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October 31, 2014

Deceived {Irene Hannon}

I received a NetGally copy of this book in exchange for my review.

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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. 

It has been a long time since I read an entire book in one sitting, but this was that book that I just could not make myself put down.

This book begins with a brief prologue that basically relives the moment Kate Marshall learned that her husband and son had died in a boating accident. I hope I never know what that feels like, but my heart immediately went out to this character.

The first chapter brings us to "current" or three years later. Kate has made a new life for herself in St. Louis and seems to be doing well. Of course she still has heartache from her loss, but she is learning to move on. And then that one moment at the mall changes everything.  I really appreciated that this book jumped right into the story line and didn't try to get us "caught up".

The moment Kate and Connor meet, the obvious sparks begin to fly. Thankfully, the sparks remained the background story so that the real story could unfold. Connor believes in Kate and in her story. He gets his entire firm on board, and things begin to move fairly fast.

There were several sub-stories going on in this book, but each of them contributed a great deal to the main story. As all the characters and story lines began to merge together, I just got more excited about seeing how this would all end.

The end of this book took a major twist that I was most definitely not expecting. But once the book was complete, I thought back and decided that I really appreciated the ending. It all worked out, and I was happy with how the author left it.

This is a must-read for sure, so go check it out.

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