by Irene Hannon
Trade Paperback: 416 pages
Released: October 7, 2014
Source: Review copy from the publisher.
Book Description from Back Cover:
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.
Deceived is a Christian romantic suspense novel. It's the third book in a series, but you don't need to read the first two novels to understand this one. This novel did not spoil the storyline of the previous novels.
The characters were likable, realistic, and fairly well-developed. The suspense was more based on a "will the suspected-kidnapper realize he's being investigated and run before they can discover if it really is her son" tension than an ongoing threat of danger. Much of the suspense was relationship-based: will the kidnapper's girlfriend put up with his sudden odd moods and help him? How will the boy react to losing a father he loves? And so on. I liked the realistic portrayal of relationship tensions.
The Christian element was mostly in how the characters treated people and acted rather than by talking about God. There was no sex or bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this enjoyable and intriguing novel.
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