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Most of the world knows Jerry Grey by his crime-writing pseudonym, Henry Cutter - a name that's been keeping readers at the edge of their seats for more than a decade. But now that he's been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's at the age of forty-nine, Jerry's career is coming to an abrupt end.

His twelve books tell stori
Hardcover, 342 pages
Published August 4th 2015 by Atria Books
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Jun 09, 2015 added it
Recommended to Christine by: Sue, personally 5
I am paralyzed. Paralyzed by ambivalence. I have never felt so conflicted over a book in my life. How do I rate this Paul Cleave novel? I was totally counting on the last 11% of the read to solidify my rating. Well, curse you, Paul Cleave—I was a fool to trust you to clear my head regarding your little creation! Now I am forced to trust myself to write this up and then see if I have a better idea as to whether this read rates 2 stars or 5 stars.

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May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was so lucky to win a copy of “Trust No One” by Paul Cleave, an international crime writer from Christchurch, New Zealand,through the Goodreads Giveaway Contest. When this novel was first listed, I was very interested in reading it, and when I found out I won a copy I was very excited. This is one of the best books I have read this year…there are a few so far.

“Trust No One” is psychological mystery suspense thriller, which crosses over many genres. It combines elements of the psychological ter
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
My thanks to to Atria Books and the Goodreads giveaway program for providing this book in exchange for my honest review.

The Hook - trust n. 1, a reliance on the integrity, veracity, etc. of a person; confidence---New American Handy College Webster Dictionary
It’s all how you define the word.

The Line"Write what you know and fake the rest.”

The SinkerTrust No One
But you’ve got to trust someone.
Trust which of my GR friends? Should I trust the ones who gave this 5 stars or the ones who gave it
Feb 21, 2016 rated it liked it

3.5 stars

Jerry Grey, 49 years old, lives in Christchurch, New Zealand and writes popular mystery/crime novels under the pseudonym Henry Cutter. Jerry has a lovely wife Sandra and a beloved daughter Eva. He also has early onset Alzheimer's disease, a devastating illness that will soon steal away all Jerry's memories.

In an attempt to hold on to some bits of himself as his brain deteriorates Jerry keeps a journal, addressed to 'future Jerry', detailing aspects of his daily life. These include pre
This book might appeal to people who can suspend their disbelief and get immersed in the story. The language is decent, there’s occasional humor, and there are many twists and turns. But this one just didn’t work for me.

The story is about a crime writer, Jerry, who gets Alzheimer’s and is accused of murders. Did he or didn’t he commit them, that is the question. The chapters alternate between his past (through his journal entries) and the present (through a third-person narrator). Sounds good o
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
Of all the books I have read over the past few years, this is the one that has scared me the most.

I am a horror aficionado. I love Stephen Kings works and those of Peter Straub. But all the time I am reading them, I know it is not real. It is not going to happen to me.

But in Trust No One, you know that it could. Jerry's story could be your story. Because we have all done it. Mislaid things. Put things away safely so that we don't lose them, then can't remember where we put them. We have forgot
Elyse  Walters
"Trust No One"......

"Trust No One".....

"Trust No One".....

What can you trust????
That Jerry Grey has Alzheimer's?
That he is living in a nursing home?
That he is a New Zealand novelist?
That he has written 13 thrillers?
That he goes by the pseudonym name Henry Cutter?
That he has a wife Eva....
That his wife Sandra is divorcing him?
That it's very possible Jerry Grey not only wrote crime novels.... But that he actually committed those crimes for real?

At the start of this story....we learn about
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Every once in awhile, a book comes along that is devious and mind-boggling, and this book is one of them. Totally, totally mind-boggling. First off, the premise from the blurb caught my attention. A crime writer with Alzheimer's confesses to crimes, but are they real or from his books? Then the first chapter pulled me in and there was no stopping. This is a book to read slowly, savor the words, study the story, get everything straight in your head. Then Paul Cleaves will turn everything sideways ...more
Debbie "DJ"
Jul 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
If you can check your sense of reality at the door and just go along for the ride, this might be a good read. Really, what a great idea for a book! A crime writer, recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's is quickly being unable to distinguish what is real. As people he knows start turning up dead, is he the killer from his books, or an innocent pawn?

The main problem I had was not having a reliable narrator until half way through the book. The crime writer, Jerry Grey, also known by pen name of Henry
Judy D Collins
Top 50 Books of 2015 "Best Clever Character Development, Twisted Dark Humor, and Best Male Protagonist

Christchurch, New Zealand, international bestseller crime author, Paul Cleave delivers TRUST NO ONE, a deliciously clever, witty, and wickedly evil psychological mystery suspense thriller-- when the horror of mental illness--Alzheimer’s, takes over a crime writer’s brain, blurring the lines between fact and fiction. A potent blend of suspense, paranoia, reality, and pure creepiness.

A haunting
Sep 15, 2015 rated it liked it
So I read Grain Brain recently which is all about how sugar and wheat lead to diabetes, dementia, and Alzheimer's....

Then, I read this book about a relatively young guy with dementia so after having a minor panic attack about getting older I continued.

Our buddy, Jerry, is narrating a story through journals, etc. and he may or may not have killed a bunch of people, but who knows, right? You know, with the dementia, and all? Who can you trust?

No one, obviously.

The book is a complete mess in a go
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.

This book was very different than anything else that I have read. I know that there are other books out there that have characters with Alzheimer's Disease but I just have not read any of them yet. This was completely uncharted territory for me. A mystery thriller told from the point of view of an Alzheimer's patient was a unique twist that caught my interest. I just had to see this idea in its execution.

I have been lucky enough that I have
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
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Jerry Grey is a fictional crime writer who uses the pseudonym of Henry Cutter for his novels and has been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's at the age of 49. He begins to keep a Madness Journal to follow his own progression, but you never know what are truly real or false memories caused by his disease as he confesses to crimes he has written about in his published novels. At first, no one believes his confessions that they pe
Rating 3.5

Well, I must say that this was certainly a tough book to rate, not to mention review. There were moments during the reading that if the book was taken from me at that moment I would have easily given it 4 stars. There were moments at the beginning where I said to myself "Oh no, I voted on the wrong book for a buddy read, this isn't going well ". Then there were moments at the end where I wanted to shake the book and say " You almost had it! The premise was great!! But the ending... We
Aug 09, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: feeling-stabby, 2016, wtf, dnf
Confusing, confusing, confusing.
If it was to make a point on how Alzheimer's manifests, he did a superb job.
It just didn't work for me, it goes from current situation, to the past through a journal, than back again. I got lost several times.
Also, how can an Alzheimer's patient be so detailed and thorough in his journal?

My notes say at the 50% mark, but I think it was a typo. Read through 18% and skimmed till 30%. Probably.
Erin (from Long Island, NY)
This was a tough 1 to rate.. I mean I was really enjoying it. For about 3/4’s I was already thinking about what I was going to write in my glowing 5 star review. The narrator was hysterical. I mean the author did an exceptional job with Jerry’s character & his descent into “madness.” It made me laugh out loud but it was also absolutely terrifying! What could be scarier than something so realistic, & so entirely possible? Just really heartbreaking.. But again, more than enough (dark) humor to kee ...more
Apr 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, mystery
'Write about what you know, fake the rest'....
And with these words you are plunged into a 'did he or didn't he' non-stop suspenseful page turner.
The storyline hooked me from the get go: famous author diagnosed with Alzheimer's starts confessing to killing women, just like in his novels. Is it the disease talking or did he really commit the crimes? Told in past and present timelines this story unfolds with great characters and plenty of twists I didn't see coming. This was my first read from thi
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Jun 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2015, arc-reviews
Acclaimed thriller author Jerry Grey is given some devastating news: at the ripe age of forty nine, he’s been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. Not knowing how to cope with his newfound illness, Jerry begins a project dubbed “The Madness Journal”, a guide for him to refer to when the disease ravages his brain.

I received an advanced copy from Simon & Schuster in exchange for an honest review.

Trust No One feels like two stories inside one novel. Using alternating chapters, one will feature e
Trust No One by Paul Cleave
Published 2015, Atria
Stars: ★★★★☆
Review also posted at: Slapdash & Sundry

Netgalley provided me with a copy of this book for reading and review purposes. My review is unbiased and based strictly upon my opinion of the quality of the work.

After much pondering since I finished yesterday, I've settled on some feelings. For most of this book, I was entirely certain it would be a five star read. The concept was awesome, the cover was gorgeous, the writing was convincing -- s
3.5 stars for me . After all that buildup I felt the finish was rushed , and I didn't get a satisfactory ending but then again that might be just my preference. The first 3/4 of the book was awesome , you never guess what could happen but I get that at the last 1/4 of the book the author ran out of original ideas because you could see the end coming from a mile off. It was a good book , recommend it to anyone who loves a good mystery but be prepared for an anticlimactic ending .... but then agai ...more
Deacon D.
Jun 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
TRUST NO ONE is an intense psycho-thriller with a deft twist of tragedy.

Jerry Gray is a successful crime novelist with a devoted wife and a beautiful, talented daughter whose contented life is turned upside down when he is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's. Fearing the inevitable, Gray starts a journal as a therapeutic way to come to terms with his illness, and to help preserve his precious memories. But, as his condition deteriorates, Gray finds it increasingly difficult to separate realit
Oct 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
If you want to get the maximum enjoyment out of Trust No One, then put it down immediately after you read about the WMD (Wedding of Mass Destruction). Let it sit unfinished and unresolved in your imagination, allow the big questions to go unanswered, and enjoy the lingering mystery forevermore. That's not to say there's anything wrong with how Paul Cleave resolves things, it's just that the not knowing is the best part of the book.

Seriously, this is a story that's at its best when the reader is
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“You’re still trying to get used to the idea of what’s happening. You have another appointment later in the week … with a counsellor who is going to give you an idea of what to expect. They’ll no doubt tell you about the seven stages of grief – wait, no, it’s seven deadly sins, seven dwarfs, seven reindeer – grief only has five stages. Denial, Anger, Blitzen, Dopey and Bargaining.”

Trust No One is the ninth novel by award-winning New Zealand author, Paul Cleave. Jerry Grey is a crime writer. He’s
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club, thrillers
His name is Jerry Grey and he's a crime writer and none of this is real, none of this is real.
Blood on Jerry's hands.
His name is Henry Cutter and he's a crime writer and none of this is real, and even he's not real, he's a figment of Jerry Grey's imagination. Jerry uses him to make money. Jerry uses him to tell stories.
Blood on Jerry's shirt.
His name is Jerry Henry and he is a dementia patient and this is a dementia dream, a dementia attack, and none of this is real, he's in a nursing home and
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow, Paul Cleave has really upped his game with this novel. As much as I have loved his other books, this one is a whole new level of excellence. I think it is his best work to date and it will be interesting to see where he takes his writing from here. If you have read Paul's book before then you will be in for a surprise. Trust No One is totally different. Written in a different style with a completely different voice, although there is that wonderful streak of black humour that I Love.

Jerry G
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 STARS!!! I was so excited when I saw that my request on Net Galley had been approved. I've read several of Paul Cleave's books and I remember they are good. However, when I first started reading this one, I was shaking my head. This isn't the books I remember him writing. And then about two chapters later, all hell broke loose. He finally got down to the nitty, gritty and believe me, it wasn't shitty!!

I think the beginning is so off because he's letting the reader know the truth about Captai
Bill Kupersmith
Aug 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Jerry, the protagonist, is supposed to be a mystery story writer, & his advice to aspiring writers is to write about what you know. In this case it would have helped if Paul Cleave had spent some time as a volunteer @ a care facility before undertaking Trust No One. I’d really wanted to like this book, because it was a book pals read for the Good Thriller group, but especially because it is set in New Zealand, which is high on my list of countries I’d like to visit, & not only New Zealand, but C ...more
Retired Reader
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really entertaining! Had some surprisingly funny moments, considering the themes of murder and early onset Alzheimer’s disease. The main character, Jerry, is on and off lucid throughout the book and once you catch onto that you’re off on a wild ride.
Jack Heath
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jerry Grey walks into a police station and confesses to murder. He provides many vivid details about the crime, but the police don't take him seriously. They tell him he is a crime writer, and that he has Alzheimer's. He regularly escapes from his retirement home and turns himself in, believing that the murders in his novels really happened.

Shaken but convinced, Jerry allows himself to be taken back to the retirement home. Once there, he finds a dead woman's earring in his pocket.

So begins Trust
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Paul Cleave is an internationally bestselling author who is currently dividing his time between his home city of Christchurch, New Zealand, where all of his novels are set, and Europe, where none of his novels are set. His work has been translated into fifteen languages. He has won the Ngaio Marsh award for best crime novel in New Zealand, he won the Saint-Maur book festival's crime novel of the y ...more

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