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Publisher's Summary

In this twisty psychological thriller from the New York Times and Sunday Times best-selling author of The Girl Before, an actress plays both sides of a murder investigation. 

I'm just an actress. I wanted to stand on a stage and have people applaud. How on earth did I get into all this?  

Claire Wright likes to play other people. 

A struggling British actress, in New York without a green card, Claire needs work. She takes the only part she's offered: as a decoy for a firm of divorce lawyers, hired to entrap straying husbands, catching them on tape with their seductive propositions. 

The rules? 

Never hit on them directly. Make it clear you're available, but they have to proposition you, not the other way around. The firm is after evidence, not entrapment. The innocent should have nothing to hide. 

Then the game changes. 

When the police start investigating one of Claire's targets for murdering his wife - and potentially others, too - they ask her to help lure their suspect into a confession. Claire can do this. She assumes a voice and an attitude, something from an old film noir. A master class in deception. But who's deceiving who? 

And that's when Claire realises she's playing the deadliest role of her life....

New audio available from 10 August 2018.

©2018 JP Delaney (P)2018 Quercus Editions Limited

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  • Philip
  • Upper Hutt, New Zealand
  • 18-08-2018

Variation on a theme with literary twist

An interesting follow up to the ‘Girl Before’ and in a similar genre with parallel male-female roles. A good read for those that like stories rather than literary challenges. Ideally suited to film and TV adaptations. This one reads on part like a radio play. All in all very enjoyable and relaxing. Narration quite good with a few twists to keep you guessing. As for Beaudelaire, well now that sounds more challenging!!

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tried a bit too hard

I enjoyed the first half quite a bit but felt the author tried too hard to surprise the audience. sometimes less is more. quite well performed.

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great story and excellent narration

Lots of twists and turns in this book, and the character narratives made the audiobook storytelling flow well.

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Fantastic voice acting lifts the book up a notch

Yikes. Be prepared for the push and pull as your suspicions settle on one person and then are shunted briskly away to lay uneasily on the head of another. Rinse and repeat.

Listened to as an Audible title, the superb acting talents of the primary voice actor in BELIEVE ME lift the work up another notch. There are other actors featured too, but the lead is so convincing it’s hard to ever hit the pause button on her classy narration. You’ll want to immediately search up all her other voice work after listening to BELIEVE ME.

There’s a lot to like in this novel and there’s also a lot that simply doesn’t work. It’s clever or very clumsy in parts and there’s no continuity with either intent. Claire’s character is suitably complex and we’re all for seeing female characters showing their dark sides, just as male characters have been able to display for the last billion years in fiction. As you progress through BELIEVE ME you are never quite sure if you are dealing with an unreliable narrator – and this can brand a thriller as a one trick pony with there being so many novels about now of this type – or whether this is someone who makes a practice of making monumentally unwise decisions.

Does the reader become invested in the outcome of BELIEVE ME? Not really. We know where we are headed. Second novels following blockbuster debuts can have a terrific weight of expectation placed on them well before release and BELIEVE ME was no exception. The sub culture of sexual fetishes is in interesting inclusion, as is the plot device of selecting certain works of French poet Charles Baudelaire to illustrate the motivations of a killer. BELIEVE ME fires well straight out of the gates but credibility is stretched to breaking point as soon as Claire is asked to contribute her acting talents to the investigation.

BELIEVE ME waxes and wanes between holding your interest and pushing you off to do other things when it gets a bit tedious. You do need to fully invest in Claire and her nebulous reasonings in order to finish this book. Modern relationships are hideously complicated and hats off to BELIEVE ME, as this thriller takes that certainty to a whole new level of dangerous complexity.

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Worst Audible book I have even purchased. Couldn’t stand it any longer. Couldn’t finish it.

Absolutely terrible book .Badly written/structured and badly read. Too painful to even endure finishing it.

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Tedious

This started out ok, but had me dozing off in the middle. I liked the 'scene' bits however would've liked them to be at the same volume as the rest rather than quieter. The story lost its pace and rambled and was a chore to finish.

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This was not great.

Poorly written and not at all believable, but still mildly entertaining. Frustrating... as this could have been good.

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  • MardiGras
  • 04-08-2018

Don't perform, act.

If 'The Girl Before' were a clean delineated Rothko, then 'Believe Me' is a frenetic Jackson Pollock.
There is so much going on in this book, that until the end, you're never quite sure what to believe, or who. Which I suppose is the point! A jolly well made point too :)
Whilst the plot is pretty implausible, it's still a very exciting story that I just couldn't stop listening to. Having worked in psychological profiling before, I found the parts based upon behavioural analysis good fun. I very much look forward to more by JP Delaney.
First class narration from all involved, crazy, twisty story, poor audio editing. There are at least 3 whole sections of chapters that are duplicated during the recording. Whilst it is something that can be overlooked, it does take you out of the story somewhat while you figure out what's gone wrong. I do hope that Audible fix their recording and re-upload it for future listeners.
Please do not allow the recording oversight to deter you from purchasing this book.

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  • Ova Incekaraoglu -Excuse My Reading
  • 05-08-2018

Borderline Ridiculous

This wasn't a good listen at all. The characterisation is very weak and plot is overwhelming. It starts as a mystery, then turns into a love story. The ending was ridiculous.
Spoiler alert!
The real mystery for me was not the identity of the killer but how Claire, a broke wannabe actress paid her hospital bills in USA, where healthcare isn't free.
The only positive thing in this book is the details about Charles Baudelaire

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  • dianaB
  • 04-08-2018

Interesting start, not sure about the ending

I really enjoyed the character - being an actor myself I could relate, however the story started getting a bit surreal and taking weird twists to the point where I started feeling everything was a bit unbelievable. The story gripped me from the beginning but by the end I’d stopped believing. I also had to get past the narrator’s bad American accents.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-08-2018

A frustrating read.....

An irritating main character and too much ambiguity make this book frustrating.

A lack of credibility in the storyline makes it beyond frustrating and instead into a waste of 10 hours!

Sorry, but best avoided.

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  • Elsie TANG
  • 27-07-2018

repetition

several parts were repeated over and over. confusing as I have been looking forward to listen after the brilliantly structured "the girl after"

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  • Susan Random
  • 14-08-2018

Believe Me

It started so well, Claire, a wannabe actress studying at the impressive Actors' Studio in NYC, is working as a honeytrap to elicit some income. She gets involved with Professor Patrick Fogler, whom she'd tried, unsuccessfully, to pick up the very way his wife is brutally murdered.

So ... The perspectives changed and it morphed into a film noir. What or who was real? The constant references to the erotic poems of Charles Baudelaire got a bit wearing after a while. I gave up half way through and then picked it back up a week or so later. Now I've finished it, do I have a clue what the plot was? Nope.

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  • CLAIRE
  • 16-09-2018

A real page turner

The start feels like a standard thriller but then suddenly it turns and your hooked. Brilliant just brilliant. If you loved J P Delaney's first book and this will not disappoint.

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  • Suzanne
  • 15-09-2018

Fantastic Narration

An unbelievably good story which will keep you guessing until the end made more spectacular by the performance of the narrator

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  • London reader
  • 11-09-2018

Wow, wow, wow

There are no words to describe this book - its a thriller on LSD. Totally implausible and towards the end I became very confused... its okay if the protagonist lies to other characters but there are times she lies to the readers (and herself..) and this is not fair because the readers want to be deceived by a cunning and twisty plot - not outright lies e.g. the real truth about her parents. Nevertheless I enjoyed the book and would like to read more from this author.

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  • Bean
  • 09-09-2018

Review is incomplete and therefore misleading

Thrillers -yes. Psychological thrillers - yes.

Violent murder descriptions, S&M, and graphic pornography - no thanks
Shall be returning