May 27, 2018

Review: Believe Me by J.P. Delaney

Product Description:
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?

My Thoughts:
Having read The Girl Before last year I was really looking forward to Believe Me and I was not let down. Suspense thrillers are obviously meant to keep you guessing but 90% of the time you read the clues and see the foreshadowing so you can usually figure out what's going on midway through the book but the ride is still fun getting to the ending. With this one I don't think I had any clue whatsoever how this was going to end.

Claire is very good at what she does and sometimes it seems just too good. As the husband of the victim, Patrick is naturally the prime suspect but then you see his softer side and you can't help but fall in love with him right along with Claire. Then the twists and turns start coming at you from all sides and you have no choice but to keep reading to learn what the heck is really going on.

For me this was a very quick read. I just had to know! I will say that although the ending was a shocker that fit with the story but I was a bit disappointed by it. After the ride we I went through to get there I expected a bigger splash.

My Recommendation:
If you love psychological suspense thrillers then this is a must for you. Hopefully like me, you won't be able to guess the ending so you'll be sucked in to the very end.


bermudaonion said...

I could use a page turner like this right about now.