Believe Me, you deserve better

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This review contains spoilers  

This post, Believe Me by J.P. Delaney might be the last straw before the publishers come to my window with pitchforks and cry out loud to burn me on a stake. They give me free books to read and I rant about these books! OR they might just put a stake to my heart – a more glorious ending to my dull life as a software developer and mum probably-

But god, I found this book ridiculous!

If you ask me how to describe this book with one word, you now know what I’ll pick.

Let’s see what the Amazon page on book’s about section says…


Oh wow… All these, for this book?

Nay. A closer and more careful look tells me this praise is for the author. Which is a pen name actually, and have many other books. The Girl Before is probably something you’d heard of.. which was quite a good, tense thriller. I have found out that this book was actually published before, but the author wasn’t happy with the sales, and now he changed the novel and re-published. So first thing first, all these praises are not for this book, but for Delaney.

The book starts with Claire, a broke British wannabe-actress trying to make a living by 81TUsrtQR6Lputting an effort to seduce a married man; with a recorder/camera in her bag, only to pass the evidence to a team of solicitors that’s been hired by the man’s wife. Claire is attending a drama course, she doesn’t have a work permit, she cannot return to England because she’s caused a scandal and made terrible mistakes that messed up her acting career. For some reason, the internet is not enough for Claire to get tracked in the USA although they’re an English speaking country.  Maybe Delaney thought: American’s innit, English speaking or not, probably won’t bother to google a name. Anyway. Claire, likes to act. You cannot really tell when she acts or not. To me it felt like Delaney also wasn’t able to tell- or maybe he didn’t care. Claire can be in love, in rage, in jealousy. She can be an idiot or very wise. She doesn’t have a character. She’s jack of all trades when it comes to emotions.

Then one day, she stumbles upon a lady before she’s murdered. The prime suspect is her husband, Patrick which Claire has some hots for, although she’s just spent 3 minutes with him. Cops arrive to murder scene and they get like: HEY, THERE’S THIS CHICK WITHOUT A WORK PERMIT, AND SHE SEEMS VERY UNSTABLE, She’s even tried to kill herself in the past, OOHH SHE’S THE PERFECT CANDIDATE TO BE A BAIT AGAINST THE HUSBAND. LET’S JUST EMPLOY HER, AND HAVE SOME FUN!

Claire is suddenly kicked out by the law office, and employed by the police. They give her crazy money, rent her a flat in New York, refurbish it. This cops are not only crazy but they also must have crazy money. Shit gets really weird after that. I can’t really keep going about the plot, but I must say at one point I thought Claire ate some magic mushroom and just having a psychedelic burn out.  It’s utterly unbelievable and ridiculous. Government authorities come and go throughout the story line, and although working without a work permit and mess up badly in NYC,  they leave Claire alone. (I also couldn’t help to ask myself, WHO THE HELL PAYS HER MEDICAL BILLS, THIS IS MURICA, AND HEALTHCARE AIN’T FREE YA’NOW)

Seriously. I watched enough US TV series to know that the justice system in America is very tight and even the slightest wrong doing won’t be overlooked. So it’s really silly what happens to Claire from start to finish. The American police is portrayed somewhere between con artists and naive school boys. You probably wonder how that will work out. (My advice: Don’t)

I  gritted my teeth and finished the book, although after 70% the book had another turn and became completely another story altogether. But oh my goodness. That RIDICULE ending. I just want to run naked in my garden and scream CONSTANTINOPLE and see what happens. (you probably won’t understand this if you haven’t read the book)

Sorry this didn’t work well for me. But can’t help to think: did no one read this and raised an eye brow (or two) before it was published ?  I can see there are a few  brilliant and promising ideas in the story, like becoming the role you play but the story is just so long and takes too many actions in.

One thing I really liked about the book, and saving it another star, is Charles Baudelaire, and the story of his lovers and love life. The book, Fleurs de Mal.

Wish the story was a bit more tidier.

2 stars.




  1. Haha when you put it like this, it does sound ridiculous :-). I don’t usually think a lot about everything that wouldn’t happen in real life though, I just take it at face value in books most of the time so I don’t know if I’d have the same issues but for some reason I’m not attracted to the novel very much anyway (I haven’t read his previous one either.. an apartment that comes with a ridiculous contract put me off enough already). Very entertaining review though, I don’t mind at all that you read more stories like this 😉

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    1. Thanks Inge 🙂 Yes it was a but absurd in first book too but somehow it was more realistic.. If not reading sci-fi or fantasy I expect rational actions :)) especially from the authorities :p

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  2. OMG, i’m laughing my ass off here!! Freakin’ amazing review! “Americans, innit”… LOL!

    At the same time also damn, cuz I got this one as well and actually planned to read it this week. I guess i’m gonna get some pitchforks coming my way too.

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  3. I love this review! Sneaky trick by the publisher though to have all those quotes that are probably not for this book. They’re all single words too which usually raises my suspicions – how many might actually have been preceded by a negative?!

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  4. Oh thank goodness someone else thought this was a ridiculous book. I read it for a book club, so pretty much had to finish it. There were more twists, turns and switchbacks in this book than a Rocky Mountain road. And you didn’t even mention her stint in the insane asylum. She arrived there by no reason that was clear to me, and was sprung from there by her murderer boyfriend, also by no reasons that were clear to me. I thought for a while that when they brought in the other murdering fool at about the middle of the book, Delaney was going to hit us with a red herring. Instead the whole ending was a red herring. We had not seen or heard from the cop and psychologist for what would’ve been months, but all she had to do was holler “Constantinople” and here they came. Maybe I’ll take up writing if books this bad can be published so easily.


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