Trust Me Review

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Trust Me by Gemma Metcalfe
Rating 5/5
Source: Netgalley
Released: 10th March 2017

One phone call. Two lives. Their darkest secrets. 

Lana needs to sell a holiday, fast. Stuck in Tenerife, in a dead end job, she never expected a response quite like Liam's.

Thousands of miles away a phone rings. Liam never intended to pick up, he's too busy choosing the quickest way to die. But at least someone should know the truth before he goes, even if that someone is a stranger.

As time runs out both are drawn to the other, expressing thoughts they never imagined they would share.

When you're about to die will your secrets even matter? 

The blurb for this book had me intrigued when I read it on Netgalley. Answering the phone to an unknown number is one of those silly things that makes my heart beat a little bit faster. A call about PPI is nothing compared to the conversation that goes one between Lana and Liam, but it's the sort of thing I expect to hear every time I see 'No caller ID'.

Liam is in trouble, he's given up and has decided that the only thing left for him to do is take his own life. The only reason he even answer Lana's call is that he wants to tell someone what's going on before he dies. It's a really desperate position to be in, wanting just one random stranger to know you suffered before you go and my heart really went out to Liam.

Trust Me is split into two narratives that tie together through Lana and Liam's phone calls. Although Lana has struggles of her own, when she hears Liam's tale of his wife and how he is treat, she makes it her mission to keep Liam alive. Both stories within Trust Me had their strengths, but overall I preferred Liam's side of the story for just how much was going on but you need Lana and her holiday sales as a catalyst to tell this story.

The format felt a lot like that of Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris, which is certainly a compliment in my opinion, the alternating stories and times makes for a really mesmerising read and Gemma differentiates between the different chapters with date stamps so you'll never get lost while reading. I think the writing style, as well as the plot itself, is one of the strongest elements of this book and kept me reading right through to chapter 19 in one sitting.

I don't want to spoil the ending for anyone who thinks they may want to read this book when it comes out next month, but if you're anything like me you'll be left reeling. For a debut novel I really can't praise this book enough for being catered towards its target audience. The twists will keep you thoroughly entertained while reading this unpredictable and gripping thriller.

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