Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Trust Me by Brenda Novak


Four years ago Skye Kellerman was attacked in her own bed. She managed to fend off her knife-wielding assailant, but the trauma changed everything about her life. As a result of that night, she joined two friends--also survivors--in starting The Last Stand, an organization to help victims of crime.

Now her would-be rapist is getting out of prison. Early. And Skye knows that Dr. Oliver Burke hasn’t forgotten what her testimony cost him.


I took a break from my YA reading to go back to the genre that got me hooked on reading: thriller/mysteries. Trust Me is the first book in the Last Stand Series by Brenda Novak and it is fantastic. Skye Kellerman was attacked and managed to not only fight off her attacker but send him to prison with her testimony. No one in Dr. Burke's life believes it could possibly have been him and yet Sky and Detective David Willis know it was him.

What I really enjoyed about this book is the constant change in point of view. You get pieces of the story from Skye, David, Burke and Burke's wife Jane. With all these pieces you feel like you should be able to figure out what is going on but Novak really keeps the reader guessing. I particularly like the scenes told from Jane's point of view. It is devastating to her that her husband is in jail and you can really feel her unraveling as she realizes what her husband is capable of.

The relationship between Skye and David is captivating. You can really feel the spark between them but you also understand he devotion to his ex-wife. You just know they will end up together but the process is very entertaining.

You can tell how this book will end after the first chapter but how that resolution comes is surprising and entertaining. This is a completely captivating story that I couldn't get enough of. It is also the first in a series and the next two books tell the stories of Skye's best friends and business partners Jasmine and Sheridan.

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