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In this twisting, page-turning thriller, an ambitious documentary filmmaker seeks the release of a convicted killer. But is she just a puppet in a sinister game?

From the author of the bestselling The Girl Who Was Taken comes another impossible-to-put-down novel of suspense.

The Girl of Sugar Beach is about to become the most watched documentary in television history. The ten-part true-crime serial centers on the burning question: did Grace Sebold really murder her boyfriend, or is she the victim of a shocking miscarriage of justice?

For Grace has spent the last ten years in prison, and now she’s reaching out to filmmaker Sidney Ryan in a final, desperate attempt to prove her innocence.

As the first episodes go to air, exposing startling new evidence and additional suspects, the series quickly becomes a ratings smash - and Sidney a celebrity in her own right.

Yet by delving deeper into Grace’s past, Sidney is uncovering layer after layer of deception. And as she 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.

'You can't blame Charlie Donlea if the ending of his novel makes your jaw drop. The title alone - Don't Believe It - is fair warning that his characters are no more to be trusted than our initial impressions of them.' New York Times

'A perfectly executed and entirely satisfying read, Don’t Believe It is a gripping thriller that will blow readers away, from the first page right up to the very last words. Charlie Donlea's best book yet!' Mary Kubica, author of Pretty Baby and The Good Girl

Reviews

Charlie Donlea is beginning to get a name for first-class crime fiction . . . This book is outstanding from every viewpoint . . . I can do no more than to classify it as extremely highly recommended.

Ian Lipke, Queensland Reviewers Collective

This novel is a page turner, and that accolade carries to the very last page and the very last line of the story.

New York Journal of Books

Viewers of Making a Murderer and The Jinx . . . are a natural audience for this title.

Booklist

A twisting, impossible-to-put-down novel of suspense.

Criminal Element

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Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback

    9780143787211

    April 30, 2018

    Bantam Australia

    352 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • EBook

    9780143787228

    April 30, 2018

    Random House Australia

    352 pages

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Extract

SUGAR BEACH

ST. LUCIA, EASTERN CARIBBEAN

Gros Piton

Jalousie Plantation

March 29, 2007

The blood was a problem.

I knew it as soon as I felt it spit across my face. It streamed from his hairline and ran along his jaw until it dribbled onto the granite bluff, first in sporadic red blots, like the leading raindrops of a coming storm, and then in a continuous stream, as though a spigot had been plugged into the spot on his head where I had struck him and had opened wide. It was an error in judgment and strategy, which was a shame because up to now I had been perfect.

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