Well, you must know by now I’m a fan of Dorothy Koomson books. Spring is more than flowers, bird and bees; I eagerly await her new book. From the moment I revealed the cover book of Tell Me Your Secret on Instagram, I waited with bated breath for the publication day. I was sent a copy for the purpose of this review. Now that I’ve read it I can say without reservation it’s another page turner. Tell Me Your Secret shows the dark side of human nature and cleverly turns the gaze also inwards. The reader is forced to question what our idea of a victim is. How should a victim’s story be reported? At the end of the catchphrase and the clickbait there is a real person(s) and experience(s). There a many layers to Tell Me Your Secret summing it up in a sentence limits it, I think.
Ten years ago, Pieta was kidnapped by a man calling himself The Blindfolder who said he wouldn’t kill her if she kept her eyes closed for 48 hours. She never told anyone what happened to her, vowing to move on with her life. But when The Blindfolder starts hunting down his past victims, Pieta realises she may finally be forced to tell her deepest secrets to stay alive . . .
Fifteen years ago, policewoman Jody made a terrible mistake that resulted in a serial killer known as The Blindfolder escaping justice. When Jody discovers journalist Pieta survived an attack by him, she realises she may finally have found a way to catch him. But that would mean endangering at least two innocent people . . .
They kept quiet to protect themselves. Will telling all save or sacrifice each other?
After reading Brighton Mermaid I wasn’t sure what to expect of Tell Me Your Secret. Koomson’s books have been progressively getting darker. The Brighton Mermaid was terrifying. Tell Me You Secret is thrilling and terrifying in equal measure. They only thing they have in common is the crime against black women and racism. This book had me on edge. When you come down to it, anyone could be a psychopath. Added that there is the harsh disturbing truth is their rational may have no deeper meaning.
Jody and Pieta are courageous women but they are scared. The secrets they hold makes it difficult to close the case of The Blindfolder; person who adducts, rapes and tortures women. The reader may ponder; are all secrets meant to be kept? As the story unfolds, we see opposite sides of crime, punishment and survivor’s remorse. Pieta is a journalist/victim, while Jody is the Senior Investigating Officer (SIO) on the Blindfolder Case. Both women’s lives have been affected by the Blindfolder but the both have a job to do as a result their lives and duties intersect.
Crimes Against Black Women
Race and crime reporting plays a big part in the story. As a reader who happens to be a black female, Tell Me Your Secret made me ponder how crimes against black women are reported and investigated. In this world, it feels as though nothing is scared. An eye was also turned on the ‘sisterhood of womanhood’. I wonder if Koomson intended to shine a light in these corners. Is it the system? Is it human nature? Both Jody and Pieta are black themselves and in apparent positions of power to control the narrative and the judgement but are they really?
Tell Me Your Secret made me feel so jumpy. I would say it’s a slow paced but not dull. The pace adds to the dark menace. I read, then re-read parts trying to put the pieces together but as usual Koomson got me. I couldn’t work it out until she was ready for me to know. The characters are fully formed and their stories are believable. It’s definitely one to read if you like crime fiction.
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Many thanks to the team at ED PR for the review copy.