Sam Hayes

Headline pbk £6.99

Released: 18th July 2010

Reviewer: Angela Hatherell


Mother of 5, grannie of 11, before marriage to Army officer she was an embryo librarian. Now retired and volunteering two afternoons a week in Oxfam bookshop. Crossword fan (Telegraph, Observer, Times) and most enjoys reading historical/crime

Sam Hayes novels are pacy, thrillers that are not easy to put down. Plots are intricate and the characters are always believable. It is hard to discuss the plot of this book without giving too much away.

Tell Tale begins with a woman jumping off the Bristol suspension bridge, then we meet the three main characters - A child, Ava who is put into a children’s home by her father after the death of her mother. Nina Kennedy, wife and mother who fears a man is following her, threatening her family, playing with her sanity. And a woman starting a new job in a girls school, she just wants to keep her head down, not encourage any relationships and be anonymous.

Hayes uses the voices of these seemingly unrelated women to uncover the story layer by layer, like peeling an onion. Just as the reader realises what’s what and who’s who, the pace quickens and we are carried along. There are many twists and turns in the story and the final twist is a surprise. I found it a little unbelievable but this is forgiven, since the novel as a whole is so good. I can thoroughly recommend this book, more please MS Hayes.






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