Trust In Me
by Sophie mcKenzie
The bestselling author of Close My Eyes returns with a chilling psychological thriller. Julia has always been the friend that Livy turns to when life is difficult. United fifteen years ago by grief at the brutal murder of Livy’s sister, Kara, they’ve always told each other everything. Or so Livy thought. So when Julia is found dead in her home, Livy cannot come to terms with the news that she chose to end her own life. The Julia that Livy knew was vibrant and vivacious, a far cry from the selfish neurotic that her family seem determined to paint her as. Troubled by doubt but alone in her suspicions, Livy sets out to prove that Julia was in fact murdered. But little does she realise that digging into her best friend’s private life will cause her to question everything she thought she knew about Julia. And the truth that Livy discovers will tear the very fabric of her own life apart.
When Livy finds her best friend Julia dead at home, her world is turned upside down. Everyone believes Julia has committed suicide. Everyone except Livy and Julia’s boyfriend, Damian. Together they try to find clues to prove that Julia was murdered. This leads them to a very dark place, where the murder of Livy’s sister, 15 years earlier, is connected to Julia’s death.
I found the book gripping. There are lots of good characters, especially Livy, whose life was already in turmoil before the discovery of her best friend’s body. As the story progresses her sense of isolation becomes palpable. She can trust no-one, not even her husband, who has betrayed her in the past. She certainly can’t turn to her daughter for comfort as her behaviour, for a 12 year old, has to be the worst ever seen.
I did guess who the culprit was quite early on, but it didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the book as I couldn’t piece everything together.
A very good thriller which was hard to put down.
Thanks to the publisher, Simon & Schuster, for sending me a copy via netgalley.