Tell Me What Really Happened
Author: Chelsea Sedoti
Narrator: Full Cast Narration
Published: April 4, 2023
Audiobook: 8 hours 00 minutes
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Listened To: July 20-25, 2023
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars
The Breakfast Club meets The Usual Suspects in this riveting YA mystery told entirely through the first-person police interviews of four teens over the course of several hours that asks: How far will you go to be remembered?
An influencer, an overachiever, a heartthrob, an outcast, and a conspiracy theorist all go into the woods.
Sometime around midnight, one of them vanishes.
Now, the four who came back sit at the police station, and they each have a very different story to tell about the events of the night.
What truths will their lies reveal? And with the clock ticking, will the real story come out before one of them is gone for good?
We all know how stories like this go: Five teens go camping in the forest and only four come out. The fifth is missing! We have five different personalities: A wanna-be influencer, the overachiever, the heartthrob, the outcast, and one who believes in conspiracy theories. The four remaining are all being interviewed and each have their own version of what happened. And what really happened is somewhere in between.
When I first read the description of the book, I knew I had to listen to the audio format since it is all first-person narration of each of the four remaining teens telling their version of what happened to the police. And I was right in that decision!
The five teens go camping for the weekend at Salvation Creek, which is notorious for its folktales and missing person stories, specifically young women. Things happen and over the course of the evening one goes missing. What happened to the missing teen? Afterwards, the teens are interviewed by the police and over the course of the novel we find out what actually happened.
At first, I wasn’t sure about the story, but I kept listening and really enjoyed the direction it went in, specifically from Nolan the conspiracy theorist. I won’t say what he thinks but I actually loved that direction and hearing his side of what he believes happened. This seems to be opposite of what most others thought who have shared their reviews. It worked for me though!
This novel ended up being a fun and quick read. I really like how the cover is a lie detector! If you are a YA thriller fan then pick this one up to read.