MY RATING: ★★★.5
WARNINGS: Murder & self harm
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?
Believe me by J.P Delany is one of the most surprising thrillers I’ve read. I know what you’re thinking, how can you call it that, and only give it a 3.5 star review? Easily guys, while I was surprised, the whole end of this book felt anti climatic.
This book follows a theater student who is forced into taking a job where she must find out if a man is a killer. She does this by inserting herself into his life, and trying to make him reveal himself.
But ofcourse, no plan goes according to it’s original idea. Things go haywire and the main character is left in a predicament. To love a killer? Does she even love him?
I enjoyed my time reading this, especially the first 250 pages. It was a very easy read, with a few bits of dialogue placed placed in like scripts which was a nice touch. It really resonated with the fact that the main character was a theater student.
But unfortunately, while I was surprised by the twist at the end, I was left with more of an “oh” face rather than freaking out. It wasn’t the end I wanted, though I couldn’t tell you what ending I wanted. The main character being saved, and having being a method actor the whole time, just felt anti climatic. I felt like I should’ve seen it coming.
Either way I did enjoy my time with this book for the most part, and would consider picking up his other books.
I’d recommend this to fans of thrillers, and the kind of thrillers that are easy reads.
until next time,