BWW Review: TELL THE TRUTH, SHAME THE DEVIL by Melina Marchetta
TELL THE TRUTH, SHAME THE DEVIL by Melina Marchetta is a timely crime novel that will resonate with the world we're currently living in. It deals with terrorism, with racism and the prejudices people carry. It talks about immigration issues and pokes at the way journalists and social media can exacerbate a situation or report without all of the details.
"And Bish thought it strange that seventeen-year-old girls who had sex with idiot boys could still cry like babies for their fathers."
~TELL THE TRUTH, SHAME THE DEVIL
Bish Ortley is a man down on his luck. He's been suspended from his job as a chief inspector with London's Metropolitan Police. His marriage dissolved after the death of a child and his ex-wife is now pregnant with another man's son. His daughter is a surly teen who hates him. He's developing a drinking problem to forget his worries. One morning, still hungover from the night before, he finds out that a bus full of British kids touring Normandy has been bombed. Fearing that it might be the bus his daughter is on, he frantically heads to France, picking up his mother for moral support along the way, and finds out the horrifying truth: It was his daughter's bus that was bombed.
Luckily, she's okay, but she's seen people she knew and had various attachments killed or seriously maimed. Her roommate on the trip, Violette LeBrac Zidane, may have had something to do with the bombing. When it's uncovered that Violette has dropped the "Zidane" from her name and come up with fake documentations, she becomes the primary suspect. Her grandfather was a suicide bomber thirteen years ago and her mother Noor is serving time in prison for making the bomb. Ironically, Bish was the one who helped put Noor away in jail at the time.
Violette's presence on the trip is leaked to the media, and everyone starts crying for blood. Being a terrorist must run in the family, and now that Violette has disappeared, the public wants her caught and behind bars. Bish, however, isn't convinced that Violette planted the bomb. She may have, in fact, been the victim if someone had figured out who she was and wanted retribution for her grandfather's crimes. He wants to find Violette to protect her, but as he begins digging into the bombing, he pulls up buried secrets that could change everything he has ever known.