What if every time you told the truth, evil followed?
My name is Melody Fisher. My daddy was a snake handler in Appalachia until Mama died. Though years have passed, I can still hear the rattle before the strike that took her from me.
And it's all my fault.
Since then, I've been passed around from foster home to foster home. I didn't think anything could be as bad as losing Mama.
I was wrong.
But I will not speak of things people have done to me. Every time I do, worse evil follows. Now, the only thing I trust is what saved me years ago.
Back when I would sing the snakes calm ...
Speak No Evil is a haunting story about Melody, the daughter of snake handlers in the south. She has a truly horrible upbringing - experiencing abuse and trauma. When we meet Melody, she's 16 and is no longer speaking. She also is in trouble for violence at school. Melody, who has a special connection to the living beings around her as well as having a special sense of feeling, needs to be able to talk because people are spinning tales of her life without her input. Melody needs to speak.
I found Speak No Evil to be inspiring as much as it was evocative because of Melody's journey from losing her mother through all the trauma she goes through. The use of lyrics/poems were a key feature of not only reading this book, but feeling what Melody was feeling. This book is truly unlike any other book, let alone YA book, that I have ever read. It's content ringing with truth and hurt - it is an experience to read Speak No Evil.
I recommend this book to everyone, but I do want to provide a trigger warning for abuse. Take care of yourselves readers.