‘Trust Me’ a stel­lar thriller

For­mer jour­nal­ist must over­come pain of loss to find the truth

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“Trust Me” (Forge Books), by Hank Phillippi Ryan

Aformer jour­nal­ist has a chance at redemption and re­cov­ery of her shat­tered life when she re­ceives an of­fer to write about a heinous trial in Hank Phillippi Ryan’s stel­lar thriller, “Trust Me.”

Mercer Hen­nessey was a well­re­spected news writer but she gave it up to be with her fam­ily. She was a lov­ing wife and de­voted mother, but an ac­ci­dent changed ev­ery­thing and now she’s a widow. She knows she needs to pick her­self up but doesn’t dare take that first step back to the real world.

When her for­mer boss of­fers her the chance to write a tell-all book about a sig­nif­i­cant trial, Mercer can’t refuse. A tele­vi­sion feed from the court­room to her liv­ing room will al­low her to stay pri­vate while also re­dis­cov­er­ing the joy of writ­ing.

The is­sue Mercer has to grap­ple with is the case it­self. Ash­lyn Bryant is ac­cused of mur­der­ing her young daugh­ter. Her alibi shifts con­stantly, and she seems to have ex­cuses for ev­ery piece of ev­i­dence pro­vided by pros­e­cu­tors. Mercer quickly sees the case as a chance to move past the death of her hus­band and daugh­ter, and she will do this by see­ing jus­tice done in the trial against Bryant. As Mercer digs deeper and be­gins to chron­i­cle the pro­ceed­ings, she be­gins to find holes that might change what she thought was an in­evitable out­come. Can Mercer over­come her pain of loss to un­cover the truth? Can she trust her­self to find those jour­nal­is­tic skills again?

Ryan is an expert at telling a story that in­vokes sus­pense with emo­tional res­o­nance. Strong feel­ings like grief, anger and love ooze off the page while re­al­is­tic char­ac­ters make the reader care about ev­ery tiny de­tail of the story. And just when it starts to lean to­ward be­ing pre­dictable, Ryan throws in a huge twist to com­pletely up­end the nar­ra­tive.

“Trust Me” when I say that her lat­est is her best novel to date. ___ On­line: http://han­kphillip­piryan.com/

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