Believe Me by J.P. Delaney

Believe Me

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 lu...

Details Believe Me

TitleBelieve Me
Release DateJul 24th, 2018
PublisherBallantine Books
GenreThriller, Mystery, Fiction, Suspense

Reviews Believe Me

  • Debra
    Believe me when I say, this was not my cup of tea. Claire is a struggling actor looking for work. Her one main obstacle is that she British living in the United States without a green card. This makes getting a job quite difficult and one does need money to survive.She finds a job which will pay her cash. She works as a decoy, hired to entrap cheating spouses on tape. There are rules that need to be followed, the spouse withe the wandering eye ne...
  • Carrie
    Believe Me by J.P. Delaney is a psychological thriller that brought out that side of me that argues with myself. My reaction while reading this one…. What?? Yes… well, no… yes… no way! Yeah, you get my point.The book begins with Claire doing what she does to earn money, propositioning a man in a bar. But it’s not what one would think in any way, Claire works for a law firm going undercover to catch cheating spouses since acting jobs are...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader & Traveling Sister
    4 dark, sultry stars to Believe Me! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Claire is British and living in the United States as a struggling actor. Not only does she need money, she is desperate for a green card, too. Her ship comes in when she is hired as a decoy for a law firm of divorce lawyers. Her aim, to catch husbands cheating on tape...with her. All seems to go as planned until the wife of one of the target’s is murdered. Claire is asked by the police to ensn...
  • Paromjit
    J P Delaney follows up her bestselling The Girl Before with this dark, and twisted psychological thriller set in New York with the starring role played by British actress, Claire Wright. Claire is attending a prestigious acting course that she came to NYC for. She is perennially short of money, behind in her rent money to Jess, whom she shares a Manhattan apartment with. Claire is forbidden to take up legitimate work as she lacks the green card t...
  • Carol (Bookaria)
    This was a great thriller! Claire is a British actor living in NYC. To make ends meet she works for a law firm luring unsuspecting husbands into making her a sexual proposition, once she gets them on tape she walks away and gets the evidence into the attorneys or wives' hands. All is well until one day one of the wives shows up dead and Claire is enlisted by the authorities to get a confession out of the suspected husband. This novel was a very q...
  • Amanda
    Wow I didn’t like this book I loved it!!! After reading the girl before I was very excited at reading this book and I wasn’t disappointed, the beginning Draws you in and before I knew it I had read half off the book!! The relationship of Claire and Patrick gave me goose bumps it’s a thrilling ride that fascinated and scared me at the same time and as always I didn’t see the twist coming. A must read book but be prepared to clear you’re...
  • Holly B
    My first by this author, I own The Girl Before. but haven't read it yet.  The beginning of this novel had me hooked and flipping pages to find out how it would play out after a quite intense beginning.Claire is a British actress who is looking for work in America, but can't get hired without a green card.  She is resourceful though, and uses her acting skills to lure unfaithful husbands into a sort of divorce trap (so the wives can be certain...
  • Liz
    Claire has a very unique job. She works for a divorce lawyer, helping him discover if husbands are actually open to cheating on their wives. The book is told from a first person POV as if Claire was speaking directly to the reader. Other parts are written as if they are a screenplay. “Is it just me who does this -who feels they’re constantly watching themselves in the movie of their own life?” It took awhile to get adjusted to, but it does ...
  • Malia
    3.5 starsI was very underwhelmed by J.P. Delaney's previous novel, The Girl Before, but maybe it helped me manage my expectations. Believe Me is, in tone and style, not dissimilar to his prior book, but I am found it to be a little more clever and more twisty. Claire is an enigmatic character, and I never knew whether anything she said could be trusted, but I often like books with unreliable narrators, so I didn't mind this much. It did feel a li...
  • Marialyce
    3 stars for holding my attention on a long car journey from New YorkThis was quite a foray into a very twisty psychological thriller mode. We meet the main protagonist, Claire, who is a British actress wannabe struggling to remain in the US and attain a green card. Previously there had been a "misunderstanding" in her native country and she came to the US in search of her big break. Claire flounders, is in need on money, and accepts a position in...
  • Stacey Camp
    **5+ Goodreads Stars** "Sometimes, when you wear a mask too long, you find it sticks to the skin.""Never fall for anyone who prefers to speak someone else's words." JP Delaney's Believe Me is a tantalizing character-driven thriller that explores the length at which an actress would take her craft. British born orphan Claire Wright has managed to flee England in pursuit of an acting career in New York City. A few months after living in New York an...
  • Tziggy
    This was a 4+ for me. The way the author used a historical figures work to help a sociopath in today's world to bring his insane thoughts to life were genius. The story flowed from the first page. Minus a few hiccups near the end of the story, it was a fabulous read.
  • Jamie Rosenblit
    A fun sexy thriller where you will be constantly wondering where the acting ends and the real people begin! I very much enjoyed the second novel from JP Delaney and will certainly be looking for more in the future! An interesting premise for sure, an actress hired to "act" the part of a woman interested in married men, generally hired by their wives, hoping to catch them in the act, but when one of these jobs goes wrong, all bets are off. I recei...
  • Felicia
    "Sometimes when you wear a mask too long, you find it sticks to the skin."That quote sums up this story so perfectly. What a whiplashing ride! I read this book in one sitting...not in one day but literally in one sitting. I kept telling myself "just one more chapter" until I finally just gave in knowing my mind wouldn't be able to move on until I knew the truth. Figuring out the truth is a slippery slope in this story.Told in first person through...
  • Amanda
    You can also read my review here: https://devouringbooks2017.wordpress....4 1/2 starsBelieve Me is one of those books that I requested purely because of the hype it's received from other reviewer friends of mine. It was getting a lot of buzz, so I expected it to be pretty good. I did not expect it to grip me by the end of the first chapter, but it did. This book is a perfect example of a strong opening. But once this book took off, it never let b...
  • Holly
    *4.5 starsWhat the fuck did I just read?! At first I didn't know what to think as this began with Claire doing an "acting" job. Even the format that it was written was a little off. It was like reading a manuscript for a movie/ wasn't sure if I was going to like it if it had continued that way. When a client gets killed after one of Claire's "acting" jobs she does for a law firm, she finds herself a suspect. I really don't want to say much...
  • Sherri Thacker
    I was excited to see a new book by JP Delaney come out. I had a really tough time following this story. This book is not for me. I hated the content and can’t get past the erotic sex scenes. No thank you!! DNF at 33%. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for this complimentary book. All opinions expressed are my own.
  • Jayme
    INT (describing the location of a shot in a film or script) A Bar in New York CityAnd....Action....Claire , an out of work British actress with no green card, has been hired by Henry, a divorce lawyer, and she is now wearing a hidden camera, hoping to entrap another cheating husband for his suspicious wife.She is not proud of what she does but she is proud of how well she does it....after all, she does have rent to pay...But then, just hours afte...
  • Elisa
    I don’t know what to say. I loved The Girl Before and I enjoyed every chapter of this novel until the final twist and then… well, there’s no way of sugarcoating it… I hated it. The ending was unexpected but not in a good way, since it made the whole plot unbelievable and ludicrous. In the afterword, the author explains how this novel is based on a book that he published before without success and this is the rewrite of that original idea....
  • Laurel-Rain
    A struggling actor, a Brit in America without a green card, Claire needs work and money to survive. Then she gets both. But nothing like she expected. Claire agrees to become a decoy for a firm of divorce lawyers. Hired to entrap straying husbands, she must catch them on tape with their seductive propositions. The rules? Never hit on the mark directly. Make it clear you’re available, but he has to proposition you, not the other way around. Th...
  • michelle
    Claire Wright is British and living in the United states. She is an out of work actress, without a Green card and she is soon to be made homeless. With no success in finding acting jobs, Claire takes a job for a divorce lawyer call Henry. She entraps and seduces men and collects evidence for their wives.She meets Stella who she thinks her husband is cheating on her and when she meets Patrick, a literature professor who specialises in the Poet Bau...
  • Natalie [genreneutralreader]
    Wow! This book was a head trip. Seriously messed up and yet I could NOT put it down. Warning: Believe Me has a lot of sexual deviance. In some ways it reminded me of Aleatha Romig’s Truth trilogy....which I have only read the first book. In this novel the reader is constantly trying to figure out what’s real as everyone seems to be acting. There is a murder. Who did it gets a bit lost along the twisted path Claire and Patrick hurl down. About...
  • Jenny
    It’s been a while since a book has made me second guess myself as much as JP Delaney’s book, “Believe Me.”Believe Me is that twisty thriller that will have you constantly changing your mind about “who did it.” Nothing is as it seems in this cat and mouse murder mystery.This is one of the few books that you will read in spite of the main characters unlikeability, just to see what happens.Main character, Claire, is a struggling British ...
  • OutlawPoet
    Well, this is twisty!Don’t be surprised if you end up hating most of the characters. And don’t be surprised if you sometimes find you have absolutely no idea what’s going on. But also – don’t be surprised if you find yourself reading at a fever pace, simply trying to figure it all out!Truly, this is one of those books in which it’s hard, if not impossible, to find a character you can relate to. Some of these people do very bad things ...
  • Giulia
    Believe me by JP Delaney was one of the most messed up thrillers I have read in a while. The question throughout the book is mostly --who do you believe? Claire Wright is the main character and she is an actress, a really good one. The story follows her through her entrapments of married men who cheat and her subsequent involvement in a murder investigation. The book is intense and creepy. The fact that you don't know who to trust throughout the ...
  • Milena
    Believe Me is a story of life imitating art and a dark art at that. I love books that incorporate art into narrative, in this case Baudelaire controversial poetry, Les Fleurs Du Mal. I've read JP Delaney's previous book, The Girl Before, which I really enjoyed, but Believe Me was even better in my opinion. The first half of the book reads like a standard murder investigation that I did like, but the second half reads more like a very intense and ...
  • Roman Clodia
    An intriguing cat-and-mouse thriller as penniless actress Claire is recruited to not merely honey-trap, but to become the soulmate of a sexual serial killer. I found this far more original than the author's The Girl Before, with a fast pace and interesting characterisation. It helps, too, that we have a single narrator and merely a few flashbacks but other than that a linear narrative.Claire is an actress to her bones with a shifting and unstable...
  • Liz Barnsley
    Read this in one sitting this afternoon, very addictive, theatrics both of character and plot and one of those novels you just bang through, thoroughly engaged with the story and the potential outcome.It wasn't perfect - the "staging" quotes did get a little irritating but that might be because I was reading the e-book version, it would probably work better in print - having said that I don't think they were required anyway. The main protagonist ...
  • Melissa In The City 🥂
    5 ⭐!!!! ALL the stars! I was so totally hooked from the first page and that never changed throughout the entire book! Creepy, sadistic, mind twister, twisty, TWISTED!I’m definitely NOT going to give anything away because I went into it blindly and so glad I did! Oh My God....Part Three! THAT ending!! Nothing I thought I knew was the truth. Another edge of your seat read from JP Delaney. Thank you #NetGalley and the publisher and JP Delaney fo...
  • Heidi
    I absolutely loved JP Delaney’s previous novel, The Girl Before, so Believe Me was one of my most anticipated books of the year and I was ecstatic when I received an ARC from Netgalley. The premise was very intriguing: a young actress illegally working for a private detective agency in NY without a green card finds herself entangled in a murder investigation – to get herself out of trouble she agrees to work for the police as an undercover de...