Book Review: Believe Me

Title: Believe Me
Author: JP Delaney
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
Release Date: July 24th, 2018
Pages: 352
Buy This Book: Amazon/Audible

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Book Blurb:

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.

One out-of-work British actress pays the rent on her New York City apartment the only way she can: as a decoy for a firm of divorce lawyers, hired to entrap straying husbands. When the cops begin investigating one of her targets for murdering his wife–and potentially others–they ask her to lure the suspect into a confession.

But with the actress pretending to be someone she isn’t, differentiating the decoy from the prey becomes impossible–and deadly.

My Thoughts:

“Sometimes, when you wear a mask too long, you find it sticks to the skin.”

Talk about twists and turns! When I first started reading Believe Me, I had no idea of the mind trip I was about to take courtesy of JP Delaney. 

I’ll admit—I broke the cardinal rule and judged this book by its cover. 🙊 I got an advanced copy in the mail a couple months ago, but kept passing over it to read other books from my TBR list that looked more interesting. I had never heard of the author before; I haven’t seen any buzz about it in the blogging community; the blurb sounded interesting, but there was nothing about it that really stood out to me; and, if I’m being completely honest, I’m not a big fan of the cover art. Now I wish I had picked it up sooner!

This book kept me guessing the entire time. The main character and narrator, Claire, is an enigmatic person and right from the beginning, I wasn’t sure whether I could trust her or not. In fact, I questioned the reliability of every character at some point or another in the storyline. Just when I thought I had it all figured it out, the story took a sharp turn and I found myself clueless once again. But while the twists are unexpected, it’s easy to see they’re well planned out and incorporated into the rest of the storyline perfectly. This book really lives up to its name!

There are some parts of the story, dialogue heavy scenes, that are written like a play or a script, playing off Claire’s role as a struggling actor. When I first came across this, I thought it would get annoying, but as it turns out, it didn’t bother me at all. It was still really easy to follow along and if anything, doing that added a little something extra to the story.

Once I started reading Believe Me, I couldn’t put it down and ended up finishing it in one sitting. If you like psychological thrillers where you don’t know who to trust and everything you think you know is wrong, you need to read this book!

Rating: 4/5 stars

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Thank you to Ballantine Books for the opportunity to read this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

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