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May 8, 2017

Dark Deception {Nancy Mehl}

dark deception nancy mehl
Kate O'Brien has been leading a quiet life in small-town Shelter Cove, Arkansas, for the past four years when her past suddenly comes roaring back to life. Four years ago, she and her twin sister were attacked by an elusive serial killer. Only Kate survived, and it was her drawing of the attacker--along with some last-minute evidence--that convicted the suspect. 

She's been in witness protection ever since, but new evidence suggests the convicted man isn't the murderer and she's been subpoenaed to testify in the new trial. Nervous about the risk, she'll only agree if the same marshal who protected her during the original trial escorts her to St. Louis. 

Deputy U.S. Marshal Tony DeLuca accepts the assignment to bring Kate to the trial, remembering how her strength impressed him. While in Shelter Cove, however, he gets a call from his chief, advising them to stay in Shelter Cove until a new development in the case can be straightened out. But when Kate's safety is threatened, Tony must race against the clock to keep her alive and put this ugly case to rest before anyone else gets killed.

My Thoughts:
This book takes place in a fictional town two hours from where I live. What's not to love?!

Seriously, though. This was one of those books that once you pick it up, there is no putting it down. Kate has been living her life in the witness protection program, seemingly unknown and protected from those who want her dead. She has made a new life for herself, and things seem to be going well. Until it isn't.

Tony arrives in town to collect Kate and bring her back to St. Louis. But things are never as easy as they are supposed to be, right? As soon as he gets to town things get suspicious and the story really begins to take shape.

I loved the suspense of this book. I would think I had it all figured out, and then something would happen, and I would realize I was completely wrong. Even when I was sure of how it would end, it turns out I had no idea. I thought the ending was so creative and such a shock to me.

This book is part of a series, but can easily be read as a stand-alone. I think it is worthy of a place on your reading list - especially if you love suspense.

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