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.
Deceived is the third installment in Irene Hannon’s Private Justice series. Connor’s colleagues starred in the previous titles and it’s now his turn to take center stage. The case presented to him isn’t exactly a match to his Secret Service background, but he believes it has enough merit to warrant further investigation.
This title follows the same formula as its predecessors. The reader quickly learns the truth of the issue and the identity of the bad guy. The mystery of the how and why is what kept me reading. Then there’s the romantic element as Connor attempts to separate the professional from the personal. The debate continues over whether or not using deception in detective work is ethical. Does the end result justify the means? This reader is still undecided, despite the argument put forward in the book that says it’s justifiable.
Other characters shine throughout the storyline. Kate has a counselling job and, therefore, part of this book talks about spousal abuse and getting past it. A major character turns out to be one of her clients, Diane, who is attempting to move on from an abusive marriage. Becoming involved with the case helps her take the important step from victim to survivor, greatly increasing her self-esteem and sense of worth. And, as always, the investigators’ Girl Friday, Nikki, lights up the workplace with her personality. An added bonus is that we finally get the story on what made her the woman she is today.
While the Private Justice series is centered around one company of private investigators, the books within it can stand alone. It isn’t necessary, therefore, to have read Vanished and Trapped before reading Deceived. I recommend reading them anyway. Besides being intriguing stories, they will help readers become familiar with the investigators and their backstories.
Thank you to Revell for my complimentary review copy of Deceived, which I received in exchange for an honest review.
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Publisher: Revell (a division of Baker Publishing)
Publication Date: 07 October 2014
Page Count: 416