Trust Me by Hank Phillippi Ryan

Trust Me

An accused killer insists she's innocent of a heinous murder.A grieving journalist surfaces from the wreckage of her shattered life.Their unlikely alliance leads to a dangerous cat and mouse game that will leave you breathless.Who can you trust when you can't trust yourself?Trust Me is the chilling standalone novel of psychological suspense and manipulation that award-winning author and renowned investigative reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan was born...

Details Trust Me

TitleTrust Me
Release DateAug 28th, 2018
PublisherForge Books
GenreThriller, Mystery, Fiction, Suspense

Reviews Trust Me

  • Debra
    4.5 starsTrust 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 cri...
  • Linda
    A lie runs until it is overtaken by the truth.Hank Phillippi Ryan, you have turned my brain inside out in this one. Trust Me is like being in free-fall, tumbling and overturning again and again with no safety net in sight. Where, oh where will truth meet justice in this whiplash of a storyline?Mercer clocks time in days numbered with a shaky finger gliding up and down on the steamed mirror in the bathroom. Each number represents a notch that move...
  • Fran
    Journalist Mercer Hennessey was a full time mother to daughter, Sophie, putting her career on hold. Nothing could have prepared her for the accident that took the life of lawyer husband, Dex and three year old, Sophie. Her steamy bathroom mirror displayed 442, the number of days since the accident. Grief kept Dex and Sophie alive. Mercer would not allow her sorrow to retreat. She had become reclusive, seldom leaving her house. She kept replaying ...
  • Amy
    Well, my mind was officially blown as soon as I finished this one, you guys know that I read a ton of thrillers and love the feeling of not knowing exactly where a story is headed, but Trust Me takes things to a new level. I changed my mind at least a hundred times about what direction this would take, so many times that I started to confuse myself! There was so much going on here it made my head spin at times and it definitely kept me on the edg...
  • Judy Collins
    Q & A With the AuthorMIND-BENDING! Award-winning author Hank Phillippi Ryan returns following her popular Jane Ryland series with TRUST ME —a fresh, polished, timely, and masterfully crafted sophisticated standalone crime thriller with a killer plot twist. Her BEST yet! A delicious, cat-and-mouse game of manipulation and deception. A riveting psychological suspense thriller that will blow you away! One of the Hottest Thrillers of the Year. To...
  • Jamie Rosenblit
    For the love of all that is holy (books!), please give me half stars already, Goodreads!!!!This is such a true 4.5 for me that I really couldn’t decide whether to round up or up it is! This was my first book by Ryan and it raises such an interesting premise about who can you trust and how does it impact how you feel about said situations. Mercer is grieving the loss of her husband and young daughter when she is approached to write a b...
  • LJ
    First Sentence: Do you know me?Journalist Mercer Hennessy struggles daily with the loss of her husband and child who died in an automobile accident. Reminiscent of the Casey Anthony case, Ashlyn Bryant is about to go on trial for the murder of her daughter Tasha Nicole, yet she swears she is innocent. Believing Ashlyn is guilty, Mercer accepts the assignment from her editor Katherine Craft to watch a live courtroom feed and write an "instant book...
  • Kathy
    For those of us who remember the 1974 film Chinatown starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway, there is an unforgettable scene in this noir mystery movie where Nicolson’s character is asking Dunaway’s character about the identity of a young woman. While getting angrier and angrier, Nicholson demands the truth and Dunaway alternates between his slaps saying, “my daughter, my sister, my daughter, my sister.” And, as it turns out, both are t...
  • Lesa
    I'm breaking all my own blog rules by reviewing Hank Phillippi Ryan's standalone two weeks before release date. But, Trust Me, you're going to want to pre-order this suspense novel. If it's handled correctly, this should be this summer's Gone Girl. Ryan has been on the bestseller lists, but Trust Me should be her breakout novel, the one readers will remember.With that kind of lead-in, now I have to say Trust Me is a difficult novel to summarize w...
  • Lynn
    Many reviews contain the story line so I will give my reasons for the 3 star rating. I was debating a two star rating but went with the three due to the author's skill at writing. I just didn't like the book. I had trouble keeping interested with the plot. I was forcing myself to continue thinking it would get better. It didn't for me. Some of the reasons for this is it felt like a rehash of the Casey Anthony trial. I felt like I could see what w...
  • Robin
    I want everyone to know that it took *all* of my reading willpower not to skip ahead in this book. The story was so serpentine and tense that I could hardly stand the suspense. I hate it when that happens. OK, not really. I loved it. Very well done psychological thriller that to me was a cross between GONE GIRL and THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW (A. J. Finn). I took off 1/2 star as I started getting a little confused and off-balance, but then maybe that...
  • Woody
    This was a slow read. The first section was such a slog I almost gave up. I think they could have ditched the entire first section, taken the really relevant bits and dropped them in the second section with dialogue and maybe a flashback or two. One of the main characters is so over-the-top in words and deeds, I was beginning to think the narrator was hallucinating this entire story. Which would have been a better ending.
    Dollycas’s ThoughtsFormer journalist Mercer Hennessey is still trying to deal with the car accident that took her husband and 3-year-old daughter when her former editor, Katherine pitches her a true-crime book idea. Ashlyn Bryant is on trial for murdering her 2-year-old daughter. Bryant has proclaimed her innocence since she was arrested. Katherine wants Mercer to watch the trial and write about having the book ready shortly after the trial end...
  • 3 no 7
    “Trust Me” by Hank Phillippi Ryan , is a first person narrative by Mercer Hennessey, who is struggling to go on after an accident that claimed her child and her husband. “Using one forefinger I write on the bathroom mirror...442…Four hundred forty-two days since the car accident that destroyed my family.”Mercer’s friend and business associate Katherine Craft, wants her to go back to work, to write again. She has the perfect assignment...
  • Rebecca
    Still grieving her husband, Dex, and 3 year old daughter, Sophie, journalist Mercer agrees to write a true crime book about a young mother, Ashlyn, on trial for murdering her daughter, Tasha. Is it true that "only Ashlyn" could have killed her precious, 2 year old daughter? Will she be found guilty? How will Mercer's assumptions about Ashley affect the book, and is there more to the story? Lastly, how will Mercer's own grief affect the book? This...
  • Subashini
    3.5 stars.I was drawn to this book for its premise of a grief-stricken former investigative journalist writing a true crime book about a mother on trial for killing her child. There is no fast-paced action here; it's a psychological novel with a slow, steady build-up. It's less about twists than about how "truth" can be utterly manipulated. It made me think about the media, sensationalism, and our collective fascination with crime. A solid read.
  • LynDee
    A journalist who thinks she knows the truth. A murder suspect who may or may not remember which version of events is the one that actually happened. A tense and deadly game of cat and mouse. With this stunning and twisty novel, Hank Phillipi Ryan cements her status as a master of the modern thriller. Trust me, you don't want to miss it.
  • Melissa Borsey
    I liked the first half of the book and was sailing through it pretty quickly and then it turned weird and I had to trudge through the remainder of it. Honestly, I would have tough time recommending it. I thank Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.
  • Tracy (The Pages In-Between)
    Thank you to Hank Phillippi Ryan for sending me an ARC of this book, in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own. For people like me, who were/are glued to the t.v. regarding news like Casey Anthony, Andrea Yates, Susan Smith, and the like. This book was very much pulled from the headlines, and I saw a lot of similarities to the above mentioned women and what they've done to their children, or in the case of Casey Anthony, what she ...
  • Barbara
    This story was a complete surprise! Just when I thought it was one thing, it became another. Plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing. This was my first by author Hank Phillippi Ryan and I am sure I'll be back for more. The main character, a journalist, is asked by her editor to write the story of the mother on trial for killing her toddler and leaving her body on a Boston Harbor Island, but what happens to the story if she's found not gui...
  • Cari
    Possibly my favorite of Hank's books. Mercer Hennessey is a reporter struggling with grief after an accident claimed the lives of her husband and small daughter. She's assigned to write a book about the case of Ashlyn Bryant, a woman accused of killing her own small daughter. It may the hardest thing Mercer has to do, but she puts her mind to the task. That's pretty much all I can say without ruining the story - Mercer ends up in places and with ...
  • Karen J
    I just received AND read this thriller yesterday! Could not put it down until I fished at 1 am. Excellent writing, excruciating plot, ending....Oh My. I am an avid reader and the narration and twists in this story were amazing! Thank you for your excellent skill in bringing this reader into your imaginary yet so incredibly realistic world. The characters are unforgettable. My dreams were filled with them.
  • Janet L.
    I received an advance reader copy of this book. I have read other books by this author and was excited to read this one. “Trust Me”, this is an awesome book with twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. You will not be disappointed if you read this book, it is well worth it! Bravo for a job well done!
  • Debbie
    Trust MeHank Phillipi RyanStory 4.5Ryan’s latest tale is a page-turning, emotional rollercoaster ride, a chilling psychological thriller about lies, murder, grief and starting over that will entice and pull at heartstrings. The characters are genuine, the scenes realistic and the first person narrative grabs readers from the start taking them through a myriad of non-stop twists and unexpected turns while holding their rapt attention until the s...
  • Zachary
    This book was so frustrating that it's a miracle I finished it. At about the 40% mark in the story I had my suspicions that this was to be an awful story and, sure enough, with the introduction of Ashlyn to Mercer in part 2 the ridiculous train started chugging. It feels like a dream mixed with a psychosomatic acid trip. I get that the author is intentionally trying to create an unreliable narrator and an unreliable foil but this...this was other...
  • Barbara Hackel
    This is a book to devour as quickly as possible. To understand the depression and frame of mind brought on by the trial of a young woman accused of killing her own daughter, you must first understand Mercer, and the writer's 450+ days of exhaustion and depression before the events of the trial. Unfortunately we only get bits and pieces of that until much later in the book. However from the first day of trial, we see a journalist who fiercely love...
  • Robin
    Timely, suspenseful, well crafted – all true, and irrelevant, as this novel is impossible to put down, so as you read you may simply be inhaling Ryan’s words. It’s going back into the story that gets you really thinking. Ryan frequently uses her extensive professional background as an investigative reporter to good advantage in her fiction, giving her characters, journalists all, a real ring of truth. It adds to the street cred of her novel...
  • Kathy Cunningham
    Hank Phillippi Ryan’s TRUST ME is a riveting psychological thriller about two women connected by devastating tragedy. Mercer Hennessey is a journalist whose husband and 3-year-old daughter Sophie were killed in car accident over a year before the novel begins. She’s been haunted by the loss, feeling trapped in a stagnant present she can’t quite move past. When a friend asks her to write a true crime book about the trial of Ashlyn Brant, acc...
  • Megan
    Hank Phillippi Ryan's first standalone novel has many of the same elements that I have enjoyed in her Jane Ryland and Charlotte McNally series: interesting female characters, complex stories that take many twists and turns, and plot elements that could have been ripped from the headlines but are presented in fresh ways. Those series and this standalone novel draw on Ryan's journalistic background, which gives her stories and characters extraordin...