Author: Rachel Ryan
Published by: Simon & Schuster on Aug. 1, 2023
Format: ARC, Paperback
Source: Simon & Schuster Canada
Book Rating: 8/10
Amy jumps at the opportunity when she’s offered a nannying job in picturesque West Cork. The assignment is for the friendly and welcoming Carroll family, whose stunning house is situated on a stretch of remote and rugged coastline overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. It’s the perfect chance for Amy to escape the suffocating city and the man who made her life hell.
With two adorable children to oversee, a pair of generous employers, and more freedom than she’s enjoyed in years, everything seems wonderful. So why can’t Amy shake a creeping sense of unease? Perhaps it’s the husband’s erratic behavior. Or the fact that she was never told about the reclusive teenage son whose bedroom is next to hers. Or maybe it’s the strange messages that somebody has been painting around the local village.
Quickly, it becomes clear that all is not well in the Carroll marriage, nor in their idyllic rural community. Whispered secrets and strange occurrences fill the breathtaking scenery with menace and, as the days pass, Amy learns that the refuge she has sought just might be the most dangerous place of all.
Brisk, riveting, and suspenseful!
Someone You Trust is an ominous, character-driven thriller that introduces us to Amy, a young woman who, after fleeing Dublin for a quieter existence and a place to hide, quickly discovers that everything is not as perfect as it seems in the affluent home of the Carroll family she’s employed by, everyone has a secret to hide, and danger lurks around every corner.
The writing is crisp and edgy. The characters are anxious, secretive, and flawed. And the plot, using a back-and-forth style, is a menacing tale full of twists, turns, revelations, insecurities, lies, obsession, manipulation, domestic abuse, infidelity, troubled pasts, and familial dysfunction.
Overall, Someone You Trust is a tortuous, addictive, unnerving tale by Ryan that is deliciously relentless, surprising, deceptive, and bursting with misdirection.
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Thank you to Simon & Schuster Canada for gifting me a copy in exchange for an honest review.