Speak no evil was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Book: speak no evil
Author: liana Gardner
Publication date: October 2019
Genre: young adult, contemporary
Rating: 5 STARS
What if every time you told the truth, evil followed? My name is Melody Fisher.
My daddy was a snake handler in Appalachia until Mama died. Though years have passed, I can still hear the rattle before the strike that took her from me.
And it’s all my fault.
Since then, I’ve been passed around from foster home to foster home. I didn’t think anything could be as bad as losing Mama.
I was wrong.
But I will not speak of things people have done to me. Every time I do, worse evil follows. Now, the only thing I trust is what saved me years ago.
Back when I would sing the snakes calm
The synopsis doesn’t tell us a lot so I had no idea what to expect going into this story but holy shit I was in for the ride.
We follow a young girl named melody fisher who has been through so many horrible things. From witnessing the death of her mother to being tossed around from foster home to foster home. Melody soon learns speaking the truth only brings on worse situations for her.
Throughout this story we jump back in time to when Melody was young and we get background and more understanding into the reasons she is the way she is, which I truly loved. Following a bright and curious young girl follow in her daddy’s footsteps and simply adore her parents just as much as they adore her. Watching this family unit was truly so heartwarming and I loved reading all about this.
Speak no evil explores sooo many themes and hard-hitting topics such as rape, molestation, violence, death and grief. I didn’t expect these topics to be within this story but they added such an amazing element and depth to this story.
I honestly can’t say more about this story because I’ll spoil it for you but it was simply an amazing book that envoked so many emotions and thoughts in me.
Speak no evil is a book you NEED to grab right now! I will never forget this story and will 100% reread it!
About the author
Liana Gardner is the multi-award-winning author of 7th Grade Revolution (most recently the recipient of a 2018 Nautilus Book Award) and The Journal of Angela Ashby.
The daughter of a rocket scientist and an artist, Liana combines the traits of both into a quirky yet pragmatic writer and in everything sees the story lurking beneath the surface.
Liana volunteers with high school students through EXP (expfuture.org). EXP unites business people and educators to prepare students for a meaningful place in the world of tomorrow. Working in partnership with industry and educators, EXP helps young people EXPerience, EXPand, and EXPlore.
Engaged in a battle against leukemia and lymphoma, Liana spends much of her time at home, but her imagination takes her wherever she wants to go.
Liana is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.