*Just a gentle note, this review may contain small spoilers*
Wow, this book. This is the second novel from JP Delaney, the author of the bestselling The Girl Before. I haven’t read it but if this book is anything to go by, it’s straight on my TBR. Despite not reading The Girl Before, I was so intrigued by this book and was even more delighted to be part of the book blog tour for the book too! So, what’s it about? This is what the blurb says:
Trust me. Love me. Just don’t believe me…
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 . . .
I don’t want to give too much of the plot away as I think the blurb is an overall summary that doesn’t give too much away but still makes you want to know more. When I first started this book, I thought it was something else – Claire, an actress, working for a divorce lawyer to entrap husbands… but then, everything gets turned upside down and as a result, you get a completely new angle, something that you might not expect… and that’s what the whole book carries throughout: you think you know what’s happening but on the next page, everything gets turned on its head. Also, throughout the book, there are some graphic scenes of BDSM and torture that you might want to be aware off before reading.
One of the main reasons why I loved this book is because with Claire, being a drama student and an actress, most of it was written in script format. This is something that I haven’t read in such a long time, or probably ever, and it makes the story even more compelling and a belter of a page-turner.
This is a book that is layered and layered with brilliant, well drawn out characters, a gripping story that you don’t know which way it will go, and overall, there’s a layer of uncertainty, it’s a book that will make your skin itch, make you have goosebumps all over you and you will gasp at least every other chapter. Like I said, there is a large uncomfortable, eerie atmosphere in this book. It’s as if we are literally watching the play, with this cast of characters, acting out something so disturbing and awful. I think it’s a book that will question the reader about who they think is playing who, what do they think about what’s going on, etc.
I hate comparisons, especially these ones, but I think they fit very well with this book. So, if you’re a fan of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, I think you will love this. It’s a book that is more than a thriller, page-turner book-blockbuster – it’s a book with a cleverly plotted plot, incredibly well-written characters that will make you think and question everything that comes out of their mouths. So, who can you really believe? How far will Claire take it to become the actress she wants to be? And is love worth the risk?
Believe Me is available now in all good bookshops! I think you’ll need to read it before your friends read it and become obsessed with it. It’s a book that will be talked about, a lot. Believe me.
A big thank you to the team at Quercus for the review copy and the chance to be involved in the book blog tour! You can find out the rest on the book blog/social media tour here:
Now, I need to read The Girl Before and wait patiently for what JP Delaney does next…
Have you read Believe Me? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!