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How well do you really know your significant other? If they were accused of a crime, even murder, would you trust in their innocence unconditionally? In TRUST, 36 year old high school teacher, Lauren, is about to get married when one of her students goes missing and she becomes a person of interest. Her Fiance, David, is a former minor-league pitcher turned stockbroker w How well do you really know your significant other? If they were accused of a crime, even murder, would you trust in their innocence unconditionally? In TRUST, 36 year old high school teacher, Lauren, is about to get married when one of her students goes missing and she becomes a person of interest. Her Fiance, David, is a former minor-league pitcher turned stockbroker who is surprised to discover that there are things he didn't know about Lauren. With the help of his 91 year old grandfather, & his friend Jack, the assistant sheriff, he searches for the truth.


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How well do you really know your significant other? If they were accused of a crime, even murder, would you trust in their innocence unconditionally? In TRUST, 36 year old high school teacher, Lauren, is about to get married when one of her students goes missing and she becomes a person of interest. Her Fiance, David, is a former minor-league pitcher turned stockbroker w How well do you really know your significant other? If they were accused of a crime, even murder, would you trust in their innocence unconditionally? In TRUST, 36 year old high school teacher, Lauren, is about to get married when one of her students goes missing and she becomes a person of interest. Her Fiance, David, is a former minor-league pitcher turned stockbroker who is surprised to discover that there are things he didn't know about Lauren. With the help of his 91 year old grandfather, & his friend Jack, the assistant sheriff, he searches for the truth.

30 review for Trust

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    2.5 Stars Not my cup of tea. Just an OK read and an OK mystery. A little silly at times. It was a short read but I still skimmed parts of it, especially all the food prep portions.

  2. 5 out of 5

    ReadAlongWithSue

    *** I was given this book by the author to read and review honestly*** I am so glad that I had the chance to read this book. I love a good book I can get my teeth into now and again and its not predictable. This was NOT predictable at all, right at the end you think you 'got it' but then it all did a sudden switch. Yep, it smacked me in the face. If you had a hidden secret from the past that stayed with you, but you were 100% innocent as a child but then as a grown up it reflected on something th *** I was given this book by the author to read and review honestly*** I am so glad that I had the chance to read this book. I love a good book I can get my teeth into now and again and its not predictable. This was NOT predictable at all, right at the end you think you 'got it' but then it all did a sudden switch. Yep, it smacked me in the face. If you had a hidden secret from the past that stayed with you, but you were 100% innocent as a child but then as a grown up it reflected on something that was happening now, then people would point the finger and get you hung drawn and quartered before you had a chance to sneeze! This is what happened to Lauren. She and David are about to get married, would he believe her? Would he stand by her? Or would he be like the others? This book was intense. I loved it and will be following this author. I can't wait for more books from Pamela M Kelley, if they are anything like this, I know I am in for a good read! This is not a writer, this is an up and coming author who can definitely write a good story and deserves to be 'up' there with the best.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Wonda

    Quick-Easy whodunit! I can see why this is called a beach read...poolside for sure! I did guess the ending, but it wasn't too bad! Simple and fun...but nothing special! Yet, good enough for me to check out number two! Quick-Easy whodunit! I can see why this is called a beach read...poolside for sure! I did guess the ending, but it wasn't too bad! Simple and fun...but nothing special! Yet, good enough for me to check out number two!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Denise Zendel

    Three weeks before her wedding, mild-mannered high school teacher Lauren becomes the main Person of Interest in the death of a student she’d been counseling. She’s had a previous bad bad bad experience with police and it affects how she responds in this situation. It also creates complications with her fiancé because she, ooops, neglects to bring it up until the police start looking at her hard. I wanted to like this book, I really did. Interesting premise (juvenile wrongly accused of murder and Three weeks before her wedding, mild-mannered high school teacher Lauren becomes the main Person of Interest in the death of a student she’d been counseling. She’s had a previous bad bad bad experience with police and it affects how she responds in this situation. It also creates complications with her fiancé because she, ooops, neglects to bring it up until the police start looking at her hard. I wanted to like this book, I really did. Interesting premise (juvenile wrongly accused of murder and railroaded into a false confession by shoddy police, gets absolved, leaves town and comes back as an adult because the place still feels like home). Didn’t really pan out into a compelling story for me, however. I thought there was way too much emphasis on cooking that was not germane to the plot. The whole issue of failing to disclose the juvenile trauma to her fiancé struck me as a bad portent for the relationship. Also, her inability to scream “lawyer, lawyer, lawyer” the second the police gave her the fish-eye (given the misery she endured in high school) made me want to shake her until her teeth rattled. I mostly finished this because I was on the treadmill and didn’t want to stop to select a new book. The writing was OK, except the author could have used a copy editor – there was the weird use of “Jackeet” for “jacket more than once; trouble with making things possessive that didn’t need to be; and the author referred to a movie starring “Matt Damon and Jake Nicholson.” I think she meant Jack. These errors, while minor, took me out of the story. Overall, I found the plot thin and predictable and don’t feel the need to move on to book 2.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This is the first time reading this author and I loved it. Lauren is the main character and is getting ready to get married when one of her students ends up murdered. She finds herself in the middle of the of it all and it brings back memories of another time when as a teenager she was also accused of murder. It shows how hard it is to continue to trust someone when all this is going on. How hard it is to put up with the press and the way the feel it is their right to a story, even if they have This is the first time reading this author and I loved it. Lauren is the main character and is getting ready to get married when one of her students ends up murdered. She finds herself in the middle of the of it all and it brings back memories of another time when as a teenager she was also accused of murder. It shows how hard it is to continue to trust someone when all this is going on. How hard it is to put up with the press and the way the feel it is their right to a story, even if they have to make it up around just one or two words. In the end they solve two murders. Loved this story.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Skylerbean

    An interesting, cozy mystery I really liked this book. There is a nice entanglement of romance and mystery, in the pretty setting of a snowy beach town. The editor seems to have something against commas and semicolons, but it wasn't bad enough to make me want to stop reading. The mystery continues until the end, and there is a nice wrap up. I appreciated how the characters support each other, and time isn't wasted on unnecessary drama. I would be willing to read another book by this author. An interesting, cozy mystery I really liked this book. There is a nice entanglement of romance and mystery, in the pretty setting of a snowy beach town. The editor seems to have something against commas and semicolons, but it wasn't bad enough to make me want to stop reading. The mystery continues until the end, and there is a nice wrap up. I appreciated how the characters support each other, and time isn't wasted on unnecessary drama. I would be willing to read another book by this author.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sylvia Joseph

    Great really a Mystery Loved the book , the twist and turns the saying all the way no she did not do it but wait this one maybe kept you guessing yet with the feeling of Chuck , but never thinking he was the father, great book, will have to recommend it to all mystery lovers and was written extremely well.Will have to get Trust when I catch up on my reading ,looking forward to seeing what grandpa teaches these young law fellows, I have two grandsons that I are both on the law force and think they Great really a Mystery Loved the book , the twist and turns the saying all the way no she did not do it but wait this one maybe kept you guessing yet with the feeling of Chuck , but never thinking he was the father, great book, will have to recommend it to all mystery lovers and was written extremely well.Will have to get Trust when I catch up on my reading ,looking forward to seeing what grandpa teaches these young law fellows, I have two grandsons that I are both on the law force and think they would enjoy this lightly yet knowing novel Thank you . Loved its details

  8. 5 out of 5

    Julia David

    A pretty good mystery. You really think that Lauren couldn't have murdered her student, but everything keeps pointing to her. If she didn't, who did? Lauren had confessed to a murder years before when she was a teenager, but she didn't do it and they never found out who did. Now, Lauren came back to town, is getting married soon and one of her students is found dead. He was murdered with her golf club. Her fiancée has complete faith in her, but others in town wonder about her. She is hounded by A pretty good mystery. You really think that Lauren couldn't have murdered her student, but everything keeps pointing to her. If she didn't, who did? Lauren had confessed to a murder years before when she was a teenager, but she didn't do it and they never found out who did. Now, Lauren came back to town, is getting married soon and one of her students is found dead. He was murdered with her golf club. Her fiancée has complete faith in her, but others in town wonder about her. She is hounded by the media, worries if her wedding will happen and if she will have a job when this is all over. Can they find the killer before she loses everything?

  9. 5 out of 5

    Brandy

    Too cozy for me!

  10. 4 out of 5

    A.M. Cummins

    I listened to this audiobook on hoopla in one sitting. The story was engaging and kept me hooked.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Really enjoyed it!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mmaitra

    Seems writer forgot she is writing mystery novel not for food magazine Its a very plain story about based in some sleepy town bear Boston, there are no twists or turns. Writer kept writing just about life and daily routine of a girl who has been charged with a murder. Initially it might lead us to think that she might come across some clues or will take the lead to find the real culprit but nothing happnes like that. In last few chapter of the book her husband and few others teamup to find the cu Seems writer forgot she is writing mystery novel not for food magazine Its a very plain story about based in some sleepy town bear Boston, there are no twists or turns. Writer kept writing just about life and daily routine of a girl who has been charged with a murder. Initially it might lead us to think that she might come across some clues or will take the lead to find the real culprit but nothing happnes like that. In last few chapter of the book her husband and few others teamup to find the culprit and they managed the confession out of the man in very childish manner but still our girl did not played any part in that she was just busy cooking and eating. Then I cant understand why writer kept so much focus on her if she had no role to play anywhere apart from playing a victim of the system.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rosalee

    This is probably really 3 1/2 but close enough... Lauren returns to her home town with a new look, using a new name and trying to forget something that happened 20 years before. She falls in love and is set to be married; she has a job she loves and everything looks like happy ever after. Then a student she was working with, counseling, is found dead. Rumors abound, and her secret comes out, making it seem like history is repeating itself. Will her friends stand by her? What does she really know This is probably really 3 1/2 but close enough... Lauren returns to her home town with a new look, using a new name and trying to forget something that happened 20 years before. She falls in love and is set to be married; she has a job she loves and everything looks like happy ever after. Then a student she was working with, counseling, is found dead. Rumors abound, and her secret comes out, making it seem like history is repeating itself. Will her friends stand by her? What does she really know about her friends? Could one of them have murdered twice? A good plot and one that keeps the reader guessing.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kristine

    Lauren Stanhope returns to her home town to start over. she is a teacher who becomes invested in a student who has a tough homelife and failing grades. he is found murdered and she is the suspect. she denies any involvement in the murder but her lost golf club is the murder weapon. while keeping with her innocence, she has to relive something from her past that gave the police reason to suspect her. she along with several friends were arrested and questioned in the murder of a friend. while exon Lauren Stanhope returns to her home town to start over. she is a teacher who becomes invested in a student who has a tough homelife and failing grades. he is found murdered and she is the suspect. she denies any involvement in the murder but her lost golf club is the murder weapon. while keeping with her innocence, she has to relive something from her past that gave the police reason to suspect her. she along with several friends were arrested and questioned in the murder of a friend. while exonerated, with left a reasonable doubt that she could have done it again. turns out to the partner of her now husbands firm.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    The hype did not fit the book. The book's targeted audience did not include me, but the author's mechanics were good and she moved the book right along. It is hard to rate this kind of book. The author passed up many twists and. turns that would have made the book great. I could imagine the storyline taking on real issues appropriate to the book's subject. There was more space for twists and turns that would made the book less predictable. The author could have told targeted groups how to protec The hype did not fit the book. The book's targeted audience did not include me, but the author's mechanics were good and she moved the book right along. It is hard to rate this kind of book. The author passed up many twists and. turns that would have made the book great. I could imagine the storyline taking on real issues appropriate to the book's subject. There was more space for twists and turns that would made the book less predictable. The author could have told targeted groups how to protect themselves. But the book was her book, not mine. Thank you, Ms. Kelley, for a good read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Char Crosby

    Trust The headlines are full of stories about students being pursued by teachers, something unheard of 50 years ago. But that's where our story takes off. An odd twist, though, finds the student has been murdered, and it delights the press. The reporters hound the teacher, trying to entrap her. I enjoyed this book, and kept reading into the night when I got close to the end. If you enjoy a good who-dunnit, this is a good book for you. Trust The headlines are full of stories about students being pursued by teachers, something unheard of 50 years ago. But that's where our story takes off. An odd twist, though, finds the student has been murdered, and it delights the press. The reporters hound the teacher, trying to entrap her. I enjoyed this book, and kept reading into the night when I got close to the end. If you enjoy a good who-dunnit, this is a good book for you.

  17. 4 out of 5

    lisa l halloran

    Totally Anti-climatic Ending The dialogue was good throughout the book, the characters were a little one sided – but the ending totally blew the book. It happened in about 3 to 4 pages. I will not follow this author sorry!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Anne - ReadingfortheWeekend

    I enjoyed this! Great characters and an interesting story.

  19. 5 out of 5

    DiAnne

    I loved the well developed characters and the plot in this novel. Well written and reads like stories we hear about on the news and in newspapers which makes it very believable. I found it hard to put down and thoroughly enjoyed it. I was stunned with the surprise ending...I did not have it figured out until the very end. Three weeks before the wedding, your fiancé becomes a person of interest in a murder investigation. What would you do? In TRUST, 36-year-old, high school teacher Lauren seems to I loved the well developed characters and the plot in this novel. Well written and reads like stories we hear about on the news and in newspapers which makes it very believable. I found it hard to put down and thoroughly enjoyed it. I was stunned with the surprise ending...I did not have it figured out until the very end. Three weeks before the wedding, your fiancé becomes a person of interest in a murder investigation. What would you do? In TRUST, 36-year-old, high school teacher Lauren seems to have it all. She moved back to Waverly, a small seaside town, just north of Boston, MA several years ago. She has a great career, and has finally found true love. Lauren's wedding is just a few weeks away, when one of her students goes missing and when his body is found a few days later, she suddenly becomes a person of interest. Her fiancé, David, is a former minor-league pitcher turned stockbroker, who is excited to settle down with Lauren. But when the missing student is found dead, and the media turns its attention even more closely on Lauren, David is surprised to discover that Lauren hadn't told him everything about her past. With the help of his 91-year-old grandfather, who is a retired town sheriff, and his best friend Jake, the current assistant sheriff, David sets out to find the truth.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Toni

    Wow, an emotional roller coaster! This is a fast paced book that keeps the reader engaged with believable characters and a believable storyline. Lauren is a teacher engaged to be married within weeks when one of her students who had been missing turns up murdered. She has to deal with a turmoil of emotions; heartbreak over the death of her student, stress of the upcoming wedding, and to top it off she is a person of interest in the murder of her young student. Then she has to deal with the harassm Wow, an emotional roller coaster! This is a fast paced book that keeps the reader engaged with believable characters and a believable storyline. Lauren is a teacher engaged to be married within weeks when one of her students who had been missing turns up murdered. She has to deal with a turmoil of emotions; heartbreak over the death of her student, stress of the upcoming wedding, and to top it off she is a person of interest in the murder of her young student. Then she has to deal with the harassment of the news media and the fear that her fiance might not want to marry her anymore. Add to this emotional turmoil the fact that Lauren has a secret past that comes to light, and you have a recipe for an honest to goodness suspense thriller that you can't put down! I loved it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Thomas

    Lauren Stanhope is a 36-year-old H.S. teacher who appears to have everything she ever wanted. When a troubled student is found murdered three weeks before her wedding, she becomes the prime suspect. If that's not bad enough, events from her past threaten to be made known. And will make a difficult situation even more difficult. Pamela Kelley wrote a fun story that has a solid plot line and developed characters. The only fault I had with the story was the descriptions of her cooking abilities. Th Lauren Stanhope is a 36-year-old H.S. teacher who appears to have everything she ever wanted. When a troubled student is found murdered three weeks before her wedding, she becomes the prime suspect. If that's not bad enough, events from her past threaten to be made known. And will make a difficult situation even more difficult. Pamela Kelley wrote a fun story that has a solid plot line and developed characters. The only fault I had with the story was the descriptions of her cooking abilities. They sound like great meals and a nice hobby to have. The problem is that these scenes are a great filler, but would be a better fit if this was a food based mystery which it is not. I like the story and will be getting the next story in the series.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Vivian

    Lauren is a schoolteacher who's earned respect from parents and her students. What they don't know is that her past may soon haunt her. After learning one of her students is found murdered, she confesses her past to her fiancé, David. Instantly feeling relief; a weight off her shoulders. Even still, she's considered a person of interest. David is a partner for a well known investment firm. Having grown up with his partners helped. It built trust. All three successful and now all three would be ma Lauren is a schoolteacher who's earned respect from parents and her students. What they don't know is that her past may soon haunt her. After learning one of her students is found murdered, she confesses her past to her fiancé, David. Instantly feeling relief; a weight off her shoulders. Even still, she's considered a person of interest. David is a partner for a well known investment firm. Having grown up with his partners helped. It built trust. All three successful and now all three would be married and settled down. Until the news from their past makes its way to the present. ~ a very quick read. Ending is too unrealistic for my taste.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lorraine DeMoranville

    I loved this book. It was a great mystery that only gave hints to the surprise ending as the book came to an end. Normally, I don't like books in a series, but i immediately decided to read Book 2 in this series. Lauren, Jake, and Chuck were all hiding from their past mistake. Now there was a new crime very similar to the one they were accused of long ago. The murder weapon was the same, but lauren, who was a teacher, was arrested for the murder of one of her students just three days before her I loved this book. It was a great mystery that only gave hints to the surprise ending as the book came to an end. Normally, I don't like books in a series, but i immediately decided to read Book 2 in this series. Lauren, Jake, and Chuck were all hiding from their past mistake. Now there was a new crime very similar to the one they were accused of long ago. The murder weapon was the same, but lauren, who was a teacher, was arrested for the murder of one of her students just three days before her wedding to David. The twist and turns made good reading kind of like a comfortable Lifetime movie that you hate to see end. I can't wait to start "Motive" the next book in the series.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Selena

    Lauren is a school teacher and she is engaged to David. She moves back to her old hometown after some years away. Her name has changed and no one suspects that she used to live there. Then one day, one of Lauren’s students is found murdered. He was a good looking, older looking kid. Since everyone knows he had a crush on a much older woman, it is assumed Lauren is it and she is under speculation for his murder. The weapon is found after the body is discovered and Lauren’s finger prints are on it Lauren is a school teacher and she is engaged to David. She moves back to her old hometown after some years away. Her name has changed and no one suspects that she used to live there. Then one day, one of Lauren’s students is found murdered. He was a good looking, older looking kid. Since everyone knows he had a crush on a much older woman, it is assumed Lauren is it and she is under speculation for his murder. The weapon is found after the body is discovered and Lauren’s finger prints are on it. And the weapon is her golf club. It’s a story of discovery and digging to find the truth. 4 stars

  25. 4 out of 5

    Artguy

    On the one hand, it flows well and is easy to follow because of its clear writing and narrative flow. On the other hand, I don't think I have ever read something so WASP-y. I mean, right down to calling Billy Joel and Elton John your favorite music. I can't imagine a book being more lily white. This is a bit of an unusual book, too, or perhaps a new way to write and make money. The plot was a generic murder mystery that at times seemed like a vehicle to give recipes and advertising for Target and On the one hand, it flows well and is easy to follow because of its clear writing and narrative flow. On the other hand, I don't think I have ever read something so WASP-y. I mean, right down to calling Billy Joel and Elton John your favorite music. I can't imagine a book being more lily white. This is a bit of an unusual book, too, or perhaps a new way to write and make money. The plot was a generic murder mystery that at times seemed like a vehicle to give recipes and advertising for Target and Pottery Barn. It was like product placements in movies, and I suspect that's not mere speculation. Then again, I am definitely not in this author's target audience.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Gayle Ohman

    I am always on the hunt for a book that I absolutely love. This wasn't it. I keep trying. But, it did keep me reading mainly because I wanted to know who did it. It was a simple, easy reading, easy to follow, nice characters. Not really much of a story, pretty basic. But it was enjoyable, just not too exciting. There were no characters you hated, no characters you love, just a simple story. Maybe that's great writing, to be able to write and it's believable and realistic with simple characters. I am always on the hunt for a book that I absolutely love. This wasn't it. I keep trying. But, it did keep me reading mainly because I wanted to know who did it. It was a simple, easy reading, easy to follow, nice characters. Not really much of a story, pretty basic. But it was enjoyable, just not too exciting. There were no characters you hated, no characters you love, just a simple story. Maybe that's great writing, to be able to write and it's believable and realistic with simple characters. I still gave it a 4 because it deserved it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Deepa

    It was a sweet simple mystery. If you like books that don't have grisly murder scenes or a psycho where every other character is getting killed. this might be the book for you. I would say its a very young adult or pre teen friendly book. Nothing really outrageous. That said, the negatives for me were, it wasn't a page turner or unputdownable. I wasn't really invest in the characters. Also a lot of evidence was pointing to Lauren but pretty much everyone believed it couldn't be her. Worth a read for It was a sweet simple mystery. If you like books that don't have grisly murder scenes or a psycho where every other character is getting killed. this might be the book for you. I would say its a very young adult or pre teen friendly book. Nothing really outrageous. That said, the negatives for me were, it wasn't a page turner or unputdownable. I wasn't really invest in the characters. Also a lot of evidence was pointing to Lauren but pretty much everyone believed it couldn't be her. Worth a read for sure but it doesn't get me excited to check out the rest of the series.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sherry

    Meh.. I had very high hopes for this book and couldn’t wait to read. It did get my attention at the beginning, but then it just became flat. It honestly took me longer to finish this book than any other book I have read. I wanted to just forget it and delete it, but the flatness made me at least find out the end. Beleieve me it wasn’t worth it. I will never get the time back waiting on a continuous flat boring ending. 👎🏼

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lois Chilton

    TRUST A true "who dun it?" Great storyline . Absolutely outstanding characters. Everyone fit together like the softest leather gloves you might ever be privileged to wear. The characters flowed together, weaving in & out of the present timeframe & every so often drop into the past 20 years ago. The answer came out of the blue & solved not just one murder but TWO ,! Absolutely outstanding read. Enjoy, TRUST A true "who dun it?" Great storyline . Absolutely outstanding characters. Everyone fit together like the softest leather gloves you might ever be privileged to wear. The characters flowed together, weaving in & out of the present timeframe & every so often drop into the past 20 years ago. The answer came out of the blue & solved not just one murder but TWO ,! Absolutely outstanding read. Enjoy,

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Not worth it None of the plot points were developed enough to be intriguing, much less suspenseful. The whole thing was full of pointless character descriptions that didn't go anywhere and recipe descriptions that had nothing to do with the story. I almost forgot there was a murdered kid. Nothing ever led to Lauren feeling like a true suspect and the whole thing was wrapped up out of nowhere in the last ten pages. Lots of potential, not enough delivery. Don't waste your time. Not worth it None of the plot points were developed enough to be intriguing, much less suspenseful. The whole thing was full of pointless character descriptions that didn't go anywhere and recipe descriptions that had nothing to do with the story. I almost forgot there was a murdered kid. Nothing ever led to Lauren feeling like a true suspect and the whole thing was wrapped up out of nowhere in the last ten pages. Lots of potential, not enough delivery. Don't waste your time.

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