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Summary

The sensational new psychological thriller from the internationally best-selling author of The Girl Before.

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....

©2018 JP Delaney (P)2018 Quercus Editions Limited

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"Imaginative, unusual, clever and fun." (Sunday Times)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Interesting idea for a story

I quite enjoyed it but it was all a bit far fetched for my taste.

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narration was top, story a bit confusing

I did enjoy the book, especially the narration. it was more like an audio play at stages, which for me was very refreshing. The story started off strong until about 3/4 through. it then got a but confusing and I kinda stopped caring too much about it. however, I still enjoyed it thoroughly.

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  • Stockport, United Kingdom
  • 16-09-18

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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Fantastic Narration

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