(Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)Published by HarperCollins on March 22nd 2016
Genres: Computers & Digital Media, Family, Law & Crime, Orphans & Foster Homes, Young Adult
New York Times bestselling author Jay Asher called Find Me “a thriller that keeps picking up speed,” while New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan hailed Romily Bernard as “an exceptional new voice in YA.”Trust Me is the thrilling conclusion to the Find Me trilogy, in which loose ends come together and chilling plot twists complicate Wick Tate’s life more than ever. Perfect for fans of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.With all of Wick Tate’s secrets—who can she really trust? Wick is used to relying on only herself, but when she has nowhere left to turn, she’s going to have to learn to trust someone if she’s going to finally escape her demons. . . .
Trust Me by Romily Bernard is a book I have impatiently been waiting to get my hands on since I turned the last page of Remember Me. When I was able to chase down a copy at ALA this year I had two choices. I could read it right away and find out what was going on with some of my favorite characters or I could hold out because this is the last book…once I finished this book that was going to be it. So…I forced myself to wait at least until it was closer to the release date. Anyway, this book was everything I was hoping it would be and if you haven’t started this series, you really need to correct that.
If you recall, there were things that happened in Remember Me that didn’t make me happy (Read: GRIFF) and I didn’t really know what Bernard was going to do to me with this book. As the story picks up, Wick is being presented with an opportunity (although she might not think so immediately) that could change her life and protect her family. All she has to do is trust the people who run the organization called Looking Glass.
Looking Glass helps kids just like Wick to hone their computer skills, build a resume, and create a life that will give them security. As Wick is pulled into this organization, she still doesn’t know who she can trust and she finds herself in the middle of a situation that puts her and her family at risk. I loved how fitting this title was for Wick and her situation.
There is such a great mix of characters in this story. Wick has been a favorite of mine since I read Find Me and she has absolutely grown through these books. She cares about the people that are important to her and will do whatever she has to in order to keep them safe. I loved how, at its core, Wick’s relationship with her sister Lily never changed – they loved each other and wanted to do whatever was necessary to save/protect each other. Wick’s personality is also one that makes me love her – she is a great blend of smart and sarcastic and while she doesn’t always do what I think she should do, she does things for the right reasons.
I am only going to spend a little bit of time talking about Milo here. If you recall, he is now Wick’s boyfriend (NOOOOOOO) and there’s no question – he is interesting. I can’t say much about him and his role here because I don’t want to give any bits of the story away but we do get to learn more about him. He also comes through for Wick when he needs to so I can’t hold things against him…not really. I think that the reason Wick is drawn to him is that they are similar and ultimately she wants something better for Griff than what she can offer him.
Now I get to talk a bit about Griff. I was worried we wouldn’t see enough of him in this book but let me tell you…don’t worry. If you don’t remember all the reasons why I love him, go check out my previous reviews. I’m pretty sure I spend a good portion of each review waxing poetic about all of his swoony parts and I’m not ashamed. When Griff comes back into the story, he does so in a way that shows he still cares about Wick regardless of how things went for them in the last book.
So much happens in this book and there are a lot of twists and turns. There are new and old characters who add so much to the overall story and I loved it. The story that Bernard has written will have you turning the pages until the very end as the mix of characters and motives will have you guessing until the end about what really is going on. There is quite a bit of mystery and suspense in this entire series and this book definitely doesn’t stray. In the end I thought Bernard did a fantastic job of creating these characters and building out the story around them. As I turned the last page of this book I found myself happy with the way things ended for Wick. Then I also started to think…maybe Bernard isn’t really ending things. I know this is a final book but based on the ending, there’s room for more…and I would welcome more stories with these characters. Please take my word for it, you should be read this book (and series) as soon as you can! I will definitely be looking for more from Bernard in the future.
Thank you to the publisher for the review copy!