Thursday, 25 August 2016

REVIEW: WHAT I COULDN'T TELL YOU - FAYE BIRD (BLOG TOUR)


A COPY OF THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO ME FOR FREE IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.
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TITLE: What I couldn't tell you
AUTHOR: Faye Bird
PUBLISHER: Usborne
RELEASE DATE (UK): May 1st 2016
GOODREADS: X


SYNOPSIS (VIA. GOODREADS):
When love turns to jealousy, when jealousy turns to rage, when rage turns to destruction...

Laura was head over heels in love with Joe. But now Laura lies in a coma and Joe has gone missing. Was he the one who attacked her?

Laura's sister Tessie is selectively mute. She can't talk but she can listen. And as people tell her their secrets, she thinks she's getting close to understanding what happened on that fateful night.

MY THOUGHTS:
All I knew about this book before I read it came from the very, very brief synopsis on the back. Basically, I was going in almost blind. I was expecting mystery, and I was expecting to be hooked, but I wasn't expecting to get as emotionally invested in the story and the characters as I actually did.

The most unique and interesting aspect of this book, in my opinion, is the main character Tessie. Tessie has selective mutism, which is something I'd never read about before (in fact, I don't think I'd ever even heard of it before. Shame on me.) and it made it so fascinating to read from her perspective. I'd seriously recommend the book just because of that. Aside from her selective mutism, I found Tessie to be a really likable and relatable as a main character. She made some pretty stupid decisions and I was frustrated with her a lot of the time, but I still think she's one of the most unique and compelling protagonists I've ever read about.

I loved the relationships between Tessie and the characters surrounding her, especially her family. They weren't perfect by any means, but that was what made the dynamics so realistic and relatable to me. The book really focusses more on how Tessie and her family are dealing with what happened to Laura than the mystery itself, and even though that might be a bad thing for some people I really liked it. I got so invested in the characters that I almost forgot there was a whole mystery going on, and as someone who really enjoys character driven books I don't see that as a negative.

The conclusion of the mystery was the one thing that really let me down. The mystery of what really happened to Laura was so compelling for most of the book, but in the end I thought it all got wrapped up a bit too fast and the conclusion was very predictable for me. I couldn't put the book down for days as I tried to figure out what was going on but I ended up being disappointed. I don't know, maybe I've just gotten too good at guessing things. I should definitely be a detective...

This is a really fast read, partly because the story is so interesting and partly because it's written in a way that's just really easy to get through. Does that sound like an insult? It isn't supposed to. It's simple but effective, for lack of a better phrase, and I really think it worked well for this story. Faye Bird did such a great job at grabbing my attention and getting me invested in the characters and the story, and I definitely want to read more of her books in the future!

IN CONCLUSION:
What I couldn't tell you has a fantastically unique protagonist, compelling relationships and a storyline that kept me on the edge of my seat until the end. Unfortunately I found the ending pretty underwhelming and I wanted more from the mystery, but I definitely recommend it overall.

4/5 STARS

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