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Deceived (Private Justice)

Irene Hannon
Deceived (Private Justice)
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It has been three years since Kate Marshall lost her husband and their four-year-old son in a boating accident. When she spots a familiar-looking child on an escalator in the mall, she is certain he is her son. The police are unconvinced when she explains her situation, so s... Read More

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It has been three years since Kate Marshall lost her husband and their four-year-old son in a boating accident. When she spots a familiar-looking child on an escalator in the mall, she is certain he is her son. The police are unconvinced when she explains her situation, so she turns to private investigator Connor Sullivan. The former Secret Service agent is skeptical, but he agrees to investigate. The more he discovers about the case, the more he sees that it may have been no accident at all. But if Kate's son is alive, someone is intent on keeping him hidden--and will go to any lengths to keep it that way.

Product Details:
Page Count: 336
Released: 10/2014
  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover - Book 3
  • Release Date: Oct 7, 2014
  • UPC: 9780800721251
  • Height: 0
  • Width: 0
  • Length: 0
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 408
  • Publish Date: Oct 7, 2014
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
  • Audience Age Minimum: 0
  • BISAC: "FIC042060"
  • ISBN: 080072125X

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Deceived is Cat and Mouse by Robin on 10/10/2014
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Deceived
Irene Hannon
Book Summary: 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.

Book Summary: The book started with the mystery from Kate’s perspective and from there I was hooked. It was a ‘cat and mouse’ kind of story where Kate hires Connor to look into it. As the mystery progresses Todd (Kevin) is asking Gregg questions about the lady from the escalator. Gregg seems like a great father, the question becomes how can this great & nice man be a murderer and kidnapper. The ending is explosive and the suspense builds to a brilliant ending. I loved Kate, Irene Hannon did a fantastic job of creating this character. She was fragile, strong, and genuine. She was almost too perfect. Connor was heroic and strong with flaws and tragedy in his past too. I loved Dianne and Pauline great secondary characters that were believable.
I would like to thank Net Galley and Revell for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.

A thrilling tale of suspense! by J. Augustine on 10/7/2014
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Gosh, what an EXCITING story! Deceived was so hard to put down. I couldn't believe it, people had the audacity to interrupt me to do things around the house. They actually thought I should poke my nose out of my book and back into the real world. Crazy I know.

I read the back cover and just had to read it. From the very first page Irene Hannon had me hooked. And as the story progressed in only got more engrossing. I read a lot of suspense novels and Deceived delivered a plotline that I've never come across before. The idea that a woman might possibly see her dead son, very much alive, three years and hundreds of miles from where he was supposed to have drowned, was incredible and very fascinating.

I liked how Irene Hannon wrote the story from the perspective of several of the characters. I have read a number of similar-style books so there wasn't much confusion when the perspective changed, it only made the story more interesting and rounded.

One of my favorite book quotes that I've read this year came from Deceived. “... As for coincidences – I like that old saying about them being small miracles in which God chooses to remain anonymous.” Isn't it so true?

Deceived is really good with plenty of suspense, lots of danger, and some romance slipped in to make it even better. Irene Hannon seriously knows how to keep a reader glued to the page, Deceived is a story you definitely won't want to miss.

(I received a copy of this book from Revell Reads in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are entirely my own.)

Review from Rambles of a SAHM by Fitzysmom on 10/6/2014
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I always enjoy a good suspense novel from Irene Hannon. Her style is quite intriguing to me. From the very beginning you know all the characters involved and you know the overall mystery. What you don't know is the motive, and that is what makes her stories zing.

I appreciate how Irene uses her characters to move the story-line along. She is masterful at tugging on all of your emotions, especially sympathy. I'm amazed that I almost felt sorry for the villain in this one. He was so loving . . . until he wasn't.

In Deceived we meet Kate Marshall three years after her husband and son were supposedly killed in a boating accident. She's finally got her feet back under her and is making a new life for herself in St. Louis. One chance encounter at the mall changes everything.

Before she can let the incident go she just has to investigate it a bit further. She seeks out Connor Sullivan with Phoenix, Inc., a private investigative firm that specializes in such cases. At first her situation seems like it will be a tragic incidence of mistaken identity, but after digging into it a bit the story gains traction.

Meanwhile we are introduced to Greg Sanders and his son Todd. They have also recently moved to St. Louis to start a new life. That same chance encounter at the mall has the potential to completely destroy everything he has so meticulously put together.

This very complex story is so tightly woven that you will be forced to continue reading just to understand why. From the beginning the questions just build and build until finally answers begin to be revealed. This was a stunning end to a great series.

I'll leave you with my favorite line of the book:

"Coincidence is a small miracle in which God chooses to remain anonymous" ~ Connor Sullivan in Deceived by Irene Hannon

I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.

Heartbreaking by Maureen on 10/2/2014
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Be ready for your heart in your throat type of adventure as you begin turning the pages of Deceived. Don’t know if I could survive all that happened to Kate in this story, and a chance of fate or faith brings her a full turn in recovering from her loss.
What would bring Kate from New York State to St Louis Missouri? With so much that has happened to her, she is now in a job she is well qualified for, and is giving back to others. What a chance of circumstances are about to happen, and will she be able to trust those who offer help.
I cannot imagine loosing both my husband and my four year old, and then thinking I’m seeing my child on the elevator. Hearing him use an unusual favorite word, and then you must feel like your dreaming. Could you trust what you think you’ve just seen? We all never want to be in Kate’s shoes, can’t even imagine, your worse nightmare.
Love how she is led to the best PI agency, and the compassion of one particular agent, Connor Sullivan. I did have different scenarios running through my mind, with Todd and Greg. What a great Dad, Greg is, how could he be evil, must be someone different? You’re going to find you mind almost pulling for the bad guys in this story, but who are the bad guys? I kept trying to find the answers, and they do come, but boy did I have a time guessing! What a great read!

I received this book through Revell Publishers and was not required to give a positive review.

Plot Twist Like a Roller Coaster by Grams on 10/1/2014
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Irene Hannon is not a new author, but she is a new-to-me author. I will be looking for more of her books in the future. Deceived is the third book in her Private Justice series, so books one and two in the series would be a good place for me to go next, although this book read well as a stand-alone novel. It was very easy to follow without having the benefit of having read the first two.
Someone recently asked on Facebook if it was even possible for Irene Hannon to write a bad book. Well, if Deceived is any indication, the answer is a resounding NO!!! The blurb on the back leads readers unfamiliar with Hannon’s writing thinking the book will follow a very predictable storyline, but the additional comment, one that I didn’t attend to prior to reading the book, which referred to unexpected twists and a riveting plotline was quite accurate. Repeatedly I found myself questioning which way the author was going to go, and leaving many things undone as I was compelled to read on and find out.
Kate Marshall is finally turning her life back on again after losing both her husband and son in a boating accident. She has moved halfway across the country for a fresh start, when a chance encounter with a familiar-looking boy asking for a poppysicle turned her life upside down. She turns to former Secret Service agent turned private investigator, Connor Sullivan, to help her decide is she is going crazy or if the impossible might just be possible. On the path to find the answer help comes from unexpected sources, and danger increases as does hope. Kate exemplifies what it means to trust and respect God’s sovereignty even when there is the possibility that it might contradict something about which you are passionate.
I thank Revell Publishers and Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for providing Deceived for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are strictly my own.

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