Published by Forge Books on August 28th 2018
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Trust Me, this book was a great psychological thriller.
“Do I ever get to start over?”
Mercer Hennessey begins her days by marking off the number of days it has been since her husband, Dex and their daughter, Sophie died. She was once a journalist who decided to become a stay at home mom to care for her daughter. Her whole world stopped when she lost her family. Mercer has been asked by her editor friend, Katherine, to write a true crime book about the case of a young woman, Ashlyn Bryant, accused of murdering her daughter, Tasha and dumping her body in the Boston harbor. This case hit close to home as Mercer is steel reeling from the death of her three-year-old daughter and her husband. She decides to take the job and begins watching the trial at home and writing each day.
This book was full of twists and turns and the beauty in this book is in the writing of the character of Ashlyn. While reading this book, I found myself guessing, re-guessing, second-guessing, going back to my original theory, coming up with new theories…. UGH! You get the picture. Ashlyn is frustrating, and I could never tell if she was telling the truth. She was manipulative, constantly lying, and twisted the truth. The entire book I questioned was this another lie? Why lie? Why be vague? Why twist the truth? I felt as frustrated by Ashlyn as Mercer appears to feel in the book! I also loved how Ashlyn spoke in this book. The “and didn’t you ever wonder,” or “don’t you think” She was constantly testing the reaction she was getting from what she was saying, even bragging once that “I am so good at this.”
While reading this book, many readers will think of the cases we have all read about in the news – I thought of “Baby Doe” the little girl whose body was found in the Boston Harbor, Casey Anthony, Susan Smith, etc. to name a few. Those cases are unimaginable and heartbreaking. This does have the ripped from the headlines feel to it and I believe that was intentional. I used to live outside of Boston and have seen Hank Phillippi Ryan on the news. I am not sure if she still is, but she was an investigative journalist, and she uses her journalism skills here. She knows how to flesh out a story and how to write about how the media comes into play and even has her characters making comments about members of the media.
I found this book to be well-written, tense, suspenseful, and thought provoking. I had my super-sleuth hat on trying to determine what was the truth, what was another lie, wondering if I would ever learn the truth, etc. This book was complex, well thought out and plotted. I was captivated by the story and invested in knowing what truly happened to Tasha. Hank Phillippi Ryan did great job at keeping me on my toes and the pages flying by. I was riveted to the pages. The description was perfect – this was a twisted game of cat and mouse!
Trust me, you will not be disappointed by this book! This is the third book I have read by this Author, and I feel it is her best book to date.
Thank you to Macmillan-Tor/Forge and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.