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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] rich, nuanced, highly literary take on the Gone Girl theme.”—Booklist (starred review)
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?
Praise for Believe Me
“Fast-paced . . . A solid pick from bestselling author [JP] Delaney for readers who enjoyed the paranoia factor in A.J. Finn’s The Woman in the Window or the unreliable narrator of Paula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train. The domestic thriller trend is showing no signs of slowing. Buy accordingly.”—Library Journal
“An intense, stylish psychological thriller.”—Good Housekeeping
“The author produces a bobsled run’s worth of twists.”—Publishers Weekly
“I so enjoyed it—what a twisty, exciting read.”—Sabine Durrant, author of Lie With Me
Don’t buy this book if you loved the girl before
I only bought this book because I loved jp delaneys the girl before. So much so that I just knew I would love any additional work. This book was called a psychological thriller but it is not. I was so bored and annoyed with all the baudelaire talk. There was no psych, no thrill, no twist, nothing. This book just never got good. Maybe the girl before was an anomaly in genre and plot/writing. I will definitely be more hesitant when buying any more of jp delaneys work. I was very disappointed with this title.
Hurry up and write another!! I can’t wait!!
Our heroine is a 25 year old actress from England. She is in New York as a student studying drama. Previously, when she was 17 and still in England, she had a brief affair with an actor that went bad. As a result she was pretty much blacklisted there and had to succeed in New York. She also worked, under the table, for a team of divorce lawyers getting taped evidence of cheaters. One night she goes to a hotel to meet an unhappy wife who warns her to be careful of her husband and to be leery of him. She goes to the bar and eventually meets the man who is good looking, intelligent and charming. He also will not do anything more than speak with her in the bar. When he leaves she returns to the room to get paid and tells the wife what happened. During the course of the night, the wife is brutally murdered and the real story begins. The police are convinced either she or the husband is the culprit and she agrees to work undercover, acting, to learn the truth. The poetry of Baudelaire is also interspersed into the story. It deals with BDSM, murders, psychosis, various kinds of abuse and the application of this all. It is very well written and will grab the reader from the onset and not let go. Thanks to Net Galley and Ballantine for an ARC for an honest review.
- Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
- Published: Jul 24, 2018
- Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
- Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
- Print Length: 352 Pages
- Language: English