I’ve been trying to expand my reading, including different genres. Trust Me by Gemma Metcalfe* is a psychological thriller, where a chance phone call brings two strangers with two big secrets together. Can they trust each other and reveal their secrets?
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Trust Me was a difficult read, not in terms of the writing style, but the subject matter. I’m new to psychological thrillers, but I think this discomfort is the sign of a good thriller. Just don’t read it before bed!
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I feel Trust Me would benefit from the following trigger warning, for those with PTSD and similar conditions: ableism, infant death, domestic abuse, substance abuse and prostitution. The topic of suicide is also prevalent throughout the story, but this is made clear in the book’s summary. This information may be a spoiler for some, but for others, it’s a way of staying safe. You can read more about my thoughts on trigger warnings and their use in literature in my Trigger Warnings, Are They a help or a hinderance? post. Please be aware that some of these elements in the book will be discussed in more detail below.
I really liked the characters of Lana and Liam, who complimented each other well. It was clear from the start of the book that both had been through difficult, life altering circumstances. Both were afraid to reveal their secret, yet they were able to develop a relationship in order to trust each other with their darkest secrets.
Liam’s story overview:
Liam had it all, a job he loved, a wife and a child on the way. Until the crash that lost him the two things most precious to him, his wife and unborn child. Liam blames himself for the crash and he isn’t alone. Enter Jessica, a mother scorned. Her son, Elliott, was injured in the crash too. Liam’s remorse is so great that he swears to support Jessica and her two children, believing that Elliott was permanently and significantly brain damaged as a result of his actions.
Lana’s story overview:
Having had to leave everything she knows behind her to start a new life, Lana finds herself living in Tenerife with her daughter Amber. Working in a call centre selling holidays, Lana has an impossible task ahead of her. Sell a holiday, or she’s fired. Lana knows one thing, she can’t go back to the UK. It’s not safe for her or her daughter. She has to get a sale. Little does she know that her next phone call will be a life or death situation and ensure her safe return to the UK.
Lana and Liam’s stories are shared through the medium of a phone call, which gives an extra element to the writing. Though at times I found the topics difficult, I enjoyed the majority of Trust Me.
The exception to this was when Elliott’s disability was revealed to be cerebral palsy and not as the result of the accident. Up until this point, I felt Elliott’s disability had been dealt with sensitively. Liam spent time with him and grew to love him as his own. He wanted only the best for Elliott. When the bombshell was dropped that Jessica had used her son’s disability to entrap Liam, I almost shouted “Oh hell no!” at the book. I know there are people who would do this, but they aren’t the majority. Yet the majority of fictional media portray this side of disability as a plot twist or narrative device revolving around a non-disabled character.
If aren’t going to be affected by the potentially triggering topics listed above, then I can highly recommend Trust Me. The storyline was captivating and the characters well developed.
The only thing that let the storyline down for me was the twist in relation to Elliott’s disability.
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