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You Can Trust Me

By: Wendy Heard

ISBN: 9780593599310

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group Ballantine/ Bantam

Publication Date: 06/13/2023

Format: Other

My Rating: TBR (ARC)


“With its sizzling wit, flash-bang plot, and scorching social commentary, Wendy Heard’s You Can Trust Me is THE hot thriller of summer 2023. ”—Layne Fargo, author of They Never Learn

“A blazingly sharp, sexy, feminist thriller for those who wished The White Lotus season two was told from the POV of Mia and Lucia.”—Halley Sutton, author of The Hurricane Blonde

In this gripping, stylish thriller, two best friends grift their way through the California elite, until a scam goes awry . . . with devastating consequences.

Summer and Leo would do anything for each other. Inspired by the way each has had to carve her place in a hostile and unforgiving world, and united by the call of the open road, they travel around sunny California in Summer’s tricked-out Land Cruiser. It’s not a glamorous life, but it gives them the freedom they crave—from family, expectations, and the painful pasts they’ve left behind. But even free spirits have bills to pay. Luckily, Summer is a skilled pickpocket, a small-time thief, and a con artist—and Leo, determined to pay her own way, has learned a trick or two from Summer.

Eager for a big score, Leo sets her crosshairs on Michael Forrester, a self-made billionaire and philanthropist. When her charm wins him over, Leo’s rewarded with an invite to his private island off the coast of Los Angeles for a night of fabulous excess. She eagerly anticipates returning with photos that can be sold to the paparazzi, jewelry that can be liquidated, and endless stories to share with Summer.

Instead, Leo disappears.

The police assure Summer that her friend probably just ditched her. After all, who would believe a philanthropic billionaire could be up to no good? On her own for the first time in years, Summer decides to infiltrate Michael’s island and find out what really happened. But as Summer searches for Leo, she discovers heavily guarded secrets—ones worth killing for. Could Summer have met her match?

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“Heard keeps the pace taut, the stakes high, and the pages turning. Trust me! You’ll devour this dynamic, pulse-pounding tale as you cheer for Summer and Leo, and the power of female friendship. I loved it.”

—Kaira Rouda, USA Today bestselling author of The Widow and The Next Wife

“Holy page turner, y’all. Scrupulously plotted with two of the most memorable protagonists I’ve read in a while, You Can Trust Me is one for the keeper shelf. It’s an absolute must-read.”

—Kimberly Belle, internationally bestselling author of The Personal Assistant

“Clear your schedule and settle in . . . This is one hell of a thriller about doing whatever it takes to survive, and the power of female friendship. I devoured, and loved, every single page.”

—Hannah Mary McKinnon, internationally bestselling author of Never Coming Home

“Wendy Heard’s You Can Trust Me is THE hot thriller of summer 2023. The iconic friendship between con women Summer and Leo will make you want to rally your own girl gang (and maybe even show an entitled dude or two what he so richly deserves . . .).”

—Layne Fargo, author of They Never Learn

“You Can Trust Me is a blazingly sharp, sexy, feminist thriller. If you wished The White Lotus season 2 was told from the point of view of Mia and Lucia (then added sexy billionaires, private islands, and a whole bunch of murder most foul), run, don't walk, to pick up You Can Trust Me.”

—Halley Sutton, author of The Hurricane Blonde

“You Can Trust Me had me hooked from the start with its unlikely heroines and their schemes . . . weaving an electric tale of sisterhood, survival, and dark secrets.”

—Kate Alice Marshall, author of What Lies in the Woods

“I inhaled You Can Trust Me. Wendy Heard ratchets up the suspense, even before any bodies hit the floor. I was so tense reading this—and so very satisfied by the end. A brilliant look at class, sex, gender, and more! This is going to be your new favorite read of the year!”

—Amina Akhtar, author of Kismet

“You Can Trust Me is a propulsive, sun-drenched adventure with smart, sharp commentary on wealth and power. Come for the Glass Onion–esque island and eat-the-rich mentality, stay for the clever, layered female characters. You’ll want to devour this in a single sitting.”

—Grace D. Li, New York Times bestselling author of Portrait of a Thief

“Wendy Heard’s writing never disappoints and You Can Trust Me is no exception. It is a slick and stylish thriller that seamlessly weaves mystery and suspense into a gripping story of two young women who prove everything isn’t always what it seems, especially when it comes to murder.”

—Wanda M. Morris, award-winning author of All Her Little Secrets and Anywhere You Run

“With hell-for-leather pacing and anchored by a pair of con-artists with genuine love for each other, You Can Trust Me is as addictive as it is original.”

—Eliza Jane Brazier, author of Good Rich People

About the Author

Wendy Heard is the author of suspense and thrillers for adults and teens, including the upcoming YOU CAN TRUST ME and WE’LL NEVER TELL. Wendy has spent most of her life in Los Angeles, California, which is on fire more than she would honestly prefer, and can often be found haunting local hiking trails and bookstores. She loves all things vintage and has a collection of thrillers and adventure books from the 80s. You can hear more from Wendy through her newsletter at

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