Believe Me by J.P. Delaney

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This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.

Believe Me

Summary: 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.

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?

Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

When Erin of Deep South Magazine guest posted about 12 Mysteries That Will Give You Chills This Summer- she included Believe Me and I have to say that the cover really intrigued me. So when I saw it at the Speed Dating event at Book Expo- I did not hesitate to grab it.

So a couple or so weeks ago, I decided to read this book by the pool- the book sounded perfect!

For Claire- life is a stage. She lives, breathes, dreams about acting and takes all her life experiences and channels it into her acting.

Because Claire is an actress, she’s also a chameleon- she slips into roles easily and you can never really tell if she’s telling the truth or if she’s telling the truth that she believes.

For me, this book fell flat. Sure there are like 500 twists, but honestly- after awhile I was not sure I even cared. And if I never hear about Baudelaire again, I could die happy.

In the end, the synopsis of this book and the cover (dark and edgy) lured me in, but the story just didn’t hook me like I had anticipated.

Bottom line: I’m def in the minority about not LOVING this one. Many of my book friends loved it. And it was probably a mistake for me to read this one after Baby Teeth, so….. One day I might try to re-read it to see if it was a case of bad timing on reading…..


*This book was picked up by me at Book Expo 2018 for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.*


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Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T



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