Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, from Tuesday/First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea; and Teaser Tuesdays hosted by Should Be Reading.

Today I’m featuring an ARC called You Can Trust Me, by Sophie McKenzie.






Beginning:  (Chapter One – Four weeks earlier…)

The text arrives as I’m getting out of the car.  I’m so anxious about the evening ahead that I barely register the beep.  The setting sun is casting soft swirls of pink and orange across the Exeter skyline, thinning and sharpening the tops of the cathedral towers.  The air is warm but I’m shivering, my heart beating hard and loud against my ribs.  Will throws me a worried glance.  I pull my phone from my bag, wondering vaguely if the text is from the babysitter.  But it’s Julia’s name that flashes up.  For a second my anxiety eases a little.  Whatever my closest friend has written is sure to be an offering of support, expressed in Julia’s customary style:  big and bold and full of feeling.  But when I open it, the text is short and terse.



Teaser:  Life slips back into its old groove:  I ferry the kids around, shop for groceries, and pay bills.  And yet, even as everything remains the same, it is all different. (p. 37)


Blurb:  On a quiet, gray, Saturday morning, Livy arrives at her best friend Julia’s flat for a lunch date only to find her dead. Though all the evidence supports it, Livy cannot accept the official ruling of suicide; the Julia she remembers was loud, inappropriate, joyful, outrageous and loving, not depressed. The suspicious circumstances cause Livy to dig further, and she is suddenly forced to confront a horrifying possibility: that Julia was murdered, by the same man who killed Livy’s sister, Kara, eighteen years ago.

Desperate to understand the tragedies of her past and hold her unraveling life together, Livy throws herself into the search for Kara and Julia’s killer, who she now believes is someone close to her family. But if that is true, can she still trust anyone? Damien, the man Julia was secretly dating? Leo, her husband’s boss and a close family friend? His son Paul, her husband’s best mate since college? Or even Will, her own dear husband, who has betrayed her perhaps one time too many?

And when Livy finally faces her sister’s killer, and he traps her with one horrible, impossible choice, she must finally decide: is she strong enough to trust herself?

Get lost in the dark, gripping pages of You Can Trust Me.


What do you think?  Would you keep reading?  I know I can’t wait to find out more.



  1. I don’t know. I don’t feel in a hurry to pick this one up. I read the Teaser too. That didn’t do it for me either. Maybe I’m still shaky from reading the opening lines of The Weight of Blood. That one really touched me. (:


  2. I absolutely love the description of the sky in the intro! It’s such a nice and calm description that you can’t help but feel like something terrible is about to happen and that text definitely strikes me as terrible! I think I’d want to read a bit more so I can get a better sense of Livy’s voice! Thanks for stopping by 🙂 I hope you have a great week!
    Juli @ Universe in Words


  3. I love everything about this feature Laurel: the title, the cover art, the beginning, the teaser and blurb all blend so flawlessly to set the mood for what I believe is a deeply affecting story line. I would definitely read something like this, the premise sounds promising 🙂

    My Teaser


  4. sherry fundin

    When I saw the title of the book on my blog (thanks for visiting) it made me think of a love story. Then I saw the cover and thought there could be more. It ends up sounding like a great book, one I would want to read. Thanks for sharing. LOL

    sherry @ fundinmental


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