ARC Review: Believe Me by J.P. Delaney

Believe Me by J.P. Delaney

Published July 24th, 2018 by Random House Publishing

Genres Thriller, Suspense

Pages 352

Goodreads / Amazon

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?

I really loved the first book I read by the author, The Girl Before and I had high hopes when I read the synopsis for Believe Me. I do have to say, I am was slightly disappointed by this book for a variety of reasons. I certainly enjoy the author’s writing and character development. The synopsis sounded very intriguing, almost like a cat and mouse type game and Claire’s character and circumstances seemed new and interesting. I had a hard tie connecting with Claire’s character which then made me not very invested in the book itself. There are certainly lots of twists and turns and the story is very well written. I also wasn’t a huge fan of the parts of the book that were written like a script, which of course goes along with Claire basically being an actress. I have a hard time reading anything that reads like a play or script. Overall I just was a bit underwhelmed by this book, but because I loved The Girl Before, I did go into this book with very high expectations.

The author does note that this book was written before The Girl Before, so to me that means that the author’s writing and story telling evolved before writing The Girl Before. I do think a lot of people will really enjoy this book and I may possibly be the unpopular opinion on this book. I do look forward to reading more from the author in the future.

Thank you to the publisher, Penguin Random House, for sending me an ARC of this book.

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