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Published by HQ Digital, 19 March 2017. ISBN:
me is a debut psychological suspense. Unusually, the story is told from the
dual viewpoints of two people over a phone conversation.
Lana works for a call centre in Tenerife and is
desperate to make a sale in order to keep her job. When she randomly calls
Liam's number the last thing she is expecting is for the person answering to
admit he is about to commit suicide. Desperate to stop him, Lara keeps him
The action takes place over the course of the
next hour or so when both parties start to reveal the secrets that have brought
them to their current situations. Lara is on the run. Liam cannot see a way
forward. Both have children and it is the protection of their children that is
the connecting thread. As the two begin to open up, their backstories are
revealed and we quickly learn that Liam has never got over the loss of his wife
and daughter. He has since remarried but it is not a happy marriage and the
saving grace is his adopted brain-damaged son, Elliot. Lana owes people money.
It's difficult to say too much more than that without giving the whole story
This well-paced story runs back and forth
between the present day telephone conversation and the events leading up to it.
The device works well. The threat that Liam will go through with his suicide
attempt creates the tension underlying this plot. Liam has a small window of
opportunity before someone comes home and finds him and his attempt will fail.
The reader is conscious of the ever present ticking clock. Helpless to help in
any other way she does the only thing she can, keeps him talking. Even though
it is clear she will loose her job when she hangs up the phone.
With this kind of book, despair could have been
overpowering and the book unreadable. But Gemma Metcalfe has managed to create
likeable characters (especially Liam) who you want to come through it. Liam has
made bad decisions but is a genuinely nice man who I really wanted to survive.
A really enjoyable book.
Reviewer Christine Hammacott
Metcalfeis a Manchester
born author who now lives in sunny Tenerife with her husband Danny and two
crazy rescue dogs Dora and Diego. By day, Gemma can be found working as a
Primary school teacher, but as the sun sets, she ditches the glitter and glue
and becomes a writer of psychological thrillers. An established drama queen,
she admits to having a rather warped imagination, and loves writing original
plots with shocking twists. The plot for her debut novel Trust Me, is loosely based on her experiences as a call centre
operative, where she was never quite sure who would answer the phone...
lives near Southampton and runs her own design consultancy. She started her
career working in publishing as a book designer and now creates covers for
indie-authors. She writes page-turning fiction that deals with the
psychological effects of crime. Her debut novel The Taste of Ash was published in 2015.