Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Tell On You by Freda Hansburg

Book Description:
Tell on You is a psychological suspense novel that best fits within the Gone Girl-inspired niche genre of “grip lit.”   Jeremy Barrett’s obsessive love equals that of Jay Gatsby for Daisy Buchanan, as life imitates art in his private school English class. But his angst-driven infatuation brings dire consequences as he is drawn into the machinations of his disturbed 16-year-old student Nikki Jordan, whose bad intentions rival those of her teacher.  A fast-paced, drama-filled tale, Tell on You reminds readers about the wildness and trauma of adolescence—and the self-defeating behaviors to which adults resort in times of stress. From gaslighting to vicious bullying, poisonous family privilege to the loss of a parent—Freda Hansburg draws on her experience as a clinical psychologist to explore the depths of each dark situation in Tell on You.

My Thoughts
This was a quick read. Jeremy is a teacher that has managed to get himself into quite a jam. He has a baby on the way, family that drives him crazy, a wife that doesn't understand him and accusations from a student. If that weren't all enough, he has to worry about other things being found out because the accusations may not be accurate but that doesn't mean he hasn't blurred the lines with a student.
Honestly, this is an engrossing read. I didn't really like any of the characters and I think most of that was by the author's design. Jeremy is the adult in this story but sometimes you do feel sorry for him. Nikki is intriguing but not likable. The story flows well and can be read quickly. Lots of lies and deceit. I enjoyed the author's writing style and look forward to other books by her.
It was a 3/5 for me.

Thank you to the author/publisher for the review copy of this book (via PUYB).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.


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