Release Day Review: Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil by Melina Marchetta

tell-the-truthTell the Truth, Shame the Devil by Melina Marchetta
Genre: Mystery
Publication Date: October 11th, 2016
Publisher: Mulholland Books

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Bashir “Bish” Ortley is a London desk cop. Almost over it. Still not dealing with the death of his son years ago, as well as the break-up of his marriage.

Across the channel, a summer bus tour, carrying a group of English teenagers is subject to a deadly bomb attack, killing four of the passengers and injuring a handful of others. Bish’s daughter is one of those on board.

The suspect is 17 year old Violette LeBrac whose grandfather was responsible for a bombing that claimed the lives of dozens of people fourteen years ago; and whose mother, Noor, has been serving a life sentence for the part she was supposed to have played in the attack.

As Bish is dragged into the search for the missing Violette, he finds himself reluctantly working with Noor LeBrac and her younger brother, Jimmy Sarraf.

And the more he delves into the lives of the family he helped put away, the more Bish realizes that they may have got it wrong all those years ago, and that truth wears many colours. Especially when it comes to the teenagers on board the recent bus bombing. Including his daughter.

Tell the truth. Shame the devil. Bish can’t get Violette LeBrac’s words out of his head. But what he may get is some sort of peace with his own past as the worlds of those involved in two bombings, years apart, collide into the journey of his life.

Wendy’s Review

There are times, when writing a review, that you are left feeling like words are just never going to be enough.  I consistently feel that way with everything Melina Marchetta writes.  I want to convince everyone to read her work so badly.  I want to review her books with the same eloquence she writes with, and I just don’t believe I can do it.

Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil starts off the way most Melina Marchetta books start off.  With confusion.  In that way it reminded me of Jellicoe Road, because I was lost and I wasn’t sure that I even liked it.  However, because of how much I ended up loving Jellicoe Road I knew I had to keep reading.  I had to trust that it was all leading somewhere special.  I really never doubted it, actually.  And I was rewarded for my belief, because I cried myself to sleep at 1am finishing this book.

Melina took such a horrid subject matter, the racial and religious divide that exists all over, and she turned it into a story of hope.  Please don’t get me wrong, the story was not rosy.  It didn’t have a perfect ending.  They did not live happily ever after.  Still, I could believe that with time and work that these characters would get their chance with happiness.  Those two strong emotions swirling together is what led to all those tears.  There was so much pain, but the idea that there may be a light at the end of the story filled me with so much hope.

Just, if you’ve never read Melina Marchetta, please pick one up.  If you like Contemporary YA, you’ve got quite a lot of choices.  If you prefer Fantasy, read Lumatere Chronicles.  If you don’t like YA at all, read Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil.  There is literally something for everyone, so please please read her work.

Thank you to Mulholland Books, via NetGalley, for providing a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 5 Stars = A+

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