You Can Trust Me: A Novel by Wendy Heard

You Can Trust Me: A Novel by Wendy Heard

Title: You Can Trust Me: A Novel
Author: Wendy Heard
Publisher:  Bantam
Genre:  General Fiction (Adult)
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages:  292
Date of US Publication:  13 June, 2023
My Rating:  2 Stars

My Thoughts 

Summer and Leo are two young women with trauma filled pasts who have found each other and truly rely on one another. With no home base or jobs, the two make their way through the world (California) by picking pockets or trying to pull long cons. 

When I started reading, I was pulled in and kept at it. However once the island is the main setting, it went downhill. 

The good - engaging and fun 

The not-good - wildly implausible 

Thank you to Bantam and NetGalley for the DRC


“With its sizzling wit, flash-bang plot, and scorching social commentary, Wendy Heard’s You Can Trust Me is THE hot thriller of summer 2023.”—Layne Fargo, author of They Never Learn

“A blazingly sharp, sexy, feminist thriller for those who wished 
The White Lotus season two was told from the POV of Mia and Lucia.”—Halley Sutton, author of The Hurricane Blonde

In this “slick and stylish thriller” (Wanda M. Morris, 
All Her Little Secrets), two best friends grift their way through the California elite, until a scam goes awry.

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?


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