Waiting on Wednesday [10]: Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil by Melina Marchetta

23566896 Publication Date: October 11th, 2016
Mulholland Books
Adult Fiction | Suspense | Mystery


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.


This book is shelved under fkmne14acpy on my Goodreads.

If you must know, the shelf stands for FUCK KILL MARRY ANYONE FOR A COPY. Go on. Check it out. You will see that there are only two books in there.

I’ve contacted her publicist back at the beginning of the year to find out when a cover will be revealed, but I didn’t hear from anyone. Last week, Carina of Carina’s Books featured this book on her WoW and I feel like shit because I’ve fallen on my duties as the literary goddess’ guardian on this side of the world. I mean, how could I have missed it?! How could I have missed the moment in time when the cover was posted on Goodreads? I hang my head in shame.

  • I know nothing of this author but your reaction has me very curious! Can’t wait to read your review of it!

  • Natalie

    This does sound awesome. If it makes you feel any better, I missed the cover reveal, too. I hope you get your hands on a copy soon!

  • Holy shit, Melina Marchetta has a new adult novel and I didn’t know about it? Thanks for sharing Joy, I’m going to add it to my TBR!

  • 😮 I love that Marchetta doesn’t stick to one thing and just…writes…all the things (does that make sense?) I had noooo idea that she had a new book coming out. So THANK YOU for the heads up, this is going on my list immediately and as soon as I can pre-order it, that will also happen lol

  • Aw 😀 I am SO happy that you are excited for this book sweet girl. <3 I am so excited for it too 😀 Gah. I hope we will both end up loving it the most. <3 Hugs. And eee, thank you for mentioning me 😀 You are the sweetest. <3 And.. oh. I.. well. I actually saw the cover 2-3 weeks before my post went live, as that is when I scheduled it, eee. So you missed it for so long, hih 😀 But SO HAPPY that I made you see it, finally, hih 😀

  • All you had to do was mention the author’s name. After Jellicoe Road, I would pretty much read anything she publishes. Oh, and this one sounds SUPER COOL from the synopsis as well. As if I needed another reason to want this one >.>

  • This sounds great! I had to laugh a bit over your shelf on goodreads…sometimes books are just that important. I hope you get a copy in your hands soon.

    Carole @ Carole’s Random Life

  • Bahaha! That shelf though! 😀
    I’ve only read one book by Marchetta, but I’m ridiculously excited for this one because it sounds so much darker than her usual stories. I’ll definitely be picking this one up.

  • Oooh… this sounds like a good read. Love the name of your shelf Joy!

  • New book by Melina Marchetta, awesome!! I’m gonna contact the publisher ASAP.

  • That is a brilliant shelf title, haha!

  • Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    I’m so excited for this one too, Joy! Melina Marchetta is a goddess and though this is really different from her usual work, I know it’s going to be brilliant. I can’t wait for this to release. Great pick!

  • shootingstarsmag

    I really want to read this one too. It sounds fantastic!! It’s a cool cover too. And I totally clicked on your shelf – that’s so hilarious, but I’m sure we ALL have some books like that.

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

  • Brittany Jackson

    Aww, sorry you didn’t get to reveal the cover first, but I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed that you manage to get a copy soon! I’m a newbie reader of thriller, so I’ll have to look into this one. Thanks for letting us know!

    Brittany @ http://www.spacebetweenthespines.com/

  • It is a GREAT title! I’ll have to look into more by this author!

  • Better late than never and thanks for bringing this into my sphere. Man this is the kind of read I can get lost in for a few hours!
    Whoa!

  • kindlemom1

    This does look like a good one, I hope you end up loving it when you get a copy!

  • I just added this to my TBR list last week, after seeing it on someone else’s WOW post. It sounds really good, and I shamefully admit I have never read anything by this author.

  • I was about to ask is the the author that wrote On the Jellicoe Road that everyone wants me to read and I look it up and it is! So maybe I should read something by her soon. Great pick!

  • I had not seen it either