Believe Me: A Novel

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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 compelling read . . . redefines the concept of an unreliable narrator . . . [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
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About the author

JP Delaney is a pseudonym for a writer who has previously written bestselling fiction under other names. Delaney is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Girl Before, which is being brought to the screen by Academy Award winners Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment.
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Ballantine Books
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Published on
Jul 24, 2018
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Pages
352
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ISBN
9781101966327
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / Thrillers / Psychological
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In the tradition of The Girl on the Train, The Woman in Cabin 10, and Gone Girl comes an enthralling psychological thriller that spins one woman’s seemingly good fortune, and another woman’s mysterious fate, through a kaleidoscope of duplicity, death, and deception.

SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE DIRECTED BY RON HOWARD

Please make a list of every possession you consider essential to your life.

The request seems odd, even intrusive—and for the two women who answer, the consequences are devastating.

EMMA
Reeling from a traumatic break-in, Emma wants a new place to live. But none of the apartments she sees are affordable or feel safe. Until One Folgate Street. The house is an architectural masterpiece: a minimalist design of pale stone, plate glass, and soaring ceilings. But there are rules. The enigmatic architect who designed the house retains full control: no books, no throw pillows, no photos or clutter or personal effects of any kind. The space is intended to transform its occupant—and it does.

JANE
After a personal tragedy, Jane needs a fresh start. When she finds One Folgate Street she is instantly drawn to the space—and to its aloof but seductive creator. Moving in, Jane soon learns about the untimely death of the home’s previous tenant, a woman similar to Jane in age and appearance. As Jane tries to untangle truth from lies, she unwittingly follows the same patterns, makes the same choices, crosses paths with the same people, and experiences the same terror, as the girl before.

Praise for The Girl Before

“Dazzling, startling, and above all cunning—a pitch-perfect novel of psychological suspense.”—Lee Child

“The Girl Before generates a fast pace. . . . [J. P.] Delaney intersperses ethics questions on stand-alone pages throughout the book. . . . The single most ingenious touch is that we’re not provided either woman’s answers.”—The New York Times

“J. P. Delaney builds the suspense.”—Vanity Fair

“Immediate guarantee: You will not be able to put this book down. . . . Fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train will realize that there’s not only more where that came from, but it’s also more thrilling.”—American Booksellers Association
THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLING DEBUT PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER YOU CAN'T MISS!

The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?

“A hair-raising debut, both unsettling and addictive...A chilling thriller that will keep you reading long into the night.” —Mary Kubica, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Good Girl

“This is one readers won’t be able to put down.” —Booklist (starred review)

"A can’t-put-down psychological thriller.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“This debut is guaranteed to haunt you...Warning: brace yourself.” —Bustle (10 New Thrillers to Read This Summer)

“The sense of believably and terror that engulfs Behind Closed Doors doesn't waver.” —The Associated Press, picked up by The Washington Post

“This was one of the best and most terrifying psychological thrillers I have ever read.” —San Francisco Book Review


Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He’s a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You’re hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.

But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are inseparable.

Some might call this true love. Others might wonder why Grace never answers the phone. Or why she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. Or why she never seems to take anything with her when she leaves the house, not even a pen. Or why there are such high-security metal shutters on all the downstairs windows.

Some might wonder what’s really going on once the dinner party is over, and the front door has closed.

From bestselling author B. A. Paris comes the gripping thriller and international phenomenon Behind Closed Doors.

The instant New York Times Bestseller (January 2018)!

"A fiendishly smart cat-and-mouse thriller" —New York Times Book Review

"Buckle up, because you won't be able to put this one down." —Glamour

"Jaw dropping. Unforgettable. Shocking." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"The best domestic suspense novel since Gone Girl." —In Touch Weekly

When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.
You will assume you are reading about a jealous ex-wife.
You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement – a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love.
You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle.
Assume nothing.

Twisted and deliciously chilling, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen's The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage - and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

Read between the lies.

A 2018 Indie Next Pick | One of Glamour Magazine's Best Books of 2018 | One of Hello Giggles' 19 Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2018

Praise for The Wife Between Us:

"Fiendishly clever...in the vein of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. This one will keep you guessing." —Anita Shreve, New York Times bestselling author of The Stars are Fire

“A clever thriller with masterful twists.” – Karin Slaughter, New York Times bestselling author of The Kept Woman

"The Wife Between Us delivers a whip smart, twisty plot in a taut, pacy narrative. It's terrific and troubling. This is one scary love triangle where you won't know who to trust. I loved it." –Gilly Macmillan, New York Times bestselling author of What She Knew

"A twisty, mind-bending novel about marriage and betrayal. A gripping plot and fascinating characters; this book will keep you turning the pages and guessing until the very end. A must-read!" –Lauren Weisberger, New York Times bestselling author of The Devil Wears Prada

“This amazing story gallops along at breakneck speed, with an ending that smacks you between the eyes and takes your breath away. These authors are destined to become trail blazers in the field of psychological suspense books that explode in your hands!” —Nancy Simpson-Brice, Book Vault

“Like a house of mirrors, The Wife Between Us kept me guessing around every corner, delving into the complexities of marriage, friendship, and obsession.” —Javier Ramirez, The Book Table

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In the tradition of The Girl on the Train, The Woman in Cabin 10, and Gone Girl comes an enthralling psychological thriller that spins one woman’s seemingly good fortune, and another woman’s mysterious fate, through a kaleidoscope of duplicity, death, and deception.

SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE DIRECTED BY RON HOWARD

Please make a list of every possession you consider essential to your life.

The request seems odd, even intrusive—and for the two women who answer, the consequences are devastating.

EMMA
Reeling from a traumatic break-in, Emma wants a new place to live. But none of the apartments she sees are affordable or feel safe. Until One Folgate Street. The house is an architectural masterpiece: a minimalist design of pale stone, plate glass, and soaring ceilings. But there are rules. The enigmatic architect who designed the house retains full control: no books, no throw pillows, no photos or clutter or personal effects of any kind. The space is intended to transform its occupant—and it does.

JANE
After a personal tragedy, Jane needs a fresh start. When she finds One Folgate Street she is instantly drawn to the space—and to its aloof but seductive creator. Moving in, Jane soon learns about the untimely death of the home’s previous tenant, a woman similar to Jane in age and appearance. As Jane tries to untangle truth from lies, she unwittingly follows the same patterns, makes the same choices, crosses paths with the same people, and experiences the same terror, as the girl before.

Praise for The Girl Before

“Dazzling, startling, and above all cunning—a pitch-perfect novel of psychological suspense.”—Lee Child

“The Girl Before generates a fast pace. . . . [J. P.] Delaney intersperses ethics questions on stand-alone pages throughout the book. . . . The single most ingenious touch is that we’re not provided either woman’s answers.”—The New York Times

“J. P. Delaney builds the suspense.”—Vanity Fair

“Immediate guarantee: You will not be able to put this book down. . . . Fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train will realize that there’s not only more where that came from, but it’s also more thrilling.”—American Booksellers Association
L'oportunitat de viure la vida perfecta... Però, a quin preu?

I què li va passar a LA NOIA D'ABANS?

Tot el que tu tens, abans va ser d' ella.

L'adictiu thriller del qual sentiràs a parlar al 2017.

Si us plau, faci una llista de totes les possessions
que consideri essencials per a la seva vida:
...............................................................
..................... ..........................................
...............................................................

És una casa espectacular. Elegant, minimalista. Respira bon gust i serenitat. Justament el lloc que la Jane buscava per començar de zero i ser feliç.

El més extraordinari és que l'hi ofereixen per un lloguer irrisori. Tan sols ha de completar un formulari de sol·licitud molt peculiar i acceptar sense condicions les regles imposades pel seu propietari i creador, un enigmàtic arquitecte.

Poc després d'instal·lar-s'hi, la Jane descobreix que alguna cosa va passar a la inquilina anterior, l'Emma. I comença a preguntar-se si no estarà repetint les mateixes eleccions, els mateixos errors i les mateixes sospites que la noia d'abans.

Què estàs disposat a acceptar per posseir el que mai no vas imaginar?

Best seller de The New York Times i de The Sunday Times.
Seleccionat «Llibre del mes» per l'Associació de Llibreters Independents dels Estats Units i per Amazon.
La novel·la de la qual tothom parlarà el 2017.

Ressenyes:
«Garantitzat: NO podràs parar de llegir. Els fans de Perduda i La noia del tren se#n adonaran que no és més del mateix, sinó que encara és més electritzant.»
Associació de Llibreters Independents del Estats Units

«Un gran thriller, d'aquells que t'atrapen des de la primera línia i ja no el deixes anar. Elegant i progressivament pertorbador. Un retrat meravellós d'una obsessió.»
Big Issue North

«Subjugant. [...] J.P.Delaney desenterra els secrets dels personatges amb precisió i elegància fins que la crua realitat de cadascun d#ells surt a la llum.»
Publishers Weekly

«Suspens psicològic de gran nivell [...], un thriller construït amb intel·ligència.»
The Bookseller

«La tensió va augmentant de mica en mica fins a arribar a un final devastador. Un thriller realment intel·ligent.»
Daily Mail

«Un adictiu thriller literari que es mereix ser un dels grans èxits de l'any.»
Daily Express

«El llegia mentre preparava el sopar, el llegia mentre menjava, em movia per casa amb el llibre a la mà. No me#n vaig anar a dormir fins que no vaig saber com s'acabava.»
The Country Bookshop

«Amb una premissa singular, aquest thriller psicològic satisfà en tots els aspectes: personatges, desenvolupament, trama i girs insospitats. Molt molt recomanable.»
Barnes & Noble

«Com em va succeir amb La vídua i La noia del tren, no podia deixar de llegir aquesta novel·la. És així de bona.»
Bank Square Books i The Savoy Bookshop

«Em va encantar la novel·la. Em va encantar l'escriptura. Em va encantar la història. Em va encantar que tingués un final de debò.»
Goodreads

La oportunidad de vivir la vida perfecta... Pero ¿a qué precio?

¿Y qué le pasó a LA CHICA DE ANTES?
Todo lo que tú tienes, antes fue de ella.

Por favor, haga una lista con todas las posesiones
que considere imprescindibles en su vida:
..................................................
..................................................
..... .............................................

Es una casa espectacular. Elegante, minimalista. Toda ella respira buen gusto y serenidad. Justo el lugar que Jane estaba buscando para empezar de cero y ser feliz.

Aunque lo extraordinario es que se la ofrecen por un alquiler irrisorio. Solo tiene que completar un peculiar formulario de solicitud y aceptar sin condiciones las reglas impuestas por su propietario y creador, un enigmático arquitecto.

Al poco de instalarse,Jane descubre que algo le pasó allí a la inquilina anterior, Emma. Y empieza a preguntarse si no estará repitiendo las mismas elecciones, los mismos errores, las mismas sospechas que la chica de antes.

¿Qué estás dispuesto a aceptar para poseer lo que nunca imaginaste?

Best seller de The New York Times y de The Sunday Times.
Seleccionado «Libro del mes» por la Asociación de Libreros Independientes de Estados Unidos y por Amazon.

Reseñas:

«Garantizado: NO podrás parar de leer. Los fans de Perdida y La chica del tren se darán cuenta pronto de que no es más de lo mismo, sino que incluso es más electrizante.»

Asociación de Libreros Independientes de Estados Unidos

«Un gran thriller, uno de los que te atrapa desde la primera línea y no sueltas. Elegante y, poco a poco, más y más perturbador. Un maravilloso retrato de una obsesión.»

Big Issue North

«Subyugante. [...] J.P.Delaney desentierra los secretos de los personajes con precisión y elegancia hasta que la cruda verdad de cada uno sale a la luz.»

Publishers Weekly

«Suspense psicológico de gran nivel [...] un thriller construido con inteligencia.»

The Bookseller

«La tensión va aumentando de manera paulatina hasta un final devastador. Un thriller realmente inteligente.»

Daily Mail

«Un adictivo thriller literario que merece ser uno de los grandes éxitos del año.»

Daily Express

«La leía mientras preparaba la cena, la leía mientras comía, iba por toda la casa con la novela en la mano. No pude acostarme hasta saber cómo terminaba.»

The Country Bookshop

«Con una premisa singular, este thriller psicológico satisface en todos los aspectos: personajes, desarrollo, trama y giros insospechados. Súper recomendable.»

Barnes & Noble

«Como me sucedió con La viuda y La chica del tren, no podía dejar de leer esta novela. Es así de buena.»

Bank Square Books y Savoy Bookshop & Cafe

«Me encantó esta novela. Me encantó la escritura. Me encantó la historia. Me encantó que tenga un final de verdad.»

Goodreads

«Por favor, faça uma lista de todos os bens que considera essenciais na sua vida.»

O pedido parece estranho, até intrusivo. É a primeira pergunta de um questionário de candidatura a uma casa perfeita, a casa dos sonhos de qualquer um, acessível a muito poucos.

A oportunidade de viver a vida perfeita... Mas a que preço?

Para as duas mulheres que respondem ao questionário, as consequências são devastadoras.

Bestseller do New York Times.

Emma

A tentar recuperar do final traumático de um relacionamento, Emma procura um novo lugar para viver. Mas nenhum dos apartamentos que vê é acessível ou suficientemente seguro. Atéque conhece a casa que fica no n.o 1 de Folgate Street. É uma obra-prima da arquitectura: desenho minimalista, pedra clara, muita luz e tectos altos. Mas existem regras. O arquitecto que projectou a casa mantém o controlo total sobre os inquilinos: não são permitidos livros, almofadas, fotografias ou objectos pessoais de qualquer tipo. O espaço está destinado a transformar o seu ocupante, e é precisamente o que faz...

Jane

Depois de uma tragédia pessoal, Jane precisa de um novo começo. Quando encontra o n.o 1 de Folgate Street, é instantaneamente atraída para o espaço - e para o seu sedutor, mas distante e enigmático, criador. É uma casa espectacular. Elegante, minimalista. Tudo nela é bom gosto e serenidade. Exactamente o lugar que Jane procurava para começar do zero e ser feliz. Depois de se mudar, Jane sabe da morte inesperada do inquilino anterior, uma mulher semelhante a Jane em idade e aparência. Enquanto tenta descobrir o que realmente aconteceu, Jane repete involuntariamente os mesmos padrões, faz as mesmas escolhas e experimenta o mesmo terror que A rapariga de antes.

Sobre A rapariga de antes:

«Suspense psicológico ao mais alto nível. Um thriller construído com inteligência.»

The Bookseller

«Original e viciante.»
The Times

«Fascinante. Surpresa e satisfação garantidas.»
Booklist

«Um dos melhores thrillers que lerá este ano.»
New York Journal of Books

«A Rapariga de Antes merece o lugar cimeiro nos livros de suspense.»
The Washington Post

«A tensão é construída com subtileza, levando a um clímax devastador. Um thriller realmente inteligente.»

Daily Mail

«Um thriller altamente viciante que merece ser um dos grandes sucessos do ano.»

Daily Express

«Absorvente. JP Delaney descobre os segredos das personagens com precisão e elegância, até que a crua verdade sobre cada uma vem à luz.»

Publishers Weekly

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