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Believe me : a novel
2018
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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.
Summary
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 compelling read . . . redefines the concept of an unreliable narrator . . . [a] rich, nuanced, highly literary take on the Gone Girl theme." -- Booklist (starred review)<br> <br> A struggling actor, a Brit in America without a green card, Claire needs work and money to survive. Then she gets both. But nothing like she expected.<br> <br> Claire agrees to become a decoy for a firm of divorce lawyers. Hired to entrap straying husbands, she must catch them on tape with their seductive propositions.<br> <br> The rules? Never hit on the mark directly. Make it clear you're available, but he has to proposition you, not the other way around. The firm is after evidence, not coercion. The innocent have nothing to hide.<br> <br> Then the game changes.<br> <br> When the wife of one of Claire's targets is violently murdered, the cops are sure the husband is to blame. Desperate to catch him before he kills again, they enlist Claire to lure him into a confession.<br> <br> Claire can do this. She's brilliant at assuming a voice and an identity. For a woman who's mastered the art of manipulation, how difficult could it be to tempt a killer into a trap?<br> <br> But who is the decoy . . . and who is the prey?<br> <br> <br> Read by Sally Scott, with Matt Reeves, Lorelei King, John Chancer, and Eric Meyers
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