Don't Believe It

Narrated by: Nina Alvamar
Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
4.2 out of 5 stars (1,436 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From acclaimed author Charlie Donlea comes a twisting, impossible-to-pause novel of suspense in which a filmmaker helps clear a woman convicted of murder - only to find she may be a pawn in a sinister game.

The Girl of Sugar Beach is the most watched documentary in television history-a riveting, true-life mystery that unfolds over 12 weeks and centers on a fascinating question: Did Grace Sebold murder her boyfriend, Julian, while on a Spring Break vacation, or is she a victim of circumstance and poor police work? Grace has spent the last 10 years in a St. Lucian prison, and reaches out to filmmaker Sidney Ryan in a last, desperate attempt to prove her innocence.

As Sidney begins researching, she uncovers startling evidence, additional suspects, and timeline issues that were all overlooked during the original investigation. Before the series even finishes filming, public outcry leads officials to reopen the case. But as the show surges towards its final episodes, Sidney receives a letter saying that she got it badly, terribly wrong.

Sidney has just convinced the world that Grace is innocent. Now she wonders if she has helped to free a ruthless killer. Delving into Grace's past, she peels away layer after layer of deception. But as Sidney edges closer to the real heart of the story, she must decide if finding the truth is worth risking her newfound fame, her career...even her life.

©2018 Charlie Donlea (P)2018 Recorded Books

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Donlea has outdone himself!! EXCELLENT Thriller...

This book is a Very Dark psychological thriller. It begins with a planned murder, a man is hit over the head and thrown over a cliff. He's on a vacation with his girlfriend, friends and her family while they prepare for internships as doctors in their chosen specialty field. Grace is the victim's (Julian) girlfriend. Based of a quickly thrown together case, she's convicted of his murder. Ten years later she contacts an old acquaintance, Sydney Ryan. Grace convinces Sydney of her innocence. Sydney is a filmmaker who creates documentaries exonerating innocent people convinced of crimes they didn't commit. But, if Grace didn't commit the crime, who did? Sydney begins an investigation. Shorty into the book you think you have the whole thing figured out, but you don't. Then later on, you think you finally have it figured out again, but you don't! Keep trying! This book has so many twists and turns it will make you dizzy! But the ending! WOW! I never saw it coming! To say the least it was shocking! I can't say enough. Charlie Donlea has outdone himself with this book. EXCELLENT! Nina Alvamar does a wonderful job narrating. This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!! If you found this review helpful please indicate so. Thank You.

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The ending😠

I really like this author, I’ve “read” all books and have enjoyed them all. This was no exception, fantastic , can’t stop , engaging book....but the ending! Still highly recommend!

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What Do You Believe?

Charlie Donlea's Don't Believe It takes you on a ride you won't soon forget. Not only are you given a front-row seat into the world of crime solvers and reporters, but you are also introduced to the real-life ups, downs, truths, and lies that they all face and must sift through on daily basis, in order to make the distinction between fact and fiction. It is clear from the beginning that a great deal of time and research went in to writing this book. Every character is real and believable, causing readers to eagerly tune in each week with viewers from all over the world to the most-watched documentary in history, The Girl of Sugar Beach. As new evidence is introduced to the case, in near real-time, Charlie Donlea sends his audience on a highly-engaging, emotional rollercoaster, filled with unpredictable twists and turns, excitement, and suspense. I preordered this audiobook, and it was well worth the wait! In addition to this being Charlie Donlea's best work, the performance by narrator Nina Alvamar is outstanding! She did a phenomenal job bringing the events to life; I could easily see and hear everything as if it was unfolding before my very eyes. She had me from the very first word to the very last. While I also own the paperback of Don't Believe It, my overall experience was made that much more enjoyable being able to listen to the audiobook. I absolutely loved it! Without hesitation, Don't Believe It by Charlie Donlea, narrated by Nina Alvamar deserves 5/5 stars across the board! I recommend it to those who thrive on the element of suspense. Fans of mysteries, thrillers, and even real-crime will find this novel to be thought-provoking and captivating. It will stay with them long after all is said and done. I know the truth. Now, it's your turn to figure out what is real and what is not. What do you believe? Thank you for reading my review. I hope it was helpful. :-)

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very good until the end

This was so good - until about the last 20 minutes of the story. I’m really irked and disappointed. The ending left everything unresolved.

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Rather Cynical View of Modern Society

This book made a few bad choices, in my opinion. It's an example of when a writer chooses controversial and timely topics (the ineptitude of police work and how public outcry shows up on regular and social media) and then proceeds to spill his bias regarding these in lieu of developing a more interesting plot and characters. My other beef is that he injected a subplot concerning the health struggle of a minor character, which did nothing to further the story. Spoiler alert: A decent performance by the narrator still can't make up for the fact that the author callously dispensed with the most integral and empathetic character in the book right before the climax. Really? What kind of covert hostility is involved in making that kind of decision? The kind that comes from lacking sympathy for both his characters and his readers.

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Meh

I know my rating of 3.5 stands out among all of The Traveling Sisters 5 stars, but I had an idea of who was behind the mystery at about half way into the story. The writing style was good and I did connect with a few of the characters, but I was not satisfied with the ending.

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This was really disappointing

Wow. So unsatisfied by this. I figured it out as far as the true culprit but there is not one real person good or bad that you can actually even care about the character development is not existent. Really too bad.

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Not a satisfying ending...

Ironic since its is talked about so much in the book - the satisfying ending eluded me. I only hope that means Mr. Doblea is working on the second installment. The narrator isnt great. I cringed every time she did the St Lucian Caribbean accent, especially the male version. Story was good enough.

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Conflicted

I really liked The Girl Who Was Taken and purchased this book just because of that one. This book was good and was worth the credit. My issue is the ending!!! I was so frustrated because it did not make any sense to me. The book was well written and smart but the last chapter had me thinking that someone else wrote it. I mean all of the characters were smart and believable but I am supposed to believe that the retired cop came to his conclusion when he did? If I write more I will give it away. So I will say the story was good until the end but the performance was amazing. Nina Alvamar is an excellent narrator!

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Another good one by Charlie Donlea

Like many others who listened to this book I didn't love the ending. If you are looking for a more satisfying happy ending, this probably isn't for you. Despite that, this is still an enjoyable book. I enjoy Donlea's books because for the most part, the protagonists are likable and believable.

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