I’d been getting frustrated at how little time I had to read recently. I was always walking, and never seemed to have any time to sit down and actually read a book. I decided to give audio books a try- something I vowed I’d never do, but I was pleasantly surprised.
Don’t Trust Me was the first book I downloaded. It was the description that caught my eye: ‘A stunning psychological debut with a shocking twist’. If there’s one thing I love more than a psychological thriller, it’s one with a good twist.
I was hooked from the second I started listening. I genuinely had no idea where the narrative was going, and I loved that. As a massive overthinker, I always imagine eventualities of books and often end up ruining it for myself- but that wasn’t possible. I think it’s because the situation was so far from something I’d imagine happening- no outcome seemed natural. The title is another spanner in the works, as I was constantly asking myself who it was I shouldn’t trust. There were moments at which I was convinced I had it figured out, only to be proved wrong soon after.
As well as keeping me on my toes with the plot, I think Stirling does a fantastic job at character creation. He fools you into thinking you know everything you need to about each, only to throw surprises at you later on. Unsurprisingly, Jessica is the most interesting character. I found myself flitting between sympathising with her and finding her incredibly frustrating. This made for a unique reading experience- I wasn’t sure what I wanted to happen.
I think it’s fair to say that the actual events of the narrative are a little unrealistic, but they were a useful lens through which Stirling was able to explore an important topic: how society treats people with mental health problems- without letting this become the focal point of the book.
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