A Game of Deceit

A Game of Deceit

by K. A. Davis


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A father’s disappearance never solved, a mother’s secret taken to the grave, a daughter deceived…

Kathryn Landry thinks her life is just about perfect. She is the owner of a successful interior designer business in Newport Beach, California, and she has an attentive, supportive husband. But her world comes crashing down when her husband, Neil Landry, vanishes without a trace… in a situation almost identical to the disappearance of her father twenty years before.

With her father’s disappearance still a mystery, Kathryn is skeptical that the detective assigned to her case will be able to find her husband. Determined to uncover the truth, Kathryn is plunged into a world of politics, high-priced call girls and wealth. As she begins to search for her husband, a decades-old secret her mother took to the grave threatens to destroy all she holds dear. Caught up in a web of betrayals and deceit, and not knowing who to trust, Kathryn must find a way to survive as she discovers the past has a way of repeating itself.

Editorial Reviews

"...Davis deftly keeps readers as up in the air as Kathryn throughout this well-crafted tale. An impressive thriller by an author worth following." – Kirkus Reviews

“In A Game of Deceit author K. A. Davis offers up a taut, edge-of-your-seat suspense novel that will make you lock the doors, close the blinds, and wonder who you can truly trust. Don’t miss this great debut from Ms. Davis.” – Paige Shelton, New York Times Bestselling author of the Farmers' Market, Country Cooking School, Dangerous Type, and Scottish Bookshop mysteries.

“In A Game of Deceit, K. A. Davis has crafted an emotional suspense with a taut, satisfying ending that should delight any fan of Mary Higgins Clark.” – Daryl Wood Gerber, Agatha Award-winning author of three cozy mystery series and the stand-alone suspense novels, Girl On the Run and Day of Secrets.

“Sly, sexy and spellbinding, A Game of Deceit grabs you in the first chapter and doesn’t let you go until its breathtaking finish. Debut author K. A. Davis creates a riveting tale of betrayal, family, suspense and murder.” – Jenny Kales, author of The Callie’s Kitchen Mystery series

"A Game of Deceit is a marvelous read packed with action, suspense and intrigue. I couldn't put it down!" – Catherine Bruns, USA Today Best Selling Author of the Cookies & Chance mysteries

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780999068816
Publisher: Cinnamon amp; Sugar Press
Publication date: 08/01/2017
Pages: 294
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.66(d)

About the Author

K. A. Davis lives in Southern California with her husband, near wildfire country. During the Portola Hills fire in October 2007, she had to evacuate her two young granddaughters, one of whom has Rett Syndrome, as a wall of flames crept towards their home. Thankfully, due to the brave efforts of firefighters, their neighborhood was spared and no loss of life or property occurred. She was inspired by this ordeal to create a suspenseful scene in her debut novel.

She writes the Cinnamon, Sugar, and a Little Bit of Murder blog and has had several children's articles published in Cricket, Nature Friend, Skipping Stones, and the Seed of Truth magazines.

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A Game of Deceit 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
carol223CS More than 1 year ago
K. A. Davis' A Game of Deceit Riveting, emotional, fast paced read!!! Once you start reading, you will find yourself reading non-stop until the final page. The definition of deceit is the act of causing someone to accept as true or valid what is false or invalid. In this book it becomes a game. There is mystery, suspense, murder, arson, drama, disappearances, jealousy, greed, abuse of power, forest fires, vandalized office and apartments, hidden bank accounts, falsified passports, horse tampering, car bumping over a cliff, secret brotherhood, voyeurism, politics, call girls plus more. Intrigue is heightened to mountainous proportions . The tension was thick and well-sustained. There is a touch of romance, family interaction and humor. The main characters is Kathryn Landry. She is well created, well defined, curious, self sufficient woman whose father disappeared when she was a child then her mother committed suicide. Now her husband has disappeared. Kathryn knows something is not what is seems. She knows she is in danger but from whom?? Could the disappearance of her father, husband and two women all be related? Who can she trust? Will Kay be able to figure out the deceit surrounding her? The secondary cast of characters are well fleshed out, vivid, interesting with quirky traits. I highly recommend this breath taking read. I volunteered to read "The Game of Deceit". Thanks to the author via Cozy Mystery Review Crew. My opinion is my own.
BookLovinMama75 More than 1 year ago
Love, hate, mystery, murder, jealousy, trust, basically everything you need for a great book wrapped into a quick and easy read. This book kept my interest right from the beginning. Kathryn drew me into her story immediately as I wanted to know what happened to her husband…and her father. While the other characters were likeable, I found it interesting how close she appeared to be to get to the two main males. I did find it odd to have recipes in the back of the book.
Bookeyworm More than 1 year ago
Realistic reading, super thriller at its highest moments. Never knowing what's happening next and every corner you turn is one more person you can't trust. Things get dangerous, terrible secrets and a list of bad at every angle. I would never have known this was the authors first book as it seemed I was reading a seasoned author with many books under there belt. I look forward to future reads from this author. This book though supplied by the author are of my own opinions and ratings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book directly from the author. It was a one day read. With multiple suspects, and terrible secrets it was difficult to be confident who actually was to blame. The main character named Kathryn lost her father previous. Now 20 years later her husband also disappears for unknown reasons. She does not know if the two disappearances are related, or if either of them are now dead or alive. The entire book she's confused about who she can trust and guessing why she too suddenly is being targeted. I've chosen to given this book an honest, and a fair review to this blooming author. Awesome job, and I cannot wait to read future books.
Marla-Bradeen More than 1 year ago
A GAME OF DECEIT is an impressive debut novel. The story moves along at a good pace with plenty of action, despite how certain parts seemed rather predictable. I felt a little more explanation could have been given at the end to wrap up some of the threads and some of the character motivations didn't ring quite true for me, but I found this to be an enjoyable read nonetheless. I'm looking forward to more books by this author. Disclosure: I won a free copy of this book in a giveaway.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Could history be repeating itself? Kathryn Landry’s father disappeared years ago and now her husband is missing. What she can’t believe is the detective that couldn’t find her father is leading the case to find her husband. Secrets and lies come together to make a dreadful game of deceit. Kathryn doesn’t trust the detective so she throws herself right into the middle of the investigation. Her friends are worried, the detective is trying to keep her safe but she won’t rest until she finds the truth even if the truth could kill her. To call this story chilling is an understatement but that is the word the quickly comes to mind when I think about this book. More than a few times I had chills running up and down my spine while reading it. I immediately connected with Kathryn. Her marriage was comfortable, each doing their own thing, not necessarily romantic, but to arrive home and find her husband gone was surprising. Then she started to notice some things that just weren’t right. She had to report him missing. The shock she felt when the detective arrived was felt right from the pages. That and a client stepping in and wanting to help her too was truly not expected. It was a very unusual triangle, but that was when the story became “unputdownable”. Ms Davis has written a thrilling novel full of suspense and mystery, greed and jealousy, fires and horseplay, (critical threats to real horses), hidden bank accounts, murder, betrayal, lies, secrets, DECEIT, and to someone it is all just a game. The pace is fast, heart pounding and at times I found myself almost unable to catch my breath. I cannot believe this is her debut novel. It is so well plotted and written. The dialogue is perfect. The characters are fully fleshed out, some are conniving and scary while some very helpful and just plain nice, but all of them are unique. I loved this book, it was an emotional ride for Kathryn Landry and for me the reader as well. This story is a must read for suspense lovers. K.A. Davis is an author to keep our eyes on. I am excited for her next novel. p.s. This author is a foodie and unlike most suspense thriller novels this one comes with recipes at the back of the book.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite Two disappearances decades apart haunt a young woman in the exciting thriller, A Game of Deceit by K.A. Davis. Kathryn Landry comes home from work to discover that Neil, her husband of eleven years, has cleaned out his closet and most of his belongings. But totally out of character for him, Neil left behind essential items that he would never have done without, like his medication and his personal computer. Unable to contact Neil, Kathryn is stunned and terrified. This isn't the first time that someone has left Kathryn in this manner. When she was fourteen, her father disappeared without a trace. The police believed that he had just abandoned their family, but Kathryn's mother insisted it was foul play. In another strange coincidence, the officer in charge of her father's case is also the one in charge of Neil's. Again the police officer is suggesting that Neil left of his own accord, and if he didn't, perhaps Kathryn had something to do with his absence. Frightened, Kathryn hires an investigator to find Neil. Did he leave her or was he coerced into leaving? A Game of Deceit by K.A. Davis is a thrilling suspense novel. It is a fantastic book with interesting characters, a convoluted plot, and a captivating storyline that builds to a surprise ending. With so many fascinating twists and turns in the plot, the reader becomes entangled in the threads of intrigue and is glued to the pages until the exciting finale. This is a well-written suspense novel that is sure to satisfy those who love a good mystery infused with intrigue and the elements of risk and danger. With only a smattering of mild language, this is an excellent book that anyone from young adults on up will love!
DanieleK More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars With A GAME OF DECIET, author K. A. Davis gives readers a fast paced debut full of surprises and intrigue. It is an enjoyable read. Kathryn Landry thinks she has a good, solid marriage until she comes home one day to find her husband and most of his belongings gone. She reports his absence to the police and is shocked to find the same detective who investigated her father’s disappearance some twenty years before assigned to the case. Afraid that Det. Mike Williams will not investigate as he should, she turns to her interior design client, and private investigator, John Selton for help. Kathryn soon learns that all is not as it seems, she does not know who she can trust, and every secret she uncovers leads her further down a twisty path full of danger, mystery, and deceit. Truthfully, I do not know what to think about Kathryn. Perhaps she is just a product of her circumstances. Forced to grow up quickly after her father’s disappearance, and left alone after her mother’s death, at first she seems like a competent, self sufficient woman. However, we quickly see that she has little command over any aspect of her life. She seemingly depends on husband Neil for everything; he controls what she eats, her appearance, and her money. I find that hard to swallow, and she initially acts like it all is perfectly normal. Then she bounces between Mike and John, depending on each of them in turn. She also makes some irrational choices throughout the book that do not help her situation. Even though we do not really “meet” Neil, he is so easy to dislike, and this, at times, made it rather difficult to feel bad about his disappearance. Mike is a seemingly solid “good guy” though his integrity comes in to question. John’s behavior is just inappropriate in pretty much every scene he is in, but Davis does a good job of making us believe that his intensions are genuine. The secondary characters are well thought out. Kathryn’s assistant (partner) and her husband are delightful, and John’s uncle Senator Gerald Selton is sufficiently unsavory. The tension in this tale is palpable, and its quick pace makes it compulsively readable. Not knowing who is telling the truth or what will happen next made for compelling reading that kept me reading “just one more chapter” well into the night. Davis has penned a notable freshman novel that should appeal to readers who like a bit of romance with their suspense. A GAME OF DECIET can be dark at times, but I recommend it to readers who do not want their mysteries too gritty. I received a copy of this title from the author and voluntarily shared my thoughts here.
RobynKFLNJ More than 1 year ago
A Game Of Deceit is a fantastic book, and K.A. Davis is a phenomenal author. This book had me on pins and needles, and I couldn't put it down. It was a suspenseful thrill ride with major twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat. I absolutely loved this book, and I highly recommend it! I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.