Never Coming Home – Hannah Mary McKinnon

Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Publisher: Mira Books
Pages: 368
Release Date: May 24, 2022

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 and 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 had been honing a flawless plan to inherit Michelle’s fortune. Unfortunately, it involved taking a hit out on her.

Every track was 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 onto 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.


Never Coming Home surprised me in the best ways possible. It’s a pulse pounding thriller that kept me glued to the pages. Readers are immersed in the main character’s, Lucas, mind as he plays out his meticulously planned long con to steal his wife’s fortune that can’t possibly fail, right?

Never Coming Home is a book as close to Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn that I’ve read. It’s twisted and will keep you guessing until the end. There were a few obvious reveals and some I didn’t see coming. 

Lucas is an incredibly relatable character in many regards, despite the fact he took out a hit on his wife. He’s funny, caring, charismatic, and intelligent. His perspective is written as a stream of consciousness style, however it’s devoid of mundane day-to-day activities as the pace of the novel is fast with little to no room for downtime.

Never Coming Home could have been 5 stars for me, however the ending was rushed and abrupt. I wish McKinnon would have spent a couple more pages explaining, though I understand this wasn’t possible because of the constraints of the point of view. However, I loved the final few pages. These types of endings are always my favorite. 

Overall, Never Coming Home is an excellent thriller with twists and turns you won’t see coming and a villainous main character you can’t help but relate to. 

*** I received an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


Will you be reading Never Coming Home?


Hannah Mary McKinnon was born in the UK, grew up in Switzerland and moved to Canada in 2010. After a successful career in recruitment, she quit the corporate world in favor of writing, and is now the author of The Neighbors, Her Secret Son, Sister Dear and You Will Remember Me. She lives in Oakville, Ontario, with her husband and three sons, and is delighted by her twenty-second commute.

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