Review: The Ones We Trust by Kimberly Belle

The Ones We Trust by Kimberly Belle
Release Date: July 28, 2015
Publisher: MIRA
Pages: 304
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review



A moving and evocative exploration of grief and guilt in the wake of one family’s devastating loss

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 more 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 loves.

Beyond 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.


Review: Holy WOW! Kimberly Belle just put me through a sleepless night of riding an emotional roller-coaster. I literally could not stop reading it. The Ones We Trust was absolutely mind blowing. Belle definitely put time and effort into researching facts in order to bring readers the perfect story.

Abigail Wolff is a fierce character with a huge heart for doing the right thing no matter what it costs. She is a formal journalist in DC. On her quest to find the truth surrounding the death of one of her father’s soldiers, Zachary Armstrong, she uncovers much more than she was expecting. She teams up with the hunky brother of the murdered soldier, Gabe Armstrong, but she quickly learns that investigating a US Army cover-up could destroy her career, or worse, tear families apart.

Their investigation takes them on a trip through Virginia in order to dig up more information. Along the journey, the two form an unexpected closeness that they both have a hard time dealing with.

The Ones We Trust is the perfect mix of mystery, thriller, and romance. Belle writes about two of the hardest things that our military members face, death and PTSD. She brought the two together wonderfully.

I will be sharing this book with my friends, family, and fellow military spouses. It is definitely one of the best books I have ever read!

Favorite Quote: “When the doorbell rings in the middle of the day, nine times out of ten it heralds the arrival of the UPS man or a band of Jehovah’s Witnesses on a mission to save my soul.”