JP Delaney

Believe Me

"There's plenty of twists and good writing to keep you guessing who is really guilty. "


Claire Wright likes to play other people. A struggling British actress, in New York without a green card, Claire needs work. She takes the only part she's offered: as a decoy for a firm of divorce lawyers, hired to entrap straying husbands, catching them on tape with their seductive propositions.

The rules? Never hit on them directly. Make it clear you're available, but they have to proposition you, not the other way around. The firm is after evidence, not entrapment. The innocent should have nothing to hide. Then the game changes.

When the police start investigating one of Claire's targets for murdering his wife - and potentially others too - they ask her to help lure their suspect into a confession. Claire can do this. She assumes a voice and an attitude, something from an old film noir. A masterclass in deception. But who's deceiving who? And that's when Claire realises she's playing the deadliest role of her life.

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Claire Wright is a struggling actress. With no green card she is unable to work in her chosen field and has to earn a living trying to lead errant husbands astray. But then the wife of a husband she has tried to seduce is found murdered. So far so good, the plot appears feasible. The writing is easy to read and enjoyable. Yet there is just something I didn't warm to. It could have been that the main character was for me, impossible to really like. She seemed somewhat arrogant and self-absorbed and whilst I wanted to know what happened, I didn't really care. The plot is also a rehash of a book published in 2001 by the same author under the name Tony Strong which I am guessing needed a new name and tweaked plot for it to be given such a fanfare this time. The story is written from Claire's perspective. It is hard to know what is happened with Claire and her own thoughts, and what is happening in the mind of the character she is playing. There's plenty of twists and good writing to keep you guessing who is really guilty. Nevertheless, this is a re-write of an old book… easy to read, will keep you interested, but isn't a book you will remember in time to come.

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