Apr 142015
 
Review: You Can Trust MeYou Can Trust Me by Sophie McKenzie
Published by St. Martin's Press on Apr 14, 2015
Genres: Adult, Mystery
Format: eARC from Netgalley
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

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?

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book was told in alternating chapters between Livy and the serial killer, and let me just tell you that the serial killer chapters were absolutely horrifying. They were so straight forward and emotionless, they really portrayed how utterly cold and psychotic the killer was.

That one element made the book hard to put down because I wanted to know who that horrible person was. I was completely unable to guess who it was, and was shocked, surprised, and horrified at the reveal. It almost seemed worst because it seemed believable.

Livy’s actual story didn’t fully impress me. I found her rather annoying, and she made several very questionable decisions. She was hard to like, and harder to root for.

That aside, the plot was interesting, and the book overall was intriguing enough that I read it quickly. It was mostly due to the serial killer’s narration, which was the highlight of the book, as horrible as that sounds. It was just so haunting and scary.

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