Parents' Guide to

Nothing More to Tell

By Lucinda Dyer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Teen investigates cold-case murder in terrific page-turner.

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age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+

Mild iffy content, in page turning thriller full of twists and turns

Karen writes another murder-mystery full of twists and fun. Karen wrote ONE OF US IS LYING, ONE OF US IS NEXT for kids around 13 years and up, but she also wrote THE COUSINS, TWO CAN KEEP A SECRET, and NOTHING MORE TO TELL (this book) for around 12 year olds. The most mild book is the cousins by Karen. But (personally) I also think that NOTHING MORE TO TELL is not very tense like ONE OF US IS LYING. Expect profanity, plus talk about alcohol (nothing is described). For violence, there’s brief talk about murder plus punching, and adults holding guns but no shootings. There’s also quite a bit of kissing as well. There are some messages about friendships and sharing things with families and friends when we are in unfortunate situations. The novel also mixes teens from different cultures and different nationalities. Teens are brave strong & perseverant.
age 14+

Twists and Turns Galore

There are many twists and turns in this mystery. There is a fair amount of language including the religious variety. Several main characters drink a lot of alcohol regularly. The content of conversation is often more mature which is why I rated it 14 and up. The ending is weaker than the rest of the book which is why I gave it 4 stars.

This title has:

Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

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Author Karen M. McManus takes a popular storyline (spunky teen solves murder) and gives it a sparkling refresh with complex characters and a plot certain to keep readers guessing. Nothing More to Tell will appeal both to readers looking for a light-on-the-blood-and-gore mystery and those looking for a can't-put-it-down read with characters who are dealing with tough issues like teen alcoholism, family dysfunction, and broken friendships.

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