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Title:
Trust Me
Author:
Ryan, Hank Phillippi, author.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Forge, 2018.
Physical Description:
400 pages ; 25 cm
Summary:
An unlikely alliance between an accused killer who swears she is innocent and a grieving journalist trying to rebuild her shattered life leads to a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780765393074
Format :
Book

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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.

CAN YOU SPOT THE LIAR?

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?

"Grief and deception are at the helm of Hank Phillippi Ryan's latest thriller, Trust Me , in which a crime writer and an accused criminal's lives collide, as they come to discover that no one can be trusted, not even oneself. The tension mounts at a blistering pace, while Ryan dazzles on page, weaving a sinister story that readers won't be able to put down. A must read!"-- New York Times bestselling author Mary Kubica


Author Notes

HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN is the investigative reporter for Boston's NBC affiliate, and has won thirty-two Emmys and ten Edward R. Murrow Awards. A Boston Globe bestselling author, Ryan has won two Agatha Awards, in addition to the Anthony, Macavity, Daphne du Maurier, and Mary Higgins Clark Award. She is on the national board of directors of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime and is the author of The Other Woman, The Wrong Girl, Truth Be Told, Say No More, and What You See.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Every morning, in the fog on her bathroom mirror, Boston journalist Mercer Hennessey writes down the number of days since the car accident that killed her husband, Dex, and three-year-old daughter, Sophie 442, as the book opens. Then close friend, editor Katherine Crafts, offers Mercer a project to both distract her and provide income: write an instant book about the seemingly certain conviction of Ashlyn Bryant, a young woman standing trial for murdering her two-year-old daughter, Tasha. Plans go awry when Ashlyn is unexpectedly acquitted (a situation in which Mercer may have played a part), but Katherine rebounds with a different book in mind: the story of Ashlyn's redemption, as told to Mercer, which requires Ashlyn living at Mercer's house for several weeks until the book is finished. While Mercer probes for the truth about Tasha's death, Ashlyn changes her story repeatedly (she has bragged about being good at making stuff up) and insinuates herself into Mercer's life and the death of Sophie. This is the first stand-alone for Ryan, author of the Jane Ryland-Jake Brogan mystery series, and it's a knockout. Truth is elusive here, as the plot twists, driven by guilt and desperation, and tension grows. First-rate psychological suspense.--Michele Leber Copyright 2018 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Grief-stricken journalist Mercer Hennessey, the heroine of this intriguing standalone from Mary Higgins Clark Award-winner Ryan (Say No More and four other Jane Ryland novels), believes there are "no more good days" after her husband and three-year-old daughter die in a car crash, until she's assigned to write a true crime book about the Baby Boston murder trial. She gains a renewed sense of purpose-to avenge two-year-old Tasha Nicole Bryant, whose body was dumped in Boston harbor. Tasha Nicole's mother, Ashlyn Bryant, is accused of her daughter's murder, and Mercer is sure she's guilty. But when Ashlyn is found not guilty, Mercer must write a redemption story instead. After spending time with Ashlyn, Mercer begins to wonder whether Ashlyn is in fact innocent-and whether the book will be Ashlyn's redemption story or her own. Despite some sluggish moments, this sinister tale twists to a satisfying conclusion. Ryan casts a revealing light on media sensationalism, ethics in journalism, and the nature of truth. Agent: Lisa Gallagher, DeFiore & Co. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Ryan's ("Jane Ryland" and "Charlotte -McNally" series) new stand-alone introduces journalist Mercer Hennessey, who lost her husband and young daughter in a car accident over a year ago. Each day since is still a struggle. When her former editor asks her to write a true-crime account of the case that's gripping the nation, she's hesitant at first. How can she delve into the life of Ashlyn Bryant, whom everyone knows is guilty of killing her small daughter and dumping her body in the Boston Harbor? But knowing that she'd give anything to have her own daughter back, how could Mercer not write about this murderous mother? Ashlyn has always maintained her innocence, but no one believes her. As she watches the courtroom feed, Mercer begins to ask questions, and the deeper she goes, the more her own convictions are challenged. VERDICT While the protagonist is not particularly realistically drawn (her actions serve the author's needs rather than grow organically out of her character), this slow-building thriller that examines "truth" and who gets to define it is bound to be a late-summer hit among readers looking for twisty stories with reverses and feints.-Jane Jorgenson, -Madison P.L., WI © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.