Don’t Believe It by Charlie Donlea
Thank you to Kensington Books for providing me with my free review copy.
Goodreads Synopsis: From acclaimed author Charlie Donlea comes a twisting, impossible-to-put-down novel of suspense in which a filmmaker helps clear a woman convicted of murder—only to find she may be a pawn in a sinister game.
The Girl of Sugar Beach is the most watched documentary in television history—a riveting, true-life mystery that unfolds over twelve weeks and centers on a fascinating question: Did Grace Sebold murder her boyfriend, Julian, while on a Spring Break vacation, or is she a victim of circumstance and poor police work? Grace has spent the last ten years in a St. Lucian prison, and reaches out to filmmaker Sidney Ryan in a last, desperate attempt to prove her innocence.
As Sidney begins researching, she uncovers startling evidence, additional suspects, and timeline issues that were all overlooked during the original investigation. Before the series even finishes filming, public outcry leads officials to reopen the case. But as the show surges towards its final episodes, Sidney receives a letter saying that she got it badly, terribly wrong.
Sidney has just convinced the world that Grace is innocent. Now she wonders if she has helped to free a ruthless killer. Delving into Grace’s past, she peels away layer after layer of deception. But as Sidney edges closer to the real heart of the story, she must decide if finding the truth is worth risking her newfound fame, her career . . . even her life.
Review: It’s no secret that The Girl Who Was Taken was one of my favorite reads of 2017. I mean I’ve basically been screaming from the roof tops that everyone I know needs to read it. This book was just as amazing. I know that I will absolutely read anything and everything Charlie Donlea writes in the future. And I have his first novel, Summit Lake, on my kindle so as soon as I finish my current ebook, that one is next! I love the new sub genre that has seemed to become popular with thrillers: what I would describe as “true-crime fiction.” I know that doesn’t actually make sense, but it’s essentially what it is. Books are being written in a true-crime podcast/documentary format and I’m obsessed. Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber was the first book I read that was written as a podcast and I’m reading Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski now. Don’t Believe It is the first book I’ve read written as a documentary and Donlea nailed it. The story sucked me in immediately and could easily be read in one sitting. I was obsessed with the fact that there was some crossover of characters from his second novel and a mention of Summit Lake (which is partially why I’m determined to read it ASAP) in this book. Don’t Believe It is one of those novels where you think you have it all figured out, but you’re wrong. And that ending. I think my jaw literally hit the floor. My only question is – what’s next?
Publication Date: May 29, 2018
Overall Rating: 5/5