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Don’t Trust Me: The best psychological thriller you will read this year! Paperback – 17 May 2018
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‘Don’t Trust Me really is one of the best psychological thriller debut’s you’ll probably read in 2018’ 5* Amazon reviewer
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‘This was a fantastic debut, I will be keeping my eyes open for the next book by Joss Stirling’ 5* Amazon reviewer
‘I was captivated from the start’ Kirstie Marie Hill, Netgalley reviewer
‘This book is just so well written’ Stephanie Collins, Netgalley reviewer
‘Highly addictive… genuine riveting’ Liz Loves Books
About the Author
Joss was born on the borders of East London and Essex. Leaving Essex behind for Cambridge, she went on to have careers in British diplomacy, as a policy adviser for Oxfam and along the way gained a doctorate in English Literature from Oxford University. More recently she has written for children and young adults, winning awards in both categories. She has published over fifty novels that have been translated into many languages. She lives in Oxford. Don’t Trust Me is her debut novel for adults.
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There was only one omission, I would like to have found out about one person involved..but I’ll leave that to you to to find out!
Real flawed people as well.
I really enjoyed it!
Right at the very beginning, the prologue poses three questions. Who is the unknown murder victim? Who is the killer? What was the reason for the murder? While the reader is left pondering the answers, the story then embarks on a series of complex events – past and present. As for the psychological element, its introduction to the novel – as the protagonist begins to doubt her own credibility – is a useful tool to help build suspense and tension. The result is a gripping and compelling story.
Jessica Bridges is a young woman who suffers from adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The side effects of this affliction are a lack of focus and impulsive behaviour, which had previously lead Jessica to commit an indiscretion at the school where she worked as a teacher. Suffering from a bout of depression and the loss of her job, she eventually finds employment as a research assistant for Jacob Wrath, a private investigator who specialises in missing persons.
However, the job is not what it seems and when her new boss suddenly disappears himself, Jessica soon finds herself held responsible for the trail of devastation he leaves behind … including a murder, for which she is initially a suspect. When her boyfriend Michael – an eminent criminologist, who is still in love with his dead wife, Emma – is also implicated, Jessica cannot help wondering if she is somehow to blame after all.
‘Don’t Trust Me’ has a clever plotline that requires concentration from the reader, especially as it alternates from present to past throughout the story. As the action progresses, a rich and diverse cast of characters enter at various stages along the way, who either assist Jessica in her search for the truth or present her with more distractions. Her ADHD is also a major hindrance, as she cannot help taking unnecessary risks. Inevitably, this will at times make the reader feel like screaming: “For heaven’s sake, Jessica. Don’t do it”.
Throughout the novel, the action is interspersed by extracts from Emma’s diary, which Jessica copied in order to find out more about her. With each entry she reads, Jessica begins to discover more about not only Michael but also her boss, Jacob, until finally the pieces of the mystery start to fit together to reveal the truth.
I have to admit, when I started to read this novel I was not sure if I liked Jessica or not, particularly as she seemed to be perpetually at odds with everyone … including her family. However, as the story unfolded, and I began to understand why she behaved the way she did, I was totally on her side. Unfortunately, some of the other characters are far less worthy of empathy. Indeed, one of the most intriguing aspects of this novel is the way characters constantly confound initial impressions as their true motives and personalities are revealed.
‘Don’t Trust Me’ is definitely a recommended read … and the ending will certainly come as a surprise.