Don't Believe It by Charlie Donlea

Don't Believe It

From acclaimed author Charlie Donlea comes a twisting, impossible-to-put-down 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 twelve weeks and centers on a fascinating question: Did Grace Sebold murder her boyfriend, Julian, while on a Spr...

Details Don't Believe It

TitleDon't Believe It
Release DateMay 29th, 2018
GenreSuspense, Mystery, Thriller, Crime

Reviews Don't Believe It

  • Kendall
    Not bad Donlea... not bad at all!!! After having read Summit Lake by Charlie Donlea I became a fan quickly. This is my second book I've read by this author and again have been very impressed by his talent and writing style! Mr. Donlea has an excellent way of grabbing his readers from page one and taking them on one heck of a ride! I really really enjoyed this one! What I like most is his writing style. The use of symbolism and metaphors is ON poi...
  • Linda
    The light doesn't often penetrate into the darkest depths of the ocean.Kinda like that ol' shell game that slides and switches the hidden ball beneath. You thought you knew exactly where it was. Trust won't.Being a documentary filmmaker can have its occasional perks if the right story comes along. Just ask Sidney Ryan and her crew. It's feast or famine and very little in between. It's also a cutthroat business that depends on ratings. ...
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    This mystery was IMPOSSIBLE for me to put down - I finished it in one evening. Fascinating story of a documentary maker digging to the bottom of a ten year old murder, becoming more and more convinced that an innocent woman was convicted.Some major red herrings, and I thought the ending veered into far-fetched territory, but props for fooling me to the very end.Full review to come. I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley and the publis...
  • Carrie
    Don’t Believe It by Charlie Donlea is a thriller read that follows up and coming filmmaker Sidney Ryan as she revisits and old murder case to make a documentary. Sidney hopes to bring justice to innocent people convicted and have their sentences overturned through her work.For ten years Grace Sebold has sat in a prison in St. Lucia after being convicted of murdering her then boyfriend. Grace has written to Sidney over and over through the years...
  • Shannon
    Thank you to Kensington books for sending me a copy of Don’t Believe It by Charlie Donlea. OMG guys!!!! This BOOK! So, I had not read anything by Mr. Donlea but once I received Don’t Believe It I wanted that to change. I quickly one-clicked for one of his other novels, Summit Lake, which I absolutely loved! After reading Summit Lake I KNEW this one would be good. It wasn’t just good, it was great! So so awesome!So what’s it about? Sidney ...
  • Jan
    This is the second book I've read recently that has capitalized on a TV shows popularity as a theme.This one takes on 'Making a Murderer' and true crime shows like 'Jinx' to give it the foundation for a well written mystery that offers a nice twist I didn't see coming.The story starts with the murder of Julian Crist. You are in the head of the killer as the murder takes place, but only the execution is revealed. The killer remains an unknown, gen...
  • Holly B
    3.5The premise sounds familiar-a documentary about someone accused of murder (and says she is innocent). I thought this one started off strong, with a high level of suspense, but quickly fades as the book progresses.I was engaged for the first half of the book and wanted to know more- was Grace innocent? Sidney becomes convinced she is and starts producing a documentary (sound familiar)? The story becomes somewhat like a police procedural as she ...
  • Josh
    Don't Believe It is a perfect fit for true crime documentary and podcast buffs; the novel has all the hallmarks of an addictive TV show playing out in real time, and is enhanced by an easy flowing narrative which not only captures the case as it unfolds but also captures the character of those involved, either directly or indirectly. Grace Sebold sits in prison for a crime she claims she didn't commit. Sidney Ryan, renowned for her true crime doc...
  • Jean
    I had what seemed like a long wait to be approved by NetGalley for Charlie Donlea’s Don't Believe It, but you can believe this: it was worth the wait. Thanks not only to NetGalley but also to Kensington Books and to Mr. Donlea for allowing me to read this fabulous book in exchange for my unbiased review.Having previously read two stand-alone books by Charlie Donlea, I was excited to see what he did with his new one, Don’t Believe It. The Amer...
  • Jamie Rosenblit
    This FREAKING book!!!!!I have so many books that are releasing soon but the minute this landed in my lap, everything else was pushed to the side. I absolutely LOVED this author's debut, Summit Lake, and found his second, The Girl Who Was Taken, to be an incredibly strong follow up, as well. Summit Lake was so well written, suspenseful and was everything I look for in a thriller, and I have to say, I might have liked this one even more (is that ev...
  • Amy
    If you’re one of the millions of people who loved Serial or Making a Murderer then you have got to read this book! It will also appeal to fans of true crime as well as fans of engaging, sharply written thrillers that leave you breathless in the end. I’m basically telling you that this book is for everyone.Much as like Donlea’s last book, The Girl Who Was Taken, this is told via a unique perspective that breathes fresh life into the genre. S...
  • Judy Collins
    Review to follow.
  • Laura/Mystery in Minutes
    Visit to read the complete Mystery in Minutes review! Just in time for those "lazy, hazy days" ahead, comes new-to-Mystery-in-Minutes author Charlie Donlea's Don't Believe It, a crime novel set partly on a Caribbean island, making it a terrific choice for pool-side, beach-side, summer reading!Don't Believe It is filled with much of what readers enjoy in their mysteries and crime fiction. There is police pr...
  • Bookworm
    3.5 stars A riveting mystery that keeps the reader turning pages from start to finish. Well written with suspense and a few twists along the way. The reader is introduced to Sydney Ryan, a true crime documentary film maker researching and producing her latest show on prime time tv involving the possible wrongful conviction of Grace Sebold. Grace, a medical student with a budding future, was convicted of murdering her boyfriend in St. Lucia in col...
  • Bandit
    After reading The Girl That Was Taken (his previous book)I sort of knew what to expect from Donlea, specifically enough good things to request this one off of Netgalley without even reading a pot summary. The strategy paid off, this was in every way as decent as its predecessor, possibly even an improvement. It reminded me of several different things, but it was very much its own story, one of a young woman convicted for a murder, serving time in...
  • Maranda
    POWERFUL WOMEN solving PUZZLES that the past deems resolved! Charlie Donlea came to the forefront with "The Girl Who Was Taken" and character Nicole Cutty. NOW documentary TV producer Sidney Ryan will use Nicole along with a host of other experts to find new evidence in a crime that took place ten years ago. Flying in and out of the country to create The Girl of Sugar Beach, Sidney along with her crew spotlight the incarceration of Grace Sebold c...
  • Marj Ward
    WOW! WOW! WOW! Having read (and loved) this Author's two previous books, I was very excited to read Don't Believe It. It is superb! This book had me hooked from the beginning and my brain is still trying to compute what I have read. Sidney Ryan produces a documentary on the possible wrongful conviction and imprisonment, of a young woman who is believed to have pushed her boyfriend off a cliff, to his death, on a Caribbean island. Sidney believes ...
  • Tina Woodbury
    For all of my reviews: www.readingbetweenthepagesblog.wordpr...3.5 starsI found this to be an enjoyable read. I went into it nearly blind and was really glad I did. As I sat down to write this review I read the synopsis in its entirety and was a bit disappointed by how much of the storyline is given away. I highly recommend that if you have not read the synopsis yet, don’t. Let the story unfold naturally, I believe it will be much more enjoyabl...
  • Jennifer Oslowski
    WOW! Loved! 5+ stars! I also read "Summit Lake" by this author and loved it, I am now a fan! This was a complete page turner for me. Sidney is our main character and is a producer of crime documentaries. She chooses those she believes are wrongfully convicted. She is on the hunt for answers for Grace Sebold who has sought Sidney's help and is pleading her innocence. Grace was accused of killing her boyfriend while vacationing at St. Lucia and has...
  • Natalie [genreneutralreader]
    Wow! This book!!! I HATE it when there is so much I want to say in a review but can’t because it would spoil it. This is one of those.Borrowing from the growing popularity of the True Crime programming among television and Podcasts, Don’t Believe It follows the story of a woman quickly convicted of her lover’s murder and the production of a television documentary about the event 10 years later. What a nailbiter the story was. I thought I ha...
  • Kerran Olson
    Well I definitely shouldn't have started this book the morning of a study day, because it's safe to say I didn't get much studying done! At first Don't Believe It was quite slow paced, but I was intrigued right away and the pace definitely picked up towards the end. I was really happy that Livia made an appearance, though I would have liked to see a bit more of her. I did like Sidney, but not quite as much as I liked Livia as protagonist in The G...
  • cola_bear
    LIGHT SPOILERS!!!!!!The Good: the main voice in this book is Sidney Ryan, a producer and reporter who has made three documentaries that proved those found guilty of murder innocent. Sidney is a strong character and she's written in a way that connects the reader to her and her cause. The setting is a mix of America and St. Lucia (where the murder took place), and without being over-descriptive the author made each stop she made come to life- even...
  • Jay Dwight
    Could not put this one down, a totally captivating novel.Filmmaker Sydney Ryan, who has a reputation for proving the innocence of incarcerated criminals, is given her chance to make a documentary and have it shown at prime time TV. She settles on the case of Grace Sebold, who Sydney knew in college, and is 10 years along in her prison sentence for killing her boyfriend but is still maintaining her innocence. She decides to film it as real time do...
  • Melissa Borsey
    I had read both Summit Lake and The Girl Who Was Taken and gave both a five star rating so I was very excited to receive a copy of Don't Believe it. While I did enjoy the story, I felt it was far too wordy and found myself skimming through pages quite a bit. While the book started off with quite a few suspects the ending came as no surprise. All in all it was a good but not great read. I thank Netgalley for allowing me to read and review this boo...
  • Siobhan Bejr
    Charlie Donlea has done it again!SPOILER ALERTS!!I was already blown away with his previous novel 'The Girl Who Was Taken', a fast paced, action packed and unexpected masterpiece! Now he does it all over again with 'Don't Believe It'.At first when I heard that this book was better I had my doubts (as you do), it's hard for an author to live up to a previously amazing book. It did not take much for me to believe this people that it definitely is b...
  • Jennifer
    Loved this book!!!! It was amazing and one of my favorite books that I read this year. After reading "Summit Lake" (which I LOVED), I became a huge fan of the author and get excited when there's a new book out.This book definitely has twists and turns and I didn't want to put it down. I was hooked immediately. Grumpy retired Detective Gus Morelli became one of my favorite characters and I never suspected the important part he would play in Grace'...
  • Jess
    Good premise, but lacking in execution. Second book I’ve read by this author and character development needs work - all the women in this story sound the same. Skipped about 100 pages in the middle and could still follow the plot.