Thanks to NetGalley and Ballantine Books for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Synopsis: 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 lure the husband into a confession.
But with the actress pretending to be someone she isn’t, differentiating the decoy from the prey becomes impossible—and deadly.
I have to be honest and say when I saw Believe Me up for request I hesitated before hitting that little button. I had some issues with last year’s The Girl Before so I wasn’t sure if I wanted to give Delaney another try, especially as my eARCS that are waiting to be reviewed are out of control. But, I did like the mystery in the previous book so I figured I’d give this a shot.
Claire is an extremely complex character who intrigued me from the very first page. She takes the familiar unreliable narrator to whole new heights because she’s a actress. She’s a wonderfully written twist on a familiar trope. While the secondary characters aren’t nearly as well written, I didn’t mind this as much as I ordinarily would have because Claire was the one who had my undivided attention.
The story itself is a fun cat-and-mouse story which kept my attention the entire time. I did think the last part of the book was a bit over-the-top and certain things had me rolling my eyes, but this wasn’t enough to spoil my overall enjoyment.
Believe Me is a fun twisty mystery/suspense that I unhesitatingly recommend to fans of these genres. It’s a quick read that doesn’t require a great deal of concentration which makes it a perfect summer read.