Trust by Chris Hammer. (2020).
(Martin Scarsden ; #3)
**4.5 out of 5 stars**
Martin’s new life seems perfect, right up until the moment it is shattered by a voicemail: his partner Mandy screaming. Racing home, he finds an unconscious man and Mandy gone. She’s been abducted, but by who and why? So starts a twisting tale of intrigue and danger as Martin probes the past of the woman he loves, a woman who has buried her past and never mentioned it. And for the first time, Mandy finds denial impossibly, now that the body of a mystery man has been discovered: a man whose name she doesn’t know, a man who was her fiancé when he died. It’s time to face her demons once and for all; it’s time she learned how to trust.
Another excellent crime read from this author. Every time I’ve left each book in the series on my shelf for awhile because of the big length, but every time I actually start it just doesn’t feel like a big book because the plots are so engaging. You can absolutely read this as a standalone and enjoy, you will just miss some references to the previous books and obviously not have the full knowledge and understanding of Martin and Mandy’s personal and relationship histories. As with the other books, there is profanity and violence that some readers may not like but I personally think it’s fitting with the storylines. The main plot is complex with secrets, abduction, murder, corruption, a secret society, and millions of dollars missing – it feels complicated but it all ties together neatly in the end with a satisfying conclusion.
Overall: a fantastic Australian crime thriller that I’d highly recommend.