ABOUT THIS BOOK: 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.
MY THOUGHTS: WOW! Mr Donlea. Just WOW! You blew my socks off and rattled my bones. I thought I knew what was coming, but I was wrong. . . miles off base.
Now it has to be said that I am no great fan of true crime shows or reality television. I am, however, a great fan of Charlie Donlea and while I was a little reluctant about the subject matter, my love of this author’s writing won out, and I am so very glad. I would have hated to have missed out on this read.
I don’t want to give anything away here, but the closest I can come to describing Don’t Believe It, is that it’s like a game of cat’s cradle. . . did you ever play that? It looks complicated, needs more than one player and has bits of string twisted around one another to form an intricate pattern that, with one final twist, disappears.
It was great to see Dr Livia Cutty back in this novel, and I sincerely hope we meet Gus Morelli again.
Thank you to Kensington Books via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of Don’t Believe It by Charlie Donlea for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
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