Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil by Melina Marchetta

Published: 29th August 2016Goodreads badge
Pages: 405
Format: Paperback
Genre: Thriller
★   ★   ★   ★   ★  – 5 Stars

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.

This is Marchetta’s first novel for adults and it is filled with everything that makes Marchetta great. There’s everything a psychological thriller novel needs: drama, secrets, and of course, secrets. Marchetta brings you in slowly and then hooks you when you least expect it, never letting go until the final page.

There is the expected middle-aged detective for the genre but Marchetta gives Bish a more rounded presence and fuller character than just a typical disgruntled cop who breaks rules and drinks. Bish starts off as a concerned father before anything else and his sense of doing what is right compels him to find answers, even if it means dredging up the past of others and his own.

I enjoyed the setting only because if gave me a greater sense of what it was like to travel from the UK to France, how frustratingly easy it is while I am stuck on an island at the bottom of the world. Marchetta also seamlessly ties in political factors like refugees and other political concerns that add another reality around the already tense and troubling situation.

While this is Marchetta’s debut adult novel, when she writes about the teen perspective her experience as a YA author shines, while still fitting wonderfully into the adult context. The lives and voices of her teen characters feel familiar if you are a fan of her YA work, and it brings more to the novel that she gives other characters such focus as she does the main character.

There are a lot of characters in the story, I found myself getting a bit confused for a while about who was who but you get into the swing of it eventually, people fall into place. I will say that her characters were very believable, as with Bish Marchetta has given each character their own something that makes them feel more real and not just another name on the page.

I loved the mystery that needed to be solved, and I loved that there is still a story about love and family amidst the terror and the thrill. The connection to the Shakespeare quote which the title is based on was fantastic and I loved how that was used in the story.

If you have only been reading Marchetta’s YA up until now, this will feel right at home with what you know, while still being new, different, and wonderfully compelling.

You can purchase Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil via the following

Dymocks | Booktopia

Book Depository | BookWorld

Amazon | Amazon Aus


Library Lovers’ Day 2016 + Giveaway

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LLD2016-AvatarLibrary Lovers’ Day. A day for book lovers to share their love of books and reading, whether this is with a book blind date, book recommendations, or some fun activities at your local library. There are many ways to share the library love, and today I’m adding to the celebrations by offering a giveaway.

Because I’m a huge lover of libraries (as a librarian it kind of goes with the territory), as well as second hand books, my giveaway is coming from my own collection, a ‘Loved Loot’ giveaway if you will. I have scoured my bookshelves and found a few books to share the reading spirit as well as the idea that any book can be a wonderful book, loved, library or otherwise. I have four books on offer for four lucky winners, details on how to enter are below.


Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta

Thyme Out by Kate Fforde

Guilty Pleasures (#1) by Laurell K. Hamilton

Storm Glass (#1) Maria V. Snyder

Note: These books are all second-hand, including library discards and those bought at book fairs. All books are in good condition though visibly used. This is a Loved Loot giveaway.

Valentine's Giveaway

To enter: Leave a comment telling me what has been one of your favourite second-hand book finds, or for the library users out there, what has been a favourite library book you’ve discovered by chance and fallen in love with. Let me know along with which book you would like to win and you’ll be in the draw.

Please note: Unfortunately this Loved Loot giveaway is open to Aussie residents only because shipping costs a bag of gold and your first born.

Entries close midnight AEDT 28 Feb 2016. Good luck!


For more information about the Library Lovers’ Day experience there are details on the Australian Library and Information Association website on how you can celebrate, or have a look at the fun links included below where you can see last year’s event, or get some great resources like social media images, stickers, bookmarks, and more! Or perhaps pop into your local library if they are open and see what activities they have running. They may have more than just a one day event happening so check them out. Even if your library isn’t running anything special, perhaps pop in for a visit anyway and take a chance on a new book, or a new author or genre. Have a blind date with a book randomly chosen from a shelf; you never know what you will find! I discovered many of my favourite books that way so anything is possible.

Have a wonderful Library Lovers’ Day and fall in love with a book today!

All Your Fun Bits and Pieces Needs

Australian Library and Information Association Facebook

Highlights from Library Lovers’ Day 2015

Browse the #librarylove tag on Twitter

Learn How to Get Involved


Two Year Blogiversary Giveaway (INT)!!!! DRAWN

2yr AnniversaryTwo years. Where does the time go? We’re just a toddler in the blogging world, really. And like most two year olds we are very good at some things but still working other things out. While we may not have a vocabulary of just 200 words, we are very interested in drawing (though we are not very good at it) and we love to colour (but never in between the lines because we’re rebellious like that).

At two years old we find ourselves trying to find our place in the big wide world, much bigger and wider than we imagined at one. We are becoming more independent though, learning, growing with our experiences and we are trying our best to mimic adult behaviour and activities in an attempt to fool the world and hide our youth and inexperience. We can be impatient and our sentences are not always coherent when we get excited, or even when we are not excited for that matter, but we try. Things are never dull that is for sure.

In all seriousness though, it is pretty amazing to reach the two year mark, seeing what started as a wish and a dream for years turn into something that is growing and developing, being incredible exciting and rewarding, while also still managing to teach me things all the time. Somehow two years seems more substantial than one. I feel like I’m just starting still, but at the same time I also feel like I have pushed passed those early stages of blog running and am now more established. I certainly feel more established than I did this time last year where it was sheer determination that kept me going. Perhaps by next year I will have myself even more figured out, who knows!

Importantly I would like to thank all the amazing people who have commented, liked, and shared posts in the last two years and all my followers on the blog, Facebook, and on Twitter. You guys are wonderful and make me feel like I am not just talking to myself on the internet!  I would also like to thank the amazing authors and publishers who gave me great opportunities to read and review their books, whether it was a personal email or if it was just a general chance to sign up for a blog tour. You have all helped make this blog what it is and I look forward to working with more of you as time goes on.


As a reward and in honour of hitting the two year mark I am running a month long international giveaway! I have five books up for grabs, all very different from one another and you can enter to win just one or all five! It’s up to you! Click on the book title to read the synopsis from Goodreads. Entry details are below.

BOOK ONE: The Fault in our Stars by John Green (Young Adult)

BOOK TWO: Looking For Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta (Young Adult)

BOOK THREE: The Wrong Girl by Zoe Foster (Romance/Chick Lit)

BOOK FOUR: Murder in Mississippi by John Safran (Non Fiction Crime)

BOOK FIVE: Stoner by John Williams (Historical Fiction)


To enter: Simply leave a comment on this post letting me know which book you would like to win. If you want to enter to win more than one that’s perfectly fine. Winners will be drawn on 24th February 2015 with the winners being notified by email. Good luck everyone!

Giveaway runs from 23rd January 2015 until midnight AEDT 23rd February 2015

Library Loot #1

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

This was my first library trip in a couple of weeks and while my library isn’t filled with all the books I want to read they have some pretty great ones. My goal this year is to finish my unfinished series, read more books of different genres, and find some new authors and books to fall in love with and for once my library actually came through on all accounts.

My Little Library Loot