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What I Couldn’t Tell You

Laura was head over heels in love with Joe. But now Laura lies in a coma and Joe has gone missing. Was the the one who attacked her?

Laura’s sister Tessie is selectively mute. She can’t talk but she can listen. And as people tell her their secrets, she thinks she’s getting closer to understanding what happened on that fateful night.

When love turns to jealousy, when jealousy turns to rage, when rage turns to destruction…


“An ‘unputdownable’ mystery, in which we race the narrator to solve the crime – and a character with selective mutism is included without sensationalism or clichés.”
Scottish Booktrust

“The crime mystery elements were intriguing, the story flowed very well and pieced together the mystery bit-by-bit, and the perspective of someone with SM was very interesting to read.”
Wonderfully Bookish

“This book gives an excellent portrayal of selective mutism and how it affects the whole family. A good thriller that keeps you guessing until the final chapters.”
Serendipity Reviews 

“I couldn’t put this book down and just found it majorly interesting.”
The Book Moo 

“I strongly recommend this book and I’d love to read more by Faye Bird in future.”
YA Under My Skin 

“This is a truly brilliant book.”
A Daydreamer’s Thoughts 

“An enjoyable and intriguing read that grips you from the beginning.”
Laura’s Little Book Blog 

“What I couldn’t tell you has a fantastically unique protagonist, compelling relationships and a storyline that kept me on the edge of my seat until the end.”
Mia in Narnia 

“It’s a really well-judged thriller, does an amazing job of delving into people’s emotions, what breaks them and what they do about it, and is just generally worth reading, for the SM representation if nothing else.”
Another Teen Reader 

“It only took me a couple of days to read What I Couldn’t Tell You because it was hard to put down. A gripping thriller for a Young Adult novel.”
Rachel Bustin 

“Faye Bird has achieved a remarkable thing here, she has managed to deliver to the reader a very detailed understanding of the life of a SM young person, without ever being patronising… YA readers will find a great deal to identify with in the twisting and turning sub-plots.”
Awfully Big Reviews

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