Book Review: Tattletale by Sarah J. Naughton

May 29, 2017 Book review 3 ★★★★

Two very, very different women star in Tattletale by Sarah J. Naughton. Both have suffered through miserable childhoods. One fell in love with her neighbour, the other fell in love with her career. And now they meet, after a shocking moment of violence that ricochets through both their lives, and changes everything for both of them.

Book Review: Tattletale by Sarah J. NaughtonTattletale by Sarah J. Naughton
Published by Trapeze on March 23rd 2017
Genres: Law & Crime, Mystery & Detective, Psychological, Thriller
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

Once upon a time, there was a little girl who believed in fairytales. Now she is out to get your happy ending.

One day changes Jody's life forever.She has shut herself down, haunted by her memories and unable to trust anyone. But then she meets Abe, the perfect stranger next door and suddenly life seems full of possibility and hope.
One day changes Mags' life forever.After years of estrangement from her family, Mags receives a shocking phone call. Her brother Abe is in hospital and no-one knows what happened to him. She meets his fiance Jody, and gradually pieces together the ruins of the life she left behind.
But the pieces don't quite seem to fit...


First Line of Tattletale by Sarah J. Naughton

“On a clear morning the sun shines so strongly though the stained glass it looks as if the concrete floor is awash with blood.”

My Thoughts on Tattletale by Sarah J. Naughton

I’ll be honest this book is very confusing at the beginning. And I started it once, set it aside. Then picked it up months later to give it another chance. This time I pushed though the initial stages, and what a difference it made!

It’s a puzzling read that kept me guessing and guessing. Once I knew who the main characters were, and how their stories slotted together I was gripped.

Things I loved about Tattletale by Sarah J. Naughton

Disturbing setting! Jody and Abe live in an old church that has been converted into flats. Think stained glass windows, high, high ceilings filled with dusty air, a dingy foyer and lots of unhappy residents. This set a dark tone that really added to the atmosphere.

Complex Family Relationships: Through flashbacks we grasp just why the characters are messed up, estranged from family, and wary.

Puzzling, well executed plot: I didn’t guess what was happening until the some major foreshadowing spelt it out for me.

Characters that crawled under my skin, even though on first impressions I didn’t like any of them very much. By the end, I admired their tenacity and bravery.

Conflicting themes: There is a theme of making peace with the past, and paradoxically revenge.

Things that didn’t quite sit right with me

Melodramatic: There were a lot of events, and some of them pushed the boundaries of what’s believable. I didn’t over analyse and just went with the flow. But it does feel off, and detracts slightly from my enjoyment.

Overall though, an exciting read that makes me very glad that I gave this book a second chance. Do be aware that it’s not a light read, and it deals with some very heavy subject matter (abuse).


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: four-stars


Who should read Tattletale by Sarah J. Naughton?

I’d recommend this if you like psychological thrillers that focus on why characters behave as they do. Fans of authors such as C L Taylor, Tina Seskis, or Sophie Hannah should also enjoy.

Thanks to NetGalley and Orion Publishing Group for giving me a copy of this book for review consideration. As always, no matter what the source of the book, you get my honest, unbiased opinion


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