Posted on August 14, 2017 by Nadene in 2017 new release challenge, 4 stars, Freda Hansburg, physiological thriller COYER, Pump Up Your Book, Review / 11 Comments

Title: Tell on You
Author: Freda Hansburg
 Genres: Psychological Thriller
Publisher: Micro Publishing Media
Published: May 1,  2017 
Pages: 240
Format: ebook
Source: Author in exchange for a honest review.
Reading Challenges: 2017 New ReleaseCOYER
Buy :  Amazon 

Tell On You, the story of a married teacher’s fatal infatuation with his beautiful 16-year-old student, best fits into the emerging niche genre of “Grip Lit.” These novels, usually authored by women and inspired by the wildly successful Gone Girl, are thrillers with psychological nuances and frequently unreliable narrators. Readers love the must-turn-the-page suspense, even while they may dislike the characters. The author of Tell On You is a psychologist, well-acquainted with the dark corners of the heart.

This is a story about how dumb choices lead to one’s downfall. Jeremy Barrett discovers the enormity of how true this statement was, when his decision to get involved in his student’ s led to the destruction of his professional and personal life.
Jeremy placed himself in a position that would not only bring disgrace on himself but also on his family.  He is supposed to be intelligent, but his actions spoke otherwise.  He got caught up in hero-worship phenomenon and forgot what is role as a teacher was supposed to be.
Initially I had a hard time feeling any sympathy for him, because he should have known better, but then as I got deeper in the story my feelings changed. Did he deserve his punishment? Yeah he did, even if it was for his stupidity. He opened himself to it so he has to deal with the consequences of his actions.  
What I did not like was the role the secondary parties played in how the events transpired.  I thought he was genuinely sorry and his mental, emotional and physical struggles moved me a little.
There were other events at play, which contributed to his situation. Plots devised intending to destroy him were hatched, which compounded his current situation.
I know of cases where teenage girls set their sights on older men.  This book reiterated what I already knew.
Nikki is the supposed victim. I guess it all depends on how you view the situation. I am sorry to say I did not like her and if you read the book, you will understand why.  She comes from a dysfunctional home, which I believe contributed to her manipulative and narcissistic behaviour. Some say there is hope for people, but in her case, I wondered if there is any. I am sorry I could not drum up any sympathy for her.
The story was well written and engrossing. Every chance I got to read the story I seized it.  I could not wait to see if Jeremy would get caught, how he would get caught and who would be the one catch him. I was also keen to I discover if the persons plotting against him would achieve their goals. My brain went into over drive as I tried figuring out it would all transpire.
This story was a perfect example of how best laid plans can go awry.  There is a quote that states 
‘If you dig one ditch you better dig two because the trap you set may just be for you’. 
This quote is fitting for the events, which unfolded in this story. 
I loved this story, but then the ending spoiled my experience. There was no closure for any of the parties involved. At the end, I still had a lot of questions, which I would love to know the answers to. Now I am left to figure out the various angles the story could have taken. 
During the unfolding of the events, surrounding Jeremy other issues came and I was hoping the author would explore them, but she never did.  

Great plot
Believable characters
Page turner
Controversial topic.
Overall. this made for an enjoyable read. 
I would definitely read more from this author.

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