You Can Trust Me by Emma Rowley

You can trust me.
But can I trust you? 

Olivia is the domestic goddess who has won millions of followers by sharing her picture-perfect life online. And now she’s releasing her tell-all autobiography.

For professional ghostwriter Nicky it’s the biggest job of her career. But as she delves deeper into Olivia’s life, cracks begin to appear in the glamorous façade. From the strained relationship with her handsome husband, to murky details of a tragic family death in her childhood, the truth belies Olivia’s perfect public image.

But why is Olivia so desperate to leave an old tragedy well alone? And how far will she go to keep Nicky from the truth?

I’ve had this book on preorder for TWO YEARS if I say it was one of my most anticipated books of this year then that’s no understatement! Having read adored Emma Rowleys debut novel Where The Missing Go, I had immediately preordered You Can Trust Me and so when it did arrive, I wasn’t wasting one second and started it as soon as I could (sorry TBR list!!). And what a book! Highly addictive with interesting characters and some major twisty turny plot shocks, I raced through this book desperately seeking answers to the many questions it threw up. And what an ending! Needless to say Emma Rowley delivered once again for this reader!

With so many Instagram accounts becoming huge influencers nowadays I could relate to Olivia and how her lifestyle account gained such a huge following. Instagrammers are fast becoming the new celebrities in our social media driven culture and their followers want to know everything about them-what lies behind the glossy photo setups and perfect lifestyles they promote. We feel we know these “normal” people personally due to the fact they often share every part of their life online but we always want more. So it didn’t surprise me that Olivia chose to present her advice to her followers in book form (a much more permanent communication). She seeks out an experienced ghost writer, Nicky, who travels to the stunning family home that Olivia shares with her husband Josh and 3 year old daughter Bea. But for someone living in the public eye Olivia doesn’t seem to have much of her past on show and when Nicky starts digging around, she discovers things that Olivia would rather stay buried in that past. But how far will she go to prevent Nicky uncovering her secrets?

I loved how this story was presented with a major and unexpected twist occurring that threw me off the trail I was convinced I knew I was following. But the shocks kept on coming and I read till the end with my jaw firmly dropped onto the floor. Emma Rowley has very cleverly taken her characters and developed them slowly, unraveling the past to knit together the present. I was gripped, entranced and astounded by their actions throughout You Can Trust Me, but the last thing I felt like doing was trusting any of them!

I thoroughly enjoyed this second psychological thriller from Emma Rowley and it definitely lived up to the promise I saw in her debut. And it’s on at 99p at the moment so grab it while you can!

Emma Rowley is a writer, ghostwriter and editor with a background in journalism – formerly of the Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph. A graduate in Classics and English at Oxford University, she trained as a journalist on the prestigious City University course. Emma has spent considerable time in the courts and covering major crime stories. She lives in London.

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.