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
GenreMystery, Thriller, Suspense, Fiction, Crime, Mystery Thriller

Reviews Don't Believe It

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    "Don't Believe It satisfies our darkest curiosities as crime fiction readers."Admit it, you're just as intrigued in the wave created by the media of the onslaught of true crime documentaries today. Whether it's a TV show like Making A Murderer or a podcast like Serial, these investigations into convicts who claim their innocence are a huge hit among viewers (and listeners), young and old alike. Why should it be different for readers? Instead o...
  • Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister
    *4 Stars* for shock-valueWell, that was a fun and twisty little shocker of a read!I have to admit, after not entirely loving this author’s previous novel, The Girl Who Was Taken, I went into this one a bit unsure of what to expect. However, this book proves that each novel an author produces should be treated as an isolated body of work, because there were so many elements of this book that completely blew me away! Don’t Believe It presents...
  • Meredith
    This is a good one! Charlie Donlea jumps on the Serial/Making A Murder train with Don’t Believe It, and boy does he deliver! This is a tightly wound, dark psychological thriller that kept me guessing! Sidney Ryan has a knack for creating enthralling true crime documentaries. Having successfully created two binge-worthy series, she now has a contract on a large tv network to create a third series. Her subject is quite controversial: Grace Sebol...
  • Norma * Traveling Sister
    4.5 Stars! This was a good one just the way I like my mystery/thrillers!DON’T BELIEVE IT by CHARLIE DONLEA is a gripping, fascinating, action-packed, and suspenseful psychological thriller novel that I was immediately drawn into and had me totally engaged in the storyline right up to that surprising and shocking ending. This book was so entertaining, enjoyable and extremely hard for me to put down. CHARLIE DONLEA delivers a well-written, detail...
  • Debra
    Don't believe it, but Donlea pulled the wool over my eyes yet again!Grace Sebold has been incarcerated for ten years in a St. Lucian prison for the murder of her boyfriend, Julian. Julian was murdered while the couple were on the island for the wedding of Grace's friends. They appeared to be the perfect couple. They were happy, in love and going to attend the same medical school. They had a whole future ahead of them until that fateful night when...
  • 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. ...
  • Christina - Traveling Sister
    5 well, shit, I didn't see that coming from a mile away stars!Well done Charlie Donlea. Can I get a slow clap!?This is one of the books of the month choices for the Traveling Friends group and what an amazing pick! I'll let you know right off the bat, my dog has not been fed yet, my laundry remains safely unfolded and I've done a good solid nothing since getting home but read. I.Had.To.Finish. Don't Believe It is a very well timed, pop-culture re...
  • Melisa
    Happy publication day to Charlie Donlea! This was a Traveling Sisters group read and we definitely all enjoyed this fabulous book.Just when you think that all new avenues of thrillers have been exhausted, an author comes out with a new format and blows it out of the water. This was a super entertaining whodunnit centered around a cold case which is being reopened for a documentary in the likes of Serial. This book gave me major Amanda Knox/Danger...
  • Larry H
    Looking for your next beach read? I think I've found it for you: Charlie Donlea's Don't Believe It. A unique storytelling style, full of twists and turns and surprises, this one will keep even the most jaded of thriller readers guessing at least a little bit.Ten years ago, medical student Grace Sebold and her boyfriend Julian Crist were in St. Lucia, celebrating the wedding of two of Grace's closest friends. After being apart for most of their re...
  • Julie
    Don’t Believe it by Charlie Donlea is a 2018 Kensington publication. St. Lucia- The perfect place for a spring break excursion, weddings, or marriage proposals. Grace is positive her boyfriend, Julian, is about to pop the question, but their vacation quickly turns into a nightmare. Tragedy strikes before Julian has a chance to propose, and his death is ruled a homicide. Grace is swiftly arrested and convicted of his murder. The case was an open...
  • 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...
  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    4.5 stars! Oh wow - this was good!!!This story follows Sidney Ryan, an up and coming filmmaker who specializes in true crime documentaries revolving around old murder cases. She takes on the case of Grace Sebold, an acquaintance from school who was convicted of murdering her fiancé while on vacation ten years prior. Grace has been sitting in a St. Lucian prison for the last decade claiming her innocence. Sidney is determined to uncover all detai...
  • Kaceey - Traveling Sister
    A destination wedding to a lovely tropical island. Good friends since childhood, all gathering to celebrate this joyous occasion. Picture perfect...until one unlucky member on the guest list is killed and another accused of the crime.Grace has been sitting in prison for over 10 years! She insists on her innocence and now pleads with her former friend Sidney for much needed help. Coincidentally, Sidney happens to be the successful host of a docume...
  • Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
    The last 40% of this book is mind-blowing—I had to go back and reread passages to make sure I read what I thought I did!!!See my review here!This is my first book by Charlie Donlea, and what a fantastic introduction to this author!!! This book already drew me in with the premise, but the writing and the way the story was executed kept me engaged until the very last page. This is a book that is fueled by the plot. Some thrillers take place mostl...
  • Diane S ☔
    Sydney is an up and comer in the television business. She tackles legal cases with a questionable outcome. Her last three documentaries have proven that the innocent have been imprisoned, securing their releases. Grace Sebold has sat in prison in St. Lucia for the last ten years, convicted of the murder of her boyfriend. insisting all the while that she is innocent, she contacts Sidney. Sidney decides to investigate the case, and do so while maki...
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    This contemporary mystery novel was IMPOSSIBLE for me to put down - I finished it in one evening. It's the fascinating story of a documentary maker digging to the bottom of a ten year old murder on St. Lucia in the Caribbean. We open with a chilling retelling of the murder itself, high up on a cliff overlooking the ocean, from the point of view of the murderer. The murderer is lying in wait for Julian Crist, who was planning a romantic meeting up...
  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
    EXCERPT: The blood was a problem. I knew it as soon as I felt it spit across my face. It streamed from his hairline and ran along his jaw until it dribbled onto the granite bluff, first in sporadic red blots like the leading raindrops of a coming storm, and then in a continuous stream, as though a spigot had been plugged into the spot on his head where I had struck him and had opened wide. It was an error in judgment and strategy, which was a sha...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    4 show stoppping stars to Don’t Believe It! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ My first read from Charlie Donlea was engaging and propulsive and a fabulous Traveling Sister group read to boot! The Girl of Sugar Beach is a popular documentary covering whether Grace Sebold murdered her boyfriend while on spring break in St. Lucia. When the book opens, Grace has been in prison for 10 years, and Sidney Ryan agrees to produce the documentary in an effort to (hopefully...
  • Sarah Joint
    This is the perfect group read: you'll have plenty to discuss, lots of theories to share, suspicions to talk about... and you're probably wrong on all of them. Don't Believe It cemented Charlie Donlea's place on my must-read list. It's laid out in a unique way, sharing details about the making of a documentary interspersed with scenes from the finished product. It reads like you're really there watching it unfold, which ups the tension and keeps ...
  • 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 ...
  • Brenda - Traveling Sister
    We were left shouting We Don’t Believe It Charlie Donlea you did it! You left us all in the Tongue-tied Coulee after reading your brilliantly plotted story! Norma and I were lost in a Coulee reading Don’t Believe It with seven of our Traveling Sisters and we all ended up in the same Coulee. For only the second time ending up in the Tongue-tied Coulee doing nothing but dancing with enjoyment. Charlie Donlea boldly writes a well layered enterta...
  • Nazanin
    3.5-3.75 StarsGrace and Julian went for spring break to celebrate their friend’s wedding, but then Julian’s body was found and two days later, Grace was taken into the custody and charged with her boyfriend’s murder! Ten years later, Grace asked her old friend, Sidney, to help her with looking into her case. So Sidney started filming a documentary. But the thing is Sidney, herself, doesn’t know if Grace is innocent or guilty! So is Grace ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Louise Wilson
    A filmmaker helps clear a woman convicted of murder, only to find she may be a pawn in a sinister game.Sidney Ryan is a documentary producer. She finds inmates who are wrongly accused of crimes. She has received many letters from Grace Sebold and Grace's best friend Ellie, that Grace is innocent. Grace has been accused of killing her boyfriend and has been in jail since being convicted ten years ago. Sidney's documentary will feature over twelve ...
  • Zoeytron
    Ten years ago, she was convicted of murder.  Motive, opportunity, and physical evidence proved it.  She sits in prison, guilty as sin.  That's not to say she doesn't vehemently protest her innocence to any and all who will listen.  Those secrets you hold so close to your heart will get you every time, believe it or not.  Author Charlie Donlea knows what he is doing.  Deftly plotted, inherently readable.
  • Marialyce
    4.5 boy this was good starsYou can find my reviews here: https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres...Zipping through a book...can anything tell you better how much you are liking a book? From page one to its conclusion, Mr Donlea had you going as he moved his characters around a chessboard of lies, delusions, innuendoes, and allusions.Grace Sebold and her soon to be fiance, Julian, are in St Lucia scheduled to attend the wedding of a friend, when tra...
  • Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.com4.5 starsWhen an ambitious filmmaker in the true crime documentary field meets convicted killer Grace Sebold, a ten year old murder case is turned on its head. Don’t Believe It is the third novel from author Charlie Donlea, who has previously brought readers the gripping thriller, The Girl Who Was Taken. Don’t Believe It is one page turning crime based thriller, with an unusual true crime documentary twis...
  • 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...
  • 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...