Never Coming Home

A Novel

by Hannah Mary McKinnon

On Sale: 05/24/2022

Never Coming Home

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Never Coming Home

A Novel

by Hannah Mary McKinnon

On Sale: 05/24/2022


About the Book

"[A] highly entertaining, bone-chilling must read.”—Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of The Overnight Guest

"A diabolical tour de force."—P.J. Vernon, author of Bath Haus

“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.

Don’t miss Hannah Mary McKinnon’s latest psychological suspense, The Revenge List, where a woman's list of people she wants to forgive suddenly becomes a list of victims.

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Critical Praise

“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. BaileyUSA 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

“[An] entertaining thriller… This amusing revenge tale will keep readers turning the pages.”—Publishers Weekly

"First comes love, then comes holy @#!&! Lucas is diabolically delightful. You’ll love him, you'll hate him, because Hannah Mary McKinnon deftly leads her readers on a creepy, unabashed, weirdly hilarious, foray into the mind of a murderous sociopath.” — Katie Tallo, internationally bestselling author of Dark August and Poison Lilies

“McKinnon (You Will Remember Me) ratchets up suspense while adding just the right amount of humor. Her darkly comic storytelling makes it impossible to turn away from Lucas, who keeps readers on his side—no matter how outrageous or despicable his behavior.” —Shelf Awareness

"Brilliant! Hannah Mary McKinnon's NEVER COMING HOME induces waves of anxiety in the best possible way. Have you ever wanted to murder your spouse? Lucas Forrester will show you how, outlining every meticulously crafted step. But even the best-laid plans contain vulnerabilities, and we feel every second of Lucas's heart-pounding stress as his crime—and his world—begins to unravel. McKinnon is masterful in capturing Lucas's voice, balancing humor and horror on a razor's edge, forcing him to be sympathetic and despicable at the same time. Do not miss this one—add NEVER COMING HOME to your reading list now to find out how much work ‘till death do us part’ really entails."  —Carter Wilson, USA Today bestselling author of The New Neighbor

"Never Coming Home is diabolically clever. McKinnon has built a fiendishly convoluted plot that’s as intricate and brilliant as Lucas believes his own flawless scheme to be. It would be easy for McKinnon to slip into caricature and satire, but she’s too sharp for that. Never Coming Home is a murder mystery. It’s nasty."—Winnipeg Free Press -

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780778333272
  • ISBN 10: 0778333272
  • Imprint: MIRA
  • On Sale: 05/24/2022
  • Pages: 352
  • List Price:23.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Thrillers / Domestic
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Family Life / Marriage & Divorce
  • BISAC4 : FICTION / Thrillers / Crime

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