Publisher: Zaffre Books
Available in ebook, audio & hardback (18 March 2021)
Source: Copy received for review
ABOUT THE BOOK
TWO STRANGERS, A CHILD, AND A SPLIT SECOND CHOICE THAT WILL CHANGE EVERYTHING
Ellen was just trying to help a stranger. That was how it started: giving a few minutes respite to a flustered young mother sitting opposite her on the train. A few minutes holding her baby while the mother makes an urgent call. The weight of the child in her arms making Ellen’s heart ache for what she can never have.
Five minutes pass.
The train pulls into a station and Ellen is stunned to see the mother hurrying away down the platform, without looking back. Leaving her baby behind. Ellen is about to raise the alarm when she discovers a note in the baby’s bag, three desperate lines scrawled hastily on a piece of paper:
Please protect Mia
Don’t trust the police
Don’t trust anyone
Why would a mother abandon her child to a stranger? Ellen is about to discover that the baby in her arms might hold the key to an unspeakable crime. And doing the right thing might just cost her everything.
I’m delighted to be starting off the blog tour for Trust Me and my thanks to Tracy Fenton of Compulsive Readers for the tour invite and the publisher for the review copy.
If there is one thing you can be sure of with a book by this author – it will be a fast paced, addictive read. I’ve read most of his books and enjoyed each one, so I was so looking forward to Trust Me. Was I disappointed. Absolutely not.
The book begins calmly enough with an already distressed Ellen heading home on a train, when a young woman with a baby sits opposite her. The woman needs to take a phone call and asks Ellen to hold the baby, whilst she steps outside the carriage. Ellen readily agrees but after some moments realises that the train has come to a stop and the woman has gone. She then sees her walking down the platform. Ellen is left literally holding the baby.
Now the sensible thing would be to immediately raise the alarm but then this would be a very short book. However by delaying matters, Ellen has no idea how her life is about to change.
Poor Ellen, I really did feel for her as she was put through the mill just for helping a stranger. The situation is made worse for her by being left a note with the baby that says “don’t trust anyone”. With so many characters, some seemingly quite unpleasant I found it impossible to know who was trustworthy, if any of them were.
Ellen was one of those characters that I felt empathy for but frustrated with at the same time. Separated from her husband and desperately wanting a baby of her own, there were times when some decisions she made had me shouting in my head “why are you doing that…” and I had a horrible feeling that things wouldn’t end well, however her protective instinct towards a stranger’s baby and the unknown danger that they both faced, spurred her on.
Told over a short period of less than a week, each chapter is fairly short and narrated from various perspectives; from Ellen’s in the first person which gives a greater insight into her personality and with everyone else in the third person.
The plot on occasions seemed rather complicated and for me the biggest question was WHY? There were other plot strands and I couldn’t work out how they were connected. There was a point when I became too suspicious and worked out the who.
Trust Me is an intriguing, complex, addictive, and twisty thriller that I raced through. The author keeps the suspense and tension building all the way through, with a little misdirection and a few surprises here and there. It’s another great read from this author and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Definitely recommended.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
TM Logan’s thrillers have sold more than a million copies in the UK and are published in 19 countries around the world including the USA, South Korea, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Hungary, Serbia, Romania, Greece and the Netherlands.
Tim was a national newspaper journalist before turning to novel-writing full time. He lives in Nottinghamshire with his wife and two children, and writes in a cabin at the bottom of his garden.
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