A special thank you Harlequin MIRA and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest reviewTop 50 Books of 2015 Best Contemporary Conspiracy Suspense of 2015 Kimberly Belle returns following her strong debut, The Last Breath, landing on My Top 30 Books of 2014, with a riveting suspense THE ONES WE TRUST, a thought provoking, and complex portrayal of grief, guilt, fear, tragedy, and trust, while exploring the loyalties of family Trust is an ongoing theme, throughout the novel, questi A special thank you Harlequin MIRA and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest reviewTop 50 Books of 2015 Best Contemporary Conspiracy Suspense of 2015 Kimberly Belle returns following her strong debut, The Last Breath, landing on My Top 30 Books of 2014, with a riveting suspense THE ONES WE TRUST, a thought provoking, and complex portrayal of grief, guilt, fear, tragedy, and trust, while exploring the loyalties of family Trust is an ongoing theme, throughout the novel, questioning whether the truth is enough to overcome betrayal, and how deep loyalty and trust run, even in the closest of families In addition, to figuring out who to trust, the characters will need to trust themselves, in order to overcome their fears and doubts Abigail Wolff, a driven former DC journalist with a firm belief that public enlightenment is the cornerstone of democracy, and that it is not just her job but her duty to see and report the truth However, presently she is gun shy, second guessing herself, and lacking self confidence in her journalistic abilities, after resigning a successful position three years earlier after she was blindsided when delivering a story to the world ending with a horrible tragedy After breaking a high profile story, two weeks later, her career ended When the truth is at the expense of others, what then Devastated, shouldering the blame, guilt ridden, she gives up her position, her talent, and her passion for a regular job Now she works for a health company as a website content curator not a lot of risks involved with boring seniors and their issues She is no longer uncovering misdeeds and corruption, interviewing celebrities, or tracking down terrorists Abigail can no longer be the one to write about secrets Secrets are a sneaky little seed You can hide them, you can bury them, and you can disguise them, and cover them up But then just when you think your secret has rotted away and decayed into nothing, it stirs back to life She has learned her lessonThe truth always comes out eventually However, two events bring out the journalist instinct once again A twelve year old Ben delivers some information questioning the story which sent her running for cover three years before Now she feels obligated to help While the sub plot was not center stage in the novel, it has a strong presence in the background Very intriguing could almost be another book Next, while she is remodeling her house, doing most of the work herself, to keep her mind occupied, prompting her to visit the local remodeling home improvement store, Handyman Market Shocked, she runs into the Gabe, working at the store She had interviewed Gabe s older brother Zach People s sexiest Man Alive, the Hollywood golden boy who chucked his big screen career to die in a war that, on the day he enlisted, fifty seven percent of Americans considered a mistake Gabe, not so famous, the one who had a meltdown the day of his brother s funeral Just as good looking, with a rough and tough exterior Harvard graduate, with a successful financial career, now working in a home improvement store, while he deals with the aftermath of his brother s death Needless to say, his personality as far as the media was concerned is hostile at best He is the gatekeeper for the family as the media scrambles for interviews with his mother or his brother, Nick who was only a few feet away when the three bullets tore through Zach s skull Nick is also left unstable with PTSD, living in a remote cabin in the woods His family is blaming the US Army for the death of his brother and they want answers Gabe feels if he can determine who is to blame, he can deal with it and move on After purchasing half the store, she begins thinking about Gabe and his family Soon thereafter, an envelope appears on her doorstep It holds evidence of a US army cover up involving a soldier in Afghanistan Zach She is shocked and realizes this is not the transcript the media received This one contains evidence, implicating wrong doing She now has to decide if she wants to get involved, after she had resigned herself never to become personally involved in a high profile case, which may cause harm to the future of others when the truth comes to light Now, Gabe s mom, Jean is requesting Abigail to write their story, but fear holds her back She is afraid of making the same mistakes Abigail is intrigued and soon finds herself wearing her investigative hat Gabe and his mother have a pending lawsuit against the US army and here she is with possible evidence She is torn between not getting involved, and doing the right thing in turning it over to them After meeting the mother, Jean which she loved, she and Gabe become engrossed in finding the killer To further complicate matters her own father is a retired army general Gabe is bitter, trying to defend his family, and mistrusts Abigail s motives, as well as her father and godfather, Chris, also with the army When her father warns her to leave it alone, she wonders what he is hiding Someone starts following her, and theevidence she stumbles upon, the fewer people it seems she can trust, especially her father The deeper they become involved in the mystery, she finds herself falling in love with Gabe and wants to protect him and his fragile family Will she have to turn her back on her own family in order to protect her new love Will she have to choose Who is behind the killing of Gabe s brother Who is trying to reopen the case How is her dad connected Wow, a lot of depth here Master storyteller, Kimberly Belle grabs you from the first page to the last with an intense page turner A suspenseful, and emotional saga of two really three families, with twists and turns at every corner In addition to the riveting and complex main plot with solider, Gabe, his family, Abigail, and her father there is also the mysterious sub plot ongoing in the background connecting with the present day main plot in ways you do not see coming scandalous surprises, keeping you guessing until the end, mixed with humor With excellent character and crafty plot development, and superb writing, Belle creates highly emotional tensions between Abigail and Gabe Both have been burned and afraid to trust likable characters with some heavy burdens to shoulder, guilt, and betrayal, as well as feeling responsible At the beginning of the book, Gabe is defensive and slowly as the book moves on he becomes accepting and able to open his heart Gabe is a complex character having been betrayed, and traumatized harder for him to trust There is a strong sense of words, as relates to war How they are crafted, and how they can harm, as related to a bullet and the havoc it caused these families Some intense dynamics between a strong father and driven daughter, when nothing is as it appears, causing misjudgments, and ongoing doubts Sacrifices are made to protect others with good intentions As Belle expressed, sometimes in order to receive trust, we must be willing to take our own leap of faith and give it in return Each character has to take a leap of faith reacting differently One is restricted by loyalty and secrets they are protecting Tom, the father demands something he was not willing to give Gabe invites Abigail into his intimate family circle In addition to Kimberly s smooth writing style, I also appreciated her well written Reader s Guide Wishauthors would take the time to do so After an author spends so much time, talent, passion, and effort into the writing of a novel as a reader, I enjoy lingering, reflecting the meaning, the message, and inspiration behind the novel In addition to enhancing the reader s overall experience, it also helps with the writing of reviews, while providing a wonderful guide for book clubs and further discussions What can I say, two winners in a row THE ONE WE TRUST not only tackles highly charged topics, with strong driven characters also serves as a life lesson for us all we all tiptoe around the word TRUST in our daily lives involving hope, faith, or confidence, and belief in the integrity, ability or character of a person or thing Sometimes a scary thing to rely on something we cannot see Highly Recommend The Marriage Lie , coming Dec 27, 2016 A delicously twisty domestic mystery suspenseJDCMustReadBooks Not much on thrillers and mysteries but found this a good read Perhaps, you will toothanks to the author for her writing techniques. Wow, I read this book in less than 24 hours I am fully prepared for a book hangover after this treat This was the first book I have read by Kimberly Belle, but now I have to read her other novel, The Last Breath, asap I have read other reviewers saying this book is A Few Good Men meets Scandal, and I have to agree Belle writes in an easy to read style, and her character development full of depth led me to fall for Abigail and Gabe I would love to see a sequel with these two I also adore Wow, I read this book in less than 24 hours I am fully prepared for a book hangover after this treat This was the first book I have read by Kimberly Belle, but now I have to read her other novel, The Last Breath, asap I have read other reviewers saying this book is A Few Good Men meets Scandal, and I have to agree Belle writes in an easy to read style, and her character development full of depth led me to fall for Abigail and Gabe I would love to see a sequel with these two I also adored the themes of this book, trust and honor I was left guessing and intrigued the whole ride getting to the end Beautifully written Fantastic military mystery I wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone who loves women s fiction with a great mystery built in I won a copy of this book in a giveaway sponsored by the author All opinions expressed in this review are my own A good story, not many twists or any heart stopping moments There were two story lines going simultaneously and I was trying to figure out the reason for that Loyalty, trust, and honor were being tested in this book It was a quick, pretty even keeled read I liked the mystery unfolded and my attention was captured the whole time. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click hereThe Ones We Trustis the second novel by Kimberly Belle Having read her first novel,The Last Breathand enjoying it so much, I couldn t wait to read her latest novel which did not disappoint Talk about a well written story with in depth characters that are strong, intelligent, and very likeable There are plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader engaged, wanting to knowof who, what and why It was pretty easy for me to figure out who the culprit was but that didn t stop meThe Ones We Trustis the second novel by Kimberly Belle Having read her first novel,The Last Breathand enjoying it so much, I couldn t wait to read her latest novel which did not disappoint Talk about a well written story with in depth characters that are strong, intelligent, and very likeable There are plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader engaged, wanting to knowof who, what and why It was pretty easy for me to figure out who the culprit was but that didn t stop me from continuing to read as Belle weaves a terrific story that s full of suspense and romance I love when authors weave two different storylines, both well written, easy to follow, and totally engaging without taking or overpowering one another, as Belle has done hereThe Ones We Trustis another novel of Belle s that I highly recommend as it s worth taking the time to read This was ok Idk Got some reason I just didt connect with the storyline. This is my honest and unsolicited review Kimberly Belle has a real talent for drawing you into her stories quickly and deftly As a journalist, Abigail Wolff found out the hard way that sometimes telling a story can have unexpected and tragic consequences She is determined to make things right Her latest endeavor is to right a wrong involving a soldier and uncover the truth about how he died in Afghanistan In her search for answers she uncovers clues that there may have been a cover up What This is my honest and unsolicited review Kimberly Belle has a real talent for drawing you into her stories quickly and deftly As a journalist, Abigail Wolff found out the hard way that sometimes telling a story can have unexpected and tragic consequences She is determined to make things right Her latest endeavor is to right a wrong involving a soldier and uncover the truth about how he died in Afghanistan In her search for answers she uncovers clues that there may have been a cover up What follows is a real test of truth and trust that will even involve her family Who can she trust This was a very enjoyable book I like Kimberly s style of writing stories about love, forgiveness and redemption According to RT Book Reviews, an emotionally moving, captivating story that is the perfect book club pick 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 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 lovesBeyond 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 A little mystery, heartbreak, family drama love all rolled up into one Very good read A little mystery, heartbreak, family drama love all rolled up into one Very good read Great story of a reporter looking for redemption A family asking her to check into a military cover up a story that even she didn t know where it was going Sometimes digging deeper takes you in a direction you don t want to go