“I say it with such offhand nonchalance,such gratitude, that even i’d be surprised to discover it’s a lie. But then, this isn’t lying. This is behaving truthfully under imaginary circumstances. Which as you’ll discover, is very different”
Firstly I would like to personally thank Quercus Books for sending me a copy of this book and allowing me to take part in the social media tour. I am very thankful and appreciative that you gave me a chance to read this really exciting book. Now to my review.
Believe Me by JP Delaney is a physiological thriller which is one of my favourite genres so I was really excited to get the chance to read this book. This book had me feeling all types of ways, my brain was literally bamboozled so many times. I can’t keep count of the amount of times I was like “huh” “whaaaaat” “omggggg”. My brain was literally at odds with what was going on and I absolutely loved it.
The novel tells the story of Claire White who has moved to United States specifically New York And is attending acting school. However, she does not have a green card which is preventing her from getting any acting gigs. The way in which she does make money however is by in simple terms being a honey trap. Basically she works for a law firm and attempts to suicide unsuspecting husbands into making a move on her i.e. sleep with her. Once she has caught this on tape she simply strolls away and gives this evidence to the attorney of the wives who must then decide what they will do next.
However, things start to nose dive when one of the clients ends up dead and Claire is lured by some FBI types to get a confession from the husband Patrick Folger who is suspected of killing her. In hindsight, Patrick appears to be a charming and intelligent man and you would never expect him to murder someone let alone his wife. As expected this book is full of twists and turns and things quickly become complicated. In trying to lure Patrick into confessing Claire becomes tangled in Patrick’s web of dark sexual fantasies/fetishes. Many of these fantasies are obscene and not pleasant at all. That however doesn’t stop Claire from falling for Patrick and she must battle her minds logic and her heart.
So now to my thoughts. I really enjoyed this novel, it was fast paced from start to finish. I found it so hard to put it down even when I tried to read other books this was the one that I thought about the most. I also really liked the character of Claire, she was so complex and interesting and I really enjoyed getting to know her character. As the story goes on you realise how broken she is on the inside and has had a pretty harrowing experience growing up as an orphan. The relationship between the suspected husband(Patrick) and Claire was so gripping and intense it gave me chills.
My mind was like “no way Patrick is a killer”,he wouldn’t hurt a soul but at other points I was like ohhh helll naw he did it for sure! At one point there’s a big big twist which turns everything on it’s head and it made the novel even more exciting.
Sometimes with thrillers you end up knowing what’s going to happen before it even happens. But this kept me on my toes from beginning to end. I never knew what to expect at any point which made it feel like a true thriller. Also the author makes full use of Charles Baudelaires dark poems within the novel and it’s at the core of how the novel works so well. I think it was really really smart and it really does give you goosebumps.
However, one thing I did find a bit strange was the ending. It seemed a little rushed and there were some things that happened that really didn’t need to happen. It kind of ruined the flow for me. But still it’s not a big enough issue for me to complain too much about.
Therefore , I definitely recommend this book for anyone who loves a good solid psychological thriller . The book was well written so much so that I had to write down the page numbers of my favorite quotes and parts in the book. In addition to this, the book really does play out like a movie. I won’t be surprised if it hits the cinemas at one point in the future because it has all the attributes for one. Thank You again to Quercus for sending me this book, can’t wait to read more of your books and more from JP Delaney.