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.
(From the author’s website.) Irene Hannon is a bestselling, award-winning author who took the publishing world by storm at the tender age of 10 with a sparkling piece of fiction that received national attention.
Okay…maybe that’s a slight exaggeration. But she was one of the honorees in a complete-the-story contest conducted by a national children’s magazine. And she likes to think of that as her “official” fiction-writing debut!
Since then, she has written more than 45 romance and romantic suspense novels. Her books have been honored with two RITA awards—the “Oscar” of romantic fiction—and she is a six-time finalist. Her books have also won a Daphne du Maurier award, a Carol award, two HOLT Medallions, a National Readers’ Choice Award, a Retailers Choice Award and two Reviewers’ Choice awards from RT Book Reviews magazine. One of her novels was also named by Booklist as a top 10 inspirational fiction books of 2011. In addition, she is a Christy award finalist.
Irene, who holds a B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in journalism, juggled two careers for many years until she gave up her executive corporate communications position with a Fortune 500 company to write full-time. She is happy to say she has no regrets!
In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, gardening and singing. A trained vocalist, she has sung the leading role in numerous musicals, including “South Pacific,” “Brigadoon,” “Oklahoma” “The King and I” and “Anything Goes.” She is also a soloist at her church.
When not otherwise occupied, Irene and her husband enjoy traveling, Saturday mornings at their favorite coffee shop and spending time with family. They make their home in Missouri.
Deceived is another winner from Irene Hannon. I was first introduced to her Private Justice series when I listened to the audiobook of Vanished – book 1 (review HERE) and I am currently listening to Trapped – book 2. More on that one in a week or two. All three books involve the Phoenix group, a private detective agency dedicated to seeing justice served. Although part of a series, each book can be read as a standalone and reading them out of order has not been a problem for me, though if I had it to do again, I think I would follow the order published. All are excellent and perfect for fans of romantic suspense.
In Deceived, Kate Marshall is trying to move on with her life. Kate lost her husband and son in a tragic boating accident 3 years before. But a chance encounter makes her believe her son, whose body was never found, just might be alive. She enlists the help of former Secret Service agent Connor Sullivan who, though cautious in his investigation of the case, is nevertheless intrigued by the puzzle and by the woman who asks his help.
Coincidence – a remarkable concurrence of events or circumstances without apparent causal connection – is used by Hannon to propel the storyline and to make the reader think about the way God moves in our lives. One character states that coincidences are God’s little miracles that He doesn’t take credit for. There are lots of coincidences in Deceived that the main characters come to attribute to God. Does God work in that way, setting up random meetings and events, to further His will in our lives? I think He does, and Hannon does a great job of exploring that possibility. Filled with breath-holding suspense, interesting characters, a twisting plot and a second chance at love, Deceived is sure to check all the boxes for those who like romance with their mysteries.
(Thanks to Revell for a review copy. All opinion expressed are mine alone.)
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