Believe Me by J P Delaney

**Content warning: This book is not intended for all audiences. Reader discretion is advised**

This is J P Delaney’s second book, after the bestselling The Girl Before, and solidified him as my current favourite author. Believe Me is a fantastic thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat until the last sentence.

The main character, Claire is a British drama student in America trying to make it as an actress, but without a Green card work is scarce and hard to come by. She takes on a job, hired to entrap cheating husbands but when one of Claire’s targets is accused of a violent murder, she starts to wonder whether Patrick Fogler is a murderer, or the only decent man she’s ever met.

From the very first page of Believe Me is a truly engrossing page turner. The clues, the lies and the unknown leave you trusting no one in the story and yet the twists just keep coming. I loved the way the book sometimes read as a script - Claire lives her life as if watching a movie so it does read a bit like a script in parts which helps to show the way her mind works.

Believe Me won’t be for everyone. It is filled with despicable characters and sometimes it is hard to sympathise with any of them, and yet again, this is another aspect of Delaney’s writing that makes the story so unique.

This is a psychological thriller like no other I’ve read. It will keep you hooked until the end and stay with you long after.

Kate, Membership Officer at Mind

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