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’s 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 fiancé Jody, and gradually pieces together the ruins of the life she left behind. But the pieces don’t quite seem to fit…
I was unsure of where this book was taking me, and so very nearly never finished it.
It starts with a tragic accident, Abe has gone over the bannisters from the 4th floor of where he lives and is now in a coma. Jody, the love of his life is by his bedside and Mags, his estranged sister, has travelled from the USA to deal with something that she has no desire to deal with.
Tatttletale is a very tense read. It has many layers and after the start, which builds up slowly, it manages to grip and is very captivating. I was really amazed at how this book turns into something quite unexpected.
Mags, a lawyer, feels there is something not right with her brothers ‘accident’ and when she receives a note, she delves deeper and finds ..well, I’m not one for spoilers.
Naughtons novel is very cleverly plotted. Although as a reviewer I do feel that I have to issue a warning. This book comes with topics of child sexual abuse and rape which makes uncomfortable reading.
It is one of the saddest novels I have read this year, but the twists are unbelievably sharp.
Read with caution, but it is enjoyable read inasmuch as it can be due to the theme.