After a boating accident where Kate Marshall's husband is killed and her son is presumed dead after police fail to recover his body, she is stunned to see a young boy in another state miles away that looks exactly like her own son. Kate is so certain, that she hires Connor Sullivan from the private investigation firm, Phoenix, Inc. to help her sort out the mystery. From the start, sparks fly between Connor and Kate as they sift through clues and proceed with stakeouts together. As Connor's investigation into the boating accident reveals that it may not have been an accident after all but murder, suspicions continue to rise that the boy Kate saw may actually be her son sparking concerns that he survived and was kidnapped. Connor and Kate want to unearth the truth, but don't want to endanger the boy or spook the boy's "dad" in the process. Although Hannon makes pretty clear from the beginning the course that the plot will follow, the storyline is full of danger, twists of suspense, and sizzling attraction!
Deceived is by far my favorite novel in Hannon's Private Justice series! The suspense, romance, and captivating storyline combined to make a psychological thriller that kept me up past midnight several nights in a row eager to find out how the story would conclude! Although the kidnapping scenario would seem improbably as a plot line, Hannon deftly lays out the details of the crime making it believable and intriguing to follow. Lastly, Connor and Kate's romance was also my favorite out of the three couples in the Private Justice trilogy. Their attraction is evident from the start, but unlike in Vanished or Trapped, Connor and Kate's relationship is not as guarded as the other two and progresses more quickly. Without spoiling the plot, I'll just say that their first kiss broke tradition! ;)
This review contains my own thoughts and opinions. I have not been compensated for this review in any way.
Kate Marshall was decorating a birthday cake for her husband, John when she heard the doorbell. John and their four-year-old son, Kevin had gone fishing. When she opened the door, the policeman standing there told her there had been an accident. Someone found the overturned boat and an adult life jacket. Kate couldnt comprehend this information, as John and Kevin always wore their life jackets. When only one was found, she asked about her husband and her son.
Three days later, the body of her husband was located. Kevin was nowhere to be found.
Three years later, Kate was in a shopping center exchanging a defective heating pad for her neighbor. As she got on the escalator going down, she heard the familiar voice of a child. She looked toward the voice and saw a little boy going up the escalator. She called his name, and he turned and looked right at her. The little boy looked just like her little boy, or how she imagined he would look after three years.
She hurried to the bottom and started up the other side. By the time she got to the top of the escalator, the little boy and the man with him had disappeared.
This is a story of shock, loss, disappointment, loneliness, trying to find purpose, and then another shock, hoping for the impossible. The storyline kept me interested from the beginning, as I really wanted to know if this was her child, and if so, what happened and why. The subject matter made this an interesting story. A hint of romance began early in the book, and it detracted from the story in my opinion. Otherwise, it was a page turner to the end.
Debs Dozen: Missing child, a chance encountercould it be? Poppysicles, blonde hair, love.
Saying good-bye to a wonderful series is always difficult, so reading Deceived, the third book in Irene Hannons Private Justice series was hard. I loved this premise and the charactersI only hope Irene brings them back in another series. One thing we can all count on, thank goodness, is that there is another wonderful series in the wings we can anticipate.
Kate Marshall has mourned the loss of her husband, John, and their son, Kevin, for three long years. A fishing trip gone bad and two empty life vests spelled the end to all her dreams. After a tough period of recovery and a move to St. Louis to start over, Kate has her life more or less back together. Then, running an errand at the mall for a friend, she hears a young voice ask for a poppysicleKevins word for the treat. Looking up at the sound, she sees a boy with wheat blond hairjust like hers and Kevins. Could it be? Is her son alive?
After fruitlessly searching the mall for the man and boy she saw, she decides to hire Phoenix, Inc., a private investigation firm. Connor Sullivan draws her case and is drawn to her. He agrees to help, even though the police dont think she has any reason to hope. Will he uncover any clues? Will that attraction wax or wane?
Hannon has constructed another complex yarn, with complex characters, and lots of twists and turns that keep you turning pages hours on end. I loved this book as much as I loved the other two in the series, Vanished and Trapped. You will love Deceived, too! Five stars for the book and the series. Get them now!
Irene Hannon has written more than forty-five novels and is the winner of a multitude of awards including two RITAs from the Romance Writers of America, a Carol Award, a Retailers Choice Award, and many more. She and her husband make their home in Missouri and, when not otherwise busy, enjoy coffee shops, traveling, and their family. To get all the skinny about Irene, visit www.IreneHannon.com.
Revell gave me a copy of Deceived in exchange for my candid review.
Irene Hannon is my favourite author for a reason. She is amazing at weaving suspense, romance, great characters and a solid plot into a fantastic story. This is the third and final book in the Private Justice series and while I enjoyed them all, this one is my favorite.
When Kate spots a boy in the mall that looks exactly like the son she lost, and he uses a word that was unique to him, she goes to the police but doesn't receive any help there because her story doesn't seem believeable. She desperately wants to find the little boy, even if it proves he is not her son and her last resort is the Phoenix Detective Agency. She meets with Conner Sullivan who is ex Secret Service, and he doesn't immediately dismiss her story. The rest... well, you need to read the book.
This is my favourite genre, favourite author, and arguably one of her best books. I highly recommend it!