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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  4,229 ratings  ·  652 reviews
Chief Inspector Bish Ortley of the London Met, divorced and still grieving the death of his son, has been drowning his anger in Scotch. Something has to give, and he’s no sooner suspended from the force than a busload of British students is subject to a deadly bomb attack across the Channel. Bish’s daughter is one of those on board.

Also on the bus is Violette LeBrac. Raise
Paperback, AUS, 405 pages
Published August 29th 2016 by Viking
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Liz I wouldn't categorize this as a YA book but I also wouldn't say that teens can't or shouldn't read it. There are teen characters in the book but it's …moreI wouldn't categorize this as a YA book but I also wouldn't say that teens can't or shouldn't read it. There are teen characters in the book but it's told from the POV of an adult character. Hope that helps! (less)
Bree Van Yes. Quite a bit of swearing, sex but not graphic. But I felt it was all in context and needed given the characters include a bunch of rebellious teen…moreYes. Quite a bit of swearing, sex but not graphic. But I felt it was all in context and needed given the characters include a bunch of rebellious teenagers.(less)

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Emily May
Oct 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Just getting this out of the way first: Marchetta is one of my favourite YA authors. Her writing and detailed characterization are flawless. On the Jellicoe Road is heartbreaking. The Piper's Son hurts so good. The Finnikin of the Rock trilogy is one of my favourite fantasy series of all time. I'm telling you because - even though this didn't live up to my expectations - I don't want you to think that Marchetta is anything other than fantastic.

My issue with Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil is tha
Aug 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i added this book to my to-read list before there was even a synopsis up. that's how much i love this author. and then, once it was up, i admit to being a little confounded - marchetta is writing an adult crime fiction thriller about an english cop investigating a bus bombing? it seemed so far outside of her usual wheelhouse.

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 whod
Robin (Bridge Four)
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of Melina Marcetta, People who want all the Feels.
Sale Alert 31May18: I'm not sure how long it will last but this is currently on sale for $2.99

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
Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi/James
After reading: It breaks my heart to rate this book....

It might as well be Melina's grocery list, but hell I DON'T CARE!

You don't measure a Marchetta book in number of stars.
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 Trut
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5000-2019
I really enjoyed this tale of love, loss and family relationships. Melina Marchetta always manages to write characters who are relatable and interesting and it is very easy to become absorbed in the story to the point of not wanting to put the book down at all.

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
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
Following the wonderful reading experience I had with Melina Marchetta’s Looking for Alibrandi, which I rated five out of five stars, I immediately decided to dust off Marchetta’s 2016 contemporary crime fiction release, Tell the Truth Shame the Devil. This book has been sitting on my shelves since I purchased it, around the time it released. I went into Tell the Truth Shame the Devil with high expectations. The explosive opening, which features a horrific bomb attack on a bus full of British st ...more
Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
‘Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil’ is the new novel from Australian author Melina Marchetta.

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’
Chief Inspector Bish Ortley’s daughter Bee was on a touring holiday with a busload of British students – the campsite between Calais and Boulogne-surMer was where they were with Spanish students as well as French when Bish had the phone call about a bombing at the site. The immediate heart-stuttering terror he felt took his breath away; his race across the Channel to the campsite with Bee’s grandmother felt like it would never be over.

As Bish was reluctantly drawn into the investigation, he disc
When a bus carrying a load of British kids on holiday is blown up killing and maiming several children in Calais, it's discovered that the granddaughter of a terrorist, Violette Zidane, is part of the group, the suspicion immediately falls on her. Was she involved in the bombing or is someone trying to get back at her family? Or was it due to something totally unrelated?

Bish Ortley, a suspended detective, the father of one of the girls in the group is drawn into the investigation. He was a youn
Let me just...breathe for a second. I'll come back with thoughts.

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
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ace by: Michael
4 stars

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 a
Paula Weston
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book confirms something I've suspected for a while: Melina Marchetta is a genre all of her own.

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, forgive
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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. TE

Nov 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
The truth is not always black and white and can, in fact, be many varied colours.

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
Arielle Walker
Nov 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-thriller
It seems fitting to have read a book that deals so beautifully with issues of violence, hatred, racism and other bigotries, on a day where a violence-inciting, hatred-spewing, racist, sexist and all other forms of bigoted man was announced to be the President of the world's most domineering country.

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 re
Book Riot Community
I moved earlier this month and didn’t have the brain capacity for anything other than a plot-driven mystery novel. This book is exactly the kind of page-turner that’s perfect for when you want to read but don’t want to have to meditate on the meaninglessness of life (lookin’ at you, literary fiction). This book had so much that I just adore: teenagers with real, nuanced inner lives; diversity in the characters (in a lot of ways); no guns; complicated families with secrets and histories. I listen ...more
It took me approximately a thousand years to get into this, and I have no idea why. It probably doesn't help that I was reading a book at the same time that turned out to be both boring and confusing and worthy of a two star rating...

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.

Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
This one makes it to "The Best of 2016" list - fantastic read!

My View:
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 pa
Bill Kupersmith
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars-in-2016
Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil has been labelled Melina Marchetta's ‘adult debut’ - that sounds like a patronising put-down from a genre snob. Along the Jellicoe Road is a superb work of fiction that exceeds the highest standards of maturity & literacy, as well of being amongst the very best novels with a school settings by a contemporary novelist. Megan Abbott’s Dare Me excels for intensity and drive, Tana French’s The Secret Place in pathos, but only Patrick Gale’s Friendly Fire matches the s ...more
Wendy F
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
2016 Birdie Book Award Winner

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 mos
MarciaB - Book Muster Down Under
I’ve wanted to read a Melina Marchetta book for a number of years now but time just hasn’t allowed for it. So, it was with anticipation that I opened this latest (her debut novel for adults) as I loved the premise of the novel and the fact that the blurb alluded to “suspense and heart-rending drama” – two of my favourite elements in fiction.

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 th
The book begins a boom literally: a school bus with high school students explodes in a parking lot in France. A suspended British Metropolitan cop Bashir Bish rushes to the scene because his daughter was on the bus. Also on the bus was a 17-year old Arabic girl, Violette Zidane, who turns out to be the daughter of a notorious bomber. When she and a 13-year old boy disappear, they become the primary suspects. Bish is asked by the Home Secretary to find the pair and solve the heinous crime. The bo ...more
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it

***3.75 STARS***

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
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tragic yet hopeful... my emotions are all over the place. Marchetta never disappoints. Once again Melina Marchetta delivers a profound and brilliant story that is both spell-binding and powerful.

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 h
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
one of my favourite authors praised this book, and i am so relieved to find that i was not disappointed. i keep forgetting how much i enjoy mystery/thriller, so this was pleasant read on all fronts. also, i now feel as if i made a terrible career choice and missed out on the amazing adventures of criminal investigation. its not too late to change, right? RIGHT?!

3.5 stars
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult-lit
im going to put my reaction in spoilers because i don't want to ruin anything about this (view spoiler) ...more
Heather *Undercover Goth Queen*
This isn't really my genre. And I knew that going in, but it seemed different than what Marchetta usually does, so I wanted to check it out.

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 relative
Dec 01, 2014 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
"Marchetta's new book will be called, 'Shaming the Devil'. It's not based in Australia and it's not based in the US. It's also not a YA novel and it was labelled by her agent as a 'literary-thriller'. I would describe the plot but the details are lost on me now and I don't want to make a mistake."(x)



(y quizás haya libro de JIMMY HAILER. FREAKING. JIMMY. HAILER)


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Melina Marchetta was born in Sydney Australia. Her first novel, Looking For Alibrandi was awarded the Children's Book Council of Australia award in 1993 and her second novel, Saving Francesca won the same award in 2004. Looking For Alibrandi was made into a major film in 2000 and won the Australian Film Institute Award for best Film and best adapted screen play, also written by the author. On the ...more

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“And there it was. That slight lisp. That awful accent. That funny face that made him ache. Charlie wasn't just a cheat. He was a liar as well. Because Violette Zidane wasn't just the girl he was shagging, like he told the cop. She sort of owned his heart a little. Kind of a lot.” 4 likes
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