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Never Coming Home

By: Hannah Mary McKinnon

ISBN: 978-0778386100

Publisher: MIRA

Publication Date: 05/24/2021

Format: Paperback

My Rating: TBR (ARC)




"A diabolical tour de force."

—P.J. Vernon, author of Bath Haus

"Impossible to stop reading.”

—Samantha Downing, USA Today bestselling author of For Your Own Good

“Don’t miss this propulsive, hypnotic thrill ride.”

—Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of Last Girl Ghosted

First comes love. Then comes murder.

Lucas Forester didn’t hate his wife. Michelle was brilliant, sophisticated and beautiful. Sure, she had extravagant spending habits, that petty attitude, a total disregard for anyone below her status. But she also had a lot to offer. Most notably: wealth that only the one percent could comprehend.

For years, Lucas has been honing a flawless plan to inherit Michelle’s fortune. Unfortunately, it involves taking a hit out on her.

Every track is covered, no trace left behind, and now Lucas plays the grieving husband so well he deserves an award. But when a shocking photo and cryptic note show up on his doorstep, Lucas goes from hunter to prey.

Someone is on to him. And they’re closing in.

Told with dark wit and a sharply feminist sensibility, Never Coming Home is a terrifying tale of duplicity that will have you side-eyeing your spouse as you dash to the breathtaking end.

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About the Author

Hannah Mary McKinnon was born in the UK, grew up in Switzerland, and moved to Canada in 2010. After a long and successful career in recruitment, she left the corporate world in favor of writing. Her first novel, TIME AFTER TIME (a lighthearted rom-com) was published in June 2016 after which she moved over to the dark side of suspense with the following thriller novels:

THE NEIGHBORS(3/18), HER SECRET SON in (5/19), SISTER DEAR, (5/20) and YOU WILL REMEMBER ME (5/21). Her upcoming novel thriller NEVER COMING HOME (3/22) and available for pre-order now. Hannah is also the creator and co-host with fellow crime Author Hank Phillippi Ryan of the bi-weekly popular show, First Chapter Fun. Join Hank and Hannah every Tuesday and Thursday at 12.30pm LIVE on First Chapter Fun’s Facebook Group or Instagram Live to hear the first chapter of a different book. Visit What new book will YOU discover? She resides in Oakville, Ontario, with her husband and three sons.

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Fiendishly clever and deeply chilling, Never Coming Home is psychological suspense of the first order. With dark wit, searing prose, and a plot that twists like a strangling vine, McKinnon will lure you in and hold you breathless until the final page. Don’t miss this propulsive, hypnotic thrill ride.”

—Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of Last Girl Ghosted

“Hannah Mary McKinnon is back with another sit up and read until the small hours of the morning thriller. Never Coming Home is an eerie, first-person portrayal of a deliciously charming psychopath who finally meets his match. Told with pitch-perfect pacing and unrelenting tension, McKinnon explores the darkest corners of the human heart in this highly entertaining, bone-chilling must read.”

—Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Silence and The Overnight Guest

"A diabolical tour de force, Never Coming Home redefines domestic noir and lures readers into a scheming viper den sure to push any moral compass to the brink. Exquisite tension, fearlessly drawn characters, and sharp-as-knives prose make for an unforgettable thriller that will both terrify and implicate you. Guilty people might have plenty to fear, but nobody stress-tests the human heart quite like Hannah Mary McKinnon."

—P.J. Vernon, author of Bath Haus

“Hannah Mary McKinnon is the queen of dark thrillers! Never Coming Home captivates, horrifies…and it will make you laugh. Impossible to stop reading until you get to the final page.”

—Samantha Downing, USA Today bestselling author of For Your Own Good

“Deliciously dark and deviously funny, Never Coming Home by Hannah Mary McKinnon is one hell of a ride. Lucas Forester might just be the most enjoyable, deceptive character I’ve ever met. Absolutely brilliant. McKinnon’s best book yet.”

—Jennifer Hillier, award-winning author of Jar of Hearts and Little Secrets

“I'm a huge fan of Hannah Mary McKinnon's books so I was beyond delighted to receive an early copy of Never Coming Home . This was such a clever, witty, dark, and unsettling book and hugely addictive. My emotions were all over the place and I don't know what this says about me, but I was rooting for Lucas at times even when I knew I shouldn't! A brilliantly tense, unsettling, and entertaining read, with clever characterisation and real depth. Readers are in for such a huge treat!”

—Karen Hamilton, internationally bestselling author of The Ex-Husband

“McKinnon clearly had a blast devising this tale of revenge and comeuppance, and the reader benefits from this creepy glee. Fans of The Talented Mr. Ripley will devour this well-written, engrossing story.”

— J.T. Ellison, New York Times bestselling author of Her Dark Lies

“There's no crime writer more wickedly diabolical than the brilliantly clever Hannah Mary McKinnon. Never Coming Home—risky and dark and absolutely unique—made me hide under the covers and then laugh out loud. But it's more than a page-turning thriller—McKinnon's sophisticated storytelling combined with a masterclass in voice means this one is not to be missed. (And warning: you will never look at your spouse the same way.) Hannah Mary McKinnon has done it again: she's the modern queen of twisty suspense!”

—Hank Phillippi Ryan USA Today bestselling author of Her Perfect Life

“McKinnon cranks things up a notch in her latest, darkly comedic suspense, Never Coming Home. A missing wife, a determined detective, and the dazzlingly devious husband who stands to inherit a fortune. Wry and clever, with a main character you'll love to hate and an ending that will leave you cackling, this is one live wire of a story. Absolutely unmissable!”

—Kimberly Belle, internationally bestselling author of My Darling Husband

"A deliciously twisted page-turner that brings you on a mind grappling journey with an ending you won't see coming."

—Steena Holmes, New York Times & USA TODAY bestselling author

“Tense, twisty, and totally unputdownable, Hannah Mary McKinnon’s brilliant page-turner enthralls from its unnerving start right through to its mind-blowing climax.”

—Heather Chavez, author of Blood Will Tell

“A fun, slick read, Never Coming Home is one of Hannah Mary McKinnon’s best!”

—Georgina Cross, bestselling author of The Stepdaughter, Nanny Needed, and The Missing Woman

"Devious, incredibly clever, and darkly funny, Never Coming Home is an addictive, page-turning thriller. Lucas Forester is magnetic, sympathetic, and so compelling that you literally want him to get away with murder. Hannah Mary McKinnon writes with expert twists, flawless pacing, and remarkable character development in a knock-out novel with superior sleight-of-hand. It will make you both laugh and gasp out loud."

—Samantha M. Bailey, USA TODAY and #1 national bestselling author of Woman on the Edge

"Hannah Mary McKinnon's Never Coming Home is her darkest, most deliciously funny, and most suspenseful novel yet. It features a protagonist who is simultaneously fascinating and horrifying, and the pages will fly by as you read on to see what fate has in store for him. This book leaves a stinging mark on its characters--and its readers. You won't soon forget it."

—David Bell, USA TODAY bestselling author of Kill All Your Darlings

“Schemes and bribery abound in this uproariously entertaining and darkly fun thriller. Lucas Forester has the audacity to hire a hit on his wealthy wife, setting off a string of riotous mayhem and deception. Never have I laughed so hard reading a thriller. And never have I wanted the bad guy to win so badly. Satire and humor are not easy to craft, but Hannah Mary McKinnon does so brilliantly in Never Coming Home that you fly through the pages because you can’t wait to read what stupendously outrageous thing Lucas will do next."

—Kerry Lonsdale, Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author of Last Summer and No More Words

“Never Coming Home is a delightful foray into the mind of a witty, charming psychopath. With relentless pacing, dark humour, and startling twists, readers will be torn between wanting to continue the journey or discover its shocking conclusion.”

—Robyn Harding, Internationally bestselling author of The Perfect Family

“A clever, riveting psychological thriller. Hannah Mary McKinnon delivers a witty, dark and totally absorbing edge-of-your-seat novel, that is sure to leave you breathless, shocked and shouting from the side-lines.”

—Adele Parks, #1 Sunday Times bestselling author of Both of You

"A bold and original thriller, with a narrator you’ll love to hate. I tore through it.”

—Clare Mackintosh, internationally bestselling author of Hostage


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