Believe Me by JP Delaney – review.


Claire Wright likes to play other people.

A British drama student, in New York without a green card, Claire takes the only job she can get: working for a firm of divorce lawyers, posing as an easy pick-up in hotel bars to entrap straying husbands.

When one of her targets becomes the subject of a murder investigation, the police ask Claire to use her acting skills to help lure their suspect into a confession. But right from the start, she has doubts about the part she’s being asked to play. Is Patrick Fogler really a killer . . . Or the only decent husband she’s ever met? And is there more to this set-up than she’s being told?

And that’s when Claire realises she’s playing the deadliest role of her life . . .

About the author

JP Delaney is a pseudonym for a British writer of psychological suspense who has previously written best-selling fiction under other names. THE GIRL BEFORE was an instant New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller and was published in over 40 countries. The follow-up, BELIEVE ME, was also an international bestseller. THE PERFECT WIFE will be published summer 2019. For more information, go to or follow @jpdelaneywriter on Facebook.

My thoughts

I have to give this book a super ten out of ten for originality! It had me absolutely gripped while I read it at breakneck speed.

The setting was exciting. How could New York not be? Claire, a young woman escaping a huge career mistake for a second chance in a dazzling big city. Her character development was fantastic, so multilayered which kept me guessing. One minute I thought I knew her; the next, I doubted her. My knuckles gripping the page as the danger levels intensified.

The set up is fantastic. She already works in a dicey industry and in an underhand way and the threats to her position and credibility come in thick and fast as the story develops.

Patrick oozed allure and was the perfect character to star alongside Claire in this novel. His character was fantastically written and I greatly appreciated the research the author must have done to reference and use Baudelaire’s work in so much depth. I actually feel as though I learnt something too, without the feeling of actually sitting down to learn. It was easily dished up through the entertainment. In fact I devoured it. The poetry gave a special kind of depth to the whole story which will definitely make ‘Believe Me’ a book I’ll remember for a long time.

It gave me the chills, made me nervous, intrigued me, and given what’s happening in the world at the moment, made me miss live theatre.

It’s definitely a book for those who love the psychological thriller genre, especially one with a difference. Loved it!

Thanks for reading!

Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestselling DI Gina Harte crime series.

About Carla

Welcome to my blog! I’m the author of the DI Gina Harte Series, first book is called The Next Girl. I love and live for writing and reading (and sketching - haha). My other passion is filmmaking. My feature film 'Penny for the Guy' is a work in progress. If you enjoy a bit of horror, look out for it in the future. I'm on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Feel free to join me on other platforms. I blog about many random things but books, travel and art are my favourites.
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