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Age: Under 18
4 Stars Out Of 5
Deceived...everything is not what it seems.
September 12, 2014
Age: Under 18
Kate Marshall was having a normal day...well at least as normal as things have been since that awful day when she faced the man saying her beloved husband and young son will not be coming home. She was on her way out of the mall when she heard something familiar...she turned around and gasped...could that be her son? After she calls her son's name the boy turns and she sees a spark of recognition, she knows there is a crazy chance he's still alive. Despite the small amount of information she has to go on, and mall security and local police blowing her off, PI Connor Sullivan takes a leap of faith and dives head first into her case. She feels so grateful to him for believing in her case and seeing that she really isn't crazy...but does she feel something else for the "tall, dark, and handsome" PI? And will she ever see her dear son again despite the dangers?
There are very few things Connor Sullivan doesn't understand...but why he took this case and why he can't get Kate Marshall out of his head are the exception. He's never gotten personally involved on a case before but Kate's stubbornness and perseverance just draw him closer. As he draws further and further towards a line he does not want to cross, will his morals pull him back to safer ground or is he already caught in Kate's web? And if he is, does he want to be rescued?
Why I liked it...
Deceived was an awesome book, more so then I could expect since I haven't read Irene Hannon before. Connor's caring, protective personality is what originally drew me in and as always I loved the chemistry between Kate and Conner but I don't think that is why I really liked the book. I think the main reason I loved this book was because of her characters and how they interacted with each other. The office scenes with Dev, Cal, Nikki, and Connor were great, especially the Dev/Nikki scenes. They really offered the bit of humor this book needed which perfected it. Another main reason I liked it is because, unlike some other novels part of a series, you don't have to read the first couple books to read "Deceived", it can be a very nice stand alone novel as I found out.
Why I didn't like it...
The only thing that I really didn't care for about the book was that the story line was very similar to Colleen Coble's "Rock Harbor series". She also "lost" her husband and son but in a plane crash and she found her son might be alive in that series as well. That didn't hinder how much I like either book really, and they do have their differences, but I just kind of knew what was going to happen because of Coble's book. I loved this book despite that though and like I said...there were a lot of differences as well. If you like mysteries, either book is a must read!
I give Deceived four out of five stars!!
Why my rating is what it is...
I gave Deceived four out of five stars because for younger readers... the fires, shooting, killing, e.t.c that goes on is not very appropriate and because of the similarities Colleen and Irene had. All in all, it is a great book...go read it!!
Kate Marshalls life was turned upside-down when her husband and 4-year-old son didnt return from their fishing trip. Her husbands body was eventually recovered, but her sons was never found. And although Kate knew there were more questions than the police had answers for, the ruling was accidental drowning and the case was closed.
Three years later, Kate is living in St. Louis; she has rebuilt her life and is running a firm that helps abused women rebuild their lives. And then, while on a quick errand to the mall one noon, shes riding down the escalator and hears a little boy ask his Dad if they can stop for a poppysicle. Kate turns to look and sees a little boy with hair just like hers. She involuntarily calls Kevin and the boy looks directly at her, before his father pulls him close and disappears off the up escalator and into the crowd.
Connor, a former Secret Service Agent, joined his two buddies in their St. Louis P.I. firm when he realized he wanted more than an exciting career he also wanted a family and a life. When an attractive professional woman shows up in his office with an almost unbelievable story, his people-reading skills tell him to pursue the case.
Widower Greg and his 7 year old son have recently moved to St. Louis after living for three years in a remote location in Montana. Greg has a job with a construction company, has recently met a lady hes interested in and feels that life is finally looking up. But then, theres an odd encounter at the mall and his son starts having nightmares and asking questions. Greg begins to avoid his girlfriend for fear of what she might hear and fears that he may have to make more drastic choices to ensure the life he wants.
Deceived is a well-written story of a crime that almost went unpunished. While the events and reasons behind them that lead to the ending are dramatic and even shocking, much of the story depicts the ordinary a fathers love for his adopted son, a mothers love that never gives up. Also ordinary is the truth of a P.I.s life, consisting of many boring hours sitting in a car in the summer heat, waiting for one little clue, of hours spent searching through security footage, and then finally, the breakthrough that says keep going. Through all of those commonplace things, the suspense is maintained as we see both sides of the evolving story, and watch the developing relationship between Connor and Kate.
Ive enjoyed all three books of this trilogy. All were excellent as stand-alone stories, but why wouldnt you want to read them all?!
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review.