Tell Me Why by Ruth O’Neill – Book Review

Tell Me Why by Ruth O’Neill – Book Review

Tell Me Why by Ruth O'Neill

Tell Me Why

Author – Ruth O’Neill
Publisher – lulu.com
Pages – 230
Released – 19th November 2019
ISBN-13 – 978-0244535100
Format – ebook, paperback
Review by – Ed Sheehan
Rating – 3 Stars
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Lauren Adams is just an ordinary single girl, until one split-second decision throws her life into crisis.

When she meets the handsome and intriguing Max Davies during a girls’ weekend away, she can’t believe her luck. But it soon turns out to be her biggest mistake. Max gets accused of murder, a murder that allegedly happened on the same night he and Lauren met. Is Max really the man she thinks he is? Is he really innocent of murder? And why does Lauren hear him late at night, building something in the basement – a basement he’s made clear is out of bounds?

Tell me why follows a woman who just wants to be loved, but who instead ends up in a tangled web of lies, deceit, and terror. A chilling read you won’t stop talking about.

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Ruth O’Neill’s novel Tell Me Why begins with a man named Kevin attempting a dangerous rescue deep under a house in the basement to save a woman named Lauren Adams. The rescue is left hanging and the plot then flashes back to two years earlier when Lauren goes on vacation with four of her best friends to Butlins holiday park in Minehead, England.

One evening Lauren gets separated from her friends whilst at a nightclub. Lost and trying to find her holiday rental she reluctantly answers a call for help from a stranger, Max Davies, who appears to be trying to help a stabbing victim. When the police arrive, Both Lauren and Max are taken into custody for questioning. The author quickly explains that Max is not all that he seems and that he has wicked designs against Lauren.

The pair begin dating, and Laura quickly falls in love with him. Months later, a warrant for murder is issued for Max. He confesses to the murder after sixteen straight hours of questioning. However, convinced he is innocent Lauren hires a lawyer to defend him and even testifies in court to his innocence. But could her infatuation for Max be misguided and even dangerous?

I think author Ruth O’Neill did an excellent job of developing the psychological thriller storyline and the two main characters, plus she closes out the dark plot fantastically. However, I don’t feel the murder trial against Max Davies was well-conceived. I don’t want to give away too much but a hung jury would have worked for me given the evidence.

Whilst I did thoroughly enjoyed this book, I am only awarding the book three stars partly due to my feels about the murder trial and partly due to the fact it needs some more editing as parts felt rushed and the writing style felt off in places.

Book Reviewer – Ed Sheehan


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About the Author

Ruth O'neill

Ruth O’Neill grew up in the ancient Roman city of Bath England, a beautiful peaceful city whose locations are often referred to in her first book ‘Sunshine & Tears’.

Ruth has always enjoyed helping others and is very committed to her job as a Teaching Assistant where she supports young people with Special Educational Needs & Disabilities.

Her second book `Befriended` is a contemporary thriller. Her new release ‘Tell Me Why’ is a psychological thriller.

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6 Responses

  1. This cover makes me think of James Bond. I’m glad the characters were well-developed and I could see how a murder trial would be difficult to write well. Great review 🙂

  2. Finitha Jose says:

    That blurb is giving me chills. This sounds amazing, too bad it fell short in the trials.

  3. The cover and the blurb both rather interesting me.

  4. Kathy West says:

    Sorry this book fell short.

  5. Great honest review Ed, this book looks and sounds absolutely amazing and right up my alley as well. I’m really glad that overall you enjoyed reading this book. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.