Deceived [NOOK Book]

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What you don't know can kill you . . .

Ever since she could remember, Elle has had to hop from town to town to keep up with her dad's demanding career as a corporate insurance agent. Each time, a reoccurring nightmare followed her wherever she went - until the day that the frightening figures haunting her at night became all too real. When news of a serial killer spreads throughout her new school, Elle worries that the Reaper has been leaving her his calling card in the form of ...

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Overview

What you don't know can kill you . . .

Ever since she could remember, Elle has had to hop from town to town to keep up with her dad's demanding career as a corporate insurance agent. Each time, a reoccurring nightmare followed her wherever she went - until the day that the frightening figures haunting her at night became all too real. When news of a serial killer spreads throughout her new school, Elle worries that the Reaper has been leaving her his calling card in the form of cigarette butts on her doormat and an unusual ribbon in her locker. With the help of Brian, a boy she meets at a flea market, she discovers that this isn't her first encounter with the murderer and that her father has been concealing her true identity for the past twelve years. But despite her father's desperate attempts to protect her, Elle still comes face to face with the darkness she has been running from her whole life. Trapped in the woods and with help hundreds of miles away, will Elle be able to confront the Reaper and reclaim the life she lost?

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
01/01/2014
Gr 8 Up—Gabriella Smith has spent most of her life moving around and has finally landed in an Ohio boarding school to finish her senior year while her dad travels for business. She lives on caffeine pills and exercise to avoid the dreaded night terrors that come with sleep. She spends most of her days in a paranoid state as unexplained events occur: cigarette butts outside her door, a ribbon from her murdered mother's past in her locker, and rumors of a serial killer on campus. Whenever she feels panicky, Brian Austin, who proves to be the most intriguing character in this mystery, shows up to help her. As the story unfolds to an unpredictable and compelling ending, there are many changes in Elle's world. While the premise of the book is interesting, the plot is confusing as it jumps around, and it is often hard to tell who is speaking. The first half of the book sets readers up for the ending, but there's too much to wade through, and many teens might not hang in to find out why Elle's life is not what is seems.—Karen Alexander, Lake Fenton High School, Linden, MI
Publishers Weekly
10/14/2013
Since 17-year-old Elle's mother's death 10 years earlier, her father has been running from his grief, Elle believes, and dragging her all over the country. Being the new girl, now a senior, at Francine Frances Academy doesn't initially seem much different than other years; she hides behind her flamboyant roommate, Pixie; has a terrible recurring nightmare in which her family is in danger; and nurses a disturbing caffeine addiction. But Elle has an inkling she's being watched by a shadow, and when she finds a black ribbon in her locker and cigarette butts on her stoop, her paranoia grows. Rumors of a serial killer surface, and her protective crush, who communicates with her on an "unseen level," is not who he seems. Lindsey's (Reinventing Chloe) layered depiction of events through the haze of Elle's caffeine-addled, sleep-deprived mind creates a suspenseful and haunting atmosphere of uncertainty and the possibility of lurking madness. While Elle's psychological state is the primary source of tension throughout the novel, a dramatic finale draws together the plot's disparate elements. Ages 14–up. Agent: Dawn Dowdle, Blue Ridge Literary Agency. (Sept.)
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"Lindsey's...layered depiction of events...creates a suspenseful and haunting atmosphere of uncertainty and the possibility of lurking madness.... A dramatic finale draws together the plot's disparate elements." —Publishers Weekly

"Ms. Lindsey crafts an exquisite tale that kicked my adrenaline up with every turn of the page. Deceived is stunning and more than a little scary. From the first page, I had to know what happens next, while at the same time, I had to know what happened before. As Elle's life unravels, the reader will feel just as raw and betrayed as she does." —Gwen Hayes, author of Falling Under

"Outstanding! I fully recommend it... Mysterious, lovely, a lot of suspense, romantic, funny and full of action... I really liked to give a chance to this book, because it was worth it." —Fandom's City

"As the story unfolds to an unpredictable and compelling ending, there are many changes in Elle's world.... The premise of the book is interesting." - School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews
A 17-year-old girl tries to fit in at her new private school after a lifetime of moving around the country with her widowed father. Since the car crash that killed her mother, Elle and her father haven't stayed long in any one place, so she's looking forward to the stability of boarding school. Although she's shy about making friends, her artistic roommate, Pixie, helps her out. Handsome Brian starts coming to nearly all of her classes, but she can't tell if he's romantically interested in her or not. Meanwhile, she learns that a serial killer may be in the area. Odd events begin to occur. Someone puts a black ribbon, the kind her mother used to wear, in her locker. Brian keeps showing up everywhere she goes. Is someone stalking her or maybe Pixie? What does Elle's father have to do with it? Lindsey writes in a matter-of-fact style with nearly every sentence a declarative statement, lending the narrative a choppy, Dragnet-like feel. It seems appropriate to the plot, however, especially when events foreshadow a serious threat to Elle and her friends from someone who may be closer than she suspects. The author stretches plausibility far beyond the breaking point to set up the required confrontation scene at the end, however, dealing the novel a fatal blow. A decent crime story that's hamstrung by its ending. (Suspense. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440563904
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 8/18/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 342,435
  • File size: 569 KB

Meet the Author

In 2013, Julie Anne Lindsey will see the release of five new books: Deceived, two romances, and two other mysteries. Mother of three, she's a self-proclaimed nerd and caffeine addict with a special fondness for Pop Tarts, but she would rather read than do anything else. A force in social media, she's online at julieannelindsey.com. She lives in Ohio with her family.

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  • Posted September 30, 2013

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    Young adult fiction is largely focused on the dystopian and fan


    Young adult fiction is largely focused on the dystopian and fantasy genres these days so I’m always glad to find a novel rooted in mystery. Deceived falls into that category quite nicely and hits a lot of my hot spots.

    The whole point of a mystery is to present the reader and the protagonist with a situation filled with questions and then the reader follows the protagonist through solving the puzzle(s), sometimes leaping ahead by figuring it out first, either by the author’s design or because the clues are somewhat obvious. In this case, I did have a pretty good idea early on—and my guess turned out to be correct—but that didn’t diminish my enjoyment of Elle’s journey at all.

    Elle is a character with some depth and I felt her need for stability after a lifetime of constant moves but, of course, any reader would know that her thinking she’s finally come to a place to call “home” is merely a lead-in to her learning a great deal more than she could ever have foreseen. Yes, she makes some choices that are naive and ill-considered but she is, after all, a teenager who has been protected all her life by her father so we shouldn’t expect her to be all-seeing, all-knowing and totally mature. Elle behaves pretty much as I would have expected my own teens to behave in a similar scenario.

    The one thing that absolutely did not work for me was the romance. I hate so-called “insta-love” because it’s trite, makes no sense and almost always casts the girl in a bad light for being so idiotic. People say boys are ruled by their hormones but I really think girls put boys to shame when it comes to losing all sensibility over the opposite sex. That failure of good sense becomes even more important when Elle realizes she may be in the cross-hairs of a serial killer known as the Reaper and she will be even more surprised at some of the secrets that come to light.

    When push comes to shove, Elle’s intelligence kicks in when she needs it most and she becomes the strong-minded girl I like to see in a novel of suspense. Despite an occasional plot hole and my irritation about the romance, I enjoyed Deceived and I’m looking forward to trying some of Ms. Lindsey’s other titles.

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  • Posted September 21, 2013

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    It¿s not often you read a book that really has you guessing, but

    It’s not often you read a book that really has you guessing, but this one does that. Maybe a bit too long. My husband asked me, when I was around page 65, what the book was all about. And I told him, honestly, I’m not sure. Nothing had really happened so far that would provide a direction to the book, except that there was definitely a feel that things were not how they seemed and there was a creepiness settling on me as I read. I’m a trooper though and wanted to get to the nitty gritty, so onward I went.


    Gabriella, aka Elle, had moved quite a bit through her life. Her father seemed to move them anytime things about her deceased mother came up. A bit odd, but until now she never really thought anything of it. The reader starts to realize that there’s way more to the story when she mentions a simple thing like ribbons to him and he gives her the military inquisition. That must be his thing, because Elle really isn’t too fazed by it.


    This book is full of suspense, mystery, thrills, heart pounding curl- yourself –deeper- in- the- sheets moments. You will not want to put this book down for any reason because you will be like Elle and wanting answers. And the romance, you will find yourself visualizing the sexiness of Brian and wondering to yourself just who this dude is. Lastly, there is the bff that will have you wrapped around her finger in just a few short sentences. Pixie is the type of friend that everyone secretly hopes for. A bit out there but with a heart that’s so much bigger than her that she just sweeps you off your feet with her amazingness.


    Looking for something that will have you jumping when the house creeks? This is it. Looking for something with a bit of romance and suspense mixed together? This is it. Looking for something that will grab you until the end? This is it. What are you waiting for?

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  • Posted September 20, 2013

    I've always been a big fan of the "whodunit" kind of m

    I've always been a big fan of the "whodunit" kind of mysteries. I like the suspense of not knowing everything that's going on. Of not being quite sure who the good guys and the bad guys are. Any book that can wrap that kind of suspense up with the romance that I really need to keep me sucked it is definitely one that I want to read. Deceived has all those elements, so naturally, I was excited.

    Elle doesn't have all her memories from when she was a child, but she knows something scary must've happened because of her dreams. And, now she is away at school with the opportunity to finally shake her fears, except they seem to have followed her. Signs that she's being watched are all over. But, who's doing the watching? No doubt Brian is, but there's something different about him. His presence actually makes her feel safer, and she may need his protection if the real watcher has his or her way.

    I loved not knowing what was going on. I love to be surprised. Deceived surprised me, and that's hard to do these days. The mystery in Deceived was a really good one. There were plenty of twists and turns wrapped up in a little bit of cloak and dagger and sealed with a kiss.

    The romance was a sweet one, albeit a tad unbelievable. Brian has his own secrets that come out relatively quickly, so thank goodness we don't have to wait until the end for that. He's a bit older than Elle, but the age difference never bothered me. I was never overly aware of it. His job is what made the relationship implausible. I don't think a relationship would ever have grown out of their situation in real life. Despite that, I think Brian was my favorite character. He was aloof and slightly creepy in the beginning, and then brave and strong when he needed to be.

    Elle was the weaker character, I thought. She was very fearful and timid. I prefer my female characters to be strong and bold. Elle was mousy almost to the point of ridiculousness. Sometimes I just wanted to shake her and tell her to man up. She did have her moments, including a big one, where she does reach deep down to find the strength the situation calls for, so I did appreciate that.

    Many times, I felt like some of the things that were going on were just not plausible. I can't say too much without giving major plot points away. But, there are definitely some events and some plot elements that seemed a little far fetched. I feel like stories should be seamless - they should reflect real life and I should feel like I could take a trip to where the story is happening and really find the characters there. I didn't feel that way with Deceived.

    Overall though, Deceived was a really good book. I remained engaged and interested. I really wanted to find out which of the possible baddies was the real one. And I wanted to find out if Elle and Brian found a way to be together. The suspense was killing me - and that's a good thing.

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  • Posted September 12, 2013

    DECEIVED by Julie Anne Lindsey is a tightly woven fast-paced Rom

    DECEIVED by Julie Anne Lindsey is a tightly woven fast-paced Romance and suspense-thriller. 
    Note: I am a Merit Press author and received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for a fair review. 

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