Lauren Adams is just an ordinary single girl, until one split-second decision throws her life into crisis. When she meets the handsome and intriguing Max Davies during a girls' weekend away, she can't believe her luck. But it soon turns out to be her biggest mistake. Max gets accused of murder, a murder that allegedly happened on the same night he and Lauren met. Is Max really the man she thinks he is? Is he really innocent of murder? And why does Lauren hear him late at night, building something in the basement - a basement he's made clear is out of bounds? Tell me why follows a woman who just wants to be loved, but who instead ends up in a tangled web of lies, deceit, and terror.

A chilling read you won't stop talking about.


Author Ruth O’Neill has created suspense in such a way and without any confusion that I found myself astonished and speechless. Claire Davis

Ladies and gentleman Ruth O'Neill has done it again! An absolutely intense page-turner of a book!

O'Neill's writing style is very compelling, especially with the use of her descriptive writing which helps draw the reader into the story. New Book Reviewer 

If you’ve read and enjoyed any of my titles, I’d be tremendously grateful if you could spare just a couple of minutes to leave a positive review on Amazon and Goodreads. Thank you so much!

I would describe both of my thrillers Befriended and Tell Me Why are tense with a sinister sense of building dread, and I sincerely hope you will have great difficulty in putting them down.

Sunshine & Tears is more of a memoir and chronicles the destructive power that alcohol can have on people's lives.

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