Series - Private Justice book 3
Author - Irene Hannon
Title - Deceived
Format - ebook, paper
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Three years ago, Kate Marshall lost both her husband and their four year old son in a boating accident. When she sees a child at the mall who looks like her son, her world is shaken. She wants answers. With her story dismissed by mall security and the local police, Kate turns to the PIs at Phoenix Inc. Connor Sullivan is a former Secret Service agent. When Kate lands in his office with her incredible story, Connor vows to do all that he can to determine the truth. As his investigation takes him deeper and deeper into the events at the mall, he soon realizes that the accident wasn't really an accident. Will Connor be able to identify the child before something else happens? And is there a chance for a relationship with Kate once everything is over and done?
I think that this was probably my favorite of the entire series. The day I received this one in the mail, I'd also received two others. But this was the one I was the most excited about.
I loved Connor. I've wanted to read his story since he appeared on the pages of Vanished. Of the three PIs, he is my favorite. I loved how he was determined to get to the truth. I also loved how he tried (unsuccessfully) to not fall for Kate. His relationship with his partners was one that captured my attention too. He showed mutual respect for the cases his partners were working and knew they would help him out as they needed to.
I thought that Kate was also really well developed. She's hurting. She's grieving. She really only wants answers. If she gets evidence that the child at the mall isn't her son, she'll let it rest. But if there is the slightest bit of hope, she latches onto it. I thought that her search for answers really showed her emotion. She loved her son. She was falling for Connor. She didn't want to get confused. I also thought that the way that she put her life back together after the accident shows just how strong she was.
I really enjoyed Todd. He's the child that Kate saw at the mall. He doesn't know why his dad has gotten protective of him all of a sudden, but he knows his father loves him. My heart broke a bit for him with all that he'd been through and was going through.
The suspense builds fast in this book. When the puzzle pieces started to fall into place, it really picked up. I found it to be a true page turner.
I received this book for free from Revell Books for the purpose of reviewing. My thoughts and opinions are my own.
Recommended to fans of romantic suspense, Irene Hannon, Dee Henderson, Lynette Eason
Rating - 5 stars