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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  54 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Jeff Fenner’s life is out of control. At the nadir of a rocky, sometimes-up-usually-down career, he has finally come face-to-face with his demons: he’s being investigated by the police, he owes money to the wrong people, and he sees an empty future shutting down in front of him.

When Jeff hears that his sister Marilyn has committed suicide, he refuses to believe she killed
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 14th 2015 by Story Plant, The
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Trust Me, depending on how you say it, can be comforting or ominous. Follow the disaster that is Jeff Fenner’s life, one day at a time as his world fills with the unspeakable, the dangerous, the humbling and the illuminating. Jeff’s sister has committed suicide, he is in debt to less than savory characters and he is on the law’s radar. Once one hits bottom, there is nowhere to go but up, and Jeff begins his crawl out of the hell of addiction and self-destructive ways with the aid of the troubled ...more
Terry Tyler
Apr 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by me as a member of Rosie Amber's Review Team

Trust Me is a well written and cleverly plotted crime/murder thriller set in and around Los Angeles. The main character is Jeff Fenner, a heavy drinker and jaded coke/LSD dealer whose life is imploding as his addictions wear him out, and one piece of bad luck follows another. Running alongside is the story of deeply troubled Holly, who gets involved with SOL, the 'Save Our Life' organisation that purports to solve problems of addiction and p
Dietrich Kalteis
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well told, a great voice, and suspense like a drumbeat. This book grabbed me at the prologue.
May 31, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sleazy California

Drugs, insanity, murder, corruption... What did I miss? The one-percent depraved assholes, the really down and out cockroaches, the social injustice gets really depressing, but there might be a glimmer of hope at the end!
Tracey Lampley
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Trust me: Earl Javorsky brilliantly plotted his novel, Trust Me. Yes, I couldn’t resist the play on words. The entire concept was brilliant. He mixes great characterization, setting and dialogue to complete the novel. I envision this novel as a film—maybe not blockbuster, but I’d sure pay to see it. Warning: This novel is for adults only.
Kira Seamon
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Probing psychological intensity captures your attention at the start and takes you on an in-depth journey with the kind of three-dimensional characters that Javorsky is masterful at writing. Nothing escapes his keen powers of observation and he effortlessly describes scenes and situations that feel completely real. Visceral storytelling that packs a huge punch. Powerful writing that will make you sit up and take notice that he is an author to be reckoned with.
Andrew Herbert
Jun 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Satisfying Edgy Tale

This story grabs you by the throat from the beginning. An insightful look into several lifestyles that you personally do not want to be living, unless of course you already are. I liked the characters & how the author kept them real; the good, bad and ugly until the end. Good story telling here, recommended.
K Fray
Jul 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jeff Fenner's life is on the brink of collapse. He owes the wrong people too much money, anything he might call his own he's losing his grip on, and his estranged sister has just committed suicide. The police are on his trail and it won't lead anywhere Jeff is ready to go. There's no light at the end of this tunnel unless he makes it himself, and he knows it. As Jeff tries to find his way back to the surface, he crosses paths with another troubled person: Holly Barnes. Holly has been struggling ...more
Aug 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Karen Germain
Jul 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Lou Aronica at Story Plant, for sending me a copy of Earl Javorsky's Trust Me, when I was having problems downloading it through NetGalley. Lou came to my rescue and due to the mix-up, I also accidentally discovered Christopher Slater's hilarious novel, Pup. The mistake on Netgalley, ending up being a benefit to me!

PLOT - Earl Javorsky's suspense/crime novel, Trust Me, follows an ensemble cast through the city of Los Angeles. Several beautiful women have been turning up dead around
Patricia (Pat)
Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a way to discover your sister is dead. Jeff Fenner is in an airport when he reads in the Metro section of the LA Times, "28 year old Marilyn Fenner, was found dead, apparently after jumping from her 12th floor balcony. An apparent suicide." No way, would Marilyn do that. Jeff boards the plane, heading home to find the answers to his sister's death.

Ron Pool is the writer for the LA Times that wrote the story and he was uneasy and suspicious. He calls and then visits his good friend, Homicid
Shannon L. Gonzalez
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Book Review: Glimpses into a psychopath’s mind as he commits murder and mayhem all under the guise of a psychotherapist.

Trust Me
by Earl Javorsky

Earl Javorsky’s novel, Trust Me is rich in twisted threads. It is dark and haunting as the reader follows Jeff Fenner through a journey to beat his addictions. He hears of his sister’s suicide and knows something is not right. She would never kill her self, nor would she ever willingly take any drugs as the autopsy report stated was in her system.

E.L. Lindley
Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Trust Me by Earl Javorsky is a crime thriller that snares the reader’s interest from the beginning. The novel opens with a prologue in which a woman named Marilyn Fenner meets an unexplained death and the reader is taken on a white knuckle ride before the mystery is unravelled.

Unlike most crime thrillers, this novel is not driven by a cop protagonist. Instead there are four main characters whose lives are loosely connected and become even more so as the plot develops. Jeff Fenner makes an unlik
Cathy Ryan
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
A great opening prologue sets the scene for the story as a young woman is pushed to her death from her twelfth floor balcony. Jeff Fenner, on the point of hitting rock bottom due to drugs and alcohol, has nowhere left to go. Finding out about his sister’s death while at the airport waiting for his flight home, through an article reported in the LA Times, leaves Jeff in shock and disbelief. Jeff is convinced his sister did not, would not, commit suicide, as the reporter apparently believes.

Apr 01, 2016 rated it liked it
This book was good and definitely suspenseful, but it was extremely hard to follow. There were a couple times when I was convinced that I must have missed time I was so convinced that I started reading the book all over again (those of you who follow us were probably wondering why this review was scheduled to post last week and I'm just now getting to it....this would be the reason). I was wrong. I hadn't missed anything, I was left with the same feeling of being out of the lo ...more
Diane Moyle
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow!! This was like a ride down a steep mountain road with no breaks!!! You know you are going to the bottom, now you need to figure out how to get there!

I couldn’t put this book down. It is a great story filled with apprehension and trepidation. Eight young women living in California have committed suicide in the past year. Although family and friends find this hard to believe, the police have nothing to warrant further investigation. Then Ron, the reporter who writes up the last suicide has a
Beth Cutwright
Jul 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you are into thriller suspense/ mystery, murder and mayhem, Earl Javorsky is an author to be added to your TBR list! In my humble opinion, he ranks right up with the best authors out there in this genre.

Trust Me is written in alternating voices, which can be disconcerting with so many characters, but at some point that becomes a minor influence as you move deeper into the story Javorsky creates. It is an effective tool though as these various characters begin to cross paths with one another.
Jay Phillippi
Sep 06, 2015 rated it liked it
This is Javorsky's second novel and the second one I've reviewed. Sadly, his second attempt doesn't meet the standard of his first. While the blurbs point to Fenner as the main character, you would be hard pressed to come to that conclusion by reading the story. There's Holly, and Ron the newspaper reporter, and Joe the cop. They all get their own story lines and seemed to me that they were at least the equal if not more important that Jeff at times. There's nothing wrong with that as a story te ...more
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Javorskys second novel set against the dark undertow of drugs, addiction, sexual abuse and cults, unfolds quickly to reveal a suspenseful and entertaining page turner. As with his first novel, DOWN SOLO, the author is graphically vivid writing about his subject matter. I absolutely felt like I was "in" one particular scene involving water and crashing waves and a lone surfer. Overall this is a light and fun read that will fully grab your attention from page one. ...more
Sep 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a pretty good read. The ending was a little predictable.
Treva Hearne
Sep 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
good psychotic...needed more in depth explanation, I wasn't afraid of him ...more
B Holl
Apr 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable read! The characters were so very flawed, entertaining and likeable. Looking forward to more of his books!!
I won this in a goodreads giveaway.
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
Mostly predictable and the characters were undeveloped. I didn't feel connected to any of them. Easy read though if you're looking for that ...more
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Earl Javorsky grew up in Los Angeles and attended the local community college and UCLA. He then went to Emerson College, a teacher training school in England. Besides having written two published novels, he has created strategically optimized content (blogs, feature articles, and web pages) for treatment centers throughout the country, taught music at Pepperdine University (Malibu campus), worked ...more

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