A family is wiped out after a burglary gone wrong. An executive accused of embezzling kills himself and his loved ones. A house fire claims the lives of all its inhabitants. Separate incidents with two common threads--a first wife who took her own life, and a secret the victims took to their graves. . .
Stephanie Coburn has barely recovered from her sister's mysterious suicide before her brother-in-law and his new wife are murdered, her face disfigured beyond recognition. Stephanie never met the bride, has never even seen a clear photograph. But she knew her sister, and she knows something is desperately wrong. . .
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The police won't listen. Her only ally is another victim's son. Step by step, they're uncovering a trail of brutal vengeance and a killer who will never relent--and whose forgiveness can only be earned in death. . .
What I liked: Mr. O’Brien kept me guessing up to the very end of the story. Basically, we’re privy to many different murders and yet have no idea why, how, or who. It was addicting and a bit sick. The murders were graphic, yet I could not put this book down.
Tell Me You're Sorry is spread over several years but it just so happens our heroine, Stephanie Coburn, picks up on some clues the police have overlooked. The murders either seem like accidents or suicides but Stephanie is suspicious right from the start when her sister supposedly commits suicide. She is especially close to her sister but not so much with her brother-in-law. Stephanie does stay in contact with her niece and her nephew but it’s her niece who is able to provide some much needed clues for Stephanie to follow.
While trying to find the truth, Stephanie teams up with an unlikely hero, Ryan Ferrell, whose mother recently committed suicide. He’s such a likable character and I was so afraid of what would happen to him.
Mr. O’Brien uses several points of view to tell the story and develop the plot so you do have to pay attention to the beginning of each chapter to know the time frame and the character telling their story. You even get a point of view from the killer and clues are hinted at concerning the rationale behind the murders. I know, it sounds confusing but I quickly became used to Mr. O’Brien’s style.
I love a good mystery/crime/suspense book and Tell Me You’re Sorry was brilliantly executed. Not only was the mystery part slowly unveiled, it’s not easy to figure out all the puzzle pieces to determine which characters are safe or next in line for a grisly death.
The pacing, the plot, the settings, and the characters all work to keep you intrigued about what’s going to happen next and to whom! The “bad guy” is relentless and has absolutely no redeeming qualities. He/she kill brutally with no hesitation.
What I didn’t like: The lead character, Stephanie, has a boyfriend/lover who doesn’t want to reveal their relationship. Overall, I thought that whole plot line could have been removed from the story with no obvious impact. I tried to figure out why that situation was included and the only thing I came up with is to keep Stephanie a bit off balance or maybe it could be used as a moral at the end of the book.
Tell Me You’re Sorry is a steal on Amazon for $2.99. I felt I more than got my money’s worth. Based on this story, I will be checking out some other titles by Mr. O’Brien as soon as possible.
Highly Recommended for murder mystery/suspense readers!!