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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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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"

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Book to keep you guessing.

Interesting book which makes you wonder who is the ‘goody’ and who is the ‘baddy’. Recommend.

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  • NJF33
  • Bristol UK
  • 10-08-18

Gripping from beginning to end

I found this an excellent story it kept me guessing to the very last word ! This is the first time I have submitted a review but it was so good I felt i had to.

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chapters are repeated

Started listening today - all well so far, aside from the annoying fact the recording is messed up. Chapters keep repeating, so at the moment my app tells me I am on chapter 10 while I am actually on chapter 6. One ends up rewinding or fast forwarding to figure out the actual moment I am meant to be. Can this be fixed please

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Immensely clever!

More twists and turns than a big dipper- fab! Kept me guessing right to the end.

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  • Laura
  • Farnham, UK
  • 07-08-18

Recording has issues, Chapters are repeated.

Good performance. The story is convoluted and disappointing. Very confused as to genre, mystery, thriller, love story, - it all goes back and forth. The ending is silly.