Never Speak by John Manchester Review



I was sent Never Speak by the author to read and review on my blog and while stories about cults aren't usually my prefered go-to types of stories, I really enjoyed this one. The plot was suspenseful and action packed. It grabbed my interest and I kept wanting to know what would happen next.

Through this story, the reader can learn about the psychological damages a cult can have on someone, whether it be the members of the cult or the leader himself. The story is told between the present and Ray's book narrations. I thought the author did a phenomenal job in keeping a good fluidity of the story.

The twists and turns in the story kept me engaged from beginning to end and I am looking forward to read more from this series.

My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Here's a quick synopsis:
Ray Watts is an out-of-work artist living above his struggling gallery on the funky-chic side of Hudson, New York, and he’s just hit rock bottom. His muse has abandoned him, his girlfriend’s dumped him—and unless he pays his half of the mortgage on their house, he’s about to be homeless too.

But when Ray’s ex-wife dies in a fiery car crash, he’s suddenly reminded of the last time he hit rock bottom—of a time long ago when he and his wife were members of a cult. A cult ruled by a single, sinister commandment: NEVER SPEAK ABOUT WHAT WE DO.

Ray managed to escape the clutches of the cult’s fearsome leader, but his wife never did. And now she’s dead.


So Ray takes up with a new muse: he’ll publish a tell-all book about the old cult leader, who used to be a famous rock-and-roller, use the advance money to pay off his half of the mortgage, and all his problems will be solved.

Unless…

Unless that brick through his window was more than a random act of vandalism. Unless that burnt effigy was more than a practical joke. Unless the phrase NEVER SPEAK held more power than Ray realized—and that by writing his little exposé, he’s slowly bringing his troubling past back to life…one word at a time. (Reference : Goodreads)

Happy reading,

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