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Believe Me

A Novel

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.

 
“[A] rich, nuanced, highly literary take on the Gone Girl theme.”—Booklist (starred review)


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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Then the game changes.

 

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.

 

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?

 

But who is the decoy . . . and who is the prey?

Praise for Believe Me

“Fast-paced . . . A solid pick from bestselling author [JP] Delaney 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.”
—Library Journal

 

“An intense, stylish psychological thriller.”
—Good Housekeeping

 

“The author produces a bobsled run’s worth of twists.”
—Publishers Weekly

 

 “I so enjoyed it—what a twisty, exciting read.”
—Sabine Durrant, author of Lie With Me
Rezension
"A compelling read . . . redefines the concept of an unreliable narrator . . . [a] rich, nuanced, highly literary take on the Gone Girl theme."-Booklist (starred review)

"Fast-paced . . . A solid pick from bestselling author [JP] Delaney 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."-Library Journal

"An intense, stylish psychological thriller."-Good Housekeeping

"A dark and haunting thriller . . . A superb evocation of conflicted emotions, this never lets you guess what's coming next."-Daily Mail

"The author produces a bobsled run's worth of twists."-Publishers Weekly

"I so enjoyed it-what a twisty, exciting read."-Sabine Durrant, author of Lie With Me

Praise for JP Delaney's The Girl Before

"A pitch-perfect novel of psychological suspense."-Lee Child

"The pages fly."-USA Today

"The Girl Before generates a fast pace."-The New York Times

"Get hooked on this hair-raiser."-Cosmopolitan

"[A] must-read."-New York Post

"Almost unbearably suspenseful."-Joseph Finder

"A masterfully crafted spellbinder."-Booklist (starred review)

"Superior psychological suspense."-The Bookseller

"A sexy murder mystery."-InStyle
Portrait
The 
New York Times bestselling author of 
The Girl Before and 
Believe Me,
 JP Delaney has previously written bestselling fiction under other names.
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    My friend hasn't showed yet.

    That's what you'd think if you saw me here, perched at the bar of this corporate-cool New York hotel, trying to make my Virgin Mary last all evening. Just another young professional waiting for her date. A little more dressy than some of the other women here, maybe. I don't look like I just came from an office.

    At the other end of the bar a group of young men are drinking and joshing, punching one another on the shoulder to make their points. One-good-looking, smartly dressed, athletic-catches my eye. He smiles. I look away.

    Soon after, a table becomes free near the back, and I take my drink over and sit at it. Where, suddenly, this little scene unfolds:

    INT. DELTON HOTEL BAR, W. 44TH ST., NEW YORK-NIGHT

    MAN

    (belligerently)

    Excuse me?

    Someone's standing in front of me. A businessman, about forty-five, wearing an expensive casual-cut suit that suggests he's something more than the usual executive drone, the collar lapped by hair that's just a little too long for Wall Street.

    He's angry. Very angry.

    ME

    Yes?

    MAN

    That's my table. I just went to the bathroom.

    He gestures at the laptop, drink, and magazine I somehow managed to miss.

    MAN

    That's my drink. My stuff. It was pretty clear this table's occupied.

    Around us, heads are turning in our direction. But there's going to be no confrontation, no eruption of New York stress. Already I'm getting to my feet, pulling my bag onto my shoulder. Defusing the drama.

    ME

    Sorry-I hadn't realized. I'll find somewhere else.

    I take a step away and look around helplessly, but the place is busy and my previous seat has gone. There is nowhere else.

    Out of the corner of my eye I can sense him taking me in, running his eyes over Jess's Donna Karan jacket, the expensive one she keeps for auditions, the soft dark cashmere that sets off my pale skin and dark hair. And realizing what a stupid mistake he's making.

    MAN

    Wait . . . I guess we could share it.

    He gestures at the table.

    MAN

    There's room for us both-I was just catching up on some work.

    ME

    (smiling gratefully)

    Oh-thank you.

    I put my bag back and sit down. For a while there's a silence I'm careful not to break. This has to come from him.

    Sure enough, when he speaks his voice has changed subtly-it's huskier, thicker. Do women's voices change the same way? I should experiment with that, sometime.

    MAN

    Are you waiting on someone? Bet he's been held up by the snow. That's why I'm staying an extra night-it's chaos out at LaGuardia.

    And I smile to myself, because it's actually pretty neat, the way he tries to find out if this person I'm meeting is a man or a woman, and at the same time let me know he's here on his own.

    ME

    Guess I could be here awhile, then.

    He nods at my now-empty glass.

    MAN

    In that case, can I get you another one of those? I'm Rick, by the way.

    Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world . . .

    ME

    Thank you, Rick. I'd love a martini. And I'm Claire.

    RICK

    Nice to meet you, Claire. And, uh, sorry about just now.

    ME

    No, really, it was my mistake.

    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.

    The waitress takes our order. As she leaves, a man at the next table leans across and gives her a hard time about a missing drink. I watch as she sulkily tugs a pen from behind her ear, almost as if she can pull the customer's words out and flick them to the floor.

    I could use that, I think. I put it away somewhere, deep in the filing system, focus
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 352
Erscheinungsdatum 24.07.2018
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-5247-9883-3
Verlag Random House LCC US
Maße (L/B/H) 23.3/15.4/2.7 cm
Gewicht 438 g
Verkaufsrang 33063
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