Title: Don’t Trust Me (Hamlet #1)
Author: Jessica Lynch
Narrator: Whitney Dykhouse
Welcome to Hamlet. Population: 192.
You can’t find it on any map, GPS, or directions site. A small village tucked between a mountain and a valley, Hamlet is the sort of place where everyone knows everyone – and their business, too. There’s no television. No internet. No phones. Only one way in and, for the locals, barely any way out. The sheriff is the law, the only doctor moonlights as the coroner, and outsiders hardly ever come to town.
Murders are even rarer.
A treacherous storm, a flat tire, and a touch of serendipity causes Tessa Sullivan and her husband, Jack, to stumble upon the narrow strait that leads into Hamlet. It was supposed to be a one night stop until the rain let up and Jack could figure out how to fix the tire – until Tess lands herself in the local jail cell overnight and Jack is found dead in their hotel room the next morning.
There’s no doubt it was murder, but with Sullivan’s gentle wife having an airtight alibi, the sheriff has to wonder: Who had any cause to kill the outsider? And is he the only victim?
Dr. De Angelis doesn’t think so. Neither does Deputy Walsh. With Tess looking more and more like the killer’s next target, both men take the time to comfort and protect the young widow. But only one of them is sincere. The other just wants her to himself now that her husband is out of the way.
Alone and afraid, who can she trust?
When Tessa and her husband decide to have a second honeymoon, it looks like bad luck that they should get a flat along the way. The only thing close to the stretch of road they’re on is a small town named Hamlet. It seems peaceful enough until Tess finds her husband murdered.
So wow, I’m left breathless by this story. I certainly misjudged a handful of these characters, and I absolutely love that. So many of them had two different sides of them, and it is a homage to the author’s talent to only show one side until the very end. I definitely didn’t guess who the killer was. I kept listening, confident that I would figure it out, but I didn’t until it was told to me.
I liked the MC Tessa. She was sweet and easy to relate to. It seemed all the characters in Hamlet had their quirks at first. The longer the book went on though, the more the darker parts started to seep through the cracks.
The scenery was well-described too. I think she did a fantastic job of really describing not only the town, but what the atmosphere is like in such a tiny town. It made the book that much more immersive.
Narration fit the story perfectly.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.