fatal trust — guest post

In looking over the available books I could choose from to review this month, nothing really caught my interest….but my sister, looking over my shoulder at the list, saw one that grabbed her interest. I’m not as big of a “political thriller” reader as she is, although she has gotten me to read a couple of books that I did really enjoy….but they have to come highly recommended……Anyhoo….. So I requested the attention-grabbing book for her, and she agreed to read and review the book here. A win-win — I get a post on this neglected blog of mine, she gets a book that she enjoyed =)

Here’s what she had to say about it:

Fatal Trust - By: Todd M. Johnson A simple job. An unbelievable payout. But in risking it all on blind trust, he may just lose everything.

Ian Wells is a young, ambitious Minneapolis attorney struggling to build up a law practice while caring for his mother with Alzheimer’s. As the stress and bills mount, Ian is nearing the breaking point when everything changes with a single new case. All Ian must do, the client demands, is judge whether three men qualify for nine million dollars of trust funds soon to be paid out by determining whether they’ve been involved in any criminal activity for the past twenty years. Ian’s fee for a week’s work: the unfathomable sum of two hundred thousand dollars.

The job seems to good to be true, and Ian wants to turn the offer down, but his needs weigh more heavily. He warily accepts the job – but is quickly dragged deep into a mystery linking the trust money to an illegal enterprise dating back to Prohibition and the greatest unsolved crime in Minnesota history. Ian soon finds himself the target of a swiftly tightening criminal investigation – realizing too late that this so-called simple job has spun out of control and now threatens his career, his future, and his life.

I pretty much loved this book.

Todd Johnson has been my favorite legal thriller author since I read his first book (“The Deposit Slip”) a few years back, and I’ve devoured every one that he’s written since. That being said, I do believe that “Fatal Trust” is arguably his best novel to date.

The story was filled with plot twists that kept me turning pages – a few were predictable, but by the end of the book I was left amazed at the skill that the author used in really weaving this story together. Even events and characters that seemed insignificant all turned out to be vital to the plot and story line – I was completely blindsided during the last couple of chapters (but I won’t give anything away ;)! There were a couple of parts that I needed to read back over in order to fully understand, but I think a little healthy confusion is to be expected when it comes to mysteries.

I also enjoy the way that Todd Johnson uses his adjectives – he really paints word pictures for his readers. It makes it so much easier to *really* experience the story when the author takes the time to bring the characters, locations, and events to life. And he did an awesome job with that! One of the things that I really appreciated about this book is the relationship that Ian Wells has with his mother. He is always looking out for her, protecting her, and selflessly taking care of her, even when it means making some personal sacrifices. The romance aspect of the story was very low-key. Personally, I would have liked to have seen more of a …permanent… resolution in Brook and Ian’s relationship.

The only part of “Fatal Trust” that disappointed me was the lack of a genuine Christian message. I mean, it was a “clean” novel, and you could fish morals and virtues out of the story line for sure, but the Gospel was noticeably absent. I probably wouldn’t call it a “Christian” book, per say. Still, it was definitely a well written page turner, and I would have no problem recommending it to other thriller enthusiasts.


Thank you, Bethaney, for your review on this book!!! I may or may not borrow it…..after I’ve finished the many piles of books I have laying around ;-)

*I recieved a complimentary copy of this book for posting this review. I did not have to enjoy or endorse the book.*

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