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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!!
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19 of 20 people found this review helpful

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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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Great Book. Disappointing Ending!

I really enjoyed this book until the last chapter or two. It ends rather abruptly.

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mind blown!

I couldn't put it down. The ending was so unexpected and shocking! I have read and loved all the author's other books but this one is by far the best.

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Charles Donlea, where are you?

Wow, I've read 3 other Donlea books. I was excited to get started on this one. This one is so b-o-r-i-n-g and could be told in a booklet vs a long book. Life's too short to read (listen to) bad books. I wish authors would stick to what their fans got hooked on. Donlea has started a new genre--true crime documentary. Stick with what you know.

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Review of Don’t Believe It

**Spoilers**

I have read all 3 of Charlie Donlea’s books and enjoyed the stories. I especially enjoyed bringing into this book the Livia Cutty character from The Girl Who Was Taken.

I felt frustrated with the ending as I hoped for the Sidney character would be in future books. I also had trouble believing in the twists at the conclusion of the book. With Grace herself being convicted and in jail for a crime she did not commit, how could she do that to Ellie and continue to protect a multiple murderer. It made the whole book one continuous cycle and when will Marshall ultimately kill Grace.

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Only if you’re bored

One of those stories that is about half as long as it takes to listen too. A good plot that goes bad so only if your bored should you try this.

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Great book...with some problems

I loved that this book kept you guessing and that it hinted at other people responsible for the crime. It kept you guessing. I did not like the use of godd@$n. I also was not satisfied with the ending. Hopefully the author will make a sequel. I did like that the author brought in a character from a previous book to play a part in this one. All in all it was a good book and went along like previous ones from this author. Narrator did an excellent job.

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  • Susan
  • Bartonville, TX
  • 08-03-18

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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entertaining read

I feel like this story was pretty good I guessed fairly early on who the murderer really was. The only problem I had with this was basically the shoes. Who keeps shoes for over 10 years? The murderer wore the same shoes in the first murder as they did in the second? That's what I find a little far-fetched but the rest of it was good. I like the narration I think she did a good job but her gravelly voice irritated me a bit