Irene Hannon is now one of my favorite authors. Hannon created an amazing story that had me literally unable to put the book down. My favorite quote from the book is: As for coincidences- I like that old saying about them being small miracles in which God chooses to remain anonymous. If you decide to read this book make sure you have plenty of time on your hands, because from the first page you will be hooked! It made me laugh, super nervous, and brought tears to my eyes. This is definitely a book to go on the keeper shelf. Deceived is book number three in the Private Justice Series. I have not read book number one or two, and would love to, but didnt feel like I needed to in order to love this book.
Kate Marshall has been dealt some of the hardest things life can offer. She went from having a wonderful loving husband and son, to them both being gone at the drop of a hat. She received the news no one wants to hear. And although the whole situation seemed weird to her, she had no choice but to try to forget and move on. That is until a fateful moment in the mall. Kate is convinced that the boy she saw was her son, but who will believe her? Kate decides to see what a private investigator thinks of her story. When she meets Connor she can tell he will give her an honest opinion. Where will the investigation take them? Will Kate get reunited with the son shes missed for 3 years?
Connor Sullivan has heard of some strange cases in his day, but Kates story tops the list. Many people have someone that looks similar to them, a so called double. Could this be what Kate saw? What are the chances that the son she thought died in New York would be here in St. Louis? Connor feels immediately drawn to Kate. Will the case get in the way of romance? Will Kate be interested in him if the boy wasnt her son?
This book is a must read if you love Christian Suspense. I am dying to read books one and two knowing that they will be awesome too. I received a copy of this book from Revell and Net Galley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. She is an excellent author. All three books in this series were great. Her books are ones that can't be set aside. You have to keep reading to see what happens. I plan to buy more of her books.
Three years ago, Kate Marshall lost her husband and four-year-old son in a boating accident, and Kevins tiny body was never recovered. Shes now re-established herself as a career counsellor for abused women in St Louis, Missouri, far away from the rugged New York coastline which stole her family. But one day she hears a small blond boy at the mall asking a manhis father?--for a Poppysicle, a word shes only ever heard Kevin use. She loses the boy in the crowd, and when the police arent interested, she approaches Phoenix Inc, an upmarket firm of private investigators, for help.
Connor Sullivan is immediately attracted to his new client, something hell have to ignore if they are working together. She has a strange story, but one that bears investigating. The more Connor investigates, the more he comes to believe that Kate is right, and the more he wants to see of her. But can they find out the truth before their search is discovered?
Ive found the last couple of Irene Hannon romantic suspense novels Ive read a bit flat. There was nothing technically wrong with them, but they didnt have that spark of inspiration and originality I remember from her earlier books. Im relieved to report that Deceived is back to Hannon at her best. Okay, the first meet between Kate and Connor was probably more corny than cute, but the suspense plot was excellent (and the romance worked nicely).
Its an ambitious plot. Was the boy on the elevator Kates son? If so, is the man with him involved? How exactly does a four-year-old drowning victim resurface as a seven-year-old half a country away? Where has he been for the last three years? Who took him? And why?
At the same time as Kate and Connor are searching for the truth, we see Greg and Todd Sanders, to all outward appearances a loving father and son. This, in my view, is the real strength of Deceived, because Hannon hasnt depicted a clich villain but a likeable and well-rounded character that I sympathised with. After all, if Kate is right, Greg and Todd are about to have their worlds ripped apart. Writing likeable antagonists is a real skill, especially when it comes to their motives, and I commend Hannon on the way she dealt with Gregs backstory. When the full story came out, it all seemed horribly plausible. Recommended.
Thanks to Revell and Netgalley for providing a free ebook for review.
Just like her other novels, this one shows how the strong faith of the main characters brings them through very difficult times. And as always there are unexpected twists and turns. Absolutely compelling and enjoyable
Kate Marshall is minding her own business while shopping at the mall. She is riding the escalator when she over hears a conversation that triggers a memory. In looking at the boy who was talking he looked exactly like her "would be" seven year old son. Without thinking, she calls his name and the boy turns and looks at her, that is when Kate's world comes to a complete stop, only to start spinning in the wrong direction.
Kate thought her husband and child were killed in a tragic boating accident three years ago. Poppysicle for Popsicle was the same word her son used., and no one else had ever used that word. Being confused, but desperate to figure out if she was just making things up, she stops off at a Private Investigators office. She is about to leave, when Connor Sullivan asks her why she is there. Kate tells him the whole story and the strange wholes that seem to leave her with questions. Connor agrees to check things out for her. He quick finds out that there really is something to Kate's questions.
This is book three in Irene Hannon's Private Justice series. While I have loved all three books, like the other two, this book can stand alone. This is Connor and Kate's story. Connor's partners at the firm are minor characters. It is nice to know all about their stories, it is not essential to this story.
In typical Hannon fashion, there is an enticing blend of riveting plot, compelling characters, and brilliant pacing. The plot has great twists and turns that keep you wondering what is going to happen next. I really enjoyed how caring the villian of the story was. He seemed like a great dad, and really cared for his "son". Hannon's way with characters gives you the feeling you could be reading someone's real life story. I think this is why I enjoy her writing as much as I do.
I recommend this book as a great read, along with the other two books in this series.
My thanks go to Revell and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy to read and review.