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- Publication Date : August 28, 2018
- File Size : 5457 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 390 pages
- Publisher : Forge Books (August 28, 2018)
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- ASIN : B078X31CP2
- Language: : English
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- Best Sellers Rank: #224,895 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Mercer is trying to pull herself out of the darkness after the deaths of her husband and daughter in a tragic car accident when her friend and editor talks her into writing a book about the trial of a young woman...Ashlyn...accused of killing her daughter. Trust me...she's guilty...until she's not and the jury frees her. Now the book Mercer is writing has to change focus...she needs to get Ashlyn's story about what happened. Just when you think you know what happened...you don't. Ashlyn is a master manipulator and Hank masterfully leads us through the maze until the final twist at the end. Trust me...this book is one of the best books of the summer!
TRUST ME is complex, chilling, dark. A tautly constructed gripping psychological thriller with a shocking "award-winning" twisty ending. An obsessed journalist faces off with a suburban mom. Only one can prevail.
"There are three sides to every story. Yours. Mine. And the Truth."
Ryan has outdone herself, and if this one does not wind up topping the charts on the New York Times bestselling list for months to come, I will be shocked. Furthermore, it is movie-worthy. If you love intelligently written true-crime shows or books, you will devour!
Readers, this is what you get with, TRUST ME. The author’s inside knowledge, skill, and expertise as a seasoned journalist. The up close and personal. She knows this business inside and out. She has seen and heard it all. Plot-driven and character-driven, the characters jump off the page and into your mind. They will twist you beyond belief. You will question everyone and everything. You will be turned in many directions. How many sides are there to the truth? Who is the liar? Can a writer be outsmarted? Let the games begin.
After reading, you will agree, trust me . . . She was born to write this story. Move over Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train, and The Woman in the Window, and The Wife Between Us. It is INTENSE! Hang on tight. It is a Wild ride. Let’s dive in.
Mercer Hennessey: Boston. Talented crime writer. Grieving wife and mother. It has been four hundred forty-two days since the car accident that destroyed her family. The crash that took Dex and Sophie. Each day she watches as the number disintegrate as she writes them on her steamy bathroom mirror. There has been no writing since the accident—except for the numbers on her mirror. People finally have left her alone. She has not heard from her former editor for months. Not since she stopped returning calls.
Katherine Craft: Her former editor. She thinks it is time for Mercer to get back to work. The Baby Boston story will be perfect for her. She wants her to write the inside story of this gruesome crime. A toddler was killed and dumped in Boston harbor. The mother is on trial for murder. She knows Mercer is the only writer who can do this story justice.
Mercer: A job. All she needs to do is watch the courtroom testimony through the same video feed the TV stations use, then write an instant book about the Baby Boston murder. She needs the money and is offered fifteen thousand dollars up front and the same after the verdict when the book hits the market. Then hefty royalties afterward. She could be a bestselling author. Possibly the book could give her a reason to get up in the morning. She knows this horrible mother is most definitely guilty. Maybe she can do this for Sophie and Dex. Strive for justice. She must avenge Baby Boston.
She will secretly dedicate the book to Sophie and all the little girls unfairly wrenched away from this world. Can she do this? A mother who took her own daughter’s life. She, in turn, lost her daughter due to a tragic accident. Is she prepared physically, mentally, and emotionally? It is never the mother, right? The boyfriend, father, but the mother? What kind of monster mother could kill her own two-year-old?
Mercer is a storyteller. A writer. She takes facts and makes them fascinating. Like in Cold Blood. Narrative Nonfiction. She agrees to write the book. She despises Ashlyn Bryant. The killer, of Tasha Nichole. Her innocent two-year-old daughter. She has been held in a cell for the past year and lied to everyone. Pretending Tasha was somewhere else with a babysitter. According to the police she had motive, means and opportunity. Ashlyn’s defense attorney is an old colleague of Dex.
Ashlyn Bryan is the most reviled woman in Massachusetts. The entire country. Two weeks after the verdict, she will be sentenced. As soon as she is put away for life, the publisher wants the book. Then, of course, she will have to add the ending. Mercer is sharp. She writes. She pours over the details. She captures Ashlyn’s deception, manipulation, her reliance on delusion, her narcissistic self- confidence. She writes about Tasha, the victim of her mother’s toxic life. It is empowering. Her words will become history. The truth. She must slip inside their heads. She wants justice. A little girl thrown away— discarded in a trash bag.
From Georgia the mother, the father, the club owner, Valerie-the babysitter, the daughter’s real father. Pouring through the trial, the court records, courtroom drama, transcripts, timelines, evidence, legalities. What is the truth and what is a lie?
Mercer is physically and emotionally addicted to Ashlyn’s punishment. But what if she is not found guilty? Could she write a book about redemption? Mercer knows what she is writing about is true, but she is good at making things up. However, so is Ashlyn. She soon decides she wants to see her in person to make the writing more vivid and authentic. She must figure out the details of what really happened.
She thinks back to the Casey Anthony trial. (we lived and breathed this in Florida- she now lives here in West Palm Beach). The woman who was charged with murdering her toddler daughter in Florida and was found not guilty (to everyone’s horror and disbelief). Is Ashlyn a sociopath? Or could she be telling the truth?
Casey and Ashlyn’s lives are similar as far as their clubbing and partying. Did she take murder lessons from Casey? Duct tape. Chloroform. Ashlyn Bryant is on trial for first-degree murder. Premeditation, malice, and extreme cruelty. However, this monster only has to make the jury see reasonable doubt. They do not want to convict for a crime that carries a life sentence without all the evidence.
“Jurors took two days to convict Jodi Arias of killing an ex-boyfriend. Four days to convict the Menendez brothers of killing their parents. Eleven days to convict Scott Peterson of killing his wife Lacey and their unborn child. On the other hand, that idiot Florida jury only took about ten hours to acquit Casey Anthony. To acquit O. J. Simpson, less than four hours. Four hours. So as long deliberation has to mean guilty. I deeply relish that Ashlyn must also know that.”
What if she gets off? Mercer will die if this happens. 41 hrs and 5 days. Her worst nightmare. She cannot believe this. Now she comes face to face with Ashlyn Bryant. Worse still her editor has delivered her to her doorstep, due to the media. The book is over. The trial is over. All her hard work. Now she has to write another book. This monster is in her home. The same house where her daughter had lived. She feels violated. This is where the games begin.
Now this, my dear reader friends is where TRUST ME and the author pulls out the "big guns." From 40-50% into the book, and every page to the explosive conclusion (THE TWIST) —an intense, deadly game of cat-and-mouse. Who is the liar? What is the truth? Who's zoomin' who?
The writing and the storytelling, exposing the truth. Mercer is determined. She uses her keen journalism techniques to allow the subject to believe the story is for their benefit, instead of your own. If Mercer can make it for two more weeks. She will use every trick in the book. However, Ashlyn is a master manipulator. She is a pro at deceiving and possess her own bag of tricks. No one has been in her house for over a year, and now there are only the memories and THIS WOMAN.
Then Ashlyn attempts to turn the tables. Will she succeed? Can she trust Mercer? Can Mercer believe anything that comes of Ashlyn’s mouth? Which one will win out in the end? OMG! How do you begin to describe this powerful novel and the superb writing?
No doubt Ryan draws inspiration from her career as an investigative reporter in TRUST ME, which explores the unlikely — and potentially sinister — a relationship that blossoms between a grieving journalist and an accused murderer who insists she's innocent. What results is a tense cat-and-mouse heart-pounding game that will keep you turning the pages into the wee hours of the morning. You have a grieving obsessed writer, and a (killer) suburban mom. Who will prevail?
At one point, I was unsure where the book was headed when Ashlyn began questioning Mercer about her family’s tragic accident. This portion reminded me of A. R. Torre’s The Ghostwriter (I loved-top books of 2017), another writer with child and husband killed in an accident. However, it took a different turn, I was holding my breath with this part with heart pounding.
BTW: Two authors will make the adrenaline pump and heart race. Of course, I read them back to back. I desperately needed a spa day at Eau Spa Palm Beach afterward: Pieces of Her (Karin Slaughter) and TRUST ME (Hank Phillippi Ryan).
Ryan explores many thought-provoking themes: grief, mother-daughter relationships, ethics in journalism, media sensationalism, and the desperate search for the elusive truth.
Having read and enjoyed Hank’s previous books (The Jane Ryland Series) – TRUST ME goes to a much deeper level. Her best yet! A darker psychological level. She explores all sides of the truth and knocks it "out of the park." Enjoyed the courtroom drama and the details. The best was the banter between the two women. Sizzling and thought-provoking!
Q&A with Hank Phillippi Ryan I am honored and thrilled for the opportunity to interview the acclaimed author. The interview was so much fun! You can read all the juicy details of the "story behind the story" and particular fun facts about the author. You are going to love. See my blog.
Have you seen her bio? Hello? Only a brilliant author such as Hank could pull off this complex and multi-layered tale with finesse and skill. Her flair, polish and artistry as a journalist, and an accomplished author—combined with her expertise and skill with years of investigative reporting and crime writing— equals an award-winning novel. A Must Read! A classic, for every thriller reader. A gem. Get it. Read it. Enjoy it. Let's Discuss. Book Clubs—A perfect choice.
The trial of a woman accused of killing her child is about to commence. Mercer's friend and former boss knows Mercer is the perfect person to report the trial and the only hiccup is that the book must be completed as soon as the verdict is tendered.
The trial eerily echoes the infamous child murder/ acquittal of a woman the world watched. Tabloids and print news as well as the televised audience held their breaths as the trial proceeded. Suspense mounted hourly. Theories abounded. Was this happening again? It seems to Mercer it was!
What can I say about this award worthy novel of suspense and the legal system that hasn't been already said? Superb? Intricate details? Characters that mimicked the reality? Dialog that has you turning page by page regardless of the reading hour?
This book had all the above and more. It is a stand alone novel that didn't have to resort to lurid details, or swearing, or sex, and, or anything more, than an excellence of human emotions and motives poured out onto a written (or audio,) page.
The ending was very satisfying and makes the reader crave for the next novel to be written. A suspense thriller that has you waiting for more.