Deceived by Irene Hannon ~ Romantic Suspense Review

Private Justice, Book 3
Irene Hannon
Romantic Suspense

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.


My Thoughts

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 

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1 comment:

  1. This sounds like an awesome story. Definitely going to check it out.


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