Trust No One by Anthony Mosawi

trust no one

I think that the synopsis has an incredible hook in it.  A young girl found locked in a sensory deprivation tank?  Colour me intrigued.

THEY FOUND HER WHEN SHE WAS TEN.

Locked in a sensory-deprivation tank.  Trapped for days in the dark.  Listening to the same message over and over: ‘My name is Sara Eden.  My name is Sara Eden’.

Her memory gone, this is all Sara knows about herself.

There were a handful of clues.  A battered necklace.  A few scraps of paper.  And a polaroid of a stranger with a handwritten note: ‘Don’t trust this man’.

Now an adult, Sara knows a few more things.

That the government agents pursuing her will never stop.  And that the only path to her identity is to find the man she must not trust.  But there is something else in Sara’s past that is more dangerous, more deadly, than her pursuers.  And the only thing she knows for certain is that she must TRUST NO ONE.

I’m not going to go into the plot in any detail, but Trust No One moves along at an incredible pace from start to finish.  There is always something happening, and as the narrative moves around in time (more so to begin with than at the end) and is told from various character points of view, I did find it a little hard to follow at times.  There is very little information given to the reader initially, and it takes quite a long time before any of the questions posed by the characters and events are answered.  This does make it a little confusing at times, although after the half way mark things do start to become clearer.

Sara’s character is an interesting one.  Found in a DIY sensory deprivation tank by the police and social services at the age of ten, she instantly captures the imagination.  Who is she?  Who did this to her?  And, perhaps most importantly, why?  The reader sees Sara at various points in her life, but never really gets a sense of who she really is.  Given Sara’s experiences in the sensory deprivation tank listening to the same message on repeat:

My name is Sara Eden

I thought that this was well done by Mosawi – Sara doesn’t know who she is, and neither do we, but both learn as the novel progresses.  I also liked that certain characters never refer to her by her name, and act as though she is little more than an experiment.  This dehumanisation is neatly balanced by the chapters told from Sara’s perspective, which remind us of her youth, and the confusion around her circumstances.

I did have a few issues with the novel, although I expect that this is a case of the novel just not being right for me.  I thought that some elements of the plot weren’t fully explained, and I still had some unanswered questions when I reached the end of last page.  I also felt that some points were contradictory, although this may be down to my confusion as to what was going on at times.  I think that Trust No One will appeal to those who enjoy spy thrillers but this one just wasn’t for me.

Trust No One is available now as an eBook and will be published on 23 August in paperback.  Many thanks to the publisher, Michael Joseph, for the opportunity to read and review this title via Netgalley.

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