[Review] You Can Trust Me by Sophie McKenzie

Posted 14 April, 2015 by DLWhite in Reviews, Writers Read 0 Comments

You Can Trust Me Book Cover You Can Trust Me
Sophie McKenzie
St. Martin's Press
April 14, 2015
NetGalley/ST Martin's Press

The suspicious circumstances of her best friend's suicide drive a woman to the possibility that it was murder—a murder which might involve the same man who killed her sister eighteen years ago

On a quiet, gray, Saturday morning, Livy arrives at her best friend Julia’s flat for a lunch date only to find her dead. Though all the evidence supports it, Livy cannot accept the official ruling of suicide; the Julia she remembers was loud, inappropriate, joyful, outrageous and loving, not depressed. The suspicious circumstances cause Livy to dig further, and she is suddenly forced to confront a horrifying possibility: that Julia was murdered, by the same man who killed Livy's sister, Kara, eighteen years ago.

Desperate to understand the tragedies of her past and hold her unraveling life together, Livy throws herself into the search for Kara and Julia’s killer, who she now believes is someone close to her family. But if that is true, who can she still trust? Damien, the man Julia was secretly dating? Leo, her husband’s boss and a close family friend? His son Paul, her husband’s best mate since college? Or Will, her own dear husband, who has betrayed her perhaps one time too many?

When Livy finally faces her sister’s killer, and he tries to force her to destroy her family with one horrible, impossible choice, she must finally decide: is she strong enough to trust herself?


So, looking at the fellow reviews, I see I am in the minority as usual, but this book was SO GOOD. From page one I was hooked into Livy and Will, the strain on their marriage from his infidelity that should be buried in the past but keeps bobbing to the surface, and Livy’s best friend Julia who’s desperately trying to reach her at the most inopportune time. Figuring that Julia is just being self absorbed, Livy ignores the call.

But the next day, she discovers Julia dead in her flat, with a suicide note typed on her laptop.

The problem is….. suicide doesn’t fit Julia. Not at all, as a vibrant and happy person, outgoing, smart and sophisticated. A dull service arranged by her brother? Julia would never ask for that– she hated her brother and wanted nothing to do with her mother. Julia was the best friend of Livy’s younger sister Kara, who was murdered at University ten years ago. After Kara’s death, Livy and Julia grew as close as sisters… but Julia’s family is pushing Livy out, treating her like an acquaintance, someone Julia just happened to know.

When it is discovered that Julia was about to tell Livy who murdered Kara, Livy becomes an amateur detective who is the only person who believes that Julia was murdered. Along with Julia’s secret boyfriend (fiance??) Damian, Livy finds herself a target of the killer as well. Can she find the clues and expose him before he can silence her for good?

This novel was a page-turning, fast moving train. My idea of whodunit came early on, and I was searching for clues to confirm my hypothesis. I did enjoy the interstitial chapters where we dive into the mind of the murderer. He talks about each of his kills and what they meant to him. In his mind, he was unstoppable, invincible. He had ‘good reasons’ for each of his kills. What a psychotic beast. I must admit the identity of Kara’s murderer came out of complete left field. If I felt let down at all, it was that I wasn’t all that enamoured with who the killer turned out to be. I didn’t care about him…I didn’t even really.. KNOW him. If that makes sense.

Around halfway through I was tempted to stay up all night and finish reading it, something I am not prone to do. Overall, a great read. If you enjoy fast paced thrillers with twists and turns and a bit of a surprise ending, you’ll enjoy You Can Trust Me!

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