Fritz Agency
Published by
Grand Central Publishing (July 2020)
Current material
Thriller / suspense fiction


by Abbott, Jeff

In a quiet neighborhood in the wealthy Austin suburb of Lakehaven, the body of Danielle Roberts is discovered on a park bench. Danielle was a beloved member of the community, an adoption consultant who delivered the joy of parenthood to a number of local families. Her murder shocks Lakehaven.

Perhaps no other family is as crushed as the Pollitts, who lived two houses down from Danielle and thought of her almost like family. Her death becomes the catalyst for a maelstrom of suspicion and intrigue. You have been told a huge lie, an anonymous email charges the son, Grant. No one can learn the truth now, thinks the father, Kyle. Never ask me what I'd do to protect my family, resolves the wife, Iris. I'll do whatever it takes to save him, vows the daughter, Julia, of Danielle's grieving teenage son.

The Pollitts always thought they'd always be there for each other. When each begins to suspect the others of the unimaginable, the strength of their bonds will be tested in extraordinary new ways.

The latest from New York Times bestselling author Jeff Abbott is his most suspenseful thriller yet: a riveting tale of the dangerous secrets one family has concealed-and what happens when the question each Pollitt hoped they'd never be asked threatens to expose their darkest truths.

Jeff Abbott is the New York Times-bestselling, award-winning author of many mystery and suspense novels, including the Sam Capra series, the Whit Mosley series, and a number of standalone thrillers. He has been called “one of the best thriller writers in the business” (Washington Post). He was the 2016 President of the Mystery Writers of America.

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“Abbott has become the master of the high-adrenaline thriller, and NEVER ASK ME is unlike any novel he has written.”

Review: Book Reporter

“Abbott's use of multiple points of view is strikingly effective, providing a smart way of showing the reader the broad-strokes picture while zooming in and out to focus on specific details and moments. Questions stack up in the reader's mind until the urge to race through the book is virtually unstoppable. Another fine, suspenseful novel by a master of the psychological thriller.”

Review: Booklist

“ readers will appreciate the savvy way in which Abbott fits together the pieces of the puzzle. This page-turner will please old and new fans alike.”

Review: Publishers Weekly

“Abbott's affinity at capturing sharp characters and the details of daily life that, taken out of context, can be frightening shines in the superb NEVER ASK ME.”

Review: Sun Sentinel

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