Never Say Die – Tess Gerritsen

Synopsis from

Twenty years after her father’s plane crashed in the jungles of Southeast Asia, Willy Jane Maitland was finally tracking his last moves. She recognised the dangers, but her search for the truth about that fateful flight was the only thing that mattered. Closing in on the events of that night, Willy realises that she is investigating secrets that people would kill to protect. And without knowing who to trust, the truth can be far from clear cut…

My Review

Before Tess made it big writing her popular Rizzoli/Isles series, she wrote romantic thrillers, and Never Say Die is one of them. It was originally published in 1992 and has been re-released in light of her new found fame. While not as good as her current books, you can definitely recognise her writing, and it’s still a good story.

Willy Maitland is searching for her father who died when his plane went down during the war 20 years previously, but when people start dropping dead, she realises there’s something that is trying to be covered up. Woven through this is Willy’s relationship with Guy Barnard, who insists on helping her, but Willy suspects his motives. Some of the plot is fairly predictable, especially the romance aspect, but the thriller side keeps it moving along nicely and the ending is good. I would say I prefer her newer books which don’t have the big romance aspects that the older ones do, but it was still really enjoyable to read, and I’ll probably keep picking up her old ones.


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