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A charismatic man’s death exposes the secrets he kept, revealing him to family and friends as an unrepentant pathological liar in this explosive thriller from film producer and author Nina Sadowsky. Justin Childs is handsome, likeable, smart. A devoted son to his mother, Carol; a loving husband to his wife, Annie; and a sure-footed, savvy business partner to his best friend A charismatic man’s death exposes the secrets he kept, revealing him to family and friends as an unrepentant pathological liar in this explosive thriller from film producer and author Nina Sadowsky. Justin Childs is handsome, likeable, smart. A devoted son to his mother, Carol; a loving husband to his wife, Annie; and a sure-footed, savvy business partner to his best friend from college, Will. To so many, the perfect man. He’s also a liar. And now he’s dead. When Justin’s body is retrieved from the wreckage of a car accident, his death leaves his loved ones with more questions than answers. In life, his charm and easygoing nature inspired trust, making him friends wherever he went. Now that he’s gone, the cracks begin to show: disturbing discrepancies in his company’s financials, unaccounted-for absences, a medical record that appears to be entirely fabricated. As the secrets and betrayals pile up, Annie, Carol, and Will realize their beloved Justin was not the man they thought he was. And why was he found dead with Valium in his system when he notoriously detested drugs? Was the crash that killed him really an accident—or did Justin finally get caught in something he couldn’t lie his way out of? Convince Me is a chilling look at what makes a sociopath in an age of untruth—and a high-octane, surprising read to its very last page.


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A charismatic man’s death exposes the secrets he kept, revealing him to family and friends as an unrepentant pathological liar in this explosive thriller from film producer and author Nina Sadowsky. Justin Childs is handsome, likeable, smart. A devoted son to his mother, Carol; a loving husband to his wife, Annie; and a sure-footed, savvy business partner to his best friend A charismatic man’s death exposes the secrets he kept, revealing him to family and friends as an unrepentant pathological liar in this explosive thriller from film producer and author Nina Sadowsky. Justin Childs is handsome, likeable, smart. A devoted son to his mother, Carol; a loving husband to his wife, Annie; and a sure-footed, savvy business partner to his best friend from college, Will. To so many, the perfect man. He’s also a liar. And now he’s dead. When Justin’s body is retrieved from the wreckage of a car accident, his death leaves his loved ones with more questions than answers. In life, his charm and easygoing nature inspired trust, making him friends wherever he went. Now that he’s gone, the cracks begin to show: disturbing discrepancies in his company’s financials, unaccounted-for absences, a medical record that appears to be entirely fabricated. As the secrets and betrayals pile up, Annie, Carol, and Will realize their beloved Justin was not the man they thought he was. And why was he found dead with Valium in his system when he notoriously detested drugs? Was the crash that killed him really an accident—or did Justin finally get caught in something he couldn’t lie his way out of? Convince Me is a chilling look at what makes a sociopath in an age of untruth—and a high-octane, surprising read to its very last page.

30 review for Convince Me

  1. 5 out of 5

    marilyn

    Justin Childs is adored by all. He's charismatic, so very smart and creative, willing to share ideas, praise, wealth and his wide circle of those who can get things done. He knows everyone who matters and is able to use those connections in every way possible.  When he dies in an automobile accident, driving off the end of the road into space, while loaded on Valium, his wife and best friend can't understand why that would happen since Justin didn't take drugs like Valium. But they soon realize Justin Childs is adored by all. He's charismatic, so very smart and creative, willing to share ideas, praise, wealth and his wide circle of those who can get things done. He knows everyone who matters and is able to use those connections in every way possible.  When he dies in an automobile accident, driving off the end of the road into space, while loaded on Valium, his wife and best friend can't understand why that would happen since Justin didn't take drugs like Valium. But they soon realize that Justin was all lies, that everything he touched was fake. Justin was a liar, a cheat, a fraud and he'd been so for at least the last decade. The story is told from the viewpoint of three people, Justin's wife, Anne, Justin's best friend and business partner, Will, and Justin's mom, Carol. As much as Carol loved Justin unconditionally, she was always aware that he made exceptions to the truth, that he did things wrong, that he hurt people, but Carol could always make excuses for Justin's failings. Carol would do anything to protect Justin's reputation, whether he deserved to have his reputation protected or not. Anne and Will's lives are falling apart after Justin's death. Their lives had been so entangled in everything Justin did and they never thought they had any reason to doubt Justin. Their home lives, their finances, their careers are being razed as Justin's death exposes all the cracks in Justin's very precisely curated life. What does Carol know, how much did she suspect, and can Anne trust her mother-in-law in her life? Is Justin pulling one last, brutal scheme from the grave? Anne and Will are implicated in things that Justin did. How long has Justin been plotting to destroy their lives and why would he want to do so? Thank you to Random House Publishing Group-Ballantine and NetGalley for this ARC.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    What happens when the perfect husband, son, and friend turns out to be the perfect liar? Annie, Will, and Carol are about to find out. This is a fun little thriller that one shouldn't take too seriously. Chapters alternate perspective of the three and each one urges you to read on to the next. I will admit I had a feeling that I knew where the story was going and for the most part I was right but it didn't hinder my reading experience and I have to give that to the author. Each chapter has a new What happens when the perfect husband, son, and friend turns out to be the perfect liar? Annie, Will, and Carol are about to find out. This is a fun little thriller that one shouldn't take too seriously. Chapters alternate perspective of the three and each one urges you to read on to the next. I will admit I had a feeling that I knew where the story was going and for the most part I was right but it didn't hinder my reading experience and I have to give that to the author. Each chapter has a new revelation of sorts and my mind was constantly trying to work it all out and I *mostly* did. Still, this is fun. It's the perfect beach / poolside read. This is escapism and I was all for it. Oh, and I loved the dedication: "This book is for everyone who is sick and tired of the fucking liars and their fucking lies. Preach it, sistah! Minor gripe: I don't like the cover at all and I almost didn't request this. How petty am I? It would have been my loss though. 4 *Calgon take me away* Stars! <--- Geesh, how old am I to be using a a reference like that? Don't answer that! Ha! Thank you to NetGalley and Ballantine Books fro providing me with a digital ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bridgett

    You guys...I really, really liked this book. Such a pleasant surprise! The story opened during the funeral of Justin Childs, who died in a car accident at age 33. It's narrated by the three people closest to him--his mother, Carol; his wife, Annie; and his best friend and business partner, Will. Almost immediately, information comes to light that things weren't quite as they seemed with Justin...or his very suspicious death. Over the next few days, Annie and Will work diligently to untangle the c You guys...I really, really liked this book. Such a pleasant surprise! The story opened during the funeral of Justin Childs, who died in a car accident at age 33. It's narrated by the three people closest to him--his mother, Carol; his wife, Annie; and his best friend and business partner, Will. Almost immediately, information comes to light that things weren't quite as they seemed with Justin...or his very suspicious death. Over the next few days, Annie and Will work diligently to untangle the clues and find answers, while Carol remains determined to protect her son's legacy. This is fast-paced and entertaining...the perfect summer-time beach read. It's very cleverly plotted and just plain fun, though not particularly difficult to figure out whodunit. The chapters are short, which makes it so much easier to keep reading, and the book has fewer than 300 pages, so you can fly through. I stayed up until 4:30 this morning just to finish reading. Definitely recommended! Available for purchase August 4th! **Many thanks to NetGalley and Random House for my review copy.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Wow! Lies, twists, sucker punches, entertainingly and slightly mad and dangerous character(s) blow your mind! Get ready, wear your comfy clothes, a bring out your snacks and booze because a very fast paced, jaw dropping, fist clenching, teeth gritting, heart pounding journey is waiting or you. Justin Childs is definition of charm and glamor, a lovely son, devoted husband, best friend recently dies at the car crash leaving behind his loved ones heartbroken. Drugs were found in his system which wa Wow! Lies, twists, sucker punches, entertainingly and slightly mad and dangerous character(s) blow your mind! Get ready, wear your comfy clothes, a bring out your snacks and booze because a very fast paced, jaw dropping, fist clenching, teeth gritting, heart pounding journey is waiting or you. Justin Childs is definition of charm and glamor, a lovely son, devoted husband, best friend recently dies at the car crash leaving behind his loved ones heartbroken. Drugs were found in his system which was questioning because he already lost his brother because of drug overdose and he avoided them like a plague. His way of dying brought out so many questions with him. Nothing made sense! We’re reading his story from his loved ones’ POVS: her eccentric, obsessive and also one of the most unluckiest person on the earth Carol ( she’s walking with dark clouds above her head, she lost her family at the fire, her husband at an accident and his other son committed suicide. Now his golden child is dead. She can be casted as Black Widow instead of Scarlett Johansson), smart, loyal and adorable wife Annie ( she still thinks Will was the best thing happened to her and from the beginning she felt insecure around his magnetic charm) and his old school mate/ partner Will who always sees him as his real brother. But what if their SO PERFECT son, husband, friend is a manipulative son of a .....( sorry Carol, I’m stopping right here, but you gotta know there are so many things wrong with your son) I have to stop not to give so much away but smart twists, whirlwind pacing, pure madness and entertainingly evil characters make your reading experience so much enjoyable than you may imagine. Even though it was foreseeable, I liked the well played and satisfying ending. So I’m giving my four well deserved, web of lies, manipulation, deceitfully mind games stars! One of the best popcorn and wine reads of mine! Cheers! 🍿🍷

  5. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    Every wife’s nightmare: what if you lose your husband, and then you learn he’s not the man you thought he was? This premise has been done many times - but I’ve never read a contemporary thriller novel so good at explaining how a sociopath is actually created. This book is narrated by two particularly important characters in sociopath Justin’s life: his wife Annie (should she have known?) and his mother (did she play a role?). It’s a slow burn in the beginning but really gets cracking with a parti Every wife’s nightmare: what if you lose your husband, and then you learn he’s not the man you thought he was? This premise has been done many times - but I’ve never read a contemporary thriller novel so good at explaining how a sociopath is actually created. This book is narrated by two particularly important characters in sociopath Justin’s life: his wife Annie (should she have known?) and his mother (did she play a role?). It’s a slow burn in the beginning but really gets cracking with a particularly devastating plot point about 40 percent in. From that moment my heart was in my throat. We also hear from a close friend Will, who sees a completely different Justin and who fills in a lot of missing pieces. These three narrators and their conflicting experiences with Justin (and lies they are told, and believe) paint a devastating portrait that will make you angry as you read more. This book is a slow burn in the beginning so give it a little time. It doesn’t disappoint and moves rapidly after it sets the stage. It is a thrilling book, and also a smart one that is a little hard to read if you’ve ever known anyone who might be a little like Justin. A great, unique psychological thriller. I also have to mention that this book has an awesome dedication that really kicks things off. Big thanks to NetGalley, Nina Sadowsky and Ballantine Books for this five star thriller in exchange for my honest opinion! This book was thrilling and unputdownable in the best way.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Katie B

    This book held my interest in a fun but let's not analyze it to death because it might not hold up type of way. While reading I was getting Lifetime movie vibes which is why I smiled when the author dropped a Lifetime reference into the story. And then, it made my day when I saw at the end of the book in the About The Author section that Nina Sadowsky has written screenplays and adaptations for Lifetime Television. It all makes sense! So yes, if you have parked yourself on your couch for a lazy This book held my interest in a fun but let's not analyze it to death because it might not hold up type of way. While reading I was getting Lifetime movie vibes which is why I smiled when the author dropped a Lifetime reference into the story. And then, it made my day when I saw at the end of the book in the About The Author section that Nina Sadowsky has written screenplays and adaptations for Lifetime Television. It all makes sense! So yes, if you have parked yourself on your couch for a lazy weekend watching movie after movie on that channel, chances are you'll like this book. Justin Childs is one charismatic guy. I guess I should say he was a charismatic guy because he's dead. Yup, his body is found in a wrecked car. What's strange is Valium is found in his system even though according to his wife, Annie, he detested any type of drugs. Annie also discovers there are quite a few things regarding Justin and his business that don't seem to add up. The story alternates between Annie who is searching for answers, Justin's friend and business partner, Will, and Justin's mom, Carol. The story has a good setup and I found myself caught up in the whole mystery of Justin. But the main issue I had with the book is by the time I got to the end, it didn't really feel like anything significant had happened. The story starts off with potential but eventually runs out of steam. It's a pretty quick read and even though I was disappointed in the last quarter or so, I was entertained for most of the story. It's a bit of a mindless read but that's not a bad thing in my opinion. Sometimes I am just in the mood for a book that isn't too challenging and can hold my interest. You know, kinda how I don't have to watch an award winning film every time I turn on the tv. Sometimes a Lifetime movie is the preferred option. If you don't go into this book expecting the world, you can just settle back like I did and have fun with it. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an advance digital copy in exchange for an honest review!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Fiona

    This book is for everyone who is sick and tired of the fucking liars and their fucking lies. Annie, Will, and Carol - they orbit their husband/best friend and business partner/son like planets - no, like moons, because an essential part of orbiting someone like Justin Childs is making yourself lesser, never taking away attention or focus that could be better served by reaching him. So what happens now that he's dead and these people who've shaped their lives around his no longer have their center? I This book is for everyone who is sick and tired of the fucking liars and their fucking lies. Annie, Will, and Carol - they orbit their husband/best friend and business partner/son like planets - no, like moons, because an essential part of orbiting someone like Justin Childs is making yourself lesser, never taking away attention or focus that could be better served by reaching him. So what happens now that he's dead and these people who've shaped their lives around his no longer have their center? It's a clever book, and it's all the better for the way Nina Sadowsky has chosen to tell it - the liar, for once, isn't given a chance to explain or justify his side of the story. No, he's dead, so there's not even the hint of his opinion. Instead, it's the people he's affected the most who finally have their turn, and they tell this story one after the other, as every truth starts making it out to the light. There's a couple of slight hitches in what was an incredibly compelling novel, otherwise - there's a confrontation at the end that I felt was a little too easy for the convenience of the story, and that synopsis spoils way too much. It takes away quite a bit of the uncertainty that's built so carefully by the first half of the book. But they're pretty minor complaints, especially stacked up against a book that kept me reading it at breakneck pace until I was done; I'll absolutely give it leeway when it's paid me back with that kind of incredible readability.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Melissa In The City

    5 stars and a round of applause! Excellent POV writing. Each character was detailed and brought to life off of the pages. I could feel the anguish and the pain and the emotional stress. This was a mind blowing story and 5 more stars for the authors use of the title and the name of the company in the book: Convince Me | Convincer Media Very clever!!! 🙌 Thank you Netgalley, the author and the publisher for my free ARC in exchange for my honest review

  9. 5 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    When the perfect man dies, he leaves behind family and friends who are left to ponder who he really was. Had he been the devoted and loving husband .... the bright businessman with the Midas touch? Or was he something else ... something no one saw? After Justin Child's funeral, his family and friends have lots of questions. Why was there drugs in his system when he was so adverse to them? Why is his company in financial distress? Why is his medical record all falsified? Where did he go when he d When the perfect man dies, he leaves behind family and friends who are left to ponder who he really was. Had he been the devoted and loving husband .... the bright businessman with the Midas touch? Or was he something else ... something no one saw? After Justin Child's funeral, his family and friends have lots of questions. Why was there drugs in his system when he was so adverse to them? Why is his company in financial distress? Why is his medical record all falsified? Where did he go when he disappeared for long periods of time? Was the car crash that killed him an accident .. or something more sinister? Told by 3 points of view ... his wife, his mother, his best friend ... it's left to the reader to decipher the lies, the semi-truths. Twists and turns, deep dark secrets, lead to an extremely unexpected ending. With a tightly woven plot amid skillfully crafted characters, this is a nail-biting page turner from start to finish. Many thanks to the author / Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine / Netgalley for the digital copy of this psychological fiction. Read and reviewed voluntarily, opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Renee

    Annie and Justin haven't been married for long. Justin is the kind of guy who makes friends everywhere he goes and is always the life of the party. He and Annie met under rather unusual circumstances, but it must have been fate since they fell madly in love and are the perfect couple. Annie is devastated when Justin dies in a car accident. She and Will, Justin's best friend, and business partner barely have time to mourn when things about Justin, truly distressing things come to light. How could Annie and Justin haven't been married for long. Justin is the kind of guy who makes friends everywhere he goes and is always the life of the party. He and Annie met under rather unusual circumstances, but it must have been fate since they fell madly in love and are the perfect couple. Annie is devastated when Justin dies in a car accident. She and Will, Justin's best friend, and business partner barely have time to mourn when things about Justin, truly distressing things come to light. How could they have misjudged the perfect husband, friend, businessman, and the perfect son to his mother Carol? As they compare stories, they soon realize that they did not know Justin at all. Told from Annie, Will, and Carol's perspectives in alternating chapters, a picture of a true sociopath emerges. Even in death, Justin's twisted games don't end, and someone may pay a high price. Did Justin commit suicide or was this just an accident? Could he have been murdered by someone who had enough of his lies? I did find myself shaking my head a few times as Justin's deceptions are so easily uncovered. Then I stopped thinking about 'real-life' sociopaths and their Ponzi schemes. I imagined that Justin was just so full of himself, that he didn't even feel the need to put much effort into concealing his secrets. He would always find a way out of trouble. A vile man who made me question what could have made him that way. Luckily, his mother provided backstory and wow, there are some real revelations in her chapters. I read this in my backyard on a hot and sunny day. I didn't put Convince Me down until I was done, so this one reeled me in. 4.5 stars.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Joy E Perry

    #NetGalley #RandomHousePublishingGroup-Ballantine #NinaSadowsky Wow! This was my first book by this author and I was impressed! I flew thru it. The story was so good! I will definitely be looking forward to reading more books by Nina Sadowsky! I recommend this book for lovers of psychological thrillers, it will not disappoint!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Walker

    This book is masterfully constructed so the plot evolves at the perfect pace, allowing you to enjoy the nuances of what's unfolding but also compelled to turn the pages. A husband, friend and son is tragically killed, leaving behind a house-of-cards trail of lies. Great book!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Donna Hines

    OMG! This was truly crazy beyond belief with an ending that was alarming if not foul. Good grief this starts off innocently enough with Justin being accused of a crime after a body of a young women was found in his possession. That body belonged to a woman named Haley who he had an affair with but that's beside the point as he married Annie while his best man was Will presiding over the wedding What's not quite easy to comprehend is the notion that Justin may be responsible for Hayley's death and a OMG! This was truly crazy beyond belief with an ending that was alarming if not foul. Good grief this starts off innocently enough with Justin being accused of a crime after a body of a young women was found in his possession. That body belonged to a woman named Haley who he had an affair with but that's beside the point as he married Annie while his best man was Will presiding over the wedding What's not quite easy to comprehend is the notion that Justin may be responsible for Hayley's death and also a Ponzi scheme. Now we all know that homicides often are framed to appear as suicides so one wonders could that be the case here. Carol is besides herself playing the role of the distraught mother who simply wants to help her son get justice. So it's alarming to uncover all this information about stolen technology and worse about drugs being exchanged because after all reputations are on the line and some will do anything to stay in the good graces of everyone involved. YIKES>>>> Thank you to Nina, the pub, NetGalley, and Amazon Kindle for this ARC in exchange for this honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Anne OK

    FULL REVIEW posted on August 28, 2020 Liar, Liar pants on fire! I’m a big fan of a good whodunit, especially one that is cleverly plotted where the author uses a sly and unique set-up in presentation. Even though not particularly difficult to “out” the guilty party, I still found Nina Sadowsky’s writing skills well-developed and easy to follow and very likable. I did peg the guilty party fairly early on, but I wasn’t totally convinced with my judgment until the final unveiling. Readers will fi FULL REVIEW posted on August 28, 2020 Liar, Liar pants on fire! I’m a big fan of a good whodunit, especially one that is cleverly plotted where the author uses a sly and unique set-up in presentation. Even though not particularly difficult to “out” the guilty party, I still found Nina Sadowsky’s writing skills well-developed and easy to follow and very likable. I did peg the guilty party fairly early on, but I wasn’t totally convinced with my judgment until the final unveiling. Readers will find zinger surprises hidden throughout the turn of pages. Instead of being an all-around dark and grizzly written psycho-saga (which, in fact, it was), this new-to-me author made it a fun read amid the craziness, deceptions and well-kept secrets -- and, of course, murder. Murder – that’s where most usually begin. The excitement in reading these chilling stories is in becoming the truth-seeker and discovering the culprit’s identity. Sorting through all the pieces of the puzzle until each clue snaps into place is when the fun starts, and novice sleuths can end with an exhilarating “Oh my gosh, it was him!” or “She really did it!” -- or maybe even “No! I should have known!” After all was said and done this time, for me anyway, I came away with the feelings that this one fell more into the category of a why-dunit in place of whodunit tale. Justin Childs died at the age of thirty-three when his car slid down the mountainside. The toxicology report showed drugs in his blood. But Justin never, ever took drugs. And he had a solid reason why. Nobody questioned his decision. After all, he was the epitome of a class act, a man of means, successful and well-liked by his peers. His mom thought Justin was her golden child – his young widow thought she was living every woman’s dream with a perfect husband -- and his best friend and business partner loved him like a brother. Told in three alternating points of view from Carol, Annie, and Will. This was one of the most effective ways of rolling out a story that I’ve read in a long time. Short chapters by each narrator kept the story moving forward at a fast clip without becoming a long-drawn-out drama-rama tale. It actually rolled-out like a movie being filmed and brought to life. As his loved ones search for answers, the investigation on Justin’s accident doesn’t jive with the man they’ve known and loved. There is far more to this story. In reality, Justin was a man of mystery walking on the dark side. Throughout his life he had kept many well-hidden secrets and his innumerable lies were whoppers – that will not only shock everyone, but personally affect those who were closest to him. A wickedly deceptive thriller that will keep you glued to your seat all the way to the end. Sometimes when you think things might be a little too good to be true, you might be right!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jessica (BlogEared Books)

    This was a quick read! And I loved and hated every second of it! Justin Childs is dead. And during his vivacious, whirl wind of life he left Carol, Annie, and Will in his wake. Convince me is told from three points of view - his wife Annie, Best friend and business partner Will, and mother Carol. They tell a story of how Justin was their life line with his bigger than life ideas and gestures and how easily they overlooked some big red flags. As bodies pile up, the reader is forced to figure out This was a quick read! And I loved and hated every second of it! Justin Childs is dead. And during his vivacious, whirl wind of life he left Carol, Annie, and Will in his wake. Convince me is told from three points of view - his wife Annie, Best friend and business partner Will, and mother Carol. They tell a story of how Justin was their life line with his bigger than life ideas and gestures and how easily they overlooked some big red flags. As bodies pile up, the reader is forced to figure out what really happened to Will- and that's pretty tough when you are reading directly from each perspective. Loved it because this author knows how to write. She planted Easter eggs throughout the book and really described what life with a narcissist is like. I hated it because I was married to a narcissist for a few years and he possessed the same characteristics. Realistic writing at its best and worst! ;) Thank you to #netgalley, #ninsadowsky and #randomhouse for the complimentary DRC for an honest review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jill Elizabeth

    It's funny - even while I was reading this one I kept thinking that the author was short-handing an awful lot of things and skipping over the how and the why of the revelations as they poured out, in favor of moving the narrative along. Normally, that's a thing that drives me crazy and either sends me into skimming-pages mode or setting the book down all together. But I just could not stop reading this one! I think at the end of the day the author was more concerned in exploring the relationship It's funny - even while I was reading this one I kept thinking that the author was short-handing an awful lot of things and skipping over the how and the why of the revelations as they poured out, in favor of moving the narrative along. Normally, that's a thing that drives me crazy and either sends me into skimming-pages mode or setting the book down all together. But I just could not stop reading this one! I think at the end of the day the author was more concerned in exploring the relationships and aftermath than in the minutiae, and with the writing style and characterization presented, that didn't bother me at all. This is highly unusual for me, and I take it as a testament to Sadowsky's writing, which was engaging and well-paced and kept things moving at a brisk clip no matter what was going on... It made for a fun and easy read that I thoroughly enjoyed. I will definitely be looking for her in the future! Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my obligation - free review copy.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    I enjoyed this book for the most part. It centers around Annie, whose husband Justin has just died, as well as Justin's best friend, WIll, and mother, Carol, alternating chapters between them. The first part of the book talks about experiences with Justin from all 3 of these POVs. I liked this because we all know someone like this who is super charismatic and makes us feel like we are the center of the universe. As the book goes on, though, you start to see some inconsistencies that alert you to I enjoyed this book for the most part. It centers around Annie, whose husband Justin has just died, as well as Justin's best friend, WIll, and mother, Carol, alternating chapters between them. The first part of the book talks about experiences with Justin from all 3 of these POVs. I liked this because we all know someone like this who is super charismatic and makes us feel like we are the center of the universe. As the book goes on, though, you start to see some inconsistencies that alert you to the fact that Justin might not be exactly who everyone thought he was. I also found this interesting, as it started off subtly, leading the reader to connect the dots. Without giving spoilers, we find out a lot about Justin but there is also another twist that I kind of saw coming, but not to the extent that it actually showed up. I liked the book but did have a couple issues. One is that the plot meandered for most of the book (which I didn't mind, as the content was interesting) but all got tied up really quickly at the end. It felt abrupt to go from the pace of most of the book to the pace of the end of the book. Also, I found it rather hard to believe that Justin got away with some of the things he did without anyone noticing, being that his wife and his business partner both felt that they were fully connected. It seems that some of this stuff would have been questioned but either one of them or other people at the company. All in all, though, I thought it was a good read and I was interested in seeing what happened. The characters were well developed, and even if the ending wasn't a huge shock, there were some twists and I liked the overall plot. I'd recommend it for those who like psychological/domestic suspense books. Thanks to Netgalley for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tonya

    Convincer: A delicate gesture done in order to emphasize a wrong conception, and strengthen the audience’s belief in it. This describes Justin. He is charismatic, manipulative and a master of illusion. After his untimely death his wife, Annie, and business partner, Will, are left to clean up the mess he has left behind. “ What do you do when everything you thought you knew is a lie? Seeking answers can be painful and heart wrenching. Although the beginning was a little slow, the pace quickene Convincer: A delicate gesture done in order to emphasize a wrong conception, and strengthen the audience’s belief in it. This describes Justin. He is charismatic, manipulative and a master of illusion. After his untimely death his wife, Annie, and business partner, Will, are left to clean up the mess he has left behind. “ What do you do when everything you thought you knew is a lie? Seeking answers can be painful and heart wrenching. Although the beginning was a little slow, the pace quickened with surprising twists and turns. Some of the plot was somewhat predictable, but it still propelled me to continue to the satisfying conclusion. This is the first book I’ve read by Nina Sadowsky, but definitely won’t be my last. Thank you NetGalley and Ballantine Books for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lizzie J

    This one just did not really do it for me. I'm not sure if I just don't like psychological thrillers, or if the few I've been dealt with haven't been the best of the genre? Either way, I've only just finished this book five minutes ago, and I'm already realizing how apathetic I really am towards it. I also can't say that any particular part of the story stands out to me. I come to thrillers to get my blood pumping and my adrenaline rushing...not to pout my lip at the end and go, "Huh." The first This one just did not really do it for me. I'm not sure if I just don't like psychological thrillers, or if the few I've been dealt with haven't been the best of the genre? Either way, I've only just finished this book five minutes ago, and I'm already realizing how apathetic I really am towards it. I also can't say that any particular part of the story stands out to me. I come to thrillers to get my blood pumping and my adrenaline rushing...not to pout my lip at the end and go, "Huh." The first half of the book is backstory about Justin. We see him through the eyes of his mother, Carole, business partner, Will, and wife, Annie. To all, he is the image of a perfect man. And right there is my major issue with unbelievability. How has he been able to go so far without anyone noticing? Especially with how easily they found out once they tried to dig up just a small thimble full of dirt. Exorbitant credit card files just tucked away in the desk drawer. Did Annie never once touch their finances? Random boat purchases through their company? What are they paying that CFO guy to do? His affair with Hailey? Annie and Will just had to walk up to her brother, and he just started yelling proof at them! How did Justin get away with any of this when he's obviously so terrible at hiding it? Unfortunately, Justin's evils are not the point of this story, despite the fact that we spend 90% of it trying to "uncover" them. And what is the point? I'm...not quite sure actually. (view spoiler)[ We spend so much of the book discussing Justin, but in the end, we uncover his mom as being the insane killer? Who apparently also killed her family and that's where it all started? But perhaps Justin "inherited" some of her insanity and maybe was the one who killed his father? (hide spoiler)] *scratches head* I'm just not sure what the final result is supposed to be. Usually, the story would follow the victim's killer, and we would be wrapped up in trying to uncover the culprit and bring them to justice. But here, there's no real sense of justice because the story was about Justin. Who's already dead. And thus nothing happens. Except for the end that randomly springs a murderer upon us, even though the majority of the book suggests that it was suicide. Then, the book is over, and it's all wrapped up with a nice little bow, leaving me with a strange sense of emptiness. I just don't know. Is this the psychological part? Where I think myself in circles for hours and hours after finishing it?

  20. 4 out of 5

    ʚϊɞ Shelley's ʚϊɞ Book Nook

    What do you do when everything you thought you knew is a lie? Convince Me is one of the better suspense/mystery novels I've read. The story starts out simple - Justin Childs has died in a car accident and his wife, mother and business partner try to get on with their lives...But everything slowly becomes more complicated and intertwined as the story goes on and what follows is a page turner with twists and turns that keep the reader reading well into the night. Nina Sadowsky has written a gri What do you do when everything you thought you knew is a lie? Convince Me is one of the better suspense/mystery novels I've read. The story starts out simple - Justin Childs has died in a car accident and his wife, mother and business partner try to get on with their lives...But everything slowly becomes more complicated and intertwined as the story goes on and what follows is a page turner with twists and turns that keep the reader reading well into the night. Nina Sadowsky has written a gripping read. We are told via three points of view what Justin meant to his wife, mother and friend. Justin may not be the person they remember. Each one of these points of view builds into the story subtly and expertly and it makes the book very compelling - much more so than for a mystery alone. This story was intricate with details that kept me following even at times when the extra explanations were logical and possibly unnecessary. I read this story swiftly and I was definitely amazed with the characters. The author left no stone unturned. All of the questions I could have asked were finally answered in the end. A solid mystery that is a very suspenseful read and does not disappoint. Recommend! Thank you NetGalley, Random House Publishing Group, Ballantine Books and Nina Sadowsky for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own. #ConvinceMe #NetGalley

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cat

    They were the perfect couple: handsome and successful Justin and his beautiful wife Anne. Imagine the heartbreak when Justin is killed in a car accident, supposedly under the influence of drugs. Anne works with Justin’s business partner Will to try and determine why there are so many unexplained actions and suspicious activities leading up to Justin’s accident. She tries to share in her grief with Justin’s mother, but Carol really doesn’t desire to share in the weakness of emotion. She has alway They were the perfect couple: handsome and successful Justin and his beautiful wife Anne. Imagine the heartbreak when Justin is killed in a car accident, supposedly under the influence of drugs. Anne works with Justin’s business partner Will to try and determine why there are so many unexplained actions and suspicious activities leading up to Justin’s accident. She tries to share in her grief with Justin’s mother, but Carol really doesn’t desire to share in the weakness of emotion. She has always raised her son to prosper, succeed at all costs, and if he failed, she was there to push him through. As these three viewpoints reflect and untangle the lies that Justin has lived, they may not be prepared for the cold evidence that lies in their path. This is a fun, engrossing, and quick read, perfect for the beach or one rainy evening. (I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review. Thank you to Random House- Ballantine and NetGalley for making it available.)

  22. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    Convince me was a fast paced book that held my interest. It's a story about Justin who recently died- He was a charismatic guy and the story is told from 3 points of view Annie his wife, his friend and business partner Will, and his mother Carol. We learn that Justin isn't exactly who we thought he was - there's a trail of lies and deceit. All in all I thought it was a good read and I was interested in seeing what happened. I enjoyed the book but I wish I hadn't seen so many 5 star reviews - I t Convince me was a fast paced book that held my interest. It's a story about Justin who recently died- He was a charismatic guy and the story is told from 3 points of view Annie his wife, his friend and business partner Will, and his mother Carol. We learn that Justin isn't exactly who we thought he was - there's a trail of lies and deceit. All in all I thought it was a good read and I was interested in seeing what happened. I enjoyed the book but I wish I hadn't seen so many 5 star reviews - I think it I was expecting a lot more than I got out of it.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Cindy lovemybooks2020

    4.5*s. Fabulous twisty thriller! Keeps you guessing til the end. Loved the three-person narrative! Highly recommend!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Roma Sharma

    This was a little slow to start but then picked up more quickly to become a good fast paced read. The narration is done form 3 points of view and it helps build the plot well. The chapters are short and that makes this a quick read. The mystery around Justin is well built and there some good twists and turns. Overall very enjoyable. I appreciated how the author answers all the questions a reader may have leaving nothing ambiguous. The ending wasn’t a huge plot twist but the book was truly enjoya This was a little slow to start but then picked up more quickly to become a good fast paced read. The narration is done form 3 points of view and it helps build the plot well. The chapters are short and that makes this a quick read. The mystery around Justin is well built and there some good twists and turns. Overall very enjoyable. I appreciated how the author answers all the questions a reader may have leaving nothing ambiguous. The ending wasn’t a huge plot twist but the book was truly enjoyable.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    The novel begins at a funeral. Annie is widowed at age 31 as her husband, Justin met his death at the bottom of a cliff when his car veered off the road. She is devastated as is his best friend, Will and Justin's mother, Carol. Told from these three perspectives, we relive the early days of Annie and Justin's courtship and marriage, Will and Justin's friendship and business ventures, and Carol's adoration of her son. Of course there are secrets, lies, and deceit; who is telling the truth and who The novel begins at a funeral. Annie is widowed at age 31 as her husband, Justin met his death at the bottom of a cliff when his car veered off the road. She is devastated as is his best friend, Will and Justin's mother, Carol. Told from these three perspectives, we relive the early days of Annie and Justin's courtship and marriage, Will and Justin's friendship and business ventures, and Carol's adoration of her son. Of course there are secrets, lies, and deceit; who is telling the truth and who are we to believe? It's a thrill ride for sure that will have you guessing until the end! Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    Bless you, Nina Sadowsky, for writing a novel so compelling that I was riveted for the entire book. During these days of being home bound, I have found it hard to concentrate, but with something this engaging, no problem. An appropriate title for a book built around the death and puzzle of Justin, a master manipulator and convincer. It is narrated by his widow, his mother and his best friend. The slow realization of who Justin was and his misdeeds drew me into the plot. Amazing, so many people f Bless you, Nina Sadowsky, for writing a novel so compelling that I was riveted for the entire book. During these days of being home bound, I have found it hard to concentrate, but with something this engaging, no problem. An appropriate title for a book built around the death and puzzle of Justin, a master manipulator and convincer. It is narrated by his widow, his mother and his best friend. The slow realization of who Justin was and his misdeeds drew me into the plot. Amazing, so many people fooled for so long by this charismatic man. The end brings our growing suspicion to a great Ahah moment. Obviously, I really enjoyed this book. An interesting choice for reading groups since women discovering truths after a spouses dies is not as uncommon as one might expect. Thank you Netgalley for this engaging experience.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Faith Hurst-Bilinski

    Justin is dead. We start at his funeral seeing his life through the eyes of his wife, his best friend, and his mother. His "meet" stories with Will, the best friend, and Annie, the wife, are a cutesy. A little too cutesy. He is overly charming and overly giving and overly everything. He is the kind of person the term "extra" was coined for. His death is an accident and leaves a lot of questions for those around him. How did a man who hated drug use die with drugs in his system? Was he too good t Justin is dead. We start at his funeral seeing his life through the eyes of his wife, his best friend, and his mother. His "meet" stories with Will, the best friend, and Annie, the wife, are a cutesy. A little too cutesy. He is overly charming and overly giving and overly everything. He is the kind of person the term "extra" was coined for. His death is an accident and leaves a lot of questions for those around him. How did a man who hated drug use die with drugs in his system? Was he too good to be true? I really liked this book. Justin's personality was way over the top from the beginning. It may be easy to see as a reader, but it took longer for his loved ones to see it. After his death, in fact. Through their memories you read hints of it right away (his mother's memory of his reaction to her death, his wife remembering their early and manipulative dating days, the friend being plied with strange and expensive gifts almost as soon as they met.) This is what happens when that person is revealed. The people who tell the story are those that were so close to him that they couldn't see him. Their lives became instantly and deeply entangled with his as soon as they met. His death leaves them all floundering to figure out what they will be without him and then they start finding out the truth. The question is, can they handle the truth? (You can't handle the truth!) What will those closest to him do to keep his reputation intact? Fun to read! Thanks to Nina Sadosky, Netgalley, and Random House for the ARC.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Regina

    Convince Me convinced me after about the first 10% of the novel. I found myself in a bit of a reading slump after tearing through my last couple of reads, and this starts off as a slow burn. Annie is the grieving widow of the enigmatic, charismatic, wunderkind Justin Childs. Everyone has gathered to celebrate his life after a tragic car accident, including his doting mother Carol and admiring business partner, Will. Justin smiles handsomely from the photo that was chosen and everyone drinks and l Convince Me convinced me after about the first 10% of the novel. I found myself in a bit of a reading slump after tearing through my last couple of reads, and this starts off as a slow burn. Annie is the grieving widow of the enigmatic, charismatic, wunderkind Justin Childs. Everyone has gathered to celebrate his life after a tragic car accident, including his doting mother Carol and admiring business partner, Will. Justin smiles handsomely from the photo that was chosen and everyone drinks and laughs and talks about how funny, how intelligent, how successful and how loving Justin was. But as the scene unfolds, we notice people are missing. Where is Annie’s coworker Hayley? And where is Warren Sax, the elusive investor in Justin and Will’s business? Where indeed. The mystery then unravels at breakneck speed as Annie and Will rush to find out the truth behind Justin’s golden-boy façade. The reader gets snippets of Justin’s upbringing with Carol in between discoveries – what does she know, and how much of Justin’s deception is her fault? There is a bit of rushing toward the conclusion at the end and a couple of unnecessary scenes (Hayley’s brother, I could have done without you), but overall I would recommend getting through the first few chapters to discover an exciting read. Speaking of discoveries – the dedication from the author comes at the end, and it’s worth it.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This is a fast-paced read that kind of has a bit of a Lifetime movie-vibe. I think it's best not to overanalyze it, just sit back and enjoy the ride. :) This book is a bit oddly-structured though. It opens at a Justin's funeral and we spend a good third of the book inside the heads of his wife, best friend, and mother learning about their lives with Justin and how great he was (while this was a fascinating look into these three characters, this back story doesn't move the plot along very fast). H This is a fast-paced read that kind of has a bit of a Lifetime movie-vibe. I think it's best not to overanalyze it, just sit back and enjoy the ride. :) This book is a bit oddly-structured though. It opens at a Justin's funeral and we spend a good third of the book inside the heads of his wife, best friend, and mother learning about their lives with Justin and how great he was (while this was a fascinating look into these three characters, this back story doesn't move the plot along very fast). However, about halfway through these characters start uncovering Justin's lies and the book switches to more of a straight-up murder mystery. Sadly, that second part felt underdone to me personally. I remember looking down that the "percentage read" marker on my Kindle and thinking, "there's no way they're going to be able to wrap this all up by the end." The author does, of course, but that means that there's a pretty big "ah-ha" moment where basically everything gets tidily wrapped up in one scene. In a two hour movie, that kind of quick resolution is usually satisfying, but I thought it worked less well in the written form. Thanks to the author and NetGalley for granting me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    Justin Childs was a charismatic husband to Annie, business partner/best friend to Will, and beloved son to his mother Carol. Unfortunately, his untimely and suspicious death reveals a number of dark secrets he was harboring from all of them. This was a quick and enjoyable domestic thriller. The chapters rotate between Annie, Will, and Carol's perspectives as they try to reconcile the Justin they knew with they Justin they find out about. The audiobook has a different narrator for each character Justin Childs was a charismatic husband to Annie, business partner/best friend to Will, and beloved son to his mother Carol. Unfortunately, his untimely and suspicious death reveals a number of dark secrets he was harboring from all of them. This was a quick and enjoyable domestic thriller. The chapters rotate between Annie, Will, and Carol's perspectives as they try to reconcile the Justin they knew with they Justin they find out about. The audiobook has a different narrator for each character which adds to their individual personalities and characterizations. Carol Monda steals the show as the grieving and somewhat performative mother. My favorite thing about multiple narrators is how they voice one another which really helps you understand how each character perceives one another. I also appreciated what felt like a deliberate but not stereotypical inclusion of some diverse characters to what otherwise felt like yet another example of rich white people drama (although one minor quibble about a throwaway line - I doubt a character like Carol would actually use the term Latinx based on how she is presented otherwise). Overall a solid beach read for wherever people read beach reads during COVID.

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