by Brenda Novak

June 2008
ISBN: 978-0-7783-2412-6
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

Fans of Brenda Novak’s trilogy from last summer are going to be beating the doors down to the nearest bookstore for her newest trilogy The Last Stand. The first book in the trilogy is titled Trust Me.

Dr. Oliver Burke is a highly respected dentist and an upstanding citizen in his community. There is, however, a dark side to the good doctor, but one those who are his closest friends and family refuse to see. Skye Kellerman, has first hand experience with the dark side of Dr. Burke, and fortunately for her has lived to tell her story.

She is solely responsible for having the good doctor not only arrested, but also imprisoned for attempted rape. During his three years in prison, Oliver has had plenty of time to plot and plan for revenge against Skye. Skye has used the three years to help start and run an organization known as The Last Stand. It’s a victims right group that also provides classes and support for victims of various crimes. What she has not done is use the time to distance herself from her own sense of victimization. She still worries about being safe, and uses that fear to allow herself to move forward in a myriad of ways.

David Willis is the detective who was assigned to Skye’s case. He is determined to prove that not only is Burke guilty of attacking Skye, but that he is also guilty of a string of unsolved murders. His involvement in the case becomes much more personal than it should, and will take its toll on his personal life in some very dangerous ways.

Ms. Novak has given fans a terrific start to a thrilling new trilogy. Trust Me was suspenseful and page turning without being terrifying, and causing nightmares in fans. I found myself unable to put the book down, especially in the last one hundred or so pages as the action was strong and the climax was extremely well written and satisfying.

Reviewed in May 2008 by Sandi.

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