Book Review: Believe Me by J.P. Delaney

Published: 24/07/2018 by Quercus
400 pages
Format: Kindle

In this twisty psychological thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Before, an actress plays both sides of a murder investigation.

A struggling actor, a Brit in America without a green card, Claire needs work and money to survive. Then she gets both. But nothing like she expected.

Claire agrees to become a decoy for a firm of divorce lawyers. Hired to entrap straying husbands, she must catch them on tape with their seductive propositions. The rules? Never hit on the mark directly. Make it clear you’re available, but he has to proposition you, not the other way around. The firm is after evidence, not coercion. The innocent have nothing to hide.

Then the game changes.

When the wife of one of Claire’s targets is violently murdered, the cops are sure the husband is to blame. Desperate to catch him before he kills again, they enlist Claire to lure him into a confession.

Claire can do this. She’s brilliant at assuming a voice and an identity. For a woman who’s mastered the art of manipulation, how difficult could it be to tempt a killer into a trap? But who is the decoy . . . and who is the prey?

37750826Writing this review will be impossible for me so I will have to take a different approach.

Let’s start with the cover which in my opinion is very eye catching. It was the main reason why I noticed it and just had to have it. It’s simple, with little information and bold writing. That’s all you really need to catch your attention and the rest you can find inside.

Ok, that wasn’t so difficult. Now to a difficult part. This book is insane! I have never ever read anything that not only kept me interested throughout but also I had absolutely no idea what the hell is going on. The truth you make up in your head gets shattered by turning another page and you are right back where you started.

Claire, very talented wannabe actress, comes to US from UK in pursuit of her dreams and new life. Life in US without a green card is not easy and just to get by and survive she has to take on job, she never imagined to do. Her acting skills help her to become a lure to compromise strayed husbands and give evidence at court during divorce. Everything changes with that one client, one wife and one death. Although police does believe husband is the killer, they have no evidence and Claire gets entangled in secrets, acting, truth and lies and I certainly got totally lost there too.

Amazing book with some weird stuff going on but definitely worth the read. I gave it 5 stars but just for the unexpected turns and all the chaos it created in my head it would deserve a lot more.


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