Best-selling crime author Jerry Grey, writing under the pseudonym of Henry Cutter, has been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease and now instead of writing he spends his days in a nursing home, convinced that he has committed the terrible, brutal crimes he has written about in his books. Although everyone around him, including his caregivers and friends tell him that it is just the disease manipulating his mind, Jerry senses deep down that he has done something terrible, something horrible and he must do everything in his power to discover what it is.
First let me say, what a fantastic premise! It reminded me quite a lot of the movie Memento which I found absolutely fascinating, giving off a slight noir fiction vibe. Paul Cleave has written a satisfactory thriller around this premise, with occasional surprising twists and turns. The character of Jerry Grey has been developed very well, conveying with absorbing prose the reality, somewhat exaggerated, of the downward spiral into confusion and delusions Alzheimer’s disease creates. The remaining characters, their actions and words misled me, in a good way, all the way to the very end, the somewhat surprising and unexpected end.
That being said, I found there was a fair bit of unnecessary back and forth, repletion, and extraneous narrative in Trust No One. Personally, I think that with some extra editing and a few tweaks here and there, this full length novel would have actually made a much more enjoyable reading experience as a novella or short story.
In terms of recommendation, Trust No One is an adequate thriller, for fans that enjoy a little ‘noir’ in the crime genre.
I give Trust No One 2.5/5 stars.
Goodreads Seasonal Reading Challenge Task 10.4 – Ten-Four Day (group page)
Thank you to NetGalley and Atria Books for providing me an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.