Tell-All is the newest book by one of my favorite authors, Chuck Palahniuk. If you remember last year’s review of Pygmy, I said that I did not like how the book started out because of the style of writing. Well this book was kind of the same for me.
It actually took me about four days to get to about page 42. Then from there, I read the rest of the book in about two hours. Obviously it gets pretty good, but for some reason the beginning was extremely dull.
The book is about a movie star, it is set back in the 60s (I am guessing, it’s actually hard to tell). The narrator is the actresses “friend”, Hazie Coogan, who is kind of a maid/friend/caretaker.
The plot revolves Hazie trying to help Katherine (the star) prevent Katherine’s new boyfriend from murdering her to help him sell his unfinished tell all novel. Like any ChuckP, there are plenty of twists and turns.
The part of this book that I would like to complain about, is the style of making it seem like a tabloid paper. All of the name-dropping becomes a little hard to follow at times. Especially with so many different actors from that time being mentioned (I had to wikipedia a few before saying screw it).
Without giving away the ending, let me just say that if you are a fan of ChuckP’s books, then you will expect this one. I do not know if it is because I expect it, but his twists do not surprise me anymore. Unfortunately, that could be because I am always looking for it (kind of like M.Night Shamalamawhatever movies).
Anyways, it was a good book. Nothing crazy, and nothing really extraordinary, but a decent read once you get past the beginning and get used to the style.