Don’t Believe It by Charlie Donlea – **Top Pick**

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 5 stars


In the words of Joe Kenda of Investigation Discovery: “Well my, my, my.”

Charlie Donlea certainly knows how to spin a tale.

Following is confirmation that I loved this book:

1. I couldn’t wait for an opportunity during the day to read it

2. I couldn’t stop thinking about it

3. I kept inundating my husband with details about it

4. I opened it up at 3:00 a.m. and started reading instead of going back to sleep after using the bathroom

5. I wasn’t longing for it to be over so I could read something else

6. I kept thinking to myself, “this guy can write!” as the book progressed and I was flipping pages faster than my little arthritic pinky finger could handle

7. The final sentence sent a wave of exhilaration coursing through my body, making me wish I could call up Mr. Donlea ASAP and gush about my thoughts

8. My e-reader showed I’d reached 100%, but I was still attempting to find more pages

9. I’m poised to add it to my Best Reads list for 2018

Need I go on?  If those reasons don’t convince you, then I highly suggest that you read this book and see for yourself. (Don’t Believe It releases in the U.S. on May 29th.)

And now here’s a very brief summary of the plot….

Julian Crists’s body is washed up on Sugar Beach, part of an island resort in St. Lucia, where he was vacationing with his girlfriend, Grace Sebold, who is found guilty of his murder and spends a decade in a St. Lucian prison cell, all the while proclaiming her innocence. She’s exhausted her appeals and it looks likely that she’ll be living out her days locked up. Desperate, she reaches out to a former acquaintance, Sidney Ryan, by means of letters written continually asking for her help. Sidney is a documentary film writer whose films have exonerated a couple of wrongly convicted criminals. Sidney makes the decision to help Grace by producing a real-time documentary of her findings regarding Grace’s case; new episodes airing each week revealing her findings from the previous week’s research. The documentary is a monumental hit for Sidney, and fans of the show loyally tune in to find out the fate of Grace Sebold. Will Sidney’s instincts prove true regarding Grace’s innocence?

There’s so much more content, but this is all I can share without giving anything away. Charlie Donlea truly delivers with this one. And I just love his writing. His stories are riveting. He’s a new favorite suspense writer for me. Highly recommended.

Thank you Netgalley, Kensington Books, and Charlie Donlea for an e-ARC of Don’t Believe It. In exchange I have provided an honest review of my thoughts about it.

Have an awesome day everybody! And thanks so much for visiting Cozynookbks. 💕


38 thoughts on “Don’t Believe It by Charlie Donlea – **Top Pick**

        • Yay!! I sure hope you love it as much as I did. Reviews are mixed but I LOVED this book so much!! I finally relented and told my husband the ending today while we were walking in the mall. I was so afraid I wouldn’t tell it in a way that would be as exhilarating as the author told it, but he was just as thrilled as I was about it, so I guess I got it right. 😊
          I’ll be looking forward to your thoughts when you’re done. I hope you’re enjoying you’re trip, if it’s for pleasure and not business.

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  1. Lovely review! I love how you started with highlights of how much you loved the book. I was immediately convinced that its one that I need to read. I didn’t even have to read the blurb to make up my mind 🙂 Glad you enjoyed this one, Laurie.

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    • Thanks so much, Diana. I really felt connected to the story. I think in part because I like watching true-crime documentaries on television. And also because I like Charlie Donlea’s writing. I’d read (or listened to) his first book, Summit Lake, and I loved that one too.

      There are mixed reviews about Don’t Believe It, but to me it was an incredible read.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Always nice to see you here. 😊


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    • Thanks Laurel-Rain. 💕. Every single reason is true. And Don’t Believe It is why I’m so behind in reading and commenting on others’ blogs, including yours. 😔 I’ve been all wrapped up in the characters from the book, and meditating on things that happened. I really loved it. If you get to read it, I sure hope you’ll enjoy it too.
      Thanks so much for stopping by. 😊


    • 😂😂 I cracked up when I read your comment, Carla. I’m still chuckling as I’m writing this reply because I know just how you feel with regard to the tbr. I don’t even tempt myself with Netgalley lately because I have way too many books I need to read first. 🤦🏽‍♀️ And then I open my mailbox and a publisher sends me an unanticipated book that entices me and I just sit stunned, wondering how I’m going to re-work my tbr. 😐
      Well….I guess there are much worse things, right. 🤷🏽‍♀️
      I really, really got into this one. So much so that my husband asked me what happened at the end and I told him I couldn’t tell him. It’s too intense. He’d have to read it to find out. He was not happy. 😂😂


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