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Trust No One by Anthony Mosawi. Book review

May 27, 2018

Book cover of trust no one. Book cover shows scraps of paper with agent, liar, victim, missing, orphan, sleeper, spy, killer, nobody on them

At ten years old, Sarah Eden is found trapped in a water bath used as a homemade sensory-depravation chamber. No one has any idea why she has been put there and neither has Sarah because she has had her mind wiped by the process. She only knows her name because a cassette player taped to her head keeps repeating the phrase “My name is Sarah Eden”. Apart from a cheap necklace and a few scraps of paper, there is a Polaroid of a man, accompanied by a handwritten note which says, “Don’t trust this man.”

I began reading this book thinking it was a crime novel, but soon found out it was somewhat higher octane. What unfolds is quite complex, particularly as the timelines jump around, until they finally settle down quite a way through the book. If this style of writing does not appeal to you then this is a book to stay away from.

As a thriller it works well and the action scenes do hang together in a coherent way. Trust No One is written as a thriller, so there is little time to really dig into the characters as people. But then again, the disjointed way of telling the story did reflect Sarah’s emotional isolation and the difficulties she encounters in trying to piece together who she really is. The ways in which she does this are often huge leaps of the imagination of fiction, but this is what this kind of writing is all about.

This is a debut novel and does at times have a sense that the author is feeling his way through the imaginative story. But Trust No One has the sense of the beginning of a series in which the team of interesting characters that is assembled within it will play a key role in adventures to come. I would certainly be interested in seeing where this is all going because Trust No One has a well thought out ensemble cast and story arc which “has legs”.

Clearly positioned in the thriller genre, Trust No One might occasionally feel as if certain aspects of the plot have been too carefully worked to make everything fit. But this is unalloyed entertainment and should be read as such. One to pick off the airport bookshelf and consume with a cool drink under the umbrella in a warm holiday destination.

Trust No One was courtesy of Michael Joseph via NetGalley.

  1. Really good review. It sounds like a good read.

    • It’s an enjoyable debut but, as I suspect it is the beginning of the series, the author has to work hard to build a team and develop the back stories while keeping the plot moving. The next book, which I am sure will follow, will be more bedded down and flow more smoothly.

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