Wednesday 29 January 2020

Book ~ "The Ones We Trust" (2015) Kimberly Belle

From Goodreads ~ When former DC journalist Abigail Wolff attempts to rehabilitate her career, she finds herself at the heart of a US army cover-up involving the death of a soldier in Afghanistan - with unspeakable emotional consequences for one family. As the story of what happened comes to light, Abigail will do anything to write it.

The more evidence she stumbles upon in the case, the fewer people it seems she can trust, including her own father, a retired army general. And she certainly never expected to fall in love with the slain soldier's brother, Gabe, a bitter man struggling to hold his family together. The investigation eventually leads her to an impossible choice, one of unrelenting sacrifice to protect those she loves.

Beyond the buried truths and betrayals, questions of family loyalty and redemption, Abigail's search is, most of all, a desperate grasp at carrying on and coping - and seeking hope in the impossible.

Abigail is a former journalist who walked away from a successful career to write for a safer venue.  She had exposed a story about an affair between Maria and her female boss (with Maria's help), which led the boss to commit suicide.  Abigail felt guilty about the woman's death and never wanted to cause this to happen again.

One day a package of confidential classified information is left on Abigail's doorstep about the death of Zack, a soldier who had been recently killed in Afghanistan.  Though hailed as a hero, there seems to be more to the story and his family is taking on the American government to find out what really happened.  Driven to find out the truth, Abigail, whose father is a retired general in the army and may have been involved in a cover-up, starts investigating to find out the truth.  She gets to know Zack's mother and works closely with Gabe, Zack's brother, evenly getting into a relationship with him.

In the meantime, the young son of the woman who had committed suicide comes to Abigail.  It seems this wasn't the first time Maria had had affairs with people who would rather not have this information exposed and Abigail starts digging to find out what's going on with Maria.

I've read other books by this author and I thought this one was okay.  It is written in first person perspective in Abigail's voice.  I thought the storylines were interesting but I found the Zack storyline a bit confusing and convoluted at times.  As a head's up, there is swearing.

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