Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Review: Trust No One by Paul Cleave

Rating: 5 Cups of Coffee
In the exciting new psychological thriller by the Edgar-nominated author of Joe Victim, a famous crime writer struggles to differentiate between his own reality and the frightening plot lines he's created for the page.

Jerry Grey is known to most of the world by his crime writing pseudonym, Henry Cutter-a name that has been keeping readers at 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?

Hailed by critics as a "masterful" (Publishers Weekly) writer who consistently offers "ferocious storytelling that makes you think and feel" (The Listener) and whose fiction evokes "Breaking Bad reworked by the Coen Brothers"(Kirkus Reviews), Paul Cleave takes us down a cleverly twisted path to determine the fine line between an author and his characters, between fact and fiction.

Natasha’s Experience: 
TRUST NO ONE should come with a warning that reads: “Readers should beware of the absolute head games that this story will play on their minds. You will inevitably end up not trusting yourself. Sorry.”

To say that this story was plot-twisting and crazy would be an understatement. This story was confusing in the best way and earnestly exhilarating. I swear at some points I would put the book down to think I had lost my head somewhere in Day 50 (or maybe it was Day 60? Who really knows at this point?).  What was frightening was how I would forget things alongside Jerry, making the plot line feel all the more real.

"Write what you know and fake the rest."

Jerry Grey is a bestselling crime writer who has just been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Having this diagnosis is what I'd imagine to be a nightmare come to life. This disease is one that has no empathy; it is a disease that not only takes away Jerry’s memories but also his truths.

"He doesn't think anything in his story changes, but how can he possibly know? He's the man who can't even trust himself."

I cannot imagine the immense frustration Jerry must have lived through waking up and not having a clear head, not truly knowing himself or his actions. That is the ultimate form of torture -- a life with no structure or sense of reality. In addition to this newly found diagnosis, Jerry’s crime thrillers seem to be coming to life – his stories are taking place in the real world, with no one to blame. But what about the writer himself? Could he have become a killer? And if he did, just how did he commit the murders? This is a question I didn’t stop asking until the very last page.

If you want a read that is fast-paced, suspenseful on a whole other level, frustrating (as to be expected when your MC is on a mental downward spiral) & a plot line that feels terrifyingly real, trust me, you’re going to want to read TRUST NO ONE.


About the Author

Paul Cleave is the author of eight award-winning, internationally bestselling crime thrillers, including Joe Victim, finalist for the Edgar, Barry, and Ngaio Marsh awards, and, most recently, Five Minutes Alone. He lives in Christchurch, New Zealand. Visit his website at PaulCleave.com.

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