Review published on July 1, 2017.
How would you feel if you went online, to Facebook, and then watched someone being raped and possibly murdered, and you feel you are the only one to see it? You know you need to report it, but because the links have been deleted will the police believe you? What can you tell the them?
DS Nasreen Cudmore and her friend and police analyst Freddie Venton are investigating the Spice Road. They’re on the dark web, looking for clues about the drug dealing on there and the links to a couple of London gangs that are involved in a turf war. Both are working hard, even though they seem to have a new-found fame, with their team on the Gremlin Taskforce. When a woman called Kate asks to speak to them and reports what she has seen, they have to tell her there is not much they can do for her.
Only when Kate goes on TV and tells the world what she has seen do witnesses come forward, all of whom back up in their witness statements what Kate had previously told them. But they still have no clue as to where the crime took place, who the victim was and who committed the crime. They need all the help that they can get. Fortunately, a senior gang member hands himself in and gives them the break they need so they can focus the search.
This is the third in Angela Clarke’s social media series, which become a brilliant but dark series, that reflects many fears of social media in modern life. This helps to make it a gripping and wonderfully paced read that draws you in and keeps you engrossed in the story of whether the truth will out and the crime can be solved.
Angela Clarke’s writing and storylines get better with every book, and she has created two characters who seem like chalk and cheese but complement each other brilliantly. The career-driven Cudmore, who seems to be wound up tight and needs to unwind, and Venton, who needs to take her career more seriously as she does with her situation in life. Their interactions with each other are what really makes these characters pop, it really is a case of opposites do attract and, like a magnet and iron fillings, work well together.
Trust Me is a triumph, with two leading female characters who are not perfect but work so well together, who you want to cheer on, as they are not defective detectives but reflections of real people. The only problem is that you want the next book just to see what happens next in the Cudmore and Venton saga.
Paul Diggett 5/5
Trust Me by Angela Clarke
Avon 9780008174644 pbk Jun 2017