Don’t Believe It
by Charlie Donlea
About the Book
Don’t Believe ItMystery/Crime/Suspense
Kensington (May 29, 2018)
Hardcover: 304 pages
Digital ASIN: B075CBLSDX
Audio ASIN: B079VRWSRY
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 puppet 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.
Sidney Ryan is an up and coming documentary producer about to tackle the story of a lifetime. One that could make or break her career. For the past two years she has been receiving letters from Grace Sebold, convicted of killing her boyfriend while vacationing in St Lucia ten years prior. Grace claims she is innocent and needs help proving she had nothing to do with the murder of her boyfriend. Grace had a bright future ahead of her before being tried and convicted of killing her boyfriend.
Sidney, with three successful documentaries under her belt, decides to go on a fact finding mission, which leads to holes in the case against Grace. Sidney’s documentary, Girl on the Beach, garners nationwide attention, leading her in the top spot in ratings. The documentary also sensationalizes the case against Grace when new evidence comes to light that has the potential to exonerate Grace after serving ten years in a St Lucia correctional facility. Is Grace performing one hell of an act or is she really innocent after all? Sidney wonders the same thing when she receives a letter that points to Grace being much more than what she claims to be. Is fame and fortune worth more to Sidney than the truth, because her life may depend on the answer to that question.
True crime documentaries are a huge hit on television. The Investigation Discovery channel on cable has many highly watched shows devoted to true crimes. It is one of the few channels in my home that is watched most frequently. Personally, I have always been interested in true crime stories from serial killers to murders and at best these type of shows sensationalize crimes that have taken place. So, it comes as no surprise that when I read the synopsis of Don’t Believe It by Charlie Donlea, I knew I had to read it. I am ecstatic to say that the story does not disappoint. I was sucked in right from the start as the story slowly builds leading to a twist that shocked the heck out of me. You ever get so shocked that your jaw just drops? Yeah, that was me! The ending is completely mind blowing and one that the author took a huge risk on, but it works and I wish more authors had the courage to do what was done here.
Don’t Believe It starts out strong with a solid plot that holds its momentum straight through to the end. I could not find one hole in this story at all. Everything worked from the suspense to the characters and through all the twists and turns. The entire story is so detailed and well written that I could not find one thing wrong with it. The story was gripping and quite honestly, I had a hard time figuring out if Grace Sebold was guilty or not. Charlie Donlea is definitely an author to watch out for. Five stars is not enough praise for this story. If Don’t Believe it is not on your TBR you are seriously missing out!
About the Author
USA Today bestselling author Charlie Donlea was born and raised in Chicago. He now lives in the suburbs with his wife and two young children. Readers can find him online at http://charliedonlea.com
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