Now a Criminal Element Best Book of 2018
Now a Writer's Bone Best Book of 2018
Now a New York Post Best Thriller of 2018
A Real Simple Magazine Top Psychological Thriller
A BookBub Big Thriller of Summer 2018
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A Crime Reads Top Summer Thriller of 2018!
NOW IN TRADE PAPERBACK!
It all depends on what you mean by the truth...
"This is Ryan's first standalone... and it's a knockout. First-rate psychological suspense." —Booklist starred review
"Stellar! Ryan is an expert at telling a story that invokes suspense with emotional resonance...realistic characters make the reader care about every tiny detail of the story. Her best novel to date!" —Associated Press
An accused killer insists she's innocent of a heinous murder.
A grieving journalist surfaces from the wreckage of her shattered life.
Their unlikely alliance leads to a dangerous cat and mouse game that will leave you breathless. Who can you trust when you can't trust yourself?
There are three sides to every story. Yours. Mine. And the truth.
"Mesmerizing!" —International Best-selling author Lisa Gardner
"Beautifully written and masterfully structured." —New York Times Bestselling author Wendy Walker
"Chilling, suspenseful, and impossible to put down!" —New York Times Bestselling author Megan Miranda
Trust Me is the chilling standalone novel of psychological suspense and manipulation that award-winning author and renowned investigative reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan was born to write.
Here's a wonderful interview about TRUST ME on KSDK in St. Louis!(Sorry about the ad...it's short...)
A Letter From Hank
I've been a TV reporter for forty years. I've wired myself with hidden cameras, chased down criminals, gone undercover and in disguise. In all those years, it's been "just the facts." And when I typed chapter one on my first book I wondered: would my imagination allow me to make stuff up?
And here's what I learned. Whether it's an investigative story or page-turning crime fiction, it's all about telling a good story. You need characters you care about and a high-stakes problem that must be solved. You want good guys to win, and the bad guys to get what's coming to them. And in the end you want to change the world.
But as a reporter, how do you know what is true? You'd think that'd be easy, but trust me, it's not. Writing a "true" story is the most difficult thing a reporter can ever do. It's a massive responsibility, because readers trust us to tell the truth. And—when everything is someone's story, from someone's point of view and filtered through someone's history and experience—how can anyone ever be sure of that?
Casey Anthony—we think we know what happened, right? OJ Simpson. Any notorious crime—we're given a jury verdict, and that becomes "the truth." But have you ever been on a jury? It's difficult, right? Because there are so many possibilities.
I took a chance with TRUST ME—by tackling one of the most impossible topics facing us today. And I asked—how do we know the truth? How do reporters—here, the fictional Mercer Hennessey—decide what to write? What to declare as the truth? This book surprised me on every page. It changed my life. I think about it every day.