By Mary Elizabeth Summer
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: October 13th, 2015
The sequel to TRUST ME, I’M LYING
Staying out of trouble isn’t possible for Julep Dupree. She has managed not to get kicked out of her private school, even though everyone knows she’s responsible for taking down a human-trafficking mob boss—and getting St. Agatha’s golden-boy Tyler killed in the process. Running cons holds her guilty conscience at bay, but unfortunately, someone wants Julep to pay for her mistakes . . . with her life.
Against her better judgment, Julep takes a shady case that requires her to infiltrate a secretive organization that her long-gone mother and the enigmatic blue fairy may be connected to. Her best friend, Sam, isn’t around to stop her, and Dani, her one true confidante, happens to be a nineteen-year-old mob enforcer whose moral compass is as questionable as Julep’s. But there’s not much time to worry about right and wrong—or to save your falling heart—when there’s a contract on your head.
Murders, heists, secrets and lies, hit men and hidden identities . . . If Julep doesn’t watch her back, it’s her funeral. No lie.
Trust Me, I’m Trouble opens with Julep running her private investigation business, dealing with the absence of Sam, and still reeling from Tyler’s death. She has moved in with FBI agent Mike and his wife Angela and has a growing relationship with Dani. The sequel has a similar feel as the first book, there is a general cloud over the plot that instead of having Julep’s father’s life in the balance, the shadow is cast partly by the ramifications from the end of book one and the rather ominous feeling that having a hit put out on you would probably evoke.
The book delves into a supposedly perfect professional and personal self-help business that keeps it weird with over the top team building exercise for their interns. Despite the fact that the business looks impeccable on paper, it has suspicious ties to a recently opened bar and to Julep’s missing mother. There were also the subtle nods to JD Salinger and Catcher in the Rye.
While the mystery is the main driving force of Trust Me, I’m Trouble, it is much more rooted in Julep’s personal life than its predecessor. We see the reentrance of Sam and how it affects Julep, and how much of an impact Dani has made on her. The love story was not what I expected after finishing book one, but it was no less enjoyable. Dani and Julep are sweet together. I loved hearing how they had slowly grown on each other over the past year and then how their relationship developed over the course of the book despite both girls trying to protect each other by keeping those they love at a distance.
Trust Me, I’m Trouble stands up to the expectations set by its predecessor and left me already longing for a sequel. Especially one where that bittersweet ending between Julep and Dani and gets a happier resolution. So, ya know, avoid this book if you don’t like a sweet girl-on-girl romance.
Mary Elizabeth Summer is an instructional designer, a mom, a champion of the serial comma, and a pie junkie. Oh, and she sometimes writes books about teenage delinquents saving the day. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her daughter, her partner, and her evil overlor–er, cat. TRUST ME, I’M LYING, a YA mystery, will be released by Delacorte in Fall 2014.
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