“Deceived” by Irene Hannon

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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.

Kate Marshall is my kind of lead character.  She’s had a rough time of it, but she’s doing her best to make the best of things.  Kate’s not afraid to admit her mistakes and knows her own limitations – including when to ask for help. 

Kate’s tragic past is more than any one person should have to handle, and that combined with her personality gave the book high marks in my book.  The fact that the action mixed with the emotional drama to create high energy and suspense only ratcheted those marks higher. 

I flew through this book in a single day because I couldn’t put it down.  I knew what I wanted to happen, but would it?  I couldn’t wait to find out, and so I turned page after page, eagerly trying to figure the ending before I reached the last page.

In the end, only one detail left me disappointed, and that was the end.  In typical Hannon fashion, she included a prologue that ended the story after a few months had passed, and in this way she filled in the end of a certain character who’s journey I wanted to know.  This particular ending was for the best, I’m sure; but still, the details fascinated me, and I’d like to know more.  I suppose, however, that this is another mark for a fantastic writer – that even though a satisfying conclusion has been reached, I’m nevertheless hungry for more?

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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