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Never Lie

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See below for an explanation of the ending and other questions about Never Lie by Freida McFadden. If you have other questions that aren't already covered here, feel free to drop a comment!

Where can I find a full plot summary for Never Lie?

Right here! You can find a quick recap and a lengthier version of the summary over here.

How does the book Never Lie end?

Through the tapes and flashbacks, we learn the Adrienne was being blackmailed by a patient, “EJ”, after she tried to terminate their sessions. He had a video of her slashing someone’s tires, and he forced her to continue their sessions and escalated to other demands. Adrienne’s boyfriend, Luke, broke into EJ’s place to delete the incriminating video, but EJ recorded footage of that as well.

In present day, Tricia and Ethan find a dead body under the floorboards, and they discover that Luke has been staying in the house. Through flashbacks, it’s revealed that Adrienne figured out that PL was the one who killed her friends and fiancé (because her fiancé was cheating with her best friend). Adrienne then used that information to force PL to help her kill EJ, hiding him under the floorboards. PL turns out to be Tricia (P is for Patricia). After EJ’s death, Tricia confronted and killed Adrienne out of paranoia that Adrienne would get them caught. Tricia has now returned to this house in order to dispose of EJ’s body (because she found out it was being sold and was worried it would be discovered).

It’s then revealed that Ethan is the son of one of Adrienne’s other patients, “GW”, who died a few years ago from falling down a flight of stairs. Dr. Hale had told Tricia about it and about how GW’s son had claimed a hefty insurance payout. Tricia had then engineered a meeting with Ethan, which is how they met. In present day, Tricia confronts Ethan about his mother’s death, and he admits to killing her for the money. Tricia then admits to her own homicides. Ethan tells Tricia that they’ll figure this out together. They end up killing Luke, burying Luke and EJ’s bodies, and they buy the house and start a family together.

What happened to Adrienne? Why was she killed?

Adrienne was killed by Tricia. Tricia was Adrienne’s patient PL (Patricia Lawton). Adrienne figured out that Tricia had lied about being the victim of the traumatic killings of her friends and fiancé. Instead, Tricia was the one who killed them when she found out her fiancé was cheating on her with her best friend.

Adrienne used this information to blackmail Tricia into helping her kill EJ. Tricia however ended up getting worried that Adrienne wasn’t going to be able to keep the secret of what happened to EJ and that it would implicate her. So, Tricia ends up killing Adrienne and burying her body a few hours away from Adrienne’s house.

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