You Can Trust Me by Wendy Heard

Published: June 13, 2023


Pages: 292

Genre: Women’s Psychological Fiction

KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received a copy of this book for free, and I leave my review voluntarily.

Wendy Heard is the author of acclaimed suspense and thrillers for adults and teens. Wendy has spent most of her life in Los Angeles, California, which is on fire more than she would honestly prefer, and can often be found haunting local hiking trails and bookstores. She loves all things vintage and has a collection of thrillers and adventure books from the 80s.

Summer and Leo would do anything for each other. Inspired by the way each has had to carve her place in a hostile and unforgiving world, and united by the call of the open road, they travel around sunny California in Summer’s tricked-out Land Cruiser. It’s not a glamorous life, but it gives them the freedom they crave from the painful pasts they’ve left behind. But even free spirits have bills to pay. Luckily, Summer is a skilled pickpocket, a small-time thief, and a con artist—and Leo, determined to pay her own way, has learned a trick or two.

Eager for a big score, Leo catches in her crosshairs Michael Forrester, a self-made billionaire and philanthropist. When her charm wins him over, Leo is rewarded with an invitation to his private island off the California coastline for a night of fabulous excess. She eagerly anticipates returning with photos that can be sold to the paparazzi, jewelry that can be liquidated, and endless stories to share with Summer.

Instead, Leo disappears.

On her own for the first time in years, Summer decides to infiltrate Michael’s island and find out what really happened. But when she arrives, no one has seen Leo—she’s not on the island as far as they know. Plus, there was only one way on the island—and no way off—for the coming days. Trapped in a scheme she helped initiate, could Summer have met her match?

“And that is how it’s done.”

Summer has lived her life not knowing where her roots are from. Her mother believed they were nomads, and they traveled around. Leo ran away because she felt responsible for something terrible. She was searching for something, anything, that would make her feel connected.

This was an interesting book. I found the bond between Summer and Leo was well represented, and their connection was realistic.

Summer was a tough character. She had been through so much, and living her life as a shadow was starting to wear on her. Leo was eager to learn and please. She wanted to have fun and do exciting things.

The way this was told was clever. The alternating narrators and timelines helped move the plot along, and how things came together was very well done.

This was an intense, fast-paced thriller with a twist that will shock you.

Leave a Reply