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USA TODAY & INDIEBOUND Bestselling Author Charlie Donlea Explores the Dark Side of Crime Docu-Dramas

Updated: Apr 9, 2018


DON’T BELIEVE IT by Charlie Donlea to be released May 29, 2018

Praise for Charlie Donlea

“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

“[A] fast-moving page-turner…Donlea skillfully maximizes suspense by juggling narrators and time.” —Publishers Weekly on The Girl Who Was Taken

“Donlea’s sophomore effort is solid. He effectively tells the story using shifts in time, and…keeps the reader guessing and second guessing until the end, thanks to an expertly crafted abundance of potential suspects.”

Library Journal on The Girl Who Was Taken

“With a soaring pace and teasing plot twists, Charlie Donlea’s debut mystery is like a cool drink of water with a twist of lemon. It’s refreshing to find a book that has such a well-developed plot and excellent writing to back it up.”

Bookpage on Summit Lake

“So clever and compelling…For fans of nonstop mysteries with a twist.”

Library Journal on Summit Lake

Kensington Publishing announces the May 29, 2018 hardcover release of DON’T BELIEVE IT, the third novel by USA Today and IndieBound bestselling author Charlie Donlea. Praised as a “bold new writer…on his way to becoming a major figure in the world of suspense” (Publishers Weekly), Charlie Donlea’s 2016 debut, Summit Lake, landed him on the IndieBound bestseller list and his second release, The Girl Who Was Taken, was both an IndieBound and a USA Today bestseller. Don’t Believe It is his third novel in just as many years and his most captivatingly twisty yet. It follows a crime series TV producer as she investigates the case of a young med student convicted of murdering her boyfriend while on vacation in Saint Lucia ten years earlier.

Filled with breathtaking twists, high tension and the haunting narratives that Donlea has become known for, Don’t Believe It is GripLit at its best – the perfect summer suspense. Fans of crime docu-series like Making a Murderer or The Jinx and podcasts such as Serial, Someone Knows Something or Crimetown also will find a lot to enjoy.

Don’t Believe It reads like a cinematic behind-the-scenes exposé of the juiciest in-depth investigation series, as producer Sidney Ryan rushes to stay one episode ahead of her tv show’s weekly airings, jetting from network meetings in New York, to the scene of the cold case murder on a Saint Lucian island resort, to the prison where her series’ subject awaits exoneration. But as America watches her peel away the layers of deception on prime time, is she working to free an innocent woman wrongfully imprisoned, or is she a pawn 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 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.


Charlie Donlea is a USA Today bestselling author who has been praised as a “bold new writer…on his way to becoming a major figure in the world of suspense” (Publishers Weekly). He was born and raised in Chicago, where he continues to live with his wife and two young children. An avid golfer and

baseball fan, he spends a part of each year fishing with his father in the far reaches of Canada, where the roads end and lakes are accessible only by floatplane. With so many choices of entertainment, and countless other books to choose from, he thanks you for spending your time and treasure

on his creation.


By Charlie Donlea

Kensington Books, an imprint of Kensington Publishing Corp.

On Sale: May 29, 2018 / Hardcover / Suspense

$26.00 ($28.95 CAN) / 978-1-4967-1380-3

Author Residence: Chicago, IL

For interviews, event requests and other publicity-related queries, please contact:

Vida Engstrand / 212.407.1573 /


Lulu Martinez / 212.407.1541 /

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