Publication: 26th July 2018 by Quercus Books
Trust me. Love me. Just don’t believe me…
Claire Wright likes to play other people.
A British drama student, in New York without a green card, Claire takes the only job she can get: working for a firm of divorce lawyers, posing as an easy pick-up in hotel bars to entrap straying husbands.
When one of her targets becomes the subject of a murder investigation, the police ask Claire to use her acting skills to help lure their suspect into a confession. But right from the start, she has doubts about the part she’s being asked to play. Is Patrick Fogler really a killer . . . Or the only decent husband she’s ever met? And is there more to this set-up than she’s being told?
And that’s when Claire realises she’s playing the deadliest role of her life . . .
JP Delaney is back with a twisty, dark, and fast-paced thriller that I wasn’t able to put down. After reading The Girl Before last year, I have been waiting for something new from this author so I’d like to thank Hannah Robinson and Quercus Books for providing me with a copy of his new novel and for inviting me to take part in the blog tour.
The protagonist of BELIEVE ME is Claire Wright. She is a very complex and multi-layered character. You never know what to expect from her, she is an unreliable narrator and, as an actor, she easily switches character. She moved from England to New York where she studies to become an actor. She needs a job to pay the bills, but because she doesn’t have a green card, she can’t be a waitress or walk dogs like all the other struggling actors, so she finds a job off the books for a law firm: filming cheating husbands while they pick her up in hotel bars. I can’t say I liked Claire very much, but I also found her well-developed and intriguing and she kept me glued to the page.
I loved that the author mixed the narration style by narrating some scenes in the form of a script play, complete of dialogues and directions. It makes the story more entertaining and I was always looking forward to them.
The story is completely unpredictable. There are many twists and turns, there is always an air of doubt and tension and I never knew what to expect next, what was real and what was not, which character to trust and to believe. The dark atmosphere and the presence of Baudelaire’s sinister poems give the novel a creepy feeling and the deceptions and the trust game made me completely engrossed in the novel and I flew through it in just a few hours.
If you loved The Girl Before, if you are looking for unreliable characters, claustrophobic atmosphere, and jaw-dropping twists, then BELIEVE ME is a must-read. It is addictive, shocking, and takes you by surprise, page after page.
BELIEVE ME is the second psychological thriller from JP Delaney, a pseudonym for a writer who has previously written bestselling fiction under other names. JP Delaney’s first thriller THE GIRL BEFORE became a global bestseller published in forty-one countries. A film version is being brought to the screen by Academy Award winners Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment.