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Publisher's Summary

In this twisty psychological thriller from the New York Times best-selling author of The Girl Before, an actress plays both sides of a murder investigation.

"A compelling read...redefines the concept of an unreliable narrator...[a] rich, nuanced, highly literary take on the Gone Girl theme." (Booklist)

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?

Read by Sally Scott, with Matt Reeves, Lorelei King, John Chancer, and Eric Meyers.

©2018 J. P. Delaney (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"A pitch-perfect novel of psychological suspense." (Lee Child)

"The pages fly." (USA Today)

"The Girl Before generates a fast pace." (The New York Times)

"Get hooked on this hair-raiser." (Cosmopolitan)

"[A] must-read." (New York Post)

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  • Ryan
  • SCITUATE, MA, US
  • 07-26-18

LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I WANT MORE! :)

JP Delaney never disappoints. AWESOME Psychological Thriller that keeps you guessing to the very end. I LOVE THIS AUTHOR!! I def recommend this book for all psychological thriller fans. This is a good one for sure! Keeps your attention and extremely interesting and jaw dropping. LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF JP Delaney. WOWZA
FULL 5 STARTS ALL THE WAY************

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • DRoss
  • LOCKHART, TX, United States
  • 07-29-18

Wow, Wow, Wow!

I loved this book. This is a true psychological thriller. You think you know but then it turns and you’re taken in a different direction. I loved the narrator and the scenes with a movie-like quality. I haven’t heard that before in the books I’ve listened to. If you like a mystery this books for you. I couldn’t stop listening. I finished it in less than 2 days.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Unconvincing story, annoying narration

First off, the story is really unconvincing. I don't know if it was just the strange plot or the fact that the characters lacked any believable depth. The first part was actually interesting, which is why I felt compelled to finish it. But during the rest of the book I found myself rolling my eyes at least once every 10 minutes and coming very close to giving up altogether each time. I guess I'm stubborn.

The narration was distracting to say the least, the American accents done by the narrator was like listening to Harley Quinn for half the book (not a pleasant experience) or a computer the other half (doesn't really communicate emotion or passion). And the fact that even the American characters pronounce the name Stella as "Steller" takes you out of the story every time as you remind yourself "oh yeah, the narrator is British".

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Mixed Feelings

Some aspects of this book I enjoyed; the twists, the unique narration so. And some parts I didn't; the dark subject, the constant referencing to scripts.

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A tedious movie script with tedious narration.

I am so happy this book is finally over! I was taken in by all of the positive reviews, but I should have read ALL of the reviews. Zero character development and laborious, dawn-out narration with a completely implausible, ridiculous storyline with too many holes in it. While there are some mind games going on here, I just didn’t care and wanted to quit this book, but I had used a purchased credit for it! I had never heard of Charles Baudelaire or his book “Les Fleurs du mai” before this, and if I ever hear those two names spoken of again, I will scream...like I wanted to do after about the 500,000th time they were mentioned in this story. I couldn’t find one character with any redeeming qualities. In fact, the protagonist in this is a self absorbed, struggling British actress, prone to fantasies and without a green card, living in New York, and I was hoping at the end she would be deported! If you are obsessed... and I mean OBSESSED, with Baudelaire and acting, this is your book. If not, you might want to keep looking. It would however, probably make for a good movie. Perhaps that’s what the author is hoping for.

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What Just Happened!?!

I'm still not sure what is real, wow what a ride.
some of it is pretty gruesome.

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Excellent

Great performance, really well written with lots of twists and turns. Loved the style of recording.

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  • Gretchen
  • Salinas, CA, United States
  • 07-26-18

Believe Me

Well written, character driven thriller but lacked the fun of THE GIRL BEFORE. The narration was exquisite. I gave the story and overall only 3 stars because this novel was exceptionally dark, morbid, graphic and (to me) disturbing.

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What happened at the end???

Good psycho thriller, but I feel the author ran out of steam at the end and actually didn’t finish the story. Some loose ends that I was left wondering if I’d missed some chapters. It’s ok, if you don’t need closure 😀

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Hated the narration

Having narrators act out the book with background noises etc was so annoying, I could not finish the book. The story never hooked me but it was prob because I couldn’t stand to listen to the narrators any longer.