Trust Me by Hank Phillippi Ryan
Using one forefinger I write on the bathroom mirror, drawing through the steamy condensation left by the shower. This morning's number is 442.
Four hundred forty-two days since the car accident that destroyed my family. The crash that took Dex and Sophie from me. The numbers disintegrate as I write them. They melt into watery tears, then disappear.
I would give anything, anything. I would do anything. Longing--unbidden, unwanted--hits me hard as I look at my reflection. We make those offers every day, filling in our own personal blanks. If you make this happen, we promise, I'll give up drinking. Or speeding. Or whatever. If only you'll give me what I want, I'll be a better daughter. A more reliable husband. A more devoted wife.
Make my wish come true, and I'll do...anything.
Trust Me was one of the 'Guppy Book of the Month' selections that I received and I was so excited to have it. I've read more than one positive review and was quite eager to check out this first standalone book by Hank Phillippi Ryan. There are two mothers in Trust Me - one a journalist who is tasked to write about another mother - that one accused of killing her daughter. Not a pleasant subject at all. Plus, Mercer Hennessey, the journalist, is recovering emotionally from losing her own small daughter and husband in a tragic car accident. Mercer is not in the best place in her head, but she needs to work and this is her task. The book is divided into sections, the first of which is the trial of Ashlyn Bryant. Mercer is caught up in viewing that trial - did Ashlyn do it or is she being framed? It's a bit difficult to talk more about this tale without giving away too much, so that's all I'll say about the plot.
I was very interested in where this story would venture. Most compelling and, honestly, a bit nutty at times. Who do we believe? Is Mercer reliable as she filters everything through her own grief? At one point I was sure I knew. And then I didn't. I was very annoyed with the characters more than once. Again, I thought I had things figured out. I did not. And so it went. This way and that and then upside down. So, was I happy at the end? Yes and no. Do I think that Hank Phllippi Ryan created a story that you'll want to try? Yes, I do. Do I consider this one a thriller? Yes, if your definition is 'unputdownable'. I'm happy to know that another standalone is in this author's future for next summer. And now I have some time to catch up with her backlist. This book is recommended - TRUST ME...ha!
An accused killer insists she's innocent of a heinous murder.
A grieving journalist surfaces from the wreckage of her shattered life.
Their unlikely alliance leads to a dangerous cat and mouse game that will leave you breathless.
Who can you trust when you can't trust yourself?
There are three sides to every story. Yours. Mine. And the truth.