A New Book. A New Website.

Updated: May 7, 2018

Dear Friends, 

I’m excited to share the news with you about my third novel, Don’t Believe It, to be released on May 29, 2018. In the tradition of Serial and Making a Murderer, my latest thriller follows the journey of Sidney Ryan, a filmmaker who looks into a ten-year-old murder and creates a hit documentary around her findings. But as ratings soar and 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.

Along with my new novel, I’m also eager to announce the launch of my new website and blog!

One of the best parts of writing Don’t Believe It, was deciding to place the setting on the beautiful island of St. Lucia, where I was lucky enough to visit while putting the final touches on the manuscript.

Now, my website allows me to share some of my experiences with readers. I will be including photos and stories about my adventure to Sugar Beach Resort, the site of the grisly crime in the novel, and offering some behind the scenes details about how this picturesque resort where Matt Damon flew his Hollywood friends to celebrate the renewal of his wedding vows ended up being the perfect location for murder. Read More

The Setting

Sugar Beach l St. Lucia Eastern Caribbean Jalousie Plantation March 29, 2007 l A Murder 

From the


Don’t Believe It might be my favorite novel out of the three I’ve written. I’m a True Crime junkie. I loved listening to the podcast Serial, got hooked on Making a Murderer, and I’m a sucker anytime 48 Hours or Dateline taunts me with a murder case that seems open-and-shut, but is really anything but. My gripe about some of the most popular True Crime documentaries is that the endings rarely satisfy. They tend to raise more questions than they answer. And that’s because the filmmakers are dealing with real life, they’re not making it up.

As I quote in Don’t Believe It. “In feature films, the director is God. In documentary films, God is the director.”

But rest assured, the ending of my fictional take on a True Crime documentary provides closure—and, I hope, some jaw-dropping surprises. I hope you love this one as much as I do!

Charlie Donlea


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. Read More 


05.29.18 (US) 

“[A] timely thriller that builds into a shocking conclusion. Don’t Believe It is sure to appeal to fans of true crime docu-dramas, along with readers of Mary Kubica or Shari Lapena.”

—Library Journal 

“Fast-paced, gripping and addictive, this one will feed your true crime obsession and then some." 

POPSUGAR Book Club: 5 of May's Best New Reads

“Donlea’s framing of the story as documentary research proves an effective device, and his work reads like the best nonfiction: clear, crisp, and fast-moving.”


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04.30.18 (AU)

“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, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl and Every Last Lie

“Chilling and suspenseful.

I was gripped from the

first page.” —Candice Fox, bestselling author of Crimson Lake ​

“It’s easy to get hooked on the book’s heady cocktail of highly rated television and high-stakes subterfuge...a highly topical thriller." 5 Stars —Foreword Reviews

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—Publishers Weekly 

The Pitons are two mountainous volcanic plugs, volcanic spires, located in Saint Lucia.  The Gros Piton is (2,530 ft) high, and the Petit Piton is (2,438 ft) high; they are linked by the Piton Mitan Ridge. Between Gros Piton and Petit Piton is a pristine strip of sand called Sugar Beach.

Charlie's Latest Blog Posts 


5 of May's Best New Reads.  

Few things are better than a book you just cannot put down — we're talking about the can't-turn-the-page-fast-enough, lose-track-of-time-over kind. 

They don't come around often, but when they do, it'll always leave you hungry for more. Luckily, you've got five very, very good ones to keep you occupied all for the month of May, from true-crime inspired tales to love stories so poignant, your heart might just hurt a little. In a good way, of course. Read More

Charlie Donlea: A Rising Suspense Writer Who Delivers What Your Favorite Podcasts Can’t

Were you obsessed with Serial? How about Making A Murderer? If so, you are not alone. Twenty-million people were hooked, including USA Today bestselling author—and rising suspense star—Charlie Donlea.  But unlike those series, Donlea made it his mission to finally provide the satisfaction millions missed from those docu-dramas—and he is just the writer to do it. Read More

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Love locks secured to the Pont des Arts Bridge in Paris.  After tying the locks to the parapet, lovers throw the keys into the Seine River to seal their love forever. But sometimes forever doesn't last until the end of time...

In the event you missed Charlie Donlea's first two books, check out the US and AU versions. The Girl Who Was Taken and Summit Lake available now in paperback, hardcover, e-book, and audio formats.

The Girl Who Was Taken

Setting: Emerson Bay l North Carolina l August 20, 2016 l The Abduction.  Two women—one, the sister of a missing girl; the other, a victim who escaped—come together to unmask a killer in this heart-stopping thriller. Her truth is only half the story . . . Read More 

The Girl Who Was Taken


“A fast-moving page-turner. . . . Donlea skillfully maximizes

suspense by juggling narrators and time

all the way to the shocking final twists.”

—Publishers Weekly

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The Girl Who Was Taken


“Donlea’s sophomore effort is solid.  He keeps the reader guessing and second-guessing until the end, thanks to an expertly crafted abundance of potential suspects.” 

—Library Journal

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Summit Lake

Setting: Summit Lake l North Carolina l The Blue Ridge Mountains

 February 17, 2012 l A Murder

No suspects. No persons of interest. 

 Just a girl who was alive one day and dead the next. Read More

Summit Lake 

"Horrible things happen in Donlea’s…debut, starting with the murder of first-year law student Becca Eckersley." —Publishers Weekly

“Fans of contemporary suspense  will enjoy this brisk read.”


Available in Paperback, Hardcover, e-book, and audio formats. 

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