“Trust Me” by Hank Phillippi Ryan , is a first person narrative by Mercer Hennessey, who is struggling day by day after an accident that claimed the lives of 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; Mercer will write a true crime book about Ashlyn Bryant, a woman on trial, accused of murdering her daughter, Tasha Nicole. Mercer, however, is tentative about her decision to write the book. “Now I’ve agreed to a job that might be impossible. Now I have no choice.”
“Trust Me” progresses as a book within a book where journalism and crime collide. Readers follow Mercer’s first person account of her own personal demons, and at the same time, read chapter after chapter of her “soon to be best seller” about the murder trial tentative titled “Little Girl Lost.”
Mercer has a front-seat view of the trial via closed circuit TV and scrutinizes related documents one after the other. Nevertheless, she finds more questions than answers. Which version of “the truth” is really the truth, and how will she really tell? Does everyone lie about everything?
The trial is only part of the story, and the real trauma begins after the trial. Every life is changed by the jury’s verdict, and no one will ever be the same.
This fast-paced thriller seems ripped from current headlines. Accountability and dishonesty come to the forefront, and tormenting suspense and unscrupulous manipulation fill every page. I was given a review copy of “Trust Me” by Hank Phillippi Ryan, and I highly recommend it. I could not read it fast enough, so clear your schedule; you will not be able to stop reading once you start