Published by Sourcebooks Landmark on March 6th 2018
Genres: Adult, Psychological, Thriller
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A sinister novel about finding justice in revenge, perfect for fans of In a Dark, Dark Wood and I Let You Go
After years of estrangement from her family, Mags receives a shocking phone call. Her rebellious brother, Abe, is in a coma, and the police suspect he tried to take his own life. But Mags isn't so sure, and she begins to crack away at the life of the brother she once knew: the dark apartment building, the whispering tenants, and her brother's mysterious girlfriend, the only witness to the incident, who raises more questions than answers. As Mags picks up where the police left off, she begins to unearth the secrets her brother left behind—and awakens her own talent for revenge.
~~ This book was previously titled Tattletale ~~
** Warning: This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual abuse, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence which some readers may find triggering. **
Mags hasn’t been on good terms with her brother Abe for quite some time, when she receives a phone call telling her that Abe is in a coma after a an apparent suicide attempt. Even with all the time that has passed, she drops everything, catches a flight and goes to the hospital where he is. She knows in her gut that jumping on a balcony and trying to take his own life is something he would never do. The police ruled it a suicide attempt, and don’t plan to look into it any further. Mags decides to pick up where they left and go look for some clues on her own. The way she goes about getting that information is a little off putting to those she talks too.
This cast of characters aren’t very likable at first, but over time they did kinda grow on me. Jody is Abe’s fiancée, well, she says she is. She has some issued and that is all I’m going to say on that. I felt bad for her though. Mira lives across the hall, she’s quiet and keeps to herself and with a husband like hers, it was no wonder she stayed out of sight and kept to herself, I would too. But I did get the sense that Mira did care for Abe, he was nice to her when he saw her.
Through alternating POV’s from Mags, Jody and Mira, we learn a lot about them, and worked very well giving all the clues a little at a time. Some f the things that Jody and Mira went through however was hard to stomach, and will make some readers uncomfortable. With all this information though, it was hard to figure out what was stroy being told was the truth, whether the witness accounts were even reliable. And just when I thought I had figured what might have happened, it went a completely different direction.
The setting where most of the story take place is in an old church that converted into apartments which eerie setting with all the stained glass windows and corridors, it fit the this story quite well. Overall, this was pretty engrossing psychological thriller and kept me on my toes.
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