Review: Trust Me by Hank Phillipi Ryan


Release date: August 28, 2018

Publisher: Forge

Genre: Mystery/Thriller


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?

Trust Me is the chilling standalone novel of psychological suspense and manipulation that award-winning author and renowned investigative reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan was born to write.


Well, my mind was officially blown as soon as I finished this one, you guys know that I read a ton of thrillers and love the feeling of not knowing exactly where a story is headed, but Trust Me takes things to a new level. I changed my mind at least a hundred times about what direction this would take, so many times that I started to confuse myself! There was so much going on here it made my head spin at times and it definitely kept me on the edge of my seat.

The blurb here is short and sweet and absolutely perfect so I’m not even going to say a whole lot here because going in blind really upped my enjoyment and I want the same awesome experience for you as well. Mercer is a journalist trying to recover from a terrible tragedy and her first foray back into work is to write a true crime book covering the trial of Ashlyn who is accused of murdering her toddler. Horrific stuff and Casey Anthony immediately springs to mind, and Ryan doesn’t shy away from the comparisons, she actually references her several times in the book which I thought was a cool move, she definitely wasn’t trying to rip anyone off. Mercer is convinced that Ashlyn is guilty, but did she really kill her little girl? In a weird twist of fate Mercer and Ashlyn wind up playing a dangerous game of cat and mouse and that’s where I stop talking about the plot.

I found this to be highly unique and loved the book within a book structure, that always intrigues me and was very well done here. Ryan has a sharp writing style and this was meticulously plotted, remember how I said my head was spinning? That was so true, she left me reeling in the end and so surprised by what ended up happening.

Trust Me in three words: Original, Tricky and Complex.

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

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