Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil
The press has now revealed that she is the youngest member of one of London's most notorious families. Thirteen years earlier, her grandfather set off a ...more
My issue with Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil is ...more
which just shows how very little i know about marchetta's wheelhouse.
because this was fantastic.
it's definitely more crime fiction than mystery, even though there is a ...more
The best thing about Melina Marchetta (MM) is that she writes stories about families. It doesn’t matter if it is her Fantasy or Contemporary at the heart of it the story is about the people, the families that you are both born too and the ones you create along the way in your life. I have never been disappointed in the way that she makes me feel something for every character in her story. I go through ...more
Maybe in entire constellations, if you really feel like counting.
I’ve been staring at my laptop for a long time, trying to catch my breath, hoping to be able to put into words my love for this book and this author. But when she writes with such passion and cuts so deep with her words, how can I express all my astonishment if I can barely wrap my own mind around it?
This might be one of the most challenging themes so far, as “Tell the Truth, ...more
Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil literally starts with a bang when a bus carrying a group of English students is blown up in France. An ex Chief Inspector from the English police is father of one of the survivors of the blast and he ends up ...more
This latest book is another about-turn for beloved Marchetta, who burst onto the publishing scene with award-winning young adult book ‘Looking for Alibrandi’ in 1992, followed by more YA fare in ‘Saving Francesca’ and Printz-winning ‘On the Jellicoe Road’ (which also has a companion early-reader in ‘The Gorgon in the Gully’). In 2010 she came out with a sort-of sequel to ‘Saving Francesca’ with ‘The Piper’ ...more
As Bish was reluctantly drawn into the investigation, he ...more
Bish Ortley, a suspended detective, the father of one of the girls in the group is drawn into the investigation. He was a ...more
I didn't know what to expect when I saw that Melina Marchetta had written a book for adults but having already read a couple of hers, I selected this one for my Aussie Women Writers challenge. To be honest, in comparison to On the Jellico Road, there's not much difference in intended audience. A fantastic mystery, detective story which involves characters of all ages, from multiple countries, cultures and religions. I loved it and was invested in everybody and how things turned out for ...more
I love her contemporary YA. I love her fantasy. And after devouring Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil, I can say that I love her style of crime/thriller. The common thread between all of Melina's books is her ability write beautifully flawed characters we care about - and to do so with pathos and insight.
Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil is a brilliantly crafted novel of injustice, redemption, ...more
Reread: July 2018
[narrator voice which is really just Rashika's]: and she never came back with thoughts.
WELL, Rashika just has to deal with it because I'm still unable to form coherent sentences in order to review this book even after finishing it for the second time. I had a fun time rereading though, although by fun I really mean just stabbing my own heart because man, this book is one hell of a painful ride. I still love Bish as ...more
Sometimes a book just simply drops out of nowhere straight into the best of the year list with minimal fanfare. TELL THE TRUTH, SHAME THE DEVIL is undoubtedly going to remain one of the best things I've read this year for a whole lot of reasons.
The publisher website has this summation:
"With its cast of unforgettable characters, social insight and wry wit, Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil is an irresistible novel about human identity, lost children and the nature of real love."
Nails it really....more
Chief Inspector Bish Ortley life is going down hill. Divorced and suspended from his job, he will get a call that will almost give him a heart attack after being informed that a bus his daughter Bee is in across the channel in France has been bombed. After racing over with his mother Saffron, Bish is relieved to discover that his daughter is unharmed. But others are not so fortunate with a number of teenagers killed ...more
This is a remarkable book in itself - at least, remarkable if you have never read another by Marchetta. If you have, it will come as no surprise that the characters here are completely alive, their ...more
Anyway. It took me probably 75-100 pages to get into this. Why? Because there are a LOT of characters. And it felt very "Oh no, there's been a bombing. The teenage girl from a Muslim family must be responsible!", which...I was not particularly comfortable with.
This is one book that you can believe all the hype about it!
Deftly created empathetic characters; a strong female cast, women supporting women, family - in all shapes and sizes is a major element in this mystery. Complex – so many contemporary issues are addressed in this novel yet it is not verbose or pretentious or patronising. Heart felt scenarios - I dare you not to have a tear in your eye as you encounter the last few ...more
Once again I'm blown away by this woman's writing. Melina, I love you.
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 ...more
The novel opens with suspended Chief Inspector Bashir “Bish” Ortley receiving a telephone call informing him that his daughter, Bee, has been caught up in ...more
Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil was a book my sister bought randomly one day. Then one morning she chucked it on my bed and said “You need to read this, I was up until 1am finishing it!”. So I moved it to the top of my TBR list. Now, my sister and I have VERY different reading tastes but I thought I’d give this one a chance.
This book follows Bish Ortley who is/was an inspector for the London Met. He was suspended due to an alcohol problem but soon after a busload of British kids ...more
Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil reads like a movie script in the best possible way. Each scene is depicted so vividly that you’re effortlessly immersed in the moment, and you suddenly lose track of time. This book will definitely land in my top five for 2016.
As with her other novels, Melina Marchetta ...more
I don't think anyone could have done this story better than her simply because of the level of character development present. There were so many characters with complicated, convoluted relationships, and no one can write relationships like Marchetta can. Yet here there were too many. I didn't quite feel attached to any of them, since they all played ...more
NUEVO LIBRO DE MELINA MARCHETTA
(y quizás haya libro de JIMMY HAILER. FREAKING. JIMMY. HAILER)
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