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Trust Me When I Lie

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  610 ratings  ·  171 reviews
Eliza Dacey was murdered in cold blood.

Four years later, the world watched it unfold again on screen.

Producer Jack Quick knows how to frame a story. So says Curtis Wade, the subject of Jack’s new true crime docuseries, convicted of a young woman’s murder four years prior. In the eyes of Jack’s viewers, flimsy evidence and police bias influenced the final verdict…even
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Published August 13th 2019 by Sourcebooks Landmark (first published September 3rd 2018)
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May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a thought provoking, atmospheric and twisted Aussie crime fiction from Benjamin Stevenson with a tremendous sense of location and climate, the sweltering and deadly heat of the never ending Australian bush. This is a story of ambition, personal integrity, an ethical quagmire, and a spotlight on a media that has the power to instrumentally shape and manipulate the stories it tells. Set north of Sydney in the Hunter Valley, four years ago Eliza Dacey was brutally murdered, her body found ...more
Julie (JuJu)
A four-year-old murder, a true-crime docuseries and a retrial that sets the convicted killer free. Wow! The lovely cover and the intriguing description made me hit the request button on this one.

Thank you to NetGalley, Benjamin Stevenson and Sourcebooks Landmark for this ARC, in exchange for my honest review.

I’m not quite sure how to review this one. The story starts out with a lot of promise. times the writing was precise and entertaining. At other times it was confusing, choppy and
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5000-2019
I believe this is the author's debut novel. If he keeps writing to this level he has a great future.

This is an Australian novel and I enjoyed the setting in the wine area of the Hunter Valley, north of Sydney. The plot is convoluted but well thought out by the author and it all comes to a magnificent and quite unexpected ending. I have to admit I did not expect the last part at all! The main characters were convincing and the occasional jumps back into the past were well managed and necessary to
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A thriller with a killer ending.

The docu-drama sub genre of crime fiction is really starting to take off and Greenlight by Benjamin Stevenson gives Aussies readers a taste of the local flavor.

When documentary film maker Jack Quick gets his 15 minutes of fame by assisting in overturning a flimsy guilty conviction of winemaker, Curtis Wade, for the murder of grape-picker Eliza Dacey, he had no idea the fame and spotlight would turn his life upside down.

Questions later arise as to Curtis'
Eliza Dacey – itinerant grape picker – disappeared and was brutally murdered after a period of incarceration. Her killer, winemaker Curtis Wade, was caught almost immediately and jailed for the crime. Four years later and producer Jack Quick was into the final stages of a true crime documentary with the story of Eliza’s murder on everyone’s lips.

When Jack uncovered a minor piece of evidence not long before his show’s final episode, he was in two minds as to what to do with it. After he spoke to
Brooke - One Woman's Brief Book Reviews

**3.5 stars**

Greenlight by Benjamin Stevenson. (2018).

4 years ago in the small town of Birravale, Eliza was murdered and within hours her killer Curtis was caught. But is he really the killer? Jack produces a true crime documentary about the case and his belief Curtis is innocent. Just before the final episode, Jack uncovers a minor detail that could prove Curtis guilty... so he gets rid of it. Not long after Curtis is released from
With the increasing popularity of true crime documentaries and podcasts this is a timely novel highlighting the role this type of media plays in influencing public opinion. By failing to reveal an important find towards the end of his documentary series on the death of English backpacker Eliza Dacey, Jack Quick has allowed the public and justice system to believe that Curtis Wade was falsely convicted of her murder. However after his release from prison, when another woman is murdered in a ...more
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I felt this was an intriguing, complicated mystery, but the biggest puzzle was why the book is available with three different titles. This caused a lot of confusion when searching for a Kindle version.

Jack Quick is producing a crime documentary with the aim of proving to the TV audience that Curtis Wade, in prison for murder, is innocent. In the beginning, the initial descriptions of both these men are wickedly amusing.
Jack has suffered from bulimia and PTSD ever since he witnessed a
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Jack is a TV journalists who is working on a story of a murdered woman.
He is convinced that the wrong man has been convicted and works to get the conviction overturned. After the man has been released from prison another murder is committed that looks like the same killer.
I found the characters in this book unlikeable and the writing style also made it difficult for me to engage with the story.
Thank you to NetGalley and Hodder & Stoughton off my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
Mandy White
Another great Aussie book... a murder in the Hunter Valley and a podcast helps free the convicted killer. A great listen, highly recommend
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
So a caveat before I begin. About four months ago, I began taking a new opiate for chronic pain management. I hadn’t THOUGHT it was having any effect on my thought processes. Trying to muddle through this plot, however, has made me wonder if perhaps these drugs are more potent than I realize. It’s either that OR this is just really confusing storytelling, written without regard to chronology and lacking any real method of organization. It’s as if the author put together a series of significant ...more
Tracy Frenette
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
A gripping debut by Benjamin Stevenson

Jack has a podcast on true crimes. He finally has a big break with a docu-drama story he is doing for TV. Curtis Wade was convicted of a murder of a girl named Eliza. Jack's drama showed that Curtis was convicted with insufficient evidence and was released after 4 years in prison. Soon after another dead body shows up.

Now Jack isn't so sure that Curtis is so innocent after all.

The story is set in Australia, has great character development. The triple twist
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's a something about GREENLIGHT that feels like a non-too-subtle dig at the commercialisation of true crime. There's always been a sub-set of true crime writing that's been about the crims, their exploits, personalities and too big to be believable criminal histories. Ranging from reflective and analytical in style, to tongue in cheek, many books and programs seem to have contributed to the rise of the "celebrity criminal".

It's no surprise then that the rise and rise of the true crime
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About Benjamin Stevenson (

Benjamin Stevenson is an award-winning stand-up comedian and author. He has sold out shows from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival all the way to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has appeared on ABCTV, Channel 10, and The Comedy Channel. Off-stage, Benjamin has worked for publishing houses and literary agencies in Australia and the USA. He currently works with some of Australia’s best-loved authors at Curtis
Liz Barnsley
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Note: I read an advanced proof of the UK release which is retitled "She Lies in the Vines" and will be released here 5th Sept.

I'll be reviewing it nearer the time but I thoroughly enjoyed this. With our Making a Murderer and similar obsession this looks at a different angle for that kind of documentary- the filmmaker. How they manipulate an audience and in this case take that a little too far then have to live with the guilt.

Clever and involving. Re commended.
Mary S. R.
3.5 STARS! I'd have rounded it down if not for that unique ending and how the last 2 parts/episodes wrapped it up perfectly. Despite its flaws and areas that needed improvement, this book still goes to my faves shelf, because it was remarkable.

Jack Heath
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: australian, crime
GREENLIGHT is an incredibly topical thriller about a true-crime podcaster who gets a wrongfully convicted killer released from prison - and then, when another body turns up, realises that the guy might have been guilty after all. All the characters are damaged and intriguing, the Australian setting is authentic and sinister (often funny, too), and the last ten chapters worth of twists will take your breath away. I think GREENLIGHT is one of the best crime reads of 2018, and you should definitely ...more
Mar 25, 2019 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review.

Trust Me When I Lie had a really interesting premise, but it never quite lived up to it’s potential for me.

Jack was a popular true crime podcast host that got his big break investigating the trial of Curtis Wade. Curtis was convicted of killing a young woman with very little actual evidence. Jack creates a tv show chronicling the many errors of the case. He doesn’t really seem to understand there are real world
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Show, don't tell. How many times have I heard that, right back to when I was a kid in high school? So it still astounds me when books make it through to publication, seemingly oblivious to this rule.

Here we have a great premise. A TV show sifts through the evidence of an old open-and-shut murder case to free a wrongly-convicted man, only for a second identical crime to occur immediately after and throw the whole thing into doubt.

So springs the show's maverick host, Jack Quick, on a trail to
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David Linwood
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant premise: the producer of a hit true crime documentary (in the style of Making a Murderer, Serial, The Cheshire murders et al.) finds a key piece of evidence that undermines the premise of his blockbuster show, what does he do?

This is a question loaded with moral implications. The novel demands a lot of the reader, by pressing further and further into this idea. A host of richly imagined characters deal with the fallout of this decision.

I have come to expect these 'high-concept' books
Elaine Tomasso
I would like to thank Netgalley and Hodder and Stoughton for an advance copy of She Lies in the Vines, a stand alone novel set in Australia’s Hunter Valley.

Jack Quick parlayed his true crime podcast about the four year old murder of Eliza Dacey and the conviction of her killer, Curtis Wade, into a documentary series questioning the evidence and Curtis’s conviction. When Jack finds evidence incriminating Curtis shortly before his final broadcast he buries it as it doesn’t fit his narrative. When
GREENLIGHT works extremely well as an audio title as the conspiratorial way it has been written lends itself beautifully to that platform of intimacy. In our ears it’s all quietly confessed secrets and the discovery of lies as we move around with producer Jack Quick in the shadows of a country town. This is not necessarily a sleepy town. This is wine country.

The success of Jack Quick’s initial podcast investigation into the death of Eliza Dacey surprised no one more than Jack himself. Curtis
Joanne Robertson
Our obsession with true life crime cases and our need to pull them apart to see if any miscarriages of justice have taken place has lead to a rise in programmes looking at past cases. And I love the fact that this has now passed down to fictional criminals as well! It takes skill to create a believable “show within a show” concept but here Benjamin Stevenson does a great job of making Jack Quick and his new crime documentary one that we can relate to. Jack knows that he needs to show the right “ ...more
Jayasree B
Jun 06, 2019 rated it liked it
A thriller that could have been better.
With amazing character development and an interesting plot, this book is a great debut.
I did feel that the book would have benefitted from a bit more of the brisk writing that is evidenced in bursts here and there.

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Claire Berry
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Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Greenlight begins, I found myself not liking Jack much — granted it starts with him hiding evidence so his documentary isn’t blown out of the water with the truth, so that might be exactly where the author wants us to be. It doesn’t take very long for Stevenson so set the scene for readers, and I appreciated the quick-fast pacing and efficient writing that didn’t waste time on anything irrelevant — we were straight into the story — evidence, release and Jack’s investigation.

When I first
Neville Longbottom
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Jack is the producer of a popular true crime docuseries about Curtis, a man who was convicted of a young woman's murder. However the evidence was flimsy and the police work was incompetent. When the popularity of the series gets Curtis a new trial he ends up going free. But after a new body turns up Jack has to wonder if he did such a great thing by helping to set Curtis free.

This was a really interesting mystery/thriller and Jack was a pretty unique protagonist for the genre. He has to face
Jennifer (JC-S)
‘Who really killed Eliza Dacey?’

In the Hunter Valley vineyard region north of Sydney, New South Wales, an itinerant grape-picker was brutally murdered. Four years have elapsed. Curtis Wade, Eliza Dacey’s employer, was arrested almost immediately and subsequently convicted of her murder. Enter Jack Quick, producer of true-crime documentaries. Jack knows that conspiracy theories rate well, especially if there’s a suggestion of incompetence or bias on the part of the police investigation. After
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you Netgalley for this eARC in exchange for an honest review.

This novel is based in and around Sydney Australia. It centers around a documentary about a murdered woman, Eliza Dacey, and her killer behind bars. The documentary lead Jack Quick believes Curtis Wade was wrongfully imprisoned the murder of Eliza. Once the documentary aired Curtis had a re-trial and was cleared of the murder. 4 years behind bars and he is finally free.
Once released his defense attorney Alexis is murdered. Same
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