For three years, Kate Marshall has been grieving the loss of her husband and their four-year-old son in a boating accident. But when she spots a familiar-looking child on an escalator in the mall, she is convinced it is the son she thought was dead. With police skeptical of her story, she turns to private investigator Connor Sullivan. The former Secret Service agent is dubious but agrees to investigate. Digging into the case he discovers that the incident may have been no accident at all. But if Kate’s son is alive, someone is intent on keeping him hidden–and may be willing to go to lethal lengths to protect a sinister secret.
As Irene Hannon’s many fans have come to expect, Deceived is filled with complex characters, unexpected twists, and a riveting plot line that accelerates to an explosive finish.
Irene Hannon can write some really intriguing suspense novels. My thoughts on this one:
What I liked:
The mystery/suspense. I wanted to know what happened! I was immediately drawn into the story of what had happened to Kate’s son and why. Even though the “bad guy” is revealed to you, the reader, you still don’t understand everything that happened until you finished the book, and I wanted to know.
The writing. I like the way the author slowly teased the facts out of the story so that I was constantly turning pages.
The big reveal at the end really worked for me and came together well.
Spiritually, there is no real theme, but the characters go to church and pray and trust God throughout the story.
What I didn’t like:
Kate and Connor. To clarify, there was nothing “wrong” with them, except that they seemed almost exactly like every other couple in this series. Nothing they did surprised me. Nothing they did made them stand out. Even their respective pasts felt like the other people’s past in the series. If you asked me to describe them, it would be very cookie cutter, because though the characters appeared to have depth, in no way did I really connect to them as a reader. I skimmed over the romance entirely because I felt like I knew exactly how it was going down. Aside from the mystery, the whole book felt familiar.
Romantic scale: 6
Overall, the book was really entertaining and if you like mystery/suspense, I recommend it!