Joy killed Adam Gordon—at least, that’s what she thinks. The night of the party is hazy at best. But she knows what Adam did to her twin sister, Grace, and she knows he had to pay for it.
What Joy doesn’t expect is that someone else saw what happened. And one night a note is shoved through her open window, threatening Joy that all will be revealed. Now the anonymous blackmailer starts using Joy to expose the secrets of their placid hometown. And as the demands escalate, Joy must somehow uncover the blackmailer’s identity before Joy is forced to make a terrible choice.
The problem with mystery style books like this is that it's so hard to write a formulated review without putting out spoilers, and I like writing well formulated reviews.
Please Don't Tell was a super addictive mystery style book, it was dark and gritty and whilst a few of the big reveals were something that I had kind of predicted before the end, it didn't make it any less of a thrilling read. Joy and Grace were really interesting characters, I loved the before being narrated by Grace and the after by Joy, it makes it even more interesting to put the pieces together as both have their own views on everything. I had predicted the ending by about halfway through, but I still second-guessed myself throughout the whole thing.
This book took on so many issues and I really liked the way it did it. Tims didn't make a big deal out of anything but it was all there - the way there are really diverse characters dealing with a lot of stuff - it was so well done and just a testament to how well Tims writes.
Whilst I can't deny that this book did have some issues and it doesn't stand up to some of the better grittier books out there, I can't recommend this book enough to someone wanting something contemporary and dark. Definitely recommended for fans of All The Rage and similar books.
Overall Rating: B
Book released Mat 24th 2016 by HarperCollins
Book received from the publisher/author in exchange for an honest review