I Never Left by McGarvey Black – Book Review



My name is Quinn Roberts. I was murdered and I don’t know why.

Quinn Roberts is dead and she wants to know how it happened. She’s angry, confused and disappointed that her life is over. Most of her friends have moved on and it seems like no one cares who was responsible. Her adult children are in shock but their mother’s death is too painful, so they do nothing.

Soon after her death, Quinn’s husband, Alec, has acquired a new wife and Quinn becomes a distant memory. Only her sister, Erin, and Detective John McQuillan, who leads the investigation, continue to search for answers.

But as the case stalls, the formal investigation is moved to the Cold Case division and Quinn’s family loses hope that there will ever be an arrest.

Can Quinn get the justice she deserves? And, is discovering the truth always worth it?




This starts with Quinn attending her own funeral…..!

Quinn’s friend Viv is really concerned as no-one has heard from her, so she persuades her landlady to check her apartment…..there they find her body surrounded by pills……was this suicide?

Quinn did have mental health issues, but the police find this was murder….just who wanted her dead…..they suspect Alec, the cheating, abusive and estranged husband, about to divorce, but he has an alibi…….

Just who was responsible for Quinn’s death…..her family will not let the matter lie and while it takes years…..they get a final, satisfying outcome when the killer is brought to justice…

This covers many emotive subjects, such as mental health, domestic abuse, rape and bereavement, not in any sensational way but in a empathetic and sensive manner.

I really felt for Quinn’s children, Hannah and Jack whose lives had been difficult growing up in such a home, but knowing their mother loved them. I detested Alec, which is a credit to McGarvey Black’s writing….I read this thriller in one sitting as I was totally engrossed and could not put it down…..I’ll never look at an empty swing in the same way again…..haunting!

Thank you to Bloodhound Books for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook  in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.

You can buy a copy here (click on the image)



McGarvey Black, a theatre major in college spent many years in the New York advertising sales business. She sold print and digital advertising and managed sales teams for companies like Conde Nast and WebMD. Ten years ago, she left media to become an executive recruiter for large and small internet companies. No matter how she earned a living, she always wrote…for her, for her friends and family. Two years ago, she left recruiting to pursue a full-time career writing. I am Quinn is her debut novel, she’s written two others and is working simultaneously on the fourth and fifth. Writing has caused her some sleep deprivation as she sometimes wakes in the middle of the night with an idea and must get to her keyboard. She usually writes mystery/thrillers, but occasionally likes to veer off to her other passion — rom-coms. She believes in a ton of prep. If she does her writing work upfront and develops her characters fully, they kind of write themselves. You must always know what each character ultimately wants —that drives the story.

7 responses to “I Never Left by McGarvey Black – Book Review”

  1. Thank you so much for this fantastic review Lesley. I am touched that you picked up the swing aspect — love the picture. I had originally wanted to put a swing on the cover. I kind of thought it gave the book a magical element and who knows — maybe that is what makes empty swings move on their own. I’m sorry to hear you are going through such a challenging time with your health. Hopefully, one of the treatments will do the trick. I know that drug you are on…brand name Keytruda…that’s supposed to make a real difference. I think that’s what Jimmy Carter took and he’s cancer free now. Saying a little prayer that you have the same reaction.

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