Review: Believe Me by J.P. Delaney

This book seemed like it was going to be outside of my comfort zone, so I almost passed on it. I mean, I like a darker psychological thriller as much as the next person, but so many people use the Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train comparisons that sometimes I start to question the validity of these claims and I’ve read a lot of thrillers lately and I just felt like I needed a little bit of a break from the pace of said novels.

While this book didn’t carry the “the next Gone Girl”  endorsement, I did see some reviews that compared it to other darker psychological books like those listed above. However, this short summary hooked me and made me excited to read this book, mostly because I liked the idea of a decoy temptress. 

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

One out-of-work British actress pays the rent on her New York City apartment the only way she can: as a decoy for a firm of divorce lawyers, hired to entrap straying husbands. When the cops begin investigating one of her targets for murdering his wife–and potentially others–they ask her to lure the suspect into a confession.

But with the actress pretending to be someone she isn’t, differentiating the decoy from the prey becomes impossible–and deadly (summary from Goodreads). 

So ok, I read the first half and maybe a little more in practically one sitting. I was completely engaged in the novel for about 2/3 of the way through. It was fast paced, interesting, and compelling. It had a unique structure and the narrative came across as sophisticated and Clair (the narrator) gives you a whole new approach to unreliable narrator.

Then the last 1/3 just kind of got a little extra for me. I won’t give anything away for those who want to read this one, but the last section was definitely a little unbelievable for me and that did drop my rating slightly.

I really enjoyed the premise of this book and for that you should totally pick this one up. Claire’s job is catching cheating husbands…..she’s the decoy/bait. Now it’s not the most glamorous job however I found it fascinating. I’m one of those that loves the show Cheaters and I think it’s so entertaining. For that reason I loved this book. Some people might have been put off by her profession but I thought it really made this book interesting and set it apart from other darker thrillers.

This is one of those books that once you stop you just can’t put down. As I said I read the first half in almost one sitting. It was fast paced, polished, and sophisticated. I enjoyed Delaney’s writing style and premise for the book. As for the other reviewers who compared it to Gone Girl, I think in terms of pace and excitement this book is similar to Gone Girl but the plot and outcome is unique in of it self.

On a final note, I wasn’t really a fan of the cover. The red is eye catching sure, but everything else just didn’t interest me and I was hoping for something similar to the other covers that Delaney’s book have and I actually would have preferred the original title The Decoy over Believe Me. Personally I like The Decoy better.

Book: Believe Me by J.P. Delaney 

  • Hardcover, 334 pages
    Published July 24th 2018 by Ballantine Books (first published 2001)
    ISBN
    1101966319 (ISBN13: 9781101966310)
  • Review copy provided by: Publisher/Author in exchange for an honest review

This book counts toward: NA

  • Hosted by: NA
  • Books for Challenge Completed: NA

Recommendation: 3.5 out of 5

Genre: mystery, thriller, suspense

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