I give this cover two stars. There is nothing special about it. Just a moody picture of part of a girl’s face. It gives across the thriller vibe for this book. And it is reminiscent to me of the Lois Duncan covers from my childhood.
From the Amazon product page:
Nearly lost in a fog of grief over the fatal stabbing of her daughter, art historian Grace Neville feels only sorrow as Jordan Dukes is found guilty of murder. Days after the sentencing, Grace receives a visit from Jordan’s father, who claims that his son is innocent and a grave miscarriage of justice has taken place. Jordan’s history of gang-related violence and the fact that he doesn’t have an alibi make his father’s plea hard to believe. But then why does somebody break into Grace’s home and go through her daughter’s belongings?
In Don’t Tell Anyone, Eleanor Gray explores the relationship between a mother and a daughter, and the secrets that drive Grace to seek the truth no matter what the cost.
It is especially hard to discuss this book without giving away some of the surprises. I try very hard to keep reviews spoiler free, so I will remain as generic in my discussion as possible.
This was a hard book to get through. I found the idea interesting — hello, family secrets! However, I was never actually drawn into the book. I found our main character, Grace, to be interesting and I felt so many feeling for her through her many levels of grief. And I supported her as she went out on her own to find out what actually happened to her daughter. Aside from Grace, I also liked Allan, Jordan Duke’s father. Out of all of the characters in this book, those were the only two I found somewhat interesting and seemed to be the most developed.
There are a lot of twists and turns in this book. Secrets upon secrets. And while I am a fan of family secrets, I felt that there were just one too many in this book. And some — specifically concerning Archie, Grace’s ex-husband — did not seem necessary to me.
I did not enjoy the writing style of this book. I felt that Gray was incredibly…too wordy throughout this novel. So many metaphors and similes that were not needed. So many discussions on what Grace was doing — we know she is grieving and having a horrendous time; do we need an entire section on her taking a nap, waking up to take pills, then going back to sleep?
As for the characters, I found most of them to feel flat. And some — ex-husband Archie in particular –who Gray attempted to make more well rounded, just seemed forced. Grace and Allan, as mentioned above, were my favorites. I found them to be more completely developed than most of the other characters, maybe because I connected with them on an emotional level more so than the other characters.
Once again, for the plot, I feel like there was just too much. The twists work (and the longer I am away from finishing this book, the more I think it works) but it seemed like too much going on. I feel like everything in this book could have done with another round of editing.
Disclosure: I received this eBook from NetGalley.com in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to NetGalley and Midnight Ink for the advanced copy!