Ciao, amici! I had the pleasure of reading a new-to-me author recently, which is something I don’t get to do often enough. He writes in my favorite genre (suspense/thriller), and I was excited to check out his work. I found his voice comfortable and his ideas bold. I’ll be keeping him on my radar. Read on for my review.
What a Tangled Web!
I really enjoy stories where the cast of characters seems to be disconnected in the beginning, but by the end you see how their lives all intertwine. And that’s exactly what readers get in Tell Me No Secret.
The novel follows the lives of a few high school students as we learn about Brad’s murder. That Joe killed him isn’t a mystery. But WHY is. And as we jump among characters and points in time, the mystery unfolds in a surprising way. Character motivations are crucial to carry a novel such as this, and at times I found they pushed the boundaries of the believable.
The novel isn’t categorized as a YA thriller, but I think it should be. I probably would have bought into the melodrama a bit more. The description did focus on the high school students, but I thought they’d be more mature or there would be some adult influences, too. Once I adjusted my expectations, the story sat better with me.
The work was fairly well-written, save for passages of head-hopping (which is a pet peeve of mine but doesn’t bother everyone). It’s a short read, easily completed in an afternoon, and the ending is the kind I find gratifyingly satisfying. I wish I could give half stars on all the sites because this one sits squarely at 3.5 for me.
If you’ve got any thoughts about this one, I’d love to hear them. Grazie!