Trust Me (Hardcover)
Forge Books, 9780765393074, 400pp.
Publication Date: August 28, 2018
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 to write.
CAN YOU SPOT THE LIAR?
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?
"Grief and deception are at the helm of Hank Phillippi Ryan’s latest thriller, Trust Me, in which a crime writer and an accused criminal’s lives collide, as they come to discover that no one can be trusted, not even oneself. The tension mounts at a blistering pace, while Ryan dazzles on page, weaving a sinister story that readers won’t be able to put down. A must read!"--New York Times bestselling author Mary Kubica
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Praise For Trust Me: A Novel…
"Stellar...'Trust Me' when I say that her latest is her best novel to date."--Associated Press
"Mesmerizing! Hank Phillippi Ryan has outdone herself in this taut thriller of damaged lives, uneasy alliances and deadly cat and mouse. Who can you trust indeed? It will take you till the final page to figure out!"-- Lisa Gardner
“The tension mounts at a blistering pace, while Ryan dazzles on the page, weaving a sinister story that readers won’t be able to put down. A must read!”—Mary Kubica
“A riveting story of guilt and deception, Trust Me is a tense and twisting psychological thriller that explores the shifting perception of the truth. Chilling, suspenseful, and impossible to put down.”—Megan Miranda
“Could stand alongside Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects.”—Bustle
“I couldn’t put it down! Undeniably, Hank Phillippi Ryan’s best yet! I can’t wait to put it into my customer’s hands.”—Joanne Berg, owner of Mystery to Me
“Timely, suspenseful, well crafted…this novel is impossible to put down. This is a wonderful novel, the best combination of thoughtful storytelling and unforgettable characters. I could not stop thinking about it.”—Robin Agnew, owner of Aunt Agatha’s
Conversation Starters from ReadingGroupChoices.com
1. At the beginning of Trust Me, the bereaved and grief-stricken Mercer Hennessy accepts an assignment to write a book about a notorious murder trial. Do you think she should have accepted the job? Why? Do you think Katherine should have offered it to her? What happens when the lines between work and personal relationships are crossed?
2. The author reveals the book Mercer is writing, and lets us see the story Mercer’s creating about what happened to Tasha Nicole Bryant. Does knowing how Mercer feels about Ashlyn Bryant color your reading of her book? Do you think Mercer can be impartial? Should she be?
3. Have you read In Cold Blood or any similar books about real-life crimes? When you read true crime, have you wondered how the authors knew what the characters said or what they thought? Since they could not have known exact dialogue, did that change how you felt about the “true” story? Or what you believed was true?
4. Mercer counts the days that have passed since the car crash that ruined her family and, she fears, her future. Do you think that’s a healthy thing way to deal with grief? Do you think she understands the extent of how her grief colors her actions? How have you dealt with grief in your own life and has it influenced how you feel about a person or situation?
5. At one point, Mercer recalls a T. S. Eliot poem and connects that to her realizations about the truth: that there’s what we’re told, and what we believe, and also the actual truth. She sees that those three things might be different. Have you ever been told something, believed something different, and then discovered that the truth was somewhere in the middle? Are “facts” set in stone or can they change?
6. When Mercer begins to suspect a new reality about her relationship with her husband, she realizes what she thought was true in their lives could be interpreted in a very different way. Did you suspect her husband of duplicity? How well do we know the people we share our lives with?
7. Did your attitude about Ashlyn Bryant change as you read the book? How much was your attitude about Ashlyn colored by Mercer’s opinion of her character? Did your attitude change along with Mercer’s? Or because of something else?
8. In Trust Me, Mercer thinks about the Casey Anthony case and the O. J. Simpson case. Have you ever followed a major trial? Did you watch on TV or read about it in print? Did the outcome surprise you? (Have you ever been on a jury? How did that change your view of “truth?”)
9. Mercer is manipulated by Ashlyn, but Mercer is manipulating Ashlyn, too. Is it acceptable to manipulate someone if your goals are honorable? Do you think you could be manipulated in this way? Why or why not? Is there anyone you trust in those times you can’t trust yourself?
10. As a reporter, Mercer wants to tell the facts of the case, but maybe her bias gets in the way. Do you think it does? Do you think this is common? How do you separate fact from opinion when you are reading the news? How do you figure out what to believe? Are there certain sources that you trust over others? If so, why? What is the best way to find the truth?