3.5 stars rounded up
This was a face paced thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat. I loved the friendship between the two main characters, Summer and Leo. This was my first book by the author, but it won't be my last. If your looking for a bingeable thriller I would definitely recommend this one.
I feel like the decision-making by the characters was unrealistic at best, but really best described as silly, which made it difficult to take the book seriously as a whole. I wasn't the right reader for this, perhaps.
Thank you to NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review. With main characters that aren't exactly heroes, this story propels us into a different light, rooting for antiheroes.
Genre ~ psychological thriller
Setting ~ California & an island
Publication date ~ June 13, 2023
Est page Count ~ 292 (p+ 46 dated chapters)
Audio length ~ 9 hours 36 minutes
Narrators ~ Kelsey Navarro Foster, Natalie Naudus
POV ~ dual 1st
Featuring ~ multiple timelines, locked room (island)
Summer & Leo are bff's and con artists. When Summer doesn't hear from Leo after a night out on a private island with a billionaire she just met she begins to worry. Summer gets herself on that island, but she soon finds out it might not be as easy to get herself off of it.
We get some flashbacks to 15 and 10 years ago and I wasn't sure how they would get woven into the present, but it was nicely done. The back and forth between their perspectives and being stranded on a island really built up the suspense wonderfully. Overall, a solid thriller.
This one started out with a bang. I was so invested in the idea of it and what the girls were doing. I was rooting for them like hell yes get that money! But then when little miss leo went and got herself into some mess because she wanted to risk it all to get some extra cash I was annoyed by the choices they started making.
Summer put herself in so many risky situations and omg the suspense of some of the scenes.
Ultimately this ended in a way I was not a fan of. I feel like Wendy does way better with the YA mysteries.
"You Can Trust Me" is a compelling read, meticulously crafted characters that feel authentic and relatable, complete with flaws and motivations. The central bond between Summer and Leo transcends mere romance, serving as the emotional core of the story.
Moreover, the book delves into a critical examination of the wealthy and privileged, exposing their exploitation of wealth and power to manipulate others. This insightful portrayal serves as a thought-provoking commentary.
If you're drawn to psychological thrillers featuring strong female characters and gripping plots that keep you guessing, "You Can Trust Me" is an essential read. Well-written and captivating, this novel promises an emotional rollercoaster. I highly recommend it.
Thank you to Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine, Bantam and NetGalley for the early copy in exchange for an hones review. The opinions above are my own.
You Can Trust Me is my first Wendy Heard book and I can say I’ll pick up whatever she writes next.
I was very intrigued by the story—and while I don’t normally reach for mystery or thriller, it was the right amount of tension for me to not feel too overwhelmed by the thriller aspect. It had the right amount of “clues” to reveal some things while proving me wrong where I’d thought the “twist” too simplistic.
I do think it was mislabeled and marketed as LGBTQIA+, however, as it didn’t contain the representation I expected for the tag itself. Since I did request this ARC due to its queer theme, I was a little disappointed by the lack thereof.
Thank you Wendy Heard, Bantam, and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this ARC.
Couldn’t put this book down. Never a dull moment! Loved the locations and and the story was intriguing.
This was a really fun and quick read, if you're looking for a page turning thriller. I read it in one sitting, and even if I saw the twist coming a bit before it happened, I didn't mind in the slightest because it was still satisfying. Great pacing!
I love Wendy Heards books!! I was so excited to see a new one come out, and even more excited when I got an ARC. Her writing is so good, and entrancing it made it extremely hard for me to out this down. I cannot wait for another new book!
A quick popcorn thriller if you’re looking to be entertained. This was a good story and moved along quickly.
I loved the dual timelines but felt the twist coming for a while: still really enjoyed the book and read it in one sitting. Can’t wait to see what else this author comes out with!
Overall, I enjoyed this book! As an avid thriller reader, I did call the big twist early on, but this would work great as an intro to the genre. I loved the setting and it was an engaging read! Definitely recommend for anyone into feminist thrillers or looking to dive into the genre.
3.75 stars rounded up
I absolutely LOVED this book! It was a fast paced thriller that was quick + easy to read. The writing was fantastic, the character building was stellar, and I loved the use of multiple narrators and timelines.
Wendy Heard created a thriller masterpiece that will keep you on your toes until the end. The ending will leave your head spinning!
A massive thanks to NetGalley + Random House for the gifted copy!
This was a quick one sitting read for me and I have to say that it was enjoyable. The plot moves quickly, the characters were likeable. I enjoyed the duel timeline narration, sometimes they can be confusing or throw me off but not in this instance.
The island setting was weird and made you feel off. I'm sure that was done on purpose by the author. There are many twists and turns that will keep you guessing. I would recommend this for a good afternoon beach reach for something that will keep you guessing until the end.
Unfortunately, this was a DNF for me. I tried for weeks to finish it but I found nothing about it interesting in the slightest. However, I am grateful for the opportunity! Thank you to the publisher!
a breezy thriller/mystery about two friends and con artists.
Summer and Leo are friends and con artists who live in California. Leo’s latest mark is a tech billionaire, and all seems to be going to plan — until Leo follows him to his private island and disappears. Summer goes looking for her friend — and may have finally met her match.
I was nervous to start this one; it sounded like something I’d love, but I’ve been let down by a lot of book marketing pitches this year. Not this one! I’ve been flying through this book every time I pick it up. If you liked “Lucky” by Marissa Stapley, you’ll really enjoy this one.
I really enjoyed this thriller! Two con-women may have met their match as the target of their scheme may not turn out to be who they think he is. After joining him on an island getaway, it turns out they may not make it off the island alive. Would recommend this and find this a great beach read for anyone who likes the thriller genre.
The first part of You Can Trust Me was great with likeable characters and an interesting story with an engaging mystery at its core. However it slowed down once the characters are on the island, the plot was strong enough to keep me invested until its ending. I would still recommend the book for mystery/thriller lovers as it was an easy fun read.
Summer and Leo would do anything for each other. Inspired by the way each has had to carve her place in a hostile and unforgiving world, and united by the call of the open road, they travel around sunny California in Summer’s tricked-out Land Cruiser. It’s not a glamorous life, but it gives them the freedom they crave from the painful pasts they’ve left behind. But even free spirits have bills to pay. Luckily, Summer is a skilled pickpocket, a small-time thief, and a con artist—and Leo, determined to pay her own way, has learned a trick or two.
Eager for a big score, Leo catches in her crosshairs Michael Forrester, a self-made billionaire and philanthropist. When her charm wins him over, Leo is rewarded with an invitation to his private island off the California coastline for a night of fabulous excess. She eagerly anticipates returning with photos that can be sold to the paparazzi, jewelry that can be liquidated, and endless stories to share with Summer.
Instead, Leo disappears.
On her own for the first time in years, Summer decides to infiltrate Michael’s island and find out what really happened. But when she arrives, no one has seen Leo—she’s not on the island as far as they know. Plus, there was only one way on the island—and no way off—for the coming days. Trapped in a scheme she helped initiate, could Summer have met her match?
i'm so late on reviewing this, but this one helped me get out of a slump. i love the con artist vibes more than i thought i would in a book. this was great to read while my kids were swimming and i was laying out watching them. i love that they were besties and that they were up to no good!
i received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.