Book Review : Trust in Me by Sophie McKenzie

September 29, 2014 Book review 10 ★★★

This is one of those books where I didn’t overly like any of the characters but loved the guessing game of trying to figure out who the elusive psychopath was.

Book Review : Trust in Me by Sophie McKenzieTrust in Me by Sophie McKenzie
Published by Simon and Schuster on 18th Sept 2014
Genres: Suspense, Thrillers
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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.

First Line of Trust in Me by Sophie McKenzie:

“It’s an impossible choice.”

My Thoughts on Trust in Me by Sophie McKenzie:

I loved the theme of this book.  It’s all about trust, how well you know people and who to believe.  Even with your nearest and dearest, all you see is what they want you to see.  I thought this was such a valid point and it was really thought-provoking.  Of course though your true colours eventually shine true and that is exactly what happened in Trust In Me.

The book is set over the course of one month and when we first meet Will and Livy they are heading to a party at his bosses house.  And we get to meet most of the main characters at this party which was a good way to be introduced to them.  All except one – Julia – Livy’s best friend.

And we never get to meet Julia as she is found dead in her own home the next day and appears to have committed suicide.  But Livy isn’t convinced.  She is determined to uncover the truth about exactly what happened to Julia even if everyone writes her off as being neurotic.

I was really kept guessing as to what exactly happened to Julia and the more secrets got revealed, the further out the net of suspicion fell.  And we do know that Julia isn’t paranoid as we are privy to the killers thoughts.  We don’t know who he is but we do know he is chillingly emotionless which sent shivers up and down my spine.  I had my eye on a few potential suspects included the right person but my list was a little too long for me to take victory from that!  But that’s a good thing, I love when the book can maintain the suspense and this one did.

I did find I didn’t overly like Livy as a character as she was just so listless.  I hated that she seemed to have lost her sense of purpose in life and that she felt she had no time for interests outside the family.  It bugged me that she didn’t take the time to do something for herself when they were in school.  I know she had her problems but I wanted to shake some energy onto her.

A lot of the book is Lily’s internal thoughts and as I didn’t take to her, this slowed down the pace of the book for me.   However that was balanced out by my curiosity as to what the hell was going on.

Julia is a really interesting character.  We only ever get glimpses of her through other people’s eyes and they all have such a different perception of her.  So she remains an enigma.  I would love to know who she really was but I suppose the truth is somewhere in the middle of all the different versions that we see of her.

Overall though I really enjoyed the suspense aspect of this book, it had the chill factor and the characters gave me lots of food for thought.   I’m really glad I discovered Sophie McKenzie and I know I’ll happy to read more books from her in the future.


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: three-stars


Who should read Trust in Me by Sophie McKenzie?

I’d recommend this to those who like psychological thrillers, especially if you like reflective dialogue and lengthy list of suspects.  If you enjoyed Precious Thing by Colette McBeth or Before I Go To Sleep by S J Watson, then I also think you’d like this one.

Thanks to NetGalley and Simon and Schuster UK for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.


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10 Responses to “Book Review : Trust in Me by Sophie McKenzie”

    • trish

      I still liked it Rita and I think you might too. It did make the pace drag a little but as usual I had fun guessing whodunit.

    • trish

      Ditto! I love books that mess with my head and especially when they keep their secrets well hidden until near the end.

    • trish

      Yes, it did drag a bit but overall I still really liked it. Nothing like a good psychological thriller to keep you reading late into the night to figure it all out.

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