Norma’s review and rating 4.5 out of 5 Stars
This was a good one just the way I like my mystery/thrillers!
DON’T BELIEVE IT by CHARLIE DONLEA is a gripping, fascinating, action-packed, and suspenseful crime thriller novel that I was immediately drawn into and had me totally engaged in the storyline right up to that surprising and shocking ending. This book was so entertaining, enjoyable and extremely hard for me to put down.
CHARLIE DONLEA delivers a well-written, detailed, unique and twisty read here that had me questioning whether Grace was guilty or innocent for murdering her boyfriend while on vacation in St. Lucia.
This book pretty much kept me guessing right up to around the 70% mark and then that is when I started piecing things together. Even though I thought I knew what was happening when the actual reveal came it was presented in a way that shocked and surprised me. I loved that about this book!
I absolutely loved the way that this story was told and with the way it was formatted had me immediately intrigued in this storyline. It was a lot of fun following along with our central character, Sidney an investigative reporter who was producing a true-life documentary into the innocence of Grace as the investigation unfolded in real-time. What Sidney learned we as readers learned at the same time which really moved the plot forward for me.
To sum it all up it was an entertaining, enjoyable, fast-paced, and clever read with an ending that left me hoping for a sequel! Would recommend!
Publishing Date: May 29, 2018
Brenda’s Traveling Sisters Review
We were left shouting We Don’t Believe It Charlie Donlea you did it! You left us all in the Tongue-tied Coulee after reading your brilliantly plotted story!
Norma and I were lost in a Coulee reading Don’t Believe It with seven of our Traveling Sisters and we all ended up in the same Coulee. For only the second time ending up in the Tongue-tied Coulee doing nothing but dancing with enjoyment.
Charlie Donlea boldly writes a well layered entertaining fun story here with well-plotted twists and turns and he knows when to introduce characters just at the right time. We really liked the idea of the documentary being part of the story however for some of us it did overshadow the mystery for us and felt at times we lost some focus to the mystery but this did not take away from any dancing enjoyment of the story at all.
Some of us who read The Girl Who Was Taken were very happy to see a character from that story cross over to this one and loved how they fit into this story. Such a clever way to really pull us into the characters.
Charlie Donlea lead us down many different paths in a Coulee as the suspense grew with each one. We started branching off in different directions with our suspicious and guesses to what was going on. As we neared the end we found our way back together with some us picking up on different clues along the way till those last twists that some of us suspected and another that brought us all together dancing in the Tongue-tied Coulee. We highly recommend not to miss this one or you will be saying I Don’t Believe I didn’t read it.
Oh wow – this was good!!!
This story follows Sidney Ryan, an up and coming filmmaker who specializes in true crime documentaries revolving around old murder cases. She takes on the case of Grace Sebold, an acquaintance from school who was convicted of murdering her fiancé while on vacation ten years prior. Grace has been sitting in a St. Lucian prison for the last decade claiming her innocence. Sidney is determined to uncover all details relating to the case and present them in a ten episode documentary series, similar to the Netflix special Making A Murderer.
This novel will have you flying through the pages, shocking you with twists and turns, making you scratch your head with frustration in guessing what actually happened. The characters are real, the suspense is addictive, the pace is perfect! I loved how the story was presented to include various interview segments, sections from the developing TV documentary episodes along with courtroom trial tidbits. It kept the story fresh and interesting throughout.
I loved Charlie Donlea’s previous novel, The Girl Who Was Taken. I am thrilled to say this follow up novel was fantastic and equally thrilling. I look forward to reading more from Donlea! I am a huge fan!
Thank you so much from all of us to NetGalley, Kensington Books and Charlie Donlea for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review!