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Claire (Female), British, Becomes a decoy for divorce lawyers to catch straying husbands
Murder investigations
Search for truth
Serial killers
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  Library Journal Review

In this fast-paced psychological thriller, Claire Wright, a struggling British actress in America, makes ends meet by entrapping cheating husbands for a law firm. When a target's wife is found murdered, Claire is forced into another assignment-work with the police to obtain a confession from the husband, Patrick, or risk being exposed as an illegal immigrant. As she grows closer to Patrick, Claire begins to question the game she has to play. It seems that no one is being completely honest with her and, with her passion for acting coupled with her dodgy background, Claire's not completely trustworthy either. While there are some distinctive elements, this ultimately hits all the expected marks. The pseudonymous Delaney mentions in the afterword that this is a reworking of a novel previously published in 2001 under a different title (Tony Strong's The Decoy). -VERDICT A solid pick from best-selling author Delaney (The Girl Before) for readers who enjoyed the paranoia factor in A.J. Finn's The Woman in the Window or the unreliable narrator of Paula Hawkins's The Girl on the Train. The domestic thriller trend is showing no signs of slowing. Buy accordingly.-Anitra Gates, Erie Cty. P.L., PA © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Delaney-a pseudonym for British adman Tony Strong-follows his debut, 2017's bestselling The Girl Before, with a thriller undercut by a preposterous premise, cardboard characters, and arbitrary major plot reversals. For starters, readers are asked to buy the NYPD's exploiting British actress Claire Wright's lack of a green card to strong-arm her into a lengthy undercover operation designed to trap Patrick Fogler, a Columbia University English professor specializing in Baudelaire, who's suspected of sadistically murdering several women, including his wealthy wife, Stella, according to scenarios inspired by poems from Baudelaire's Les Fleurs du mal. Once Claire and Patrick embark on their dangerous danse macabre-all the while with Det. Frank Durban and profiler Kathryn Latham listening in-the kinky mind games begin in earnest. Could Claire herself, who briefly met Stella the night she was killed, actually be the investigation's target? For those willing to completely suspend disbelief, the author produces a bobsled run's worth of twists. Agent: Caradoc King, United Artists (U.K.). (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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. <br> <br> "[A] rich, nuanced, highly literary take on the Gone Girl theme."-- Booklist (starred review) <br> <br> Claire Wright is desperate. A British drama student in New York without a green card, she takes the only job she can get: working for a firm of divorce lawyers, posing as an easy pickup in hotel bars to entrap straying husbands. But then the game changes. <br> <br> When one of her targets becomes the suspect in a murder investigation, the police ask Claire to use her acting chops to lure him into a confession. From the start, she questions the part she's being asked to play: Is Patrick Fogler a killer? Or is there more to this setup than she's being told?<br> <br> Claire will soon realize she is playing the deadliest role of her life. <br> <br> Praise for Believe Me <br> <br> "For readers who enjoyed the paranoia factor in A. J. Finn's The Woman in the Window or the unreliable narrator of Paula Hawkins's The Girl on the Train ." -- Library Journal <br> <br> "Produces a bobsled run's worth of twists." -- Publishers Weekly <br> <br> "An intense, stylish psychological thriller." -- Good Housekeeping <br> <br> "A dark and haunting thriller . . . A superb evocation of conflicted emotions, this never lets you guess what's coming next." -- Daily Mail <br> <br> "I so enjoyed it--what a twisty, exciting read." --Sabine Durrant, author of Lie With Me
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