Trust No One by Linda Sue Park

Posted July 24, 2014 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Trust No One by Linda Sue ParkTrust No One by Linda Sue Park
Series: The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers #5
Also in this series: The Medusa Plot, A King's Ransom, The Dead of Night, Shatterproof, Day of Doom
Published by Scholastic Press on December 4th 2012
Genres: Adventure, Middle Grade, Mystery, Young Adult
Pages: 190
Format: Hardcover
Source: Gift
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When seven members of their family were kidnapped, thirteen-year-old Dan Cahill and his older sister, Amy, got ready for the fight of their lives. But their enemy, a terrifying group known as the Vespers, remained frustratingly elusive. They stay in the shadows, picking off Cahills one by one.

And now the Vespers have landed their most serious blow yet - a blow that strikes at the very heart of the Cahill family. Because Amy and Dan discover that there's a Vesper mole in their innermost circle. Amy and Dan need to smoke out the traitor before the next hostage dies. They have just days to discover who has their back . . . and who wants to sink a knife into it.

In this fifth volume to The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers series. Amy and Dan will venture into an unthinkable adventure that will have anticipating the final volume.

Main Points
Writing Style:
The writing style is pretty consistent, even if it’s written by a different author than other books.
Things just seem to be getting worse and worse! At least Ian’s innocent…for now. He’s still a jerk, though. But now they know that the spy in their midst is someone they’re really close to…and someone whose help they need! Well, not anymore. But still it’s disappointing. Especially when that person isn’t afraid to use a gun. It’s hard not giving spoilers here.
What they’re after now is an unintelligible manuscript, written in a language no one has been able to figure out (reminding me an awful lot of my Codex- by Luigi Serafini). But they are able to piece together the clues pretty well. It’s amazing how far a little research will go.
And things begin to get really awkward with Amy and Jake and Evan, but they seem to have agreed to put off talking about it until after the ‘craziness ends’. Huh.
Tragedy continues. They still think Phoenix is dead…well, he’s not, but we haven’t heard from him in a while…and now another hostage has died, for real this time. It was bound to happen. They weren’t being treated right at all.
And then it’s discovered- the purpose for all their crazy thievery. What the Vespers plan on making is far worse than anything they could have imagined.
Amy seems to lose it in this book. She retreats to her ‘peaceful place’ and basically becomes a zombie. I worried for her. And then they were forced to give up the one thing she was protecting fiercely. It’s as if the Vespers are intent on traumatizing the kids. It’s just really awful.
And then we and on a cliffhanger, with Dan about to make a really important decision…… we go. That’s all I have to say. Here we go. We’re on a roller coaster that only goes up, my friend.
Good vs. Bad
  • plot
  • characters
  • writing
  • themes
  • history
  • mystery
  • relationships
Less than perfect:
  • heavy subject matter? I’m not really sure. I mean I like it, but would I want 10 or 12-year-olds reading this? Maybe not.
Bottom Line
It just gets worse and worse, but no less interesting. Tons of important discoveries and decisions. It’s impossible to stop now! I have to find out what happens next. Will I continue the series? For sure. Would I recommend this to others? Maybe, but people more my age than middle grade.

About Linda Sue Park

Linda Sue Park is a Korean American author of children’s fiction. Park published her first novel, Seesaw Girl, in 1999. To date, she has written six children’s novels and five picture books for younger readers. Park’s work achieved prominence when she received the prestigious 2002 Newbery Medal for her novel A Single Shard.

Overall: four-stars


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