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Synopsis: Memphis “M” Engle is stubborn to a fault, graced with an almost absurd knowledge of long lost languages and cultures, and a heck of an opponent in a fight. In short: she’s awesome.
Ashwin Sood is a little too posh for her tastes, a member of an ancient cult (which she’s pretty sure counts for more than one strike against him), and has just informed Memphis that her father who she thought was dead isn’t and needs her help.
From the catacombs of Paris to lost temples in the sacred forests, together they crisscross the globe, searching for the one thing that might save her father. But the closer they come to saving him—and the more they fall for one another—the closer they get to destroying the world.
I Do Not Trust You is the second book I’ve read by these two authors and while I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as their previous book, Sanctuary Bay, it was still an interesting read.
One of the strengths of the book are its characters. I loved both M and Ash and even though they spend a good chunk of the story not trusting each other, they actually wind up making a pretty fantastic team. As you get further along it becomes obvious that the two are reluctantly getting closer, but having to jump from country to country and trying to keep ahead of the villains, doesn’t leave much time for romance. Which is perfectly fine. I thought the lack of romance made their relationship more believable.
The different cultures depicted are beautifully written as are the mythologies. The trouble I ran into was the pacing of the story. The first few chapters had plenty of action, but after that it seemed to subside until the last third of the book. Because of their quest and the globetrotting they were doing I expected more adventure, conflict, and excitement but there just seemed to be something missing. Still, despite me wanting more thrills, overall I did think this was a fun read and I would recommend it to fans of authors like Rick Riordan and movies like Indiana Jones.