Nearly lost in a fog of grief over the fatal stabbing of her daughter, art historian Grace Neville feels only sorrow as Jordan Dukes is found guilty of murder. Days after the sentencing, Grace receives a visit from Jordan’s father, who claims that his son is innocent and a grave miscarriage of justice has taken place. Jordan’s history of gang-related violence and the fact that he doesn’t have an alibi make his father’s plea hard to believe. But then why does somebody break into Grace’s home and go through her daughter’s belongings?
In Don’t Tell Anyone, Eleanor Gray explores the relationship between a mother and a daughter, and the secrets that drive Grace to seek the truth no matter what the cost.
Grace Neville’s daughter, Tara, was murdered. Her boyfriend, Jordan, convicted of the brutal crime and sentences to time in prison. While still grieving, Grace returns to work. She needs something to keep her mind occupied. Archie Neville is also grieving. He tries to support his ex-wife, but his girlfriend, Kristina, keeps him very close.
A few days after the conviction, Grace hears from Jordan’s father, Alan. He is adamant that his son is being set up and asks Grace to visit him in prison. Grace is unsure about what to do and who to trust. Weird things are happening: her house has been broken into but only Tara’s things have been rifled through, Archie is keeping secrets, and Tara’s best friend reveals her suspicions to Grace.
Don’t tell Anyone by Eleanor Gray has some interesting parts, but I struggled with a couple of things as well. I felt that the novel was really slow to start. It was built up as a murder mystery/thriller so I was expecting more from the start. The book did pick up quite a bit as I continued to read and there were times that I was completely enthralled in the story-line. Then, there’s the ending. It was too discombobulated for my tastes, and I didn’t feel like it fit the storyline.
2.5 / 5 stars