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Believe Me

A Novel
Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
4 out of 5 stars (338 ratings)

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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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Never want to hear the name "Baudelaire" again.

"Believe Me" left me with mixed feelings, believe me. First, about the immersion-narration. I wasn't expecting it and haven't experienced this type of audio before, even though I listen to a hundred or more books a year, I swear. I thought it was odd and disconcerting. I didn't like the way it was done. As for the narration itself, some of the American accents sounded like British people speaking with American accents, which I feel is unnecessary and forced-either that, or the American narrators were just poor. It's bad enough that Ms. Scott had to force her poor American accent while Claire was 'acting.' When Claire was being Midwestern, she sounded Southern, for example. Sally Scott's regular British narration is great. The weird background-noise scenes were plainly uncomfortable and just distracting.

The plot is just okay. It took a while for me to get into the book, and once I did, I was able to engage more in the plot and I felt that the last 1/4 of the book was quite good. I was highly annoyed by the Baudelaire theme(s) by the end of the book, however, and felt that much of it was repetitive and overdone. I cannot help but wonder what the author's obsession is, personally. Also, I was confused by the serial killer angle, to some extent (I don't think this is a spoiler). That part of the storyline was actually interesting when it was introduced, then it fell by the wayside and was never fully resolved as to fact or fiction. But, reader beware: fact or fiction is a major theme in this novel and that is not a bad thing. It's a psychological thriller to the max, and that I can appreciate. I just felt that there were too many weaknesses between the narration, the 'immersion' audio, and the plot. Overall, like I said, Believe Me is just okay.

8 of 8 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.

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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************

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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".

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Letdown

The story had a great start, but it lost momentum and became an implausible mess. Even with the decent narration and "sound effects" ( personally I don't like these in an audiobook ) this is a big letdown.

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Glad I gave it a chance

Try it! These negative reviews are bewildering me. I never leave full reviews but this has me wondering

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It Was An Interesting "Experience"

What do I have to say about this book? Goodness. I would like to say something positive, but that might be pushing a tad. This book was a listening "experience." I finally got the book to allow me to read while the audio played. This is made up of a couple of narrators, not as many as you think, and it has different types of audio formatting. One minute you are listening to the female narrator, then audio clips from microphones to eavesdrop on conversations. I did not care for this book. The story was okay, but nothing more. Do yourself a favor, and if you are going to read the book, read it, this is not the best audiobook. It is like I told a friend, I do not love it... but I do not hate it. I am not sure even now how I feel about it. I feel confused more than anything.

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  • HS
  • 08-07-18

don't waste a credit

I want to preface by saying that I loved The Girl Before, so I was excited to delve into another book by this author. This was the most unbelievable story, and became so boring I was praying for it to end..not to mention, the multiple narrators listed on the page are misleading.There is a single female narrator and odd sound effects as if this were an old-time radio show. You have to go beyond "willing" to suspend disbelief. Very strange

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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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