I enjoyed the family story line incorporated in the suspense investigation, well done, it kept you wondering what and who was really involved. I thought the characters could have been flushed out better but I think it was intentional at the end.
Gil, is a family member who is autistic and adds to the suspense of the story but is he a reliable character, great distraction. I enjoyed his mumbling's and artistic way of communicating. It was amazing how the family accepted him for who he was but they didn't respect him.
Lorraine goes to her sisters house for vacation and when questioning an incident meets up with a Detective that she has no respect for professionally from the past and begins questioning and looking into investigations that may have not been fully complete. Teenage suicides and homeless kids committed suicide and not fully investigated. Does a suicide note immediately mean suicide? You are able to figure out something is going on but everyone you point your finger to, doesn't really make sense, it is a good challenge trying to piece it all together.
A very scary undercurrent was the bullying Lorraine's nephew was going through. The family dynamics the teenagers were dealing with was intense, mind blowing at times. I really judge when reading books and think parents are pretty damn bad, it is written on the wall and you're to scared to do anything, the most ridiculous parenting style in my opinion, just let your child die then, WTF is that, ok, enough venting.
The story was intense, had family drama, many clues that you will enjoy but misleading so it was entertaining to try and figure out. There were a few, I can't believe it moments, but it was my own bias. The reason for the suicide and or murder, eye rolling.
This can be read as a stand alone. All of her books are solid reads, I have gave Tell Tale 5 stars.