Believe Me by JP Delaney


Trust me. Love me. Just don’t believe me…

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?

My Review

The writing style took some getting used to but once you become accustomed to that it is an easy flowing read, however it starts off quite a slow burner but once you hit the halfway point the story really takes off and I really couldn’t put it down until i’d finished it. Every time I thought I had worked out which bit was reality it would spin me round another 360 degrees and scratching my head yet again!!

The book was told from the point of view of Claire, an aspiring english actress living in New York. To earn money whilst she is studying she takes on a job working within a law firm honey trapping clients philandering husbands.

And this is where it all goes wrong for her! A client ends up dead and the husband as the prime suspect. Lacking the evidence an elaborate scheme is put into play requiring Claire to use all her acting skills to get close to the husband and secure a confession.

But is that truly what the police believe or are they really looking at Claire herself as the prime suspect and its all been a setup? Who can she really believe and can she even trust herself and her own judgment? Who could be setting her up? Is it her law firm, the husband, an old flame or the police?

There are some great plot twists and each one creating more confusion and more questions than they answer right up until the end of the book.

When I first started reading this I didn’t think I was going to like it and struggled to get involved in Claire’s story but I am so glad I stuck with it as I ended up loving it and it is by far one of the best thrillers so far this year!

Believe Me will be published on 24 Jul 2018 in kindle format and 26 Jul in Hardback in the UK and can be pre-ordered now from

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