Tell On You, the story of a married teacher’s fatal infatuation with his beautiful 16-year-old student, best fits into the emerging niche genre of “Grip Lit.” These novels, usually authored by women and inspired by the wildly successful Gone Girl, are thrillers with psychological nuances and frequently unreliable narrators. Readers love the must-turn-the-page suspense, even while they may dislike the characters. The author of Tell On You is a psychologist, well-acquainted with the dark corners of the heart.
Jeremy Barrett, a 33-year-old teacher, has a demanding wife, insufferable in-laws, an unexpected baby on the way, and no real prospects. But Nikki Jordan, his beautiful 16-year-old student, makes him feel like a hero. She inspires him to write poetry, take chances, and dream of new possibilities.
Until he awakens to his worst nightmare.
“Fans of Megan Abbott, rejoice! There’s a new writer in school, and she depicts with dazzling insight the lives of troubled girls and the vulnerable adults they ensnare in their traps.”
– Jenny Milchman, Mary Higgins Clark award-winning author of Cover of Snow, Ruin Falls, and As Night Falls.