Content