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The Ones We Trust

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According to RT Book Reviews, "an emotionally moving, captivating story that is the perfect book club pick."

When former DC journalist Abigail Wolff attempts to rehabilitate her career, she finds herself at the heart of a US army cover-up involving the death of a soldier in Afghanistan -- with unspeakable emotional consequences for one family. As the story of what happened
Paperback, 304 pages
Published July 28th 2015 by Mira
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Kimberly Belle Hi Liz, and thanks for your question! I did a lot of research for this story, but ultimately, the father-daughter dynamics comes down to putting mysel…moreHi Liz, and thanks for your question! I did a lot of research for this story, but ultimately, the father-daughter dynamics comes down to putting myself in the character's headspace and calling up the emotions they might be feeling. Abigail's father is bound by duty to keep silent, while Abigail believes in the public's right to know the truth. That they're family only complicates the matter, and it takes their relationship into uncharted territory for sure! I'm thrilled you like the premise of The Ones We Trust, hope you like the book just as much! Kimberly(less)

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The Ones We Trust is a contemporary mystery/mild thriller novel written by author Kimberly Belle. This is the first book I have read by this author and I liked it overall. The pacing was slower than I would have liked, which unfortunately did affect how consistently engaged I felt, but the content was good and kept me guessing...I changed my mind several times about who was trustworthy and who wasn't. I felt a connection with the female lead: Abigail, and found myself strongly empathizing wi
Judy Collins
A special thank you Harlequin MIRA and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Top 50 Books of 2015. "Best Contemporary Conspiracy Suspense of 2015."

Kimberly Belle returns following her strong debut, The Last Breath, landing on My Top 30 Books of 2014, with a riveting suspense THE ONES WE TRUST, a thought-provoking, and complex portrayal of grief, guilt, fear, tragedy, and trust, while exploring the loyalties of family.

Trust is an ongoing theme, throughout the novel, questi
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hall-2, hall-3
Wow, I read this book in less than 24 hours! I am fully prepared for a book hangover after this treat. This was the first book I have read by Kimberly Belle, but now I have to read her other novel, The Last Breath, asap. I have read other reviewers saying this book is A Few Good Men meets Scandal, and I have to agree. Belle writes in an easy-to-read style, and her character development full of depth led me to fall for Abigail and Gabe. I would love to see a sequel with these two! ;) I also adore ...more
Books Just 4 Me
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
A good story, not many twists or any heart stopping moments. There were two story lines going simultaneously and I was trying to figure out the reason for that. Loyalty, trust, and honor were being tested in this book. It was a quick, pretty even-keeled read. I liked the mystery unfolded and my attention was captured the whole time.
Nina Norstrom
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Not much on thrillers and mysteries but found this a good read. Perhaps, you will too . . . thanks to the author for her writing techniques.
Mar 28, 2019 rated it liked it
This was ok. Idk. Got some reason I just didt connect with the storyline.
Feb 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Jenny Belk
May 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is my honest and unsolicited review:
Kimberly Belle has a real talent for drawing you into her stories quickly and deftly. As a journalist, Abigail Wolff found out the hard way that sometimes telling a story can have unexpected and tragic consequences. She is determined to make things right. Her latest endeavor is to right a wrong involving a soldier and uncover the truth about how he died in Afghanistan. In her search for answers she uncovers clues that there may have been a cover up. What
May 05, 2021 rated it it was ok
1.5 stars

eh..i just couldn't get into this one. I basically skim read it.
I felt lukewarm about the protagonist Abigail.
One of the reasons I've previously liked this writers books is the twists/surprises. But for me, the ones in this book were obvious & I easily guessed them early on.
Laura Rash
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A little mystery, heartbreak, family drama & love all rolled up into one. Very good read!
Christine M in Texas
Apr 17, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
Abigail Wolff wants to revive her career. She is a former DC journalist and stumbles upon an US army cover-up involving the death of a soldier in Afghanistan. As she starts gathering evidence, she realizes her own father, a retired general might know more than he is willing or can share.
She meets the soldier’s brother Gabe, who is battling his own demons. He is hesitant for his mother wanting Abigail to find out more and write “his story”.
This novel kept me on the edge of my seat wondering wha
Rhonda Ruff
Apr 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great story of a reporter looking for redemption. A family asking her to check into a military cover up a story that even she didn’t know where it was going. Sometimes digging deeper takes you in a direction you don’t want to go
Margo Doumit
I was a little disappointed in this one. I've loved every other Kimberly Belle book that I've read, but this one just wasn't the best. The chapters all just kind of flowed together and never really left me guessing or wanting more. I felt like towards the end the story just kept jumping around because a few times I was confused on what was going on. Haha. It was an easy read though, but definitely not one of my favorites by her. ...more
Marcela (BookaholicCat)
Jun 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Originally posted at The Bookaholic Cat

Three years ago, journalist Abigail Wolf wrote a story uncovering a deep secret; unfortunately her story had dire repercussions for one of the persons involved. Those repercussions marked Abigail’s life with guilt and led her to abandon her career. Now she works as a website content curator for a health company, writing about interesting things for seniors, a safe work that wouldn’t hurt anyone.
Abigail misses her old days of investigating leads and uncover
Review Originally Posted: Traveling With T

*Less suspense, more focus on the family relationships in Belle's sophomore book*

This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.

The Ones We Trust

Summary from Goodreads:

When former DC journalist Abigail Wolff attempts to rehabilitate her career, she finds herself at the heart of a US army cover-up involving the death of a soldier in Afghanistan — with unspeakable emotional consequences for one family. As the story of what happened comes
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now I’ve read all of Kimberly Belle’s books and have enjoyed them immensely. This one did not disappoint. It was her second one and I think she grows as a writer with each book she writes, but it was still very good. Now I have to wait for her to write another one!
Sara Strand
Jul 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
You know what this book feels like? An episode of Scandal!! The great thing about this book is that at 288 pages, it's the perfect length to cover so much material. My copy also came with a Reader's Guide at the end, which I always appreciate because sometimes I think about parts of the book a little differently once I go through that. It's always a nice added bonus.

The story centers around Abigail, who was a fantastic journalist who ended up giving the excitement up after a pretty great story
Susan  Owensby
Jun 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Ones We Trust by author Kimberly Belle is the first book that I have read by her. I love this genre and could not pass up this book. I was pulled in from the very beginning and and I simply could not put it down. The Ones We Trust was full of mystery, action and suspense.

Former DC journalist Abigail Wolff delves into an investigation of US army cover-up involving the death of a soldier in Afghanistan. There are many twits, turns and lies that she will uncover. But who can she trust? Will sh
Tanya (mom's small victories)
A Few Good Men meets Scandal in this intense drama about a military family who is seeking the truth about the death of their beloved son and brother, killed during war. Moving, poignant and intense, The Ones We Trust gave me a book hangover.

Read more and enter to win a copy of this book (ends 8/31/15) at my blog, Mom's Small Victories.
Mrs Mommy Booknerd http://mrsmommybooknerd.blogspot.com
4.5 stars
I love when thrillers are actually thrillers...when they leave you almost stunned and thinking about them after you turned the last page! The Ones We Trust is one of those reads...not predictable, full of emotion and characters that are so engaging. I cannot wait to read more by Belle!!! 4.5 stars
May 21, 2020 rated it did not like it
Maybe I’ve just read some really great books lately that made The Ones We Trust seem disjointed and boring, but I could not finish it. I didn’t care about the characters or even how the multiple mysteries would turn out, despite their high stakes. This was particularly disappointing, since I very much enjoyed Belle’s latest novel, Dear Wife.
Sally Kilpatrick
Another book that grabbed a hold of me and wouldn't let go. Abigail has some THINGS going on in her life. Gabe is a bit of a mess, too. If you like deeply emotional reads with a mystery, this is the book for you. ...more
Judy Churchill
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a powerful story. It takes my breath away even now as I write this review. How does a mother recover from the loss of one of her three sons when the death may have involved his brother? How do you recover and revive a relationship when trust has been questioned? This is an emotional, heart rending story. It is definitely worth reading.
Ashley Lanigan
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Abigail Wolf is the daughter and niece of army colonels, retired investigator and single woman. When she’s suspicious of a cover up she decides this could be her come back story! Two brothers are deployed and one died in the line of fire, heroism or a cover up? What I enjoyed most about the story is how the relationship between Abigail and Gabe develops, it’s a thriller with a bit of romance.
diane wight
Just finished this book. Held me in suspense so much that I had to finish it in one day. Normally I can put a book down and pick it up the next day. Not this one only breaks were for coffee and bathroom.
Dec 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Enjoyed this book more than I thought I would, even though it’s taken forever to finish.
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ill, kimberly-belle
This Summary/Review was copied from other sources and is used only as a reminder of what the book was about for my personal interest. Any Personal Notations are for my recollection only.

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Three years ago, journalist Abigail Wolf wrote a story uncovering a deep secret; unfortunately her story had dire repercus
Vicki Burbank
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow....family drama beyond belief! I actually finish this book in 2 sittings. the first third of the book is probably the least engaging but the rest of the book just knocked my socks off. Definitely grabs you by the heart and also rips a few tears out on its way. If you have strong sense of values and family you won't be able to not be totally immersed in this story. ...more
Originally posted at SmexyBooks-http://smexybooks.com/2015/07/review-...

Favorite Quote: “The truth always come out eventually.”

One man will do anything to discover the truth behind his brother’s death.

One man will do anything to keep it buried.

The answer lies in the hands of one woman who will be forced to choose which is more important…loyalty or truth.

Abigail Wolff, an investigative journalist, turned in her press pass and resignation when a high profile story she wrote resulted in tragedy. Le
Roxie Gallinger
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a marvelous story...about a ex journalist, who no longer writes as a journalist due a tragedy that she believes is her fault.
She gets a package on her front door step that reveals lies about a soldier and her father as a general. She helps the soldier's brother solve the mystery as to the truth that has been hidden about his death.
Very well written, as this heart warming story comes to the focus of the loss that this family has gone through, and the questions that have asked Why?
Highly rec
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Kimberly Belle is the USA Today and internationally bestselling author of seven novels, including My Darling Husband and The Marriage Lie, a Goodreads Choice Awards semifinalist for Best Mystery & Thriller. Her books have been published in more than in a dozen languages and have been optioned for film and television. A graduate of Agnes Scott College, Belle divides her time between Atlanta and Ams ...more

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