Believe Me (Signed Book)

Believe Me (Signed Book)

by JP Delaney

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ISBN-13: 9781984817587
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/24/2018
Edition description: Signed Edition
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 84,680
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

JP Delaney is a pseudonym for a writer who has previously written bestselling fiction under other names. Delaney is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Girl Before. A film version is being brought to the screen by Academy Award–winning director Ron Howard.

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Believe Me 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everything about this book was terrible. The premise of the story had such potential. Too bad the writing style fell far below. The style was so chopped up it made little sense. Half way through I gave up in disgust. I dislike being so harsh but I finally came to the realization that reading the book through was a total waste of time. Not to mention the waste of buying expensive trash. If I could give it zero stars, I would.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of twists and turns! I had to finish this in one day- needed to know the ending.
C_Fowler 4 months ago
If you like page-turners with lots of twists and even French poetry, then Believe Me is a book you don't want to miss. It is the story of Claire Wright, an expat British actress who is trying to live under the radar in New York City without a green card while studying acting, which for her, is a sort of escape from her troubled past. As she is studying acting and not actually getting any roles, money is an issue for her, and she finds an intriguing, yet sort of sketchy way to earn a living. Claire will do almost anything for money, and when her side job results in a murder, her life gets very interesting. Throw in a professor who is a translator and expert on the poetry of Charles Baudelaire and this book becomes almost impossible to put down. Claire is quite a complex character and Believe Me has several "wow, I didn't see that coming" moments which thoroughly engaged me as a reader. The sub-story of Charles Baudelaire was enlightening and gave me a thoroughly different picture of him than the one I studied in high school and college French classes. And even though I thought I knew where this book was headed, I ended up being completely surprised by the ending. I would definitely recommend this book and know you won't be sorry you picked it up. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are solely my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down. The book keeps you wondering between what's real and the role the main character is supposed to be playing. The ending was a complete Rollercoaster ride keeping me guessing between what was the character she was supposed to be playing and her actual life.
JillJemmett More than 1 year ago
This was a great thriller. It had tons of twists! Claire was an unreliable character. I couldn’t trust what she did or said because sometimes she would lie and I couldn’t tell what was true. It made for a good story since I didn’t know what was happening, but it was frustrating at the same time because I couldn’t trust her. Halfway through the book, I was sure that I had figured out who killed Stella. But there was a twist in part 3, which completely through me off. I was also wrong with my theory. The last part of the story was different from the first two. There was less of the mystery because everyone was more settled in their lives. The mystery was resolved at the very end, but it felt rushed to me. I was surprised at how it ended. This book is great if you love twisty thrillers! I received a copy of this book from the publisher.
JHSEsq More than 1 year ago
Author JP Delaney employs an improbable and thoroughly unreliable narrator, Claire Wright. Claire is a down-on-her-luck actress who has resorted to entrapping potentially unfaithful spouses for sleazy divorce lawyers in order to pay the bills and avoid being deported back to England. Her once-brilliant career stalled after she became involved with a married co-star. Now she wants nothing more than another chance to showcase her talent. But in the meantime, she lures unsuspecting men into compromising situations, creating evidence their spouses can leverage in divorce proceedings or settlements. One night she meets a man who truly intrigues her. Patrick Fogler leaves a book on the table of the bar where they meet: Les Fleurs du Mal by Charles Baudelaire, translated and edited by none other than Fogler. Claire does not succeed in luring him into a compromising situation which she reports to his wife, Stella Fogler, who hired her to attempt to do so. That night Stella is brutally murdered. And Claire is enlisted by the police to attempt to lure Patrick again. But this time, she's expected to extract a confession from him. And she isn't given a choice -- if she wants to remain in the United States. Delaney constructs a brilliant game of cat-and-mouse that leaves readers wondering who is sane or insane, depraved or moral, hunter or prey. The story twists and turns as Claire and Patrick grow closer, and the identity of Stella's murderer, along with her/her motive, becomes increasingly questionable. The search for truth believably plunges Claire into emotional collapse as Delaney keeps readers guessing whether Patrick is a loving, supportive partner . . . or a monster whose desire for debauchery becomes increasingly difficult to satisfy. Delaney employs a seldom-used storytelling device. Since Claire has devoted her life to performing on stage, many of her experiences are depicted as scenes from the play that is her life, complete with stage directions. The technique adds to the mystery, leading readers to wonder whether the scenes portray what is actually happening to Claire . . . or what she is imagining. Believe Me is a fast-paced, mind-bending journey that will keep readers turning the pages until the jaw-dropping ending. It is a worthy follow-up to Delaney's previous work, The Girl Before. (Warning: Believe Me contains graphic descriptions of violence and adult situations that render it unsuitable for squeamish readers.) Thanks to NetGalley for an Advance Reader's Copy of the book.
jojosmodernlife More than 1 year ago
Claire Wright is a British immigrant in NYC with a passion for acting.  While waiting for her big break, she moonlights helping a private investigator catch cheating spouses.  Until one night, a client is brutally murdered.  Was Claire the last person to see the client alive?  Did Claire go too far and commit murder? Another great book by JP Delaney! I should have known better than to think I had Believe Me all figured out halfway through.  It is a roller coaster ride with an epic conclusion.  This book is only similar to his previous book, The Girl Before, was my favorite book of 2017 because of it’s twisted ending that had me floored.   It is very heavy on theater as a whole as well as heavily focused on the poet Charles Baudelaire making the extreme research very apparent.   However, I did take one star away because although the main character, Claire, was dark and complex, I couldn't feel connected to her.  She seemed very self-centered and shallow for most of the book.  This is told mostly in Claire's perspective with the occasional input from other characters in script form (again, heavily focused on theater).     For those who may be sensitive to certain themes or triggered: there was mild foul language, graphic violence, sexually explicit scenarios, mental illness, stalking, and manipulation. Please note: An electronic ARC of this book was generously provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining, intriguing and got me in the end. I believe her.
LEH0644 More than 1 year ago
Claire has been working for a law firm as a decoy to catch cheating husbands. When her last client is found murdered, suspicion centers around the husband but police have no proof. They want Claire to use her acting ability to get close to Patrick Fogle and hopefully get him to admit his guilt. If she succeeds, they will get her a green card from Immigration so she can work legally in the US. Claire saw every daily action as an actress would in her role. She wasn’t sure whether it was real or acting. As her acting coach said, “Acting is not pretending, it’s doing”. Lots of psychological twists in this book and it’s a tad confusing to the reader when you are not sure whether her feelings and actions are real or not. Was she “just acting” or did she fall in love in Patrick?
412037RH More than 1 year ago
A must read! I could not put this book down. If you like psychological thrillers this is a book for you. You think you know what it going on with the characters but you really don't The author takes you on a ride of twist and turns. . You don't know who to believe, who is lying and what really happened until the very end. Very well done. This is the first book I have read of JP Delaney and I am looking forward to her other books. Thank you NetGalley!
Sparkling_City More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC paperback of this novel in a Goodreads giveaway and was asked in return for an honest review. This novel was pretty interesting, I liked how some of the book was written like a screenplay. Especially because this is how the main character saw everything playing out. It had a few twists that I didn't see coming, especially that big one in the middle of the book. I don't want to give anything away but I'm hoping those who have read this novel would know what I'm talking about. And one twist that I did see coming. You could tell by the way this person talked throughout the novel that there was something not right with them. Honestly I think I knew from the beginning who did it because of this. I'm not sure if others picked up on this like I had. I believed a lot of what I read and I think that was the point. To get the readers so immersed into this book that you yourself cannot tell the difference between what is real and what is not. I rate this novel 4 stars because though it was a thrilling good novel I didn't exactly love it. But I do recommend it for those that like Gillian Flynn.
mzglorybe More than 1 year ago
Release date:July 24, 2018. 2 stars from this reader ARC provided by publisher last April My review follows here. Unlike most of the rave reviews from other readers, I did not agree with the positive reviews this has received. BELIEVE ME (pun intended) this was not my cup of tea, but I definitely needed a cup of camomile for calm after some of these scenes. This was difficult to stay with as I found the subject matter deplorable. I almost stopped at 30% into the novel, but my obligation to the providers kept me at it so I could give an honest opinion and review. All the hoopla was for naught. None of the characters were the least bit likable. The reader is constantly wondering what is real, what is imagined and who the guilty party is. As it turns out I was right about the guilty party, a sociopath murderer, not that it made me feel any better about having read it. I just didn't see the point to this unpleasant novel. I've never read anything like this and maybe that was the point, but I don't intend to again if I can avoid it. I am giving it 2 stars for ingenuity, as that did take some strategizing and creative writing skills, but I just don't get all the accolades. Are that many readers into this sort of macabre stuff, I wonder? Sorry, not for me.
JoannaDursi More than 1 year ago
(4.25-4.5 stars) I was excited to read this book because I FLOVED THE GIRL BEFORE and couldn’t wait to see what Ms. Delaney was going to do next. TBH, I wasn’t thrilled with this one at the start. It took me awhile to get into it. I found the script style of story telling was too much for me and distracted from the story. After going back and rereading the blurb, it made more sense though. I also thought at the time that her 17y/o backstory was more interesting than this plot. But to the authors credit, she was able to weave such an intricate story that once it finally grabbed my attention I couldn’t put it down. I was shocked, jaw droppingly shocked multiple times. I always find it crazy what types of stories people can come up with.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What. Just. Happened?! JP Delaney has done it again. Believe Me had me on the edge of my seat and guessing the whole way through. It is suspenseful and thrilling all rolled up into one. Delaney has written a psychological thriller that leaves you stunned in the end. If you’re a fan of Gone Girl or Girl on the Train; this is a book for you.
SheenahM More than 1 year ago
Believe Me is about Claire Wright, a struggling actress who moonlights as cheating bait for straying husbands at a law firm. After a client is brutally murdered, Claire is recruited to trap the lead suspect into giving a confession. But should she trust her handlers or the man that they think committed the crime? Can she even trust her own version of reality? I could not stop reading this book. The twist at the end was surprising. I don't want to give anything away, but it left me with some questions as far as who could be trusted at any point in the book. Some may find it frustrating, but thinking about a book after the fact means that it stuck with me in some way. To me, that's a good thing.
Tasha Mahoney More than 1 year ago
Claire is working as a temptation for a firm of divorce lawyers. Her job? to test whether a husband will be unfaithful should the opportunity arise with a beautiful woman. When the wife of one of Claire's subjects is murdered the police enlist her to lure a confession from him but all is not what it seems. Believe Me by JP Delaney is a completely absorbing thriller that will keep you guessing. Incredibly tense and intense this book will really have you on the edge of your seat and keep you guessing. I spent the majority of this book confused but I was confused in a good way. The writing style was not my favourite but that is personal choice, the is a lot of dialogue which was necessary due to the story, but I didn't find it entirely enjoyable to read. However I can cope with this for such an intense read that managed to surprise me.
sandrabrazier More than 1 year ago
Claire is a struggling actress in America with no green card. You can imagine how difficult it is for to find an acting job to support herself! So when a firm of divorce lawyers asks her to serve as a lure for husbands whose wives suspect they are cheating, she takes the job. All she must do is go to a bar, allow the cheating husband to know that she was available, get the evidence on tape, and then leave with her pay, $400. However, things change when the last offending husband does not try to pick her up. Then, to top that, his wife ends up dead, just minutes after Claire had been paid. Suspecting that the husband had killed his wife, Claire is hired to try to get a confession from him. Is she up to the challenge of this deadly game? This story is filled with unexpected twists and turns, as Claire tries to survive in her world of acting, her first love. Character development is effective, and tension is high in this one. Enjoy the ride! I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.
Dee14 More than 1 year ago
readers_retreat More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books that gets into your head and messes everything about. You think you know exactly what is going to happen... but you don't! I love it when a story can make you doubt your ability to predict what will happen and that is certainly the case here. Clare Wright is a British drama student in New York without a green card. She is forced to take the only job she can find in order to earn some cash - working for a firm of divorce lawyers she is tasked with entrapping straying husbands. But when one of her targets in under suspicion for murder, the police want her to help them secure a conviction by luring the suspect into making a confession. Clare then begins to worry that what she is doing is wrong - I mean, for all she knows Patrick Fogler could be innocent. This also forces her to confront the ethical and moral implications around entrapment in general, including her trapping of cheating men. Is it possible that there is more to this this than she is being told? Could the police possibly have an alterior motive for wanting Fogler out of the way? Delaney is adept at making you question not only yourself but what you are being told throughout the book too. There were some real insights into the acting world and the tricks and techniques they use including how an actor gets into playing a particular role. There is a tonne of misdirection and the narrative is a twisty and fickle beast that can do a 360 in a matter of moments. Delaney's writing was readable and flowed exceptionally well leading you to read and on and on, a few different elements come together and make this an unforgettable read. If you like unreliable narrator's and not having a clue what is going to go down then you will lap this up double quick! Many thanks to Quercus for an ARC. I was not required to post a review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Intriguing and so worth reading!
Rhonda-Runner1 More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This book started out really good until I got to just to the 40% mark. From there, it just got too hard to follow and to unbelievable. I was not sure if she was acting or if it was happening. I did not care for the way it was written, like reading a script. I am not a poetry fan so all the poem quotes were a waste of time for me as I skipped them. I was very disappointed in this book as it came highly recommended to me.
UpAllNightBB More than 1 year ago
3 stars Review by Nancy Late Night Reviewer Up All Night w/ Books Blog Believe Me by J.P. Delaney was deviant and complex. A thriller with a lot of twists and turns. Claire is a struggling actress looking for a job, limited due to her immigration status. When the opportunity for a cash paying job arises, she takes it. She is a decoy for a group of divorce attorneys, her job is to entice married men into cheating on their spouse, to prove that they are in fact cheaters. When the wife of a suspected cheating husband turns up dead, she is given the opportunity to help the police capture the murderer. In exchange for a green card, she is to go undercover and find out if the husband was indeed the one to commit the crime. Claire was out to do a job, but in the process started having feelings for Patrick, who is believed to be the murderer, or at least that was my take on it. Claire could have been acting the entire time and it just seemed like her feelings were real, but it could have all been a lie. Although the point was to find the murderer, you get sidetracked by the relationship that starts up between Claire and Patrick. It is interesting to say the least. This book was full of twists and turns, at times it was a little hard to follow. It was deceiving until the very last page. As a reader you don’t know what is real, and what is not. I feel like it ended and we still didn’t get any real answers. Definitely not the ending I was expecting, nonetheless J.P. Delaney delivered a well written suspenseful thriller.
SarahJoint More than 1 year ago
This would be an amazing book for a book club. (Um, just make sure everyone is comfortable with some dirty parts.) I read it with a lovely group, and we had so much fun discussing theories and trying to figure out the characters. This is how twisted this book is: I figured things out relatively early, then the story changed so much that I convinced myself I was actually wrong. It was like every new chapter threw me for a loop. Some (okay, a lot) of suspension of disbelief is necessary here, but it's worth it. If you aren't a psychologist, get ready to play one. You'll be trying to figure out what the characters tick. I'm used to playing armchair detective, but armchair psychologist was a new one. Infamous in her home country, Claire would give anything for success as an actress in the United States. Pretty, talented, and British seems like a winning combination... but she doesn't have a green card, so she can't actually work. At least not on paper. She needs money to pay for rent, food, and acting lessons somehow... so she has started to work under the table for a law firm. Using her feminine wiles and ability to read just what a certain man is looking for, she tempts married men and sees if they'll bite. Not to worry, their wife is totally in on it... curious to see if their significant other will pass on temptation and paying good money for that knowledge. Claire's unusual but relatively easy job completely changes when the wife of one of her marks is found murdered. The husband immediately falls under suspicion, but they haven't the proof to charge him... even though there are people who believe she was far from his first victim. Outwardly charming and incredibly intelligent and well read, Patrick clearly has a dark side... but does it go that deep? Sensing the immediate connection between Claire and Patrick, the authorities enlist her on a long con, trying to get a confession from the professor who may be a murderer. An incredibly juicy, outlandish, addicting story that I had a blast reading. I read this one with The Traveling Sisters, and I think every last one of us enjoyed it. It gets 4.5 stars from me, rounded up. I received a copy of this book from Net Galley and Ballantine Books, thank you! My review is honest and unbiased.
iiiireader More than 1 year ago
I was surprised by the S&M plot line of this book. From the book blurb, I thought the book was simply a mystery thriller. While the plot was definitely not a subject that I would pick up and read, based on the how well written the book was in general, I decided to finish it regardless of that portion of the plot. The thriller and mystery are extremely well done. There were switches back and forth and one wondered about the whodunnit from beginning to end. The ending was not one that I was expecting. It was also an ending that I found complete though there were hints of something further for the main character to explore. While I would not look for another book with the same subject, I would certainly enjoy reading more books by this author. I understand that the name JP Delaney is a pseudonym for a more well known author and I will be looking for books both under this name and under the author’s real name as well. I was provided a digital advance reader copy of this book by the publisher via Netgalley.
3no7 More than 1 year ago
“Believe Me” opens with a prologue that both entices and frightens readers, a foreboding hint of what is to come. Lexington Hotel service workers just hate it when a luxury suite is left a mess. What were these people thinking? Employees have to clean up this mess they left behind, and it is even more annoying when there is a body. With that, the story rewinds to five days earlier. In a first person narrative, readers meet Claire Wright, just another young professional waiting for her date. This is her story, her chronicle; things are seen through her eyes, a young actor desperate for money, needing a green card, and willing to take any role. She talks to herself, and readers listen in, “No big deal. You do this all the time… Why else would you become an actor, if not to edit reality?” She talks directly to readers; “So now you’re wondering who I actually am, and what I’m doing here in New York… This isn’t lying. This is behaving truthfully under imaginary circumstances. Which, as you’ll discover, is very different.” Claire lives and breathes the theater. Her conversations are written as a script dialogue. She is, above all, always, and every minute, an actor, playing unusual roles in Theaterland. When the police come knocking on her door, she is unprepared for what they report. Something is wrong, very wrong, and she then begins a darker, more desperate acting gig. “I know my job. And, it’s called acting. That’s my area of expertise.” Delaney perfectly sets up the tension, slowly at first and then growing at a frantic pace. Readers watch Claire as if in the theater. It is a cat mouse drama, almost a classic Agatha Christy play. Everyone has a part to play, and everyone is a very good actor. When the final curtain falls, readers contemplate who will be coming back onstage for the final bows. I was given a review copy of “Believe Me” by JP Delaney, Ballantine Books, and NetGalley. This thrill ride started with a real book of poems written by a real person in 1857, and it keeps readers dreading what might be next. The past is reflected in the present, and nothing is as frightening as history. It is a creepy book, about creepy people doing creepy things, and I could not read it fast enough. And always, if in doubt, it’s Constantinople.