Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil

Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil

Book - 2016
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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. Raised in Australia, Violette has a troubled background. Thirteen years ago her grandfather bombed a London supermarket, killing dozens of people. Her mother, Noor, is serving a life sentence in connection with the incident. But before Violette's part in the French tragedy can be established she disappears. Bish, who was involved in Noor LeBrac's arrest, is now compelled to question everything that happened back then. And the more he delves into the lives of the family he helped put away, the more he realises that truth wears many colours.
Publisher: New York :, Mulholland Books, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316349291
Characteristics: 407 pages


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Apr 11, 2019

I checked out this book because I love the author's young adult works, then found myself feeling blah about starting a crime/mystery/thriller. With a few days left before it was due, I half-heartedly picked it up and read a handful of pages. Then couldn't put it down. It masquerades as a crime thriller, but Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil is really a story about the profound beauty that can be seen when people, even seemingly damaged ones, place the people they love ahead of themselves. I finished it feeling deep admiration and loyalty toward a great number of entirely fictional characters.

Dec 07, 2017

Loved, loved this book. Well thought out plot. Interesting characters. Well done Melina Marchetta.

VaughanPLRachelP Feb 07, 2017

This story never stops. It's about Bish, a suspended cop trying to discover who bombed his daughter's bus - but so much more than that. He realizes that the quest for truth will take him to past cases he thought solved, and secrets long kept. Melina Marchetta keeps driving the story forward, with more details and more well-developed characters than you would have thought possible. I loved the writing style - there isn't a word wasted, and every detail is important.

Jan 29, 2017

Good read. Lots of twists and turns. Hoping this book is beginning of a series.

athompson10 Dec 17, 2016

This is a GOOD thriller with twists and turns and many well-developed, well-written characters. There are a lot of names and relationships to keep straight, but the cast is interesting, if large, and there are some beautiful, caring moments throughout the book.

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