Review by Raminta, The Book Inspector
Review of the Psychological Thriller Believe Me:
I read the first book – “The Girl Before”, and was really impressed with this author’s writing and imagination, so it was a no-brainer when this book appeared on Net Galley. And as I expected, J. P. Delaney has done a great job once again.
The protagonist in this story is Claire, an extremely talented, but very unlucky actress. Due to the lack of a green card and work, she is forced to work as a decoy in catching out cheating spouses. Until one dies. Who is the killer? Is it Claire? Is it a victim’s husband? Or is it someone else altogether? You will have to read it to figure that out!
The narrative always kept me on edge. There are so many twists and deceptions that you never know what to expect next. Sometimes it feels, that the plot is slowing down, but that is just a very creatively incorporated “quiet before the storm” phase. The narrative was told from a single perspective, but that was necessary to keep the suspense going, and it was entirely sufficient for me. This novel discusses quite a variety of topics, such as foster families in the UK; actor’s struggles in the market; kinky sex community; mental institutions and their work methods; art, and when it becomes a danger to society; etc. Due to this wide variety, the plot didn’t have the chance to become boring for me.
I really enjoyed the writing style in this book, it was very insightful and creative. The ending was absolutely mind-blowing, it left me utterly baffled. I had to sit down and rethink all the plot, to figure out what was real and what was the illusion. The chapters are pretty short, and once I started, they just flew by. I liked that the setting of this book was always changing, that created more intrigue to me, as a reader.
So, to conclude, this is a very artistic, poetic and sophisticated psychological thriller, where suspicions and illusion plays an integral part. I absolutely loved the complexity of the characters and unexpected twists and turns, that is why, I strongly recommend this book to you, and I hope that you will enjoy it as much as I did?
Book Title: Believe Me
Author name: JP Delaney
Date of Release: 24 07 2018