Tyler Bruce – hell raiser and bad boy – tells his story in his own words.
Alternating between past and present, Just Don’t Mention It is narrated from Tyler’s perspective. We see his life as a twelve-year-old boy suffering physical abuse at the hands of his dad. We see him as the daredevil seventeen-year-old we first met in Did I Mention I Love You?, the stepbrother who falls head over heels for Eden.
In these parallel timelines we finally understand the enigmatic Tyler’s complex story and his innermost thoughts – on his dad, his mom, on Tiffani and Eden – all the things Eden wasn’t witness to. And, crucially, the reader gains heartbreaking insight into why Tyler becomes the self-obsessed, angry and unhappy guy we encounter in DIMILY.
This utterly addictive rollercoaster of a novel gives voice to one of the most adored characters in Estelle Maskame’s extraordinary international bestseller, Did I Mention I Love You?
I admit I was late to the party with the ‘Did I Mention I Love You?’ series, but as soon as I finished it, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Tyler’s version of events in ‘Just Don’t Mention It’. Not because it felt like something was missing, but because Tyler and Eden had sucked me into their world and I was really eager to see events from Tyler’s perspective.
As a concept, step-siblings entering into a relationship is for many a grey area, and I was fascinated by Maskame’s decision to explore this. Tyler and Eden meet for the first time when they 17 and 15. They are strangers. Tyler’s mum has married Eden’s dad, but they were raised together, they’ve never treated each other as siblings. So is it really wrong that they are attracted to each other?
This book is set in sunny California and is an ideal summer read. It’s got all the drama and gossip you could want, with a lot of heart.
Many thanks to Estelle Maskame, Lina Langlee and Ink Road for a review copy of this book. This is my honest opinion.