Marji Laine Reviews Irene Hannon pens a heart-wrenching story of tragedy, hope, and peril.
A grieving mother. A mysterious child. And a dedicated PI who's determined to solve the puzzle.
For three years, Kate Marshall has been mourning the loss of her husband and four-year-old son in a boating accident. But when she spots a familiar-looking child on a mall escalator, she's convinced it's her son. With police skeptical of her story, she turns to private investigator Connor Sullivan for help. As the former Secret Service agent digs into the case, the boating "accident" begins to look increasingly suspicious. But if Kate's son is alive, someone is intent on keeping him hidden--and may 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 plotline that accelerates to an explosive finish.
This was a different type of suspense. It didn't have a "ticking clock" feel until the last couple of chapters, but the sense of foreboding prevailed.
Another rare situation was the fact that the antagonist was known virtually throughout the entire book. Trouble was, I really felt for the antag. I liked his character and felt sorry for him, which proved to be a study in psychology. A real piece of work.
But I liked all of the characters. Kate a nurturing counselor, is haunted with the possibility of her son being alive, even though all hope for that prospect has evaporated years before. Connor, a swashbuckler in the past who has recently become more of a warrior, has ghosts of his own making that whisper into his ear of his faults and failures.
How these two broken people can find healing and a future has as much to do with this story as the twisted crime. More than once, I got the feeling that there was no way this story could have a happy ending. Hannon does a masterful job of resolving the plot and tying up the dangling details.
Deceived is the final book of the Private Justice Series. I haven't read the others, but I can deduce that they all share the same supporting cast. Love those characters, too. Very distinct in personalities and back stories!
All in all, Deceived was a great read.
Senior Reviewer: Marji Laine
Marji Laine is thrilled to be nearing the end of her daughters' volleyball season so she can indulge in working on a brand new story! A collaborative novella, The Love Boat Bachelor, set for release by Write Integrity Press in February. Her blog, Faith Driven Fiction, posts reviews, interviews, and writer focused articles as well as analysis of popular movies with a Biblical World view. Find her at Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Goodreads, or Google+.