Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Trust In Me by Sophie Mckenzie

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.

Star Rating

I received this book from the publishers for an open and honest review.

It is not often I verbally rave about books and force them upon other people but I have already given my copy of 'Trust In Me' by Sophie Mckenzie to my mum, who like myself, loves a good old crime thriller.  

In the past I have read some of Sophie Mckenzie's Young Adult material and was interested to see how her writing style would change in this psychological thriller for adults. In short, the writing was pacy, exciting and kept me hooked from beginning to end. This is one of those books that will have you grappling with yourself as you try not to flick to the last page to discover the whos, whens, wheres and whys. 

'Trust In Me' tells the story of our protagonist, Lily, who arrives at her best friend Julia's home to discover her dead, on the sofa, after what initially appears to be a suicide. Rocked with guilt, having ignored an earlier text from Julia, Lily sets off to investigate what really happened that night in Julia's flat. Along the way, Julia discovers a number of clues that, as stated in the blurb, 'tear the very fabric of her own life apart.' As Lily starts to realise that she never truly knew the real Julia, the reader is catapulted into a series of shocking revelations. 

The author cleverly drops red herrings and subtle clues throughout the story introducing us to some interesting characters that may or may not have something to do with Julia's death. Sophie Mckenzie also uses a sequence of diary entries written by an unnamed man which are sadistic and bestial in nature. It becomes clear to the reader that these entries must have something to do with Julia's killer and I found myself growing more and more desperate to discover the true identity of Julia's killer.  Who was the real Julia and why was she killed?

This psychological thriller has plenty of twists and turns with enough potential suspects to keep you guessing until the very end! Trust in me and read this book!

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