Review: Believe Me, by JP Delaney @QuercusFiction #BelieveMe

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About the book:

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.

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. The firm is after evidence, not coercion. The innocent have nothing to hide.

Then the game changes.

When the wife of one of Claire’s targets is violently murdered, the cops are sure the husband is to blame. Desperate to catch him before he kills again, they enlist Claire to lure him into a confession.

Claire can do this. She’s brilliant at assuming a voice and an identity. For a woman who’s mastered the art of manipulation, how difficult could it be to tempt a killer into a trap?

But who is the decoy . . . and who is the prey?

My thoughts:

Claire, a struggling British actress in New York, finds herself working cash in hand for a firm of divorce lawyers for entrapment jobs. She hates it, but it pays her rent. One of her jobs goes wrong – she doesn’t snare the husband. Her female client seems upset, but Claire leaves with her cash.

The next morning the client is found dead, and Claire finds herself one of the cops suspects. She agrees with the cops to entrap the husband into a confession.

But who really did it?

This is a really confusing book, but in a good way. It’s a very twisted narrative, and you’re never quite sure who’s deceiving who. It certainly keeps you turning the pages, although I did find that sometimes the book dragged. Luckily, whenever I felt it was dragging, another twist came and pulled the rug from under my feet! I also had to keep rereading parts to keep up with it!

Generally speaking, I’m not great with unreliable witnesses, however I found myself feeling sympathetic towards Claire’s story. I felt sorry for her lack of green card and becoming so desperate.

A word of warning – some of the writing is particularly dark. Some of the story is based around the poems of Charles Baudelaire – very gruesome!

4*

 

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