Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Don’t Believe It



I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Charlie Donlea and his new release Don’t Believe It. This is the first book that I have read by this author but it will not be my last.


Don’t Believe ItMystery/Crime/Suspense
Kensington (May 29, 2018)
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496713803
Digital ASIN: B075CBLSDX


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Donlea’s use of the documentary format helped build and maintain suspense. He tapped into the American passion for true crime to write the story and it worked well.
~Bea’s Book Nook

Charlie Donlea is definitely an author to watch out for. Five stars is not enough praise for this story.
~Sinfully Wicked Book Reviews

The author did a fantastic job of drawing me into the story and keeping me interested. The last sentence of the book left me hungry for more . . .
~Book Babble

This is a book you just need to jump into and let it take you away. This story is well written, very detailed, and much more than it originally seems. A totally entertaining story that I had a hard time putting down.
~Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book

As I started reading the first few pages of the book, I wanted to crawl under the covers and hide. The author grips readers with vivid details of Julian’s last moments on this earth. . . Its one of the best thrillers I’ve read . . .
~Texas Book-aholic

An engrossing read.
~Books Direct


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don't believe it

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.



The characters are well rounded and well developed.  The two main characters, Sidney and Grace, intrigued me and I wanted to learn more about both of them.  Sidney was only trying to do the right thing, freeing an innocent woman, if indeed she was innocent. Grace is secretive and manipulative, and the reader will have a hard time figuring out her guilt or her guiltlessness.  And I think the reader will change their mind numerous times while reading this book.

The author is very talented in his suspense writing and right from the start I was drawn into the story.  The twists and turns made me feel like I was riding a rollercoaster and he threw in enough red herrings that any fisherman would have been proud.  The book moved along at a fast pace and was a gripping read. I felt like I was watching one of the True Crime shows on television and that made the book feel more realistic to me.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well written suspense thriller.  Make sure that you carve out enough time to read this book because you will not want to put it down.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.



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about 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

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Tour Participants

May 21 – Bea’s Book Nook – REVIEW

May 21 – Ruff Drafts – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

May 22 – DeeScoveries – SPOTLIGHT

May 22 – Sinfully Wicked Book Reviews – REVIEW

May 23 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

May 23 – Book Babble – REVIEW

May 24 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT

May 24 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW

May 25 – Texas Book-aholic – REVIEW

May 25 – Books Direct – REVIEW

May 26 – A Blue Million Books – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

May 27 – T’s Stuff – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

May 28 – Brooke Blogs – REVIEW, GUEST POST

May 28 – Readeropolis – SPOTLIGHT

May 29 – Carole’s Book Corner – REVIEW

May 29 – Mysteries with Character – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

May 30 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW

May 31 – The Book’s the Thing – REVIEW, GUEST POST

June 1 – MJB Reviewers – REVIEW

June 2 – The Montana Bookaholic – REVIEW


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12 thoughts on “Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–Don’t Believe It

      • I don’t read suspense any more so that is why I didn’t requested it. I can’t get into my apps any more. So my WordPress blog is going be quite until I can rewrite my blog from my website which not up to date and I lost a number of blogs. My Overdrive and Library are among the apps not working.

      • I’m sorry to see. WordPress has been acting up a bit for me, it won’t let me save my posts unless I schedule them

      • I just great a couple of posts. One I scheduled for tomorrow. The next I wrote it published without schedule but is easy to schedule. 1. Go to settings WordPress
        2. Click on immediately. 3. A calendar appears click the date you want 4. A clock appears select the time of day and checked am or pm. That is it.

  1. Thank you for your review on Charlie Donlea’s new release “Don’t Believe It” and for being part of the book tour.

    I do love suspense thrillers and would love the opportunity to read this book.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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