Dark Deception

dark deception


Kate O’Brien’s quiet life in small-town Shelter Cove, Arkansas is shaken when her past suddenly comes roaring back to life. Four years ago, she and her twin sister were attacked by an elusive serial killer. Only Kate survived, and she’s been in witness protection ever since.

When new evidence arises to suggest the convicted man wasn’t the murderer, she’s subpoenaed to testify in the new trial. Afraid to go back into that world, Kate only agrees if Tony DeLuca, the deputy Marshal who protected her during the original trial, escorts her to St. Louis.¬†

Tony readily takes on the assignment; Kate’s beauty and inner strength made more of an impression on him than he expected. But when Kate’s safety is threatened, Tony must race against the clock to keep her alive and put this ugly case to rest before anyone else gets killed.

Yeah, its summer. Vacations, no school (expect a little bit of math here), sunshine, and reading by the pool. So I have a bunch of reviews to catch up on…. cause well…. I am trying to relax. Key word trying.

But I was able to pull off some time to myself and knock off a few books on my to read list. The first one being Nancy Mehl’s newest in the Defenders of Justice Series. ¬†Dark Deception is #2 in the series and it is a stand alone novel. Even though it does bring in previous characters from the first book, Mehl makes very little reference to the previous story line.

I have to say this book was a roller coaster of crazy. In a good way. Kate O’Brien’s story was a well written and suspenseful one. The twist and turns navigated their way through the entire book, even to the last page!!

I like Tony DeLuca as well. He seemed to have that level head yet that drive to always do what he felt was right. He was smart, calculated, yet willing to take risks for the ones he cared about.

The story line itself was fascinating. I kept second guessing myself on who the actual serial killer was all the way to the end. But then another plot twist happened and I was left with a sense of shock. I wont ruin the ending at all, just know you have to read to the very last page.

I would definitely recommend Mehl’s writing. Its clean but realistic for Christians living in the world today. Looking forward to more in this series.

I received this book from Bethany House Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

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