You Can Trust Me – Emma Rowley


Olivia is the domestic goddess-turned-internet sensation who has won millions of followers by sharing her picture-perfect life online. And now she’s releasing her tell-all autobiography.

Nicky is the ghostwriter tasked with coaxing out the full story – including details of the tragic accident that blighted Olivia’s golden childhood.

But, as she delves into Olivia’s life, Nicky discovers cracks appearing in the glamorous façade. From money worries to Olivia’s strained relationship with her handsome husband, the truth belies her perfect image.

As Olivia becomes increasingly hostile to the woman she’s let into her life, Nicky becomes ever more relentless in her hunt for the truth.

Has Olivia really escaped the ghosts of her past – or will Nicky find there are more sinister reasons she wants to leave an old tragedy well alone?

Emma Rowley is a writer and editor with a background in newspaper and magazine journalism. After reading Classics and English at Oxford University, she trained as a journalist at City University. Emma has spent considerable time in the courts and covering major crime stories. She lives in London.

My Review:

I read this book as part of my monthly book club’s Online Readalong. We split the book into 2 parts and read it over a period of two weeks.

You Can Trust Me is split into 3 parts and has 2 main narrators. Nicky, a single women, struggling financially and working as a successful ghostwriter for various minor celebrities and Olivia, an internet influencer who decides to hire Nicky to write her autobiography.

Nicky narrates the first part of the book and she appears to be a thorough and honest author with a nose for a story and a conscience that ensures she provides her clients exactly what they want despite having to hide any unwanted skeletons. Having just broken up with her boyfriend, she finds herself financially struggling and when she is contacted by Olivia’s PA to ghost write her story, she jumps at the chance.

However as soon as Nicky meets Olivia it’s clear that what appears to be a successful career, lovely husband, beautiful stately home is actually a well constructed façade hiding some shocking secrets and despite being employed to write an autobiography, Olivia is keen to keep her past hidden and rewrite own edited version of her life.

The second part of the book is a much faster pace full of twists, turns and surprises. My opinion on certain characters changed rapidly throughout the book.

If you like unreliable narrators, strong female characters and a clever concept, then I think you would enjoy this book.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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