Trust Me is Kelly Irvin’s newest book, a mystery set in San Antonio in the Arts District.
Actually, there are two mysteries, one dating back to 2010 in which Delaney Broward’s brother Corey was killed. Ten years later, Hunter Nash, the man convicted of Corey’s murder, has been released from prison. He’s maintained his innocence all this time, and now Hunter’s on a mission to find the person who killed Corey. To investigate and find the real killer, he needs to reconnect with his former girlfriend Delaney. She wants nothing to do with Hunter. To make matters worse, on the day Hunter was released from prison, Corey’s former fiancée Ellie was found murdered. Coincidence? Did Hunter kill Ellie? Or is someone out to implicate Hunter?
This novel has a lot going on with two murders, past and present. While there is action in the story, emotions and memories are a big part of the story. At times that kind of drags the story.
I liked Hunter, and he was the one character whose Christian faith was focused on. He was a changed man from his eight years in prison. While he wanted to find Corey’s murderer, he wasn’t bitter. Instead, Hunter was humbled as he reflected back on his life. I appreciated the support Hunter had from his family and a local pastor who helped him to get a job. I didn’t care for Hunter pushing his way back into Delaney’s life, and I don’t think her reaction was portrayed realistically.
Delaney had abandoned her faith and the other characters seemed spiritually empty. That surprises me in a book from a Christian author. As the story goes along, it’s revealed that there were a lot of secrets and people weren’t necessarily who they represented themselves to be.
The ending was a bit of a stretch. When characters do something that isn’t logical, only to put themselves at risk, it doesn’t make a lot of sense. I guessed who the villain was but didn’t believe the scenario of the hitman being manipulated because of his low intelligence.
What was done well? Kelly Irvin is a good writer and captured the atmosphere and vibe of San Antonio and the Arts District. I wish the characters had been more likable and relatable. Other than Hunter, faith was not a big part of the story and I wish it had been.
If you like Kelly Irvin’s writing or like reading mysteries, you may enjoy this book. For me there was something a bit off about it and at times rather dark.
I would like to thank Thomas Nelson Publishers and NetGalley for the opportunity to read a complimentary copy of Trust Me by Kelly Irvin. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.