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Review: Trust No One by Paul Cleave


In the exciting new psychological thriller by the Edgar-nominated author of Joe Victim, a famous crime writer struggles to differentiate between his own reality and the frightening plot lines he’s created for the page.

Jerry Grey is known to most of the world by his crime writing pseudonym, Henry Cutter—a name that has been keeping readers at the edge of their seats for more than a decade. Recently diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s at the age of forty-nine, Jerry’s crime writing days are coming to an end. His twelve books tell stories of brutal murders committed by bad men, of a world out of balance, of victims finding the darkest forms of justice. As his dementia begins to break down the wall between his life and the lives of the characters he has created, Jerry confesses his worst secret: The stories are real. He knows this because he committed the crimes. Those close to him, including the nurses at the care home where he now lives, insist that it is all in his head, that his memory is being toyed with and manipulated by his unfortunate disease. But if that were true, then why are so many bad things happening? Why are people dying?

Hailed by critics as a “masterful” (Publishers Weekly) writer who consistently offers “ferocious storytelling that makes you think and feel” (The Listener) and whose fiction evokes “Breaking Bad reworked by the Coen Brothers” (Kirkus Reviews), Paul Cleave takes us down a cleverly twisted path to determine the fine line between an author and his characters, between fact and fiction.


This is one of those books that I want to shout over the rooftops telling everyone to read. The only problem with that is, not everyone has a messed-up mind like I do. I have this sick perversion for twisted and demented stories. I rarely want happy endings, and I usually hope someone gets killed. I know, you think I should be committed, but I really am sane. I promise.

If you don't like murder. Don't read this book. Really. You will just be upset that you did. This book is about murder. And then some more murder. And maybe some murder on the side. I loved every second of it.

This is another unique story. I don't usually talk too much about the story itself in my reviews, but I think I need to have a small discussion with you about the story. So we have Jerry, who also goes by Henry. He has Alzheimer's. Interesting, right? No? Really, it is. With having Alzheimer's he tends to forget things, like all of the people he murdered. Yep. That's that main gyst of this. Well... yeah. That's the gyst I will clue you in on.

So obviously there are plot twists. My brain was on overload with trying to figure it all out. Who was who? Who did Jerry kill? He didn't really kill that one too, did he?? Wait, no... yeah. Seriously, may brain ran out of juice at one point, so I had to charge it back up. 

I love books that make me think the whole way through. I have read some that have, and many that fell flat. I really was engrossed in this story from start to finish. Paul told this story in such a way that you will find yourself so wrapped up in mystery of it all, you will forget that you need to eat or sleep. 

Some mystery-thriller-suspense books drag on and on and on... Well, for those that aren't lovers of this genre, you might feel like it drags in some spots. Not everyone can be awesome thriller junkies like me. Not everyone has a twisted mind like me. For those like me, you will devour this book in no time. The characters are devious. The plot is larger than life. The words on the pages are written so articulatly that the book will have you on the edge of your seat.

Before I let you go... I just need to get this out of my system... THE ENDING! WTF! What???!!!???? Oh my. This is the ending of all endings. I have so many words I could use to describe it, but then I would be giving away half of the ending. Just TRUST me when I tell you that is a bombshell. I mean, it gave me virtual whiplash, and maybe real-life whiplash. My jaw was on the ground, and I sat here with that head-tilt while scratching my head. You know what I am talking about.

So, what am I tying to say? Well, it's really quite simple. No mystery in what I am telling you. This book is thrillingly fantastical! It's a book you really should read. Consume all of the words. Wrap every last morsel around your brain. Be one with this story.



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