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Believe Me by J.P. Delaney – Book Review

Goodreads synopsis
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?

Wow. Just wow. This book had so many twists and turns that I have whiplash. Just when I assumed I knew the full story, I was utterly and completely discombobulated.  Then, as the story progressed, my cocky self began to assume again (and you know what they say happens when you assume)… and I was thrown for yet another loop.  This is one of the few stories that once I finished, I felt the urge to reread it to see what clues I overlooked.  It was so meticulously calculated, and had me reeling from the first pages.

One of the components that made this story so compelling is something that I normal despise:  the overdone unreliable narrator.  Claire, the main character, is an actress with a dark past that makes you wonder whether she is being entirely forthcoming.  After all, she’s frequently envisioning her life in the light of a movie script.  She was truly fascinating and her delusions of grandeur makes the reader wonder what she sees as the cinematic climax.

I should warn you that this book has seriously dark undertones, including BDSM, a website known as Necropolis, suicide attempts, and some very disturbing and graphic poems, so proceed with caution if any of those will trigger you. If not…. definitely get your hands on a copy here . It will have you reeling and your heart rate will struggle to return to a normal pace.

Thank you so much to Netgalley and Ballantine Books for providing me with an advance copy. You already know I love sharing my honest thoughts and opinion!



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