2017 Reviews · Book Broadcast · contemporary fiction · crime

Book Broadcast: Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil by Melina Marchetta


Book Broadcast is a post I have created to help ease the load of the books I have for review. It is a great way to spread the word, providing recognition to an author or publisher for sending me a book to review. As my reviewing and blogging duties have stepped up a notch in the last year, I don’t often have the time to complete an in depth review. I hope you can discover some new titles to read through this regular book post.

About Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil:tell the truth small

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.

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 students on French soil, shocked me. I was drawn to the familiarity of this novel, as I too crossed the channel as a teenager and made the trip over to France. My trip was much safer than this one! I could easily place myself in the shoes of these unfortunate students. So what started off as a promising read, where I was able to make connections to the main event of the novel, soon dissipated. Sadly, this book failed to maintain my full interest and while I did persist and finish it, I wouldn’t say I enjoyed it. Whilst I didn’t appreciate Tell the Truth Shame the Devil, it has received  some very positive reviews from others. If you are interested in reading this title, check out these reviews written by two of my favourite fellow bloggers, Debbish and Reading, Writing and Riesling.

Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil by Melina Marchetta was published on 29th August 2016 by Penguin Books Australia. Details on how to purchase the book can be found here.

2 thoughts on “Book Broadcast: Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil by Melina Marchetta

  1. I’ve just added this one to my coffee table pile along with 10 other books 🙁
    I was sick of them piled on the floor so they’ve made it to my sagging coffee table – a Salvador Dali coffee table – a bendy glass top, lol, first person in the world to have sagging glass, bahahaha.

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    1. That’s so funny, lol, poor coffee table buckling under all the weight! But good to hear this one has made your pile. It didn’t work for me so I’m keen to know how you feel about this one.


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