Note, the format of my Short and Sweet reviews differs in that they simply comprise the book blurb and a short response (hence, the short and sweet).
If I hadn’t had work the next morning, I’d have finished this in one sitting. Trust in Me is one of those books that it’s hard to put down because there are so many twists and turns. I’ve discovered a new psychological thriller writer in Sophie McKenzie, without a doubt. Here’s the blurb:
Julia has always been the friend that Livy turns to when life is difficult. United fifteen years ago by grief at the brutal murder of Livy’s sister, Kara, they’ve always told each other everything. Or so Livy thought. So when Julia is found dead in her home, Livy cannot come to terms with the news that she chose to end her own life. The Julia that Livy knew was vibrant and vivacious, a far cry from the selfish neurotic that her family seem determined to paint her as. Troubled by doubt but alone in her suspicions, Livy sets out to prove that Julia was in fact murdered. But little does she realise that digging into her best friend’s private life will cause her to question everything she thought she knew about Julia. And the truth that Livy discovers will tear the very fabric of her own life apart.
If you like books that keep you guessing, Trust in Me will fit the brief. A combination of clever writing, a good story and plenty of surprises has resulted in a book that kept me glued to the pages, my mind sifting through the possibilities. Like Livy, the reader is drawn deeply into the guessing game, vicariously experiencing Livy’s paranoia as she suspects everyone around her of involvement in her friend’s death. By the last third, I had a pretty good idea and my theory proved right. The chapters written from the murderer’s perspective were disturbing, especially the confession that the murderer had no “excuse” for being a psychopath, such as abusive parents, but just liked hurting others. As the lead character, Livy didn’t really stand out, however, I did feel for her as she struggled with her adolescent daughter’s ups and downs. I could feel her frustration and helplessness; it was as if she she channelled all of that into solving Julia’s murder – it was as if she was taking a stand and trying to regain some control in her life.
A solid, fast-paced page-turner, Trust in Me is hard to put down. It will get your brain working at the very least!
Available from good bookstores. My copy was courtesy of Simon & Schuster Australia.