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Monday, June 4, 2012

Trust No One by Laurel Bradley

Trust No One by Laurel Bradley
Publisher: Storyteller Publishing
Genre: Mystery/suspense, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (330 pgs)
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Stephantois

It’s all about secrets.

Taylor Wilson’s husband, Phil, has them. His best friend and art agent, Sean, has them. Everyone has them except Taylor—yet she’s the one someone is trying to kill.

Moments before a bomb destroys Taylor’s home, Phil disappears. Soon after, her landscape design business blows up as well. FBI agent Mark Cochran puts her into protective custody, but whoever is behind the bombings continues to stalk her.

Cochran thinks Taylor’s husband is the culprit, but she refuses to accept it. She believes the cryptic messages Phil is sending her are proof he’s trying to protect her and lead her to where he is hiding. However, while searching for Phil, Taylor learns he may not be as innocent as she believed.

Will Taylor’s faith in the man she loves keep her safe—or get her killed?

Women in jeopardy stories are some of my favorites and "woman in trouble" just about sums up the theme of Trust No One. It was full of twists and turns. Just when I thought it was safe for Taylor to trust someone, they turned out to be not so reliable or were somehow involved in the mess her husband appears to be tied up in.

I thought the clues Ms. Bradley planted, especially in the beginning of the book when Taylor decides to take her safety into her own hands, clever and definitely made me think. Was she on the right track or heading for more trouble?

The pacing was perfect for this length of book and the dialogue natural sounding for all the characters. I also thought there was the right mix of dialogue with narration.

The only thing I felt would have drawn me into the story more was a different introduction to Taylor and her relationship with Phil. I was cheering her on but somehow needed to have more of connection with her to amp up the enjoyment of the story. I think had the opening chapter been more of a "get to know Taylor" and a look into her life with Phil, the consequences of what happened to her and what followed would have had more of an emotional effect on me as a reader.

However, I did enjoy Trust No One and if you like mysteries and suspense stories with a female lead character this is a good pick, especially for summer reading.

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