Publication: 3rd September 2020 – Orion
You can trust me.
But can I trust you?
Olivia is the domestic goddess who has won millions of followers by sharing her picture-perfect life online. And now she’s releasing her tell-all autobiography.
For professional ghostwriter Nicky it’s the biggest job of her career. But as she delves deeper into Olivia’s life, cracks begin to appear in the glamorous façade. From the strained relationship with her handsome husband, to murky details of a tragic family death in her childhood, the truth belies Olivia’s perfect public image.
But why is Olivia so desperate to leave an old tragedy well alone? And how far will she go to keep Nicky from the truth?
Good morning everyone and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for You Can Trust Me, the thrilling new novel by Emma Rowley. A huge thank you to Alex and Orion for inviting me to join the blog tour and providing me with a copy of the novel.
Unreliable characters are my favorite kind of characters in psychological thrillers. You can’t trust them, you can’t believe what they say, and they keep you wondering and on edge the entire time. The protagonists of the new novel by Emma Rowley are unreliable. Nicky Wilson is a ghost-writer, she writes books for famous people who then passes it as their own. She enters their lives, she asks questions about their past, their present, their hopes, and their dreams. They tell her what they want the public to know, keeping hidden their dirty secrets, but Nicky doesn’t care. She is paid to do a job and she does it. Until she stumbles upon Olivia Hayes. She is an influencer with millions of followers and sponsors who pay her to promote their products. She lives in the beautiful Annersley House, in Cheshire, with her handsome husband and their adorable three-year-old daughter. Online, Olivia’s life is perfect and that’s how she wants to appear on the book. However, Nicky knows that she is hiding something and, while Olivia wants the past to stay in the past, Nicky is looking for the truth and she becomes obsessed with Olivia’s house and its secrets.
The story is told by two different points of views. The first half of the story is told from Nicky’s perspective and it is slow-paced and it builds the suspense until you arrive in the middle of the book and a shocking twist takes you completely by surprise. The story changes to Olivia’s point of view and, from there, the twists just keep coming and the suspense keeps rising as the truth slowly unravels.
I really did enjoy You Can Trust Me. The author’s writing style is clear and vivid, the characters are very well-drawn and I like how, even though the story is told in first person, they manage to keep things from the reader. Annersley House is a character itself, a mansion at the center of a past tragedy, secrets, and mystery. The plot is dark and compelling and I enjoyed how the story developed and ended. You Can Trust Me is the thrilling novel by Emma Rowley, an author I will definitely keep reading.
Emma Rowley is a writer, ghostwriter and editor with a background in newspaper journalism. She is currently a Contributing Editor at Grazia and formerly of the Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph. A graduate in Classics and English at Oxford University, she trained as a journalist on the prestigious City University course. Emma has spent considerable time in the courts and covering major crime stories. She lives in London