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.