Thank you to Thomas & Mercer and NetGalley for providing a copy for review.
After reading Dead Certain only a week ago, I was thrilled to dive into its sequel Never Goodbye, which I requested from NetGalley a few weeks ago. Ella Broden was again the main character in this legal crime thriller alongside a new character, Dana Goodwin.
After her sister was murdered, Ella Broden meted out her own punishment, then abandoned her career to pursue her passion as a singer. But another murder that hits close to home draws her back to seek justice.
Dana Goodwin is the newly appointed deputy chief in the Special Victims Bureau, replacing Ella. For her, the case is also personal, but behind Dana’s relentless pursuit, her motives might be running deeper than anyone can see. Her secrets too.
Connecting the two women is Ella’s boyfriend, Gabriel Velasquez, who has teamed up with Dana to investigate the murder.
At first, Ella thinks all she has to fear about this case is what she knows—that she could be the next target of a man’s obsession. But the closer she works with Dana, the more she starts to believe that the most dangerous thing of all is what she doesn’t know.
First things first: You don’t necessarily need to read Dead Certain in order to understand Never Goodbye. Obviously the events of the previous novel are mentioned here but they only play a minor role and are explained throughout the story when it was necessary. If you want to learn about the beginning of Ella Broden’s story anyway, feel free to pick up Dead Certain first.
As in the previous novel, I enjoyed the short chapters here as well. They add to a faster pace and want to make you read the book even quicker.
Never Goodbye was definitely heavy on the legal parts, which was slightly different than in Dead Certain. Nevertheless, the legal parts were interesting but more importantly comprehensible because Adam Mitzner, an attorney himself, made it his mission to explain legal terms, legal phrases and legal proceedings to us non-attorneys.
The narrative alternated between the first person POV of Ella and the first person of Dana which I enjoyed. However, I had the feeling that the book was more about Dana than about Ella and Dana. Even though Ella had her own POV and the reader found out a lot about what she has been up to after her sister’s murder six months ago, she seemed to play the role of a secondary character in my opinion.
I don’t know what I expected after reading the blurb to be honest, but I had expected the story to go in a different direction. I’m not saying this to downgrade the story or the author himself because the storyline was great and well plotted. It’s just a fact that I realized while reading the book.
Another thing I didn’t expect was the ending of the book. It was unusual to say the least but I am really glad he ended it this way. At first I couldn’t quite understand it because it was not fair in my opinion. But after reading the reasoning at the end of the book it makes total sense.
As much as I was looking forward to this sequel, it didn’t quite live up to my expectations. It was very slow at times and it seemed like the story was not making any progress. Also, I figured out the plot twist very early on. Call it a hunch, but I was right.
Nevertheless, Never Goodbye is a nice and solid read which is why I give it three stars.
Also, Adam Mitzner’s sixth novel is out today!