Tattletale – Sarah J. Naughton




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’ 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 …


Tattletale was one of the most anticipated psychological thrillers of the year. While it did deliver, I’m not entirely sure it lived up to the hype.

Abe is in a coma. Was it an accident? Was it suicide as the detectives believe? Or was it something more sinister?

Mags hasn’t seen her brother for years but she’s desperate to know the truth about what happened. And then she meets Jody.

Jody and Mags have both experienced highly disturbing childhoods, which some readers might find upsetting. Neither is particularly endearing and as the plot moves on, you wonder if either of them is a reliable narrator. There are some surprises as you expect from this genre but a few I could see coming a mile away.

Some of the material is quite dark but I didn’t feel it was as gripping and compelling as it could have been. While the first few chapters were quite confusing and I couldn’t figure out what they had to do with anything, it did all make sense in the end. However, for me, I thought the actions of the characters became just a bit too unbelievable.

Tattletale has all the ingredients and potential but it fell a little short of the mark. However, for the most part I did enjoy it and I do look forward to whatever Naughton comes up with next.

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  5 comments for “Tattletale – Sarah J. Naughton

  1. March 29, 2017 at 9:27 am



  2. March 29, 2017 at 10:25 am

    It sounds like a typical book hurt by its own hype! I am sure it’s a good psychological thriller but with all the praise we’ve been reading, it was bound to heighten your expectations! I’m glad you enjoyed it anyway 🙂 Great review!!

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  3. March 29, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    I think this books sounds quite interesting.


    • March 29, 2017 at 5:18 pm

      It’s a good read. I think I just expected more. I blame the hype!


  4. April 1, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Great review. I adore the book cover.

    Liked by 1 person

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