You Can Trust Me
On a quiet, gray, Saturday morning, Livy arrives at her best friend Julia’s flat for a lunch date only to find her dead. Though all the evidence supports it, Livy cannot accept the of ...more
“A long second passes before I let out my breath and the knowledge slams into my brain.
Julia. My best friend. Is dead.”
This was an interesting murder/mystery story, and we were kept guessing right up ‘til the end.
I felt quite sorry for Livy in this book, she’d already lost her sister, and her husband had cheated on her, so to lose her best friend (Julia) as well was ...more
Who can you trust? That's the big question with this thriller.
When Livy arrives at her long time best friend Julia's place for their regular lunch date and gets no answer from her knocking at the door, she lets herself in with the spare keys Julia has given her.
With her two children in tow Livy calls out as she walks through Julia's flat, hoping that her friend may just be suffering a hangover or such, yet concerned at her friend's uncharacteristic absence.
With mounting trepidation she reaches ...more
This was first person POV, which worked for the story. I wasn't in love with any of the characters, ...more
Let me start by saying I REALLY like this authors books, that is why I have many.
But this one just didn't "do" it for me
There were heaps of characters that were really good in this book that made the experience worth while but I just couldn't agree that its "fast paced" or that its "gripping".
You get to learn the culprit early on in this, and although you do, it really isn't the reason for me giving it 3 stars, its more the fact that it just didn't 'grip' my attention. I found myself wandering ...more
This book is well written, cleverly structured, has some good characters, plenty of mystery, tension and twists and turns.
This book is at its darkest in the sections written from the point of view of the killer. His coldness & matter of fact descriptions are chilling.
Looking back at my scribbled notes, I'm giggling at my comments where I suspect one character at 29%, another at 52%, another at 67%, and none of those was the charact ...more
This psychological thriller tells the story of Livy Jackson, the first person narrator, who has lost her sister, Kara, to murder in college, loses her best ...more
Julia has always been the friend that Livy turns to when life is difficult. United fifteen years ago by grief at the brutal murd ...more
Livy and Julia have been best friends since Livy’s sister Kara was murdered 18 years ago. They share everything, and are always there for each other. Now, Julia too is dead and everyone is convinced it is suicide, but Livy isn’t so sure – Julia would never kill herself. Determined to find out exactly how Julia died, she decides to investigate and soon discovers that Julia’s death is linked to that of Kara all ...more
Livy's best friend Julia commits suicide. The night before she kills herself, Julia drops voicemails to Livy saying they need to speak for something very important. Livy cannot believe her friend could kill herself. Julia was passionate, ambitious, loving every moment of her life. Livy tries to convince people that someone must have killed her, but no one believes her. Then, Julia's boyfriend, a man called Damien approaches Livy and tells her that Julia was collecting evidence related ...more
She expressed her concerns to anyone who will listen, but no one believes Livy. They are convinced Julia’s death was a suicide. Everyone except Damian, Julia’s boyfriend. He, too, agrees with Livy, and so they delve into their own investigation to g ...more
The story centers around the apparent suicide of Livy Jackson's friend, and the murder of her younger sister eighteen years earlier. Livy does not believe the police verdict that her friend, Julia's death is a suicide, and begins to investigate.
The story moves very fluently, and McKenzie has a style that strikes a great balance between POVs and the way the story unfolds. Livy is a very re ...more
Livvy discovers her best friend dead and refuses to accept that it was suicide. The whole plot revolves around the possible connection to Livvy's sister's murder decades before. Every few chapters we get the murderers perspective and trying to solve this mystery was (the good kind of) agony. Author Sophie McKenzie weaves an amazingly tigh ...more
Due to be published in September 2014.
This is a story about friendship. Livvy has been close friends with Julia, since the murder of her sister eighteen years ago. Julia is found dead in her flat, in an apparent suicide. Livvy seems to be the only one who sees Julia’s death as suspicious. Instead of visiting the police and pressing for an investigation, Livvy starts to look into Julia’s life and tries to work out what happene ...more
This book was an intense and chilling thriller which I couldn't put down.
I constantly thought I knew who the killer was and then kept changing my mind. I even guessed correctly at one point but once again decided it couldn't be them. Right up until it was revealed.
I absolutely loved this book and look forward to reading more from this author.
YOU CAN TRUST ME by British author, Sophie McKenzie, a suspense psychological mystery, years apart--of friendship, lies, marriage, betrayal, and murder.
Set in England, Julia and Livy have been friends for years, since they bonded over a brutal murder fifteen years ago of Livy’s sister, Kara when she was a college student.
After her murder, Kara’s friend, Julia, became Livy’s friend, ...more
Livy Jackson’s younger sister Kara was murdered when she was just 18 leaving Livy feeling that she should have done more to protect her. After her murder, Kara’s friend, Julia, became Livy’s friend, a friendship that remained close despite their dissimilar lives w ...more
Livy can’t accept this and ends up on an increasingly dangerous quest to find out what happened. Once she starts digging, more and more secrets are unearthed ...more
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.
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 ...more
This book was extremely slow paced. For over 50% ...more
Livy is married with children and her friend of at least 18 years Julia, have a close relationship. Livy's children adore this surrogate Aunty.
The relationship between Livy and Julia comes to an abrupt end, when Julia is found dead. What at first looks like suicide causes Livy to have certain doubts. These doubts are that Julia is not a person who she would've expected to commit suicide, deep dow ...more
Livy Jackson has dealt with her sister's death for almost twenty years.
Currently, she comes to her best friend, Julia's, flat for lunch and finds her dead which is ruled a suicide.
Livy doesn't believe it but her husband isn't being supportive. He thinks she's being paranoid.
In the midst of dealing with her friend's death ...more
Livy is a mother to a painful teenage daughter and toddler son who adores her. She has a good life, but still struggles to come to terms with the loss of her little sister who was murdered whilst in her first year of university. The person who so cruelly took her little sisters life was never found. Fast forward 18 years and Livy turns up to visit her best friend Julia for a lunch date ...more
Rather than devising a plan or following a proven procedure to solve the unexplained death of Julia, her best friend, Livy Jackson lurches through this story reacting emotionally to each successive tragedy. Livy was deeply hurt by her husband's infidelity six years ago and has permitted her marriage to deteriorate into a relationship with no mutual tru ...more
I am sorry to say that I didn't particular enjoy this book. The reviews on here are practically glowing and I'm struggling to understand what I’ve missed.
I found the lead character, Livy to be incredibly wooden and unlikeable. I saw nothing heroic about her acts – instead found her impulsive, unstable and irritating. The story itself was farfetched and very over the top. Yes I get that this is a thriller and the outrageous is expected but this just wasn’t believable to me. Halfway through the bo...more
This psychological thriller tells the story of Livy Jackson, the first person narrator, who has lost her sister to murder in college, loses her best friend to murder as the story unfolds, and very nearly loses a lot more. None of the characters were extremely likea ...more
The next day Livy and the kids go to her best friend Julia's house only to find her dead. It was made to look like she killed herself but Livy is the only one ...more
This was another one I just couldn't ...more
Honestly, I knew who the killer was before I was halfway through the book because of flipping through the pages (TERRIBLE idea I know), but that didn't stop me from finishing it. I just wish I knew if I would have been able to figure it out. Anyway, it was a good book and while not completely suspenseful like th ...more
I write mostly thrillers - though I have done some teen romance stories too.
I'm really excited right now because of...
Close My Eyes - which is my first psychological thriller for adult readers (pub May 2013, UK, July 2013, US)
Split Second - my new ...more