Hey guys,

I’m planning to blast through my backlogged reviews before the month comes to an end…soooo here goes!

I received a free copy of JP Delaney’s BELIEVE ME from Random House and I will honestly say it was not on my immediate list of books to read. The whole never judge a book by its cover was in full effect here! I sorely misjudged.

This is my first novel from JP Delaney.

Believe Me by JP Delaney

Overview – Spoiler Alert: Low

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?
– Synopsis is taken from the book

Review – Spoiler Alert: Low/ Medium

Claire is a struggling actress that needs work and money, but she is living in America without a green card. After things have gone tits up, an unlikely job with great perks comes in the form of working with local police to catch a serial killer by getting him to confess before he kills again.

BELIEVE ME kicks things off really early in the book and it had me guessing throughout. A masterfully crafted, fast-paced psychological thriller/ murder mystery that had me hooked from page one!

Commentary – Spoiler Alert: Medium

While reading this book, which I flew through really fast – I posted on Instagram stories that this book was “cray-cray”. This book honestly had me from page one. While I thought I had things figured out, let’s just say nothing prepared me for the “big reveal” at the end. I honestly jumped out of bed, threw the book down, and wondered how I missed “IT”.

Now, writing this review weeks later and with lots of hindsight, some people might not like the unreliable narrator bit who hides facts from the reader to create suspense but I LOVED IT. Especially after reading thrillers lately where the narrator is an unreliable drunk – this was a relief and refreshing.

Have you read BELIEVE ME yet? Is it on your TBR?
Please share in the comments below – I would love to know your thoughts.

 

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