Genre: Romantic Suspense / Christian Fiction
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Date of Publication: February 8, 2022
Number of Pages: 384 pages
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When her best friend is murdered the same way her brother was, who can she possibly trust?
A decade ago, Delaney Broward discovered her brother’s murdered body at the San Antonio art co-op he founded with friends. Her artist boyfriend, Hunter Nash, went to prison for the murder, despite his not-guilty plea.
This morning, Hunter walks out of prison a free man, having served his sentence.
This afternoon, Delaney finds her best friend dead, murdered in the same fashion as her brother.
Stay out of it or you’re next, the killer warns.
Hunter never stopped loving Delaney, though he can’t blame her for not forgiving her. He knows he’ll get his life back one day at a time, one step at a time. But he’s blindsided to realize he’s a murder suspect. Again.
When Hunter shows up on her doorstep, asking her to help him find the real killer, Delaney’s head says to run away, yet her heart tells her there’s more to his story than what came out in the trial. An uneasy truce leads to their probe into a dark past that shatters Delaney’s image of her brother. She can’t stop and neither can Hunter—which lands them both in the crosshairs of a murderer growing more desperate by the day (hour?).
In this gripping romantic suspense, Kelly Irvin plumbs the complexity of broken trust in the people we love—and in God—and whether either can be mended.
PRAISE FOR TRUST ME:
“Irvin follows the characters through twists and turns, writing through the lens of faith and broken faith, while illuminating a bridge across shattered relationships to second chances. This one’s an emotional roller-coaster.” — Julie Gwinn of the Seymour Agency in Publishers Weekly Review
“Trust Me is an apt title for Irvin’s new suspense novel. Kelly Irvin is a master at spinning a complex story web with surprising twists and relatable characters. Highly recommended!” —Colleen Coble, USA TODAY bestselling author of A Stranger’s Game and the Pelican Harbor series
“I found I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough in Kelly Irvin’s latest novel, Trust Me. I promised myself just one more page and I’d stop reading for the night…just one more…just one more. At times I could barely breathe. What a fabulous story! I loved it!” –Carrie Stuart Parks, award-winning author of the Gwen Marcey series
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Because I have enjoyed the light Christian romances written by this author I was intrigued to see she had written a Christian Romance Thriller. Set in San Antonio (probably my favorite city), I quickly dove into the read. The main character, Delaney, has had a rough life. Ten years ago her brother was murdered and her boyfriend was found guilty of the crime. The boyfriend, Hunter, has just been released and is still claiming his innocence when another murder occurs. Not exactly the usual premise to rekindle an old flame but Hunter believes that if he can find the real guilty party, he can at least redeem himself in Delaney’s eyes. While this is definitely a romance, it is light on the thriller side. To me, this was more a story of loss, finding or refinding your religion and redemption.
The Christian theme is strongly carried throughout the book but especially with Hunter. Through the help of a Pastor, he is leading a new life. I would have enjoyed seeing a little more depth of this character to better understand his transformation however only glimpses were given to help the reader understand the person he was and the person he has become.
Delaney appears to have inner strength and has dismissed Christianity from her life. But this turns out to be a partial façade that has allowed her to continue her life after the death of her brother and the incarceration of her boyfriend. As the story opens, her best friend has been murdered and she may be the next person on the killer’s list.
Keep an eye out for a few red herrings – but then again, you may only realize what they were in hindsight which is a kudo to the author and her skill.
I’ll be interested to see if the author will continue with this genre as she has made a competent start.
Bestseller Kelly Irvin is the author of almost 30 books and novellas, in romantic suspense and Amish romance genres. The two-time ACFW Carol Award finalist worked as a newspaper reporter for six years on the Texas-Mexico border. Those experiences fuel her romantic suspense novels set in Texas. A retired public relations professional, Kelly now writes fiction full-time. She lives with her husband professional photographer Tim Irvin in San Antonio. They have two children, three grandchildren, and two ornery cats.
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