Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil

Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil

A Novel

Book - 2016
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An electrifying debut adult fiction by Melina Marchetta. 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.
Publisher: New York :, Mulholland Books, Little, Brown and Company,, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316349291
Characteristics: 407 pages ; 25 cm


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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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