What I Couldn't Tell You is Faye Bird's second novel following on from My Second Life and was published earlier on this year. When I saw the cover for this one I was highly intrigued and was impressed with how much it stood out. Today it is my stop on the blog tour and I get to share my review with you as part of my stop.
A quick skim read of the synopsis of What I Couldn't Tell You had me hankering for more; 'When love turns to jealousy, when jealousy turns to rage, when rage turns to destruction...'. Laura was madly in love with her boyfriend Joe, but 5 weeks together and Laura now lies in a coma and Joe has disappeared, but who did do this to Laura? Laura's sister Tessie is selectively mute and although she can't speak, she can listen and as secrets start to unfold, Tessie feels like she is getting closer to unravelling the truth.
What I Couldn't Tell You got off to a really great start, it was more than enough to hook you in and I could not wait to read on.
Tessie was an interesting protagonist. Whilst I felt for her so much with her suffering with Selective Mutism and I give Faye Bird credit for her portrayal of this, there were just a few things about her character that frustrated me. Some of the decisions she made and actions she took were a little annoying, but I was interested in her side of the story and it kept me reading on. And it wasn't to say that I didn't gel with Tessie, she goes through a hell of a lot and has so much to say but is unable to say it aloud. This was the first time I had read about a character with SM and it definitely added to the intrigue of the story.
There is quite a big build up to the end with little reveals in between and although it did keep me reading on, I thought perhaps we could have skipped some bits as we went. Also I found the beginning of the story quite dark and I thought this would have continued throughout the story, but that wasn't to say that the big reveal at the end wasn't a surprise.
An enjoyable and intriguing read that grips you from the beginning.