In the wake of a devastating bombing, a father risks everything to find out who was responsible.
When Bish Ortley, a suspended cop, receives word that a bus carrying his daughter has been bombed, he rushes to be by her side. A suspect has already been singled out: a 17-year-old girl who has since disappeared from the scene.
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 suicide bomb in a grocery store, a bomb her mother confessed to building. Has the girl decided to follow in their footsteps?
To find her, Bish must earn the trust of her friends and family, including her infamous mother, now serving a life sentence in prison. But even as he delves into the deadly bus attack that claimed five lives, the ghosts of older crimes become impossible to ignore.
A gripping fusion of literary suspense and family drama, Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil is a fast-paced puzzle of a novel that will keep readers feverishly turning pages.
Melina Marchetta is the acclaimed author of young adult novels including Saving Francesca and Jellicoe Road, which won the American Library Association’s Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature. Her novels have been published in 17 languages and 18 countries. She lives in Sydney, Australia.Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil is Marchetta’s first novel for adults.
“[Marchetta] seems to have inside knowledge of the mysterious processes of the teenage brain. . . . Her young characters all stand out as individuals.” —New York Times Book Review
“A novel of great scope, of past and present, and above all, the Marchetta trademark of a fierce and loving heart.” —Markus Zusak, bestselling author of The Book Thief
“Part crime story, part family drama, part love story, Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil grabbed me by the throat and didn’t let go until I’d read the last word—and shed the last tear.” —Gayle Forman, bestselling author of If I Stay and Leave Me
“There’s much complexity and beauty in Melina Marchetta’s resonating Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil. . . . The book also tells the heartrending personal stories of multidimensional and memorable characters.” —Shelf Awareness
“A beautifully conceived crime novel that continues to resonate long after you reach the last page. . . . A book every parent should read.” —Sydney Morning Herald [Australia]