Published by Atria Books on August 4, 2015
Genres: Fiction, Literary, Mystery & Detective, General, Thrillers, Crime
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Jerry Grey is known to most of the world by his crime writing pseudonym, Henry Cutter—a name that has been keeping readers on the edge of their seats for more than a decade. Recently diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s at the age of forty-nine, Jerry’s crime writing days are coming to an end. His twelve books tell stories of brutal murders committed by bad men, of a world out of balance, of victims finding the darkest forms of justice. As his dementia begins to break down the wall between his life and the lives of the characters he has created, Jerry confesses his worst secret: The stories are real. He knows this because he committed the crimes. Those close to him, including the nurses at the care home where he now lives, insist that it is all in his head, that his memory is being toyed with and manipulated by his unfortunate disease. But if that were true, then why are so many bad things happening? Why are people dying?
Trust No One has been languishing on my Kindle for months. I heard great things about it when it came out this past August, bought it in September, then got bogged down with ARC reviews and wasn’t able to read it till now. It is an interesting mix of medical drama, thriller and classic whodunit. Jerry Grey is a best selling mystery author, who has been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. The story opens with Jerry confessing a brutal murder to police; the officers then thank him for his time and send him off with his daughter. The murder he confessed to was the plot of his first book, and this is not the first time he has confessed to it and others, all from his books. As Jerry’s memories wax and wane and real life murders occur around him, he realizes that he may not have made up the plots after all.
This is my first Paul Cleave book, and I was not disappointed. The plot was tightly woven and well structured and while I did not love the ending, it fit within the confines of the story well. The writing had a distinctive voice, and had just enough description to keep me interested and intrigued. The pacing flowed well even with a disjointed mind as a narrator. The world created was very real and I could picture the scenes playing out. The characters were well placed in the world, and even though Jerry was an ass, both pre and post Alzheimer’s, he was someone you wanted to root for. Their wasn’t a huge emotional tie in Trust No One other than pity for Jerry and at times disgust, but in a thriller I do not necessarily need huge emotions.
Trust No One was an interesting read that for the most part I really enjoyed. It was twisty and dark and had so many good things going for it. I did not love the comparisons of Alzheimer’s to madness and being crazy, as I have had family members with dementia and it is a separate issue. I also wanted a slightly different ending, as I had guessed the majority of the ending about 60% in. With that said, I still enjoyed the ride Paul Cleave took me on. If you are in the mood for a fast read with a good twisty bit, Trust No One may be just right for you.
Favorite lines – He is Jerry Grey, a crime writer, but really he’s nothing more than a confused old man who isn’t even old, but made old by the Big A. Jerry Grey, creator of worlds, killer of women, confused madman. He’s a monster. He’s the Breaking Man. He doesn’t know what to do. God help him, he doesn’t know what to do.
Biggest cliché – I’m sure everyone is honest with me.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- Mount TBR Reading Challenge
- The Goodreads Challenge