Dark Deception

Dark Deception

by Nancy Mehl


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Kate O'Brien's quiet life in small-town Shelter Cove, Arkansas is shaken when her past suddenly comes roaring back to life. Four years ago, she and her twin sister were attacked by an elusive serial killer. Only Kate survived, and she's been in witness protection ever since.

When new evidence arises to suggest the convicted man wasn't the murderer, she's subpoenaed to testify in the new trial. Afraid to go back into that world, Kate only agrees if Tony DeLuca, the deputy Marshal who protected her during the original trial, escorts her to St. Louis.

Tony readily takes on the assignment; Kate's beauty and inner strength made more of an impression on him than he expected. But when Kate's safety is threatened, Tony must race against the clock to keep her alive and put this ugly case to rest before anyone else gets killed.

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ISBN-13: 9780764217784
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/06/2017
Series: Defenders of Justice Series , #2
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 228,952
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Nancy Mehl (www.nancymehl.com) is the author of twenty-seven books, including the Road to Kingdom, Finding Sanctuary, and Defenders of Justice series. She is a Carol Award finalist and writes from her home in Missouri, where she lives with her husband, Norman, and their Puggle, Watson. She is part of The Suspense Sisters: www.suspensesisters.blogspot.com, along with several other popular suspense authors. She is also very active on Facebook.

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Dark Deception 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
ganderson523 4 months ago
The action and suspense is intense in the addition to the series involving the US Marshals officers in the St. Louis area. A serial killer known as the Blue Eyed Killer, or B.E.K., and serving time in prison has been shown by new evidence to not be the killer linked to two crimes he was accused of and he is out of prison. One witness, Kate O'Brien, entered the WITSEC program and is now living under another name as a cafe' owner in Shelter Cove, Arkansas. US Deputy Marshal Tony DeLuca worked with Kate and goes to get her to testify at a new trial. But things are put on hold when the killer, Alan Gerard, disappeared. Kate and her twin sister Kelly were attacked by Gerard in their apartment. Kelly died and Kate was injured badly. Tony is in limbo in Shelter Cove awaiting directions but things went downhill. This is a wild ride of a thriller as Tony is drugged and Kate is taken. In the meantime, Tony's boss and other officers are investigating a plethora of clues that lead them to boys who are friends in high school-bad boys who maybe grew up to be bad men? No one is who they appear to be and this is a twisty plot and cast of characters that kept me guessing and the pages turning. Kate has had a crush on Tony for years and he feels very protective of her. Maybe romance in the air if they make it out alive? Tony depends on his faith in his life of danger and is a positive influence on Kate.
train_lady 4 months ago
Dark Deception is brilliantly written. It has more twists than a large bag of pretzels. There is a style here that is much like the way Tom Clancy does thrillers. The technique is to develop the story by switching quickly between different groups of characters, so you get a little from each group as the plot is moved along. There are enough characters in the story that you might want to write down the names and how they relate. I loved the main characters, Kate and Tony. They are complex enough to be realistic, and the secondary characters are also well developed. I enjoyed the way Ms Mehl brings the reader along so you can begin to figure out who the Blue-eyed killer is, only to suddenly question everything you thought you knew. The romance level is sweet, but minimal. Finally, all the loose ends are tied together, everything is settling down, and then there is the Epilogue. This is supposed to put the bow on the story. But wait. What's this? You can't drop this on me and then stop! I only hope the Epilogue is the teaser for the next book in this series. I'll just have to wait an see. This was the first book I've read by Ms Melh. It will not be the last.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
I can't remember the last time I read a book so fast. I could have finished it in twenty-four hours but I needed to go to sleep. I loved this book. One thing after another happens and just when you think it is over it isn't. My mind kept trying to figure out what was going on. I was wrong on several things but one I had a feeling about the whole time but even that I didn't get the motivation correct. Kate's story is heartbreaking, witnessing her sister being murdered. She really struggles to deal with this and it isn't until she finally gives it to Jesus that true healing can begin. The way Nancy describes that process is beautiful. Tony is a wonderful hero who just wants to protect Kate. There romance is very sweet and adds nicely to the story. Overall, I highly recommend this one. I think it might be favorite Nancy Mehl book yet. A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own. 
StephanieTiner More than 1 year ago
For four years Kate O’Brian has lived a quiet life in the small town of Shelter Cove, Arkansas. Kate entered the Witness Protection Program after testifying against the man who attacked her and murdered her twin sister. When her attacker is released due to faulty evidence, Kate faces a subpoena calling her back to St. Louis to testify again. U. S. Marshal Tony Deluca, who guarded Kate during the first two trials, is sent to Shelter Cove to escort her back to St. Louis. When Kate’s attacker disappears, it becomes a race against the clock to keep Kate safe and stop the Blue-Eyed Serial Killer. I recently discovered the Defenders of Justice series and I must admit that I am happy I did. This novel is the second installment in the Defenders of Justice series. In this story we have different main characters than we did in book one. There is Kate, a survivor of a vicious crime, and U.S. Marshal Tony Deluca, who helped her get through the original trials. Since the U. S. Marshals are involved in the Witness Protection Program I wasn’t surprised by the fact that Kate was in the program. I found this novel to be well written and constructed, the characters are well developed and realistic, their struggles understandable and thought provoking. I also found the age gap between the two main characters to be interesting, and I enjoyed the fact that the character of Kate was around my own age. The night that Kate was attacked, and her sister killed, was something straight out of “Criminal Minds,” though I was thankful that it was not overtly descriptive with all of the horrible things that happened to the two sisters. I love a good mystery, but, for me, the less blood and gore the better. I live between St. Louis and Arkansas, so reading about the weather in this novel, as well as in book one, was interesting. Though I have not, and hope not to, live through the any mudslides caused by torrential downpours in Arkansas. I am well aware that this does, in fact, occur and can be extremely dangerous to anyone caught out in it. These details helped bring this book to life for me. I must admit though, when Batterson seemed unaware of the danger of the mudslide issue, I was surprised. I understand that the two locations are far apart, however, it struck me as odd. As for the Blue-Eyed Killer, in the beginning of the novel, he did come off as a very realistic killer. The differences between previous cases and Kate’s attack are substantial, however, could easily be explained due to his own ignorance. Even the most careful killer is human and prone to mistakes. By the end of the novel, the Blue-Eyed Killer had moved into an almost unrealistic, unbelievable realm. Though I suppose it is possible, it seems highly unlikely. After reading book one, “Fatal Frost,” I had held some hope that my unanswered questions from that novel would be answered, in at least a small amount, in this novel but they were not, which was somewhat disappointing, though not unexpected. However, you do learn a little bit more about some of the characters in book one, and I hope the same thing will happen again in book three. I would recommend this novel to fans of Christian romantic suspense. I received my copy of this novel from the publishers at Bethany House through their book reviewer program for the sole purpose of providing an honest review. I also have permission from the publishers to use an image of the cover artwork above. stephanietiner.weebly.com
centraleast22 More than 1 year ago
A very suspenseful read that will keep you reading until you finish. As I read, I tried to make predictions and sometimes I was right and others I would have never guessed. I could not imagine surviving what Kate did to only have to go back and relive it. While on the way, Kate and the marshal, Tony, protecting her run into some snags and it is all that Tony can do to keep her safe. I really enjoyed reading this book and look forward to more from the author. I received a copy of the book from the author, the review is entirely my own.
SignGirl58 More than 1 year ago
Nancy Mehl skillfully brought to life the emotions, patterns, and experiences of such diverse characters in "Dark Deception." In the second book of the Defenders of Justice series, U.S. Marshals are called into action for a case involving a vile serial killer. A living victim, Kate O'Brien, has tried to leave behind her nightmares, but that may not be easily achieved. Kate and the lead Marshal on the case don't know what they'll face, but will the darkness lead to healing or a complete break? There were so many plot twists! I was exhausted just following the characters and deceptive intentions! It is fun to read a high-action book and be kept on your toes and for that reason I would suggest picking up this series! I received "Dark Deception" from Bethany House Publishing for my honest review.
GrandaddyA More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book with its numerous twists and turns. Dark Deception is a very appropriate title. I almost started wondering if the author was trying to deceive us into believing there really was a serial killer. The suspense was palpable as Kate, known as Emily in the small town where she lived, seemed to go about her daily business with no concerns while law enforcement officers all over Arkansas, Kansas, and Missouri were trying to determine how to keep her safe and bring the serial killer to justice. Tony was determined to protect her no matter what it took. In the midst of all the evil that was happening, one small-town police officer had time to get help for an elderly man and share his faith in Christ with him. I always appreciate fiction more when the author brings the light of the Gospel to bear on someone who is in desperate need of finding hope and healing. It was in no way contrived but simply a natural outflow of who the officer was and of him being observant as he sought leads to help answer questions that had lodged in his mind. Do not get misled by my comments and think this is a stuffy, religious book. The characters are very human with all the longings, fears, hopes, anxieties, and the many other emotions experienced by the rest of us. All of that helps to make the book an exciting and suspenseful read with a lot of action to keep readers on the edge of their seats.
KatrinaEpperson More than 1 year ago
If you like suspense then this is definitely a book for you. This is the second installment in the Defenders of Justice series, but could easily be read as a stand alone. This a fast-paced story that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. This story is set in the back woods of Arkansas in the small town of Shelter Cove where Kate O'Brien has been living for the past 4 years in witness protection. 4 years ago she and her twin sister were brutally attacked and left for dead in their apartment. Katie survived the attack and testified against her attacker then went into witness protection. Tony DeLuca works for the US Marshals and heads to Shelter Cove to transport Katie back to St. Louis. Tony has a history with Katie since he protected her during the trial. He doesn't want to see her relive the attack again, but knows that it's a necessity if they want to put Alan Gerard back in prison.Both character are strong and complex. I immediately liked both. Katie is dealing with a crisis of faith and has not dealt with her attack or her sister's death. I love how the author takes an approach on the subject of faith. She makes the entire topic more understandable. She makes the character feel so real through their raw emotions. I don't want to give anything away but with Tony's arrival in Shelter Cove the plot takes unexpected twists and turns that has both characters literally running for their lives. This is definitely a book I would recommend to anyone who loves suspense. **I received this book from the publisher as part of their book bloggers program. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
GrandmaKaye More than 1 year ago
Featuring Kate O’Brien and Tony DeLuca, Dark Deception took me on a breath-taking, hair-raising adventure. I felt like a basketball being dribbled and passed in the seventh game of the Finals, because the villains masqueraded so well as good guys. Every chapter was eventful. Every time that I thought that the mystery was solved and Kate would be safe, the story bounced in a new direction. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Dark Deception, and recommend it highly. Bethany House Publishers provided my copy in exchange for an honest review.
NanaNor More than 1 year ago
Nancy Mehl has once again spun a riveting, suspenseful tale of intrigue. If you like mysteries and thrillers plus faith interwoven together, this is a book you'll love. Centering around Katie O'Brien attack by a serial killer and the murder of her twin sister, we watch her life in the Witness Protection Program. After settling into life in a small town, evidence comes to light freeing the killer. The deputy Marshall whose protected her throughout the trial and ordeal, steps back in to escort her to a new trial. It seems that it will not be that easy to escape the past and the murderer. Will this beautiful woman ever escape the past and find a normal life? While this had me on the edge of my seat, I also found it hopeful and couldn't put it down. I will say that if my hubby had been away, I would have waited to read this book. As part of Bethany House blogger program, I received this free copy. No review, positive or otherwise, was required; all opinions are my own. Thank you Bethany House for this program.
Jani417 More than 1 year ago
In this suspense thriller, which is number two in the Defenders of Justice series, readers will encounter sudden surprises, reversals, doubts and more as the twisted plot unfolds piece by piece. Think you’ve got it figured out? Think again. There may be an extra joker in the deck…..or even two! Kate O’Brien survived a brutal attack by a serial killer which left her twin sister dead. Kate is trying to deal with the grief and fear when the killer is released from prison. New evidence casts doubt on the killer’s guilt, but Kate knows better and goes into the Witness Protection Program. Deputy Marshal Tony De Luca works to protect Kate, but has concerns about her denial in healing from the horror. Kate relocates to a sleepy little fishing resort village where nothing happens…until it does and then it’s a wild ride. Good guys or bad guys; which is which and how to tell? This book moves at roller coaster speed with just as many twists and turns. I highly recommend it to those who enjoy a good, fast paced thriller. You will not be disappointed! Thanks to Bethany House for providing a free copy for my honest review. It’s a great read.
dhiggins4 More than 1 year ago
“Dark Deception” by Nancy Mehl was excellent! This is definitely her best book to date. It kept my attention from the first to the last page. The only negative thing I could say is that it kept me up at night, therefore, resulting in a couple sleepless nights! This story centers around Kate O’Brien. Four years ago, Kate and her twin sister were attacked by a serial killer. She survived. Her sister did not. Now, 4 years later, Kate is in witness protection. There is new evidence that has surfaced about this serial killer, and Kate is asked to come back and testify again. However, there is way more in this story than just that. There are twists and turns you don’t see coming. I kept wondering who the serial killer was? There is a lot of suspense and mystery in this novel but also a little romance tucked away. You will not be disappointed by this novel especially if you are a lover of inspirational suspense. I received this book from Bethany House for my honest opinion.
LisetteRue More than 1 year ago
In fictional Shelter Cove, Arkansas, Emily Lockhart has been running the Shelter Café diner. She doesn’t befriend anyone too closely, as she can never share her deepest secret. That her name is not Emily Lockhart, but Kate O’Brien. Her twin sister was brutally murdered six years ago, and she almost died, too. Kate has felt safe in Shelter Cove until the day Tony DeLuca, the Deputy U.S. Marshal who protected her in the original trial, arrives in her small town with the devastating news that the man convicted of murdering her sister might’ve been wrongly convicted. And because of that doubt, he might go free, which is why she’s been subpoenaed to testify. Overcoming the past that comes back to haunt her takes more inner strength and faith than Kate knew she had. As she struggles with her faith, she realizes that, ‘No matter what happened in life, God’s love and grace were constant.’ Lines like those – like little ‘Aha!’ moments – send a message without being preachy. Mehl’s story takes off running, and while it slows down in spots during the novel, it generally keeps up the pace. I’m almost always up for a suspense novel, though it seems to me that considering it romantic is a bit of a stretch. Budding romance, sure, but nothing beyond that. Love is always rather tentative in such stories of late, which is fine by me, as I’m looking toward the suspense of the novel, not the dewy eyes and nervous butterflies. I thought the main antagonists were strong. However, I feel as though we could’ve known more about Tony and Kate, but they were still likable main characters. I didn’t like this story better than the first one in the ‘Defenders of Justice’ series, but it’s still one I’m glad to have picked up. -- Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions are expressly my own.
ChatWithVera More than 1 year ago
really liked it The author, Nancy Mehl, writes books of mystery or suspension with a touches of romantic interest. Often set in a small town where a strong conservative religious community abides, her stories have heretofore been quite receptive to the Christian fiction reading audience. In the new Defenders of Justice series, we are given stories set in the average city or town and populated by characters that take the reader into emotional journeys beyond the pale. Book two exposes the raw depravity of the criminal that is the serial killer. Dark Deception truly lives up to the title that graces the cover of the book. The story has a darkness that permeates and that embraces several planes of life. There is deception that is incomprehensible and which creates a case that proves difficult or near impossible to be solved by local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. I am not fond of stories that delve into the mentally warped mind and actions of a serial killer, the emotional storm that pervades the lives of survivors, or the twisted connections lives take from youth into adulthood as a result of cruelty imposed on their childhood. While not a favorite, Dark Deception is most certainly a good read and within the bounds of acceptable Christian fiction. If readers enjoy having their mind rather immersed in the element of society that is portrayed in Dark Deception, this is definitely one to read. If readers simply want to brush shoulders a bit with suspense or mystery, then perhaps they would want something a bit milder. I did enjoy Nancy Mehl's writting and the character development was really good. I particularly enjoyed Detective Leon and his wife. I liked Tony Deluca and his penchant for sticking to Kate's situation and going the extra mile. I look forward to more from the pen of Nancy Mehl. DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House a division of Baker House Publishing to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own and freely given.
CordiallyBarbara More than 1 year ago
On a scale of cotton candy to Brussels sprouts, Dark Deception by Nancy Mehl (book 2 in Defenders of Justice series) is a taco with too many jalapeños. Every bite is packed with high intensity heat. Not even the cheese from the taco dulls the burn. . [Free book provided. Opinions my own] . Kate watched her twin sister murdered and somehow survived her own attempted murder to be a witness against the murderer. Tony was the deputy Marshal charged with protecting her. Before long, they are both sucked into the tangled web of the serial killer, The Blue Eyed Killer. . Phew. First of all, I don't read suspense often, but I've read some amazing suspense in the past. And, in my opinion, Dark Deception fell short. Although the bad guy in this book was amazing and complicated, I thought Mehl missed the mark with Katie and Tony. To me, they felt flat. And, I'm not sure if this book can be truthfully called "romantic suspense." The suspense was there, but the romance seemed like an afterthought. Also, I often fought frustration as sections of the book slowed with telling, explanation, and even preaching. But, before you write this book off (because you shouldn't), I need to admit that I almost missed my stop this morning because I was so engrossed in the book. . I want to adore every book that I read, but I know that doesn't happen. But I also recognize that reading does have a lot to do with personal taste (just like food). All that to say, you might adore Dark Deception!
Becky5 More than 1 year ago
What an incredibly fascinating, engrossing suspense this story by Nancy Mehl is! Dark Deception will draw you in immediately and refuse to release its icy hold until the last words have been read. What I intended to be "just a few minutes" turned into a mini reading marathon as I stayed up late to devour the book before terror consumed me. The lone witness to a botched murder, Kate O'Brien is brought out of Witness Protection in order to retry the "Blue-Eyed Killer" who got off 2 times on different technicalities. Maybe because the suspect admitted to being said serial killer, yet another trial would begin. The question is, of course, whether Deputy Marshall Tony DeLuca can keep Kate safe long enough to testify. Two concepts make this such a great book. One is the infusion of faith into dreadful situations. Conversations are natural, believable, and real. The second tactic that makes this book shine is the roller-coaster-like twists and turns of action; as well as the ping-pong information,misinformation, scuttling and reformation of knowledge base about the murder. Totally believable, absolutely chilling, and addictive until the end. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley. This did not influence the opinions in my review, freely given, and totally my own.
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
Page turning reading excitement... Dark Deception Defenders of Justice #2 By Nancy Mehl Kate O'Brien's life hasn't been the same since her twin sister was murdered before her very eyes and the murderer left her for dead beside her. After two trials she thought it was behind her as she lived out her life in WITSEC. But someone has raised questions about whether or not the man convicted on her testimony was truly the killer. And Kate is being subpoenaed for a new trial - a trial she wants no part of. But Kate has conditions of her own if she is going to loose the demons in her life - she wants the Deputy Marshall who was there for her before to again protect her - she wants Tony DeLuca because she trusts him. But someone is determined to silence Kate and Tony may not be able to stop them. And the evidence against Kate's would-be-killer is all based solely on her testimony, which if she is unable to provide will free a killer who may even now be after her. This book will leave the reader wondering just who is guilty of what as a number of potential suspects comes to light. Can Tony and his team keep Kate alive long enough for the truth come to light? Or will a killer be allowed to walk free and target a new victim? This is the second book in the Defenders of Justice series and fans of Nancy Mehl will not be disappointed in the suspense level. Nancy will definitely keep the reader guessing as to who is guilty of what as the story progresses. As one potential suspect is raised another seems even more likely. A perfect read if you want to be kept wondering into the wee hours of the night. This book is also the perfect reason to plead just one more chapter. If you haven't read the first book in the series don't worry as this book can easily be read and followed as a different set of characters is the main focus than those of the first book Fatal Frost. Get ready for some intense heart-pounding reading from the first page! I was provided a review copy of this book by the publisher Bethany House with no expectations of a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
lsnlj More than 1 year ago
This is book two in the Defenders of Justice Series, however it is a stand alone book. This novel is full of mystery, murder, suspense and a dash of romance. If you like FBI/Marshal mysteries you will enjoy this one. There is more than one scene taking place and it jumps from one place to another quickly, however you catch on pretty quick and it all comes together eventually. There are many twist and turns, some things you may not figure out before it is actually revealed. Kate O'Brien is just trying to forget the past and move toward the future, but that does not seem to be possible.Tony DuLuca want to protect Kate and keep his feelings for her professional. When his "easy" task to escort her back to St. Louse turns into anything but "easy" will they be able to survive, find a killer and have a chance at love?
inspiremichelle More than 1 year ago
The author Nancy Mehl has done a fantastic job with Dark Deception, Book 2 of Defenders of Justice. It was a fast past read that kept me on my toes and kept me guessing. The surprise ending was great and oh so unexpected. The main character Kate O’Brien is an inspiration to all victims of violent crimes. Nancy Mehl books offer encouragement, engage you and inspire you to be a better you. I give Dark Defenders 5 stars and anxiously await book 3.
jebsweetpea More than 1 year ago
Nutshell: Kate O'Brien and her sister were brutally attacked one evening and her sister ended up dying. The images of that night haunt Kate. After her court date where she testified against her killer, mayhem erupts in the courtroom and even more people are killed. Kate enters in to the witness protection program and begins a new life in a new town and tries to move forward. But then years later, she is ordered to come and re-testify, drawing back up the memories from long ago. The man who was thought to be her sister's killer has new evidence proving he wasn't the infamous serial killer who took her sister's and many others' lives. One man is there to walk through it all with her. Deputy Marshall Tony DeLuca. He helped her through the original trial and now is back to help her through this walk down a horrific memory lane. Is her killer guilty of all these crimes or is there someone else hiding out there waiting to take her down? Pro's: A gripping story that will keep you on the edge of your seat. If you enjoy suspense mystery, this is book is for you! It's book 2 in the Defenders of Justice series, but it reads like it's own story, which is extremely helpful. Twists and turns keep the reader flipping page after page in wondering what is going to happen. Con's: If you have a weak stomach, this is not the book to read, especially at night when the house is quiet and dark. :) It is graphic in nature, even from the start. But if that doesn't bother you, you'll enjoy this book! Recommendation: A suspense/thriller mystery that has you sucked in from the beginning. Hard to put down. This is not a light, fluffy book, so if you rather read a light-hearted books, this one is not for you. If you enjoy the thrill of mystery that keeps you in suspense, this is for you! Bethany House Publishers sent me this complimentary copy to review for them. Opinions expressed are my own.
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
My thoughts: DARK DECEPTION is Ms. Mehl's latest, and the second in the Defenders of Justice series. I didn't enjoy this book as much as I did the first, though the action and suspense were still top notch and engaging. Kate is a hurting woman, hidden in the witness protection program, or so she thinks. When her sister's killer is released from prison, he denies he did it and that the real killer is dead. But some one is still out there and her life is in danger. I did like Tony, he was real, but also hurting, like Kate. He was also confused. Torn between attraction to Kate, the truth, and direct orders, plus under attack from an unknown assailant, he didn't know where to turn. If you like romantic suspense, pick up a copy of DARK DECEPTION. You'll be kept up late reading until the end... There are a lot of unanswered questions causing this reader to wonder what's in store in Ms. Mehl's next book. I received a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own. 3.5 stars
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
Dark Deception was an amazing thriller - one that would grab you by the nape of the neck and put you down and say "now don't move til you are done". Kate is alive after someone tried to kill her, and succeeded in killing her sister. She gave testimony and put the man in jail, but he has been released and now she has to give her testimony again to put him back - Will she do it again? Tony is a U.S. Marshall sent to watch over her - to keep her safe, but while doing so he has fallen for her. The most important thing in this whole situation is that GOD is involved - you can't go wrong if GOD is involved now can you ya'll? Amen? HE is relied on, trusted in and loved. Now, did Tony catch the killer that was after Kate or was he a little too late? Did anything happen with Kate and Tony? I tell you this you will be shocked and you will hate one thing about this book.....when it is finished.and there is no more. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House. The opinion is all my own of this book.
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
Dark Deception starts off with an intense and fear-filled scene that chilled me down to my core. Kate O'Brien is a survivor, fighter, a warrior. She witnesses her twins brutal murder, was left to death herself but survived, and had to face the killer again and again in this haunting thriller. The personal battle she has to go through to be able to go on, accept that she is still alive, and to get over the survivor's guilt is a wearing road, yet she does champion on, with the help from the people around her and with the faith she finds in God. I wish I had read the first book in the series before I read this one, the feeling of jumping into a middle of a scene was strong here. With the generous amount of characters, keeping everything in line came to be an effort. Kate's previous connection to Tony DeLuca is referred several times, the developing relationship between them is heavily based on those previous feelings between them, and I wanted to know more about the foundation the new connection, after being apart for years, was based on. Tony DeLuca is a solid man, straight-shooter, honorable and honest. His faith in God is evident, his trust for God's guidance clear. One of the highlights of the story for me was a conversation between him and Kate, where they share their past hurt and burdens, talk about depression and suicide, when openly and honestly, they admit their brokenness and weakness and help each other to heal. The suspense in the story is convoluted and distressing. There are clues to the culprits but they lead the trail so close to the protagonists you would rather not believe them. It is twisted, dangerous, tangled mess, that brings the law enforcement to their knees. After the built up I was expecting a bit more fiery solution, but all the loose ends are tightly wrapped up in the end. An interesting faith-based romantic suspense story, volatile and deadly action and riveting mystery with a touch of romance and the characters growing and developing in their faith in God. ~ Three Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
Laundry_Whispers More than 1 year ago
There's something to be said for a book that keeps me guessing right up to the very end. Even when I thought I knew what was what I was only partially right and so way wrong at the same time. I was drawn to this book when I saw it on my Bethany House list and jumped because I had to read it. I didn't care that it was second in a series, I was confident that if it didn't read well without the first under my belt that I could grab it from the library. We are talking mystery, intrigue, a touch of romance, and faith all set in my own backyard. I mean, we all know a mystery is the way to my heart. Closely followed by basically almost every other genre there is. I got a bit caught up in the conundrum of all the characters. I had to go back and re-read a paragraph or page a couple of times like 'who was what?'. Once I had that down it was better sailing through. There were also all the aliases to be contended with. While it was somewhat overwhelming with my lack of ability to remember names the story flowed through with so many twists and turns that I was kept guessing at every one. All in a good way. Mehl did such an amazing job creating well rounded characters with an intricate story line that drew me in and kept me guessing. Seriously, one thing that is rare is for me to be 100% in the dark about the 'who did what with which weapon in what room' of a book. I had ideas that were partly right. Right person in the wrong roll doing a different thing. I managed to read this in one setting in just a few hours time, I was so drawn in to the story. That, is the hallmark of an amazing book. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by Bethany House and NetGalley. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
RGNHALL More than 1 year ago
Nail biting suspense...murder....intrigue....romance....faith expressed by characters.....if you like all these elements, you will love Nancy Mehl's 2nd book in her Defenders of Justice series. Kate is in witness protection after testifying against the man believed to have killed her twin sister. He is sent to prison, and she fears for her life if he ever finds her....and then he is released from prison. Will he come after her? He would have to locate her first in the small town where she is hiding. When evidence comes to light suggesting he is not the killer, Kate must testify again. She is frightened and rightly so. Nancy is one of my favorite authors and she did not disappoint me in this book. I did read book one in the series, and while this book can stand-alone, I think it would be helpful to read book one first. I had a lot of trouble keeping the characters straight as there were so many different characters. This did cause some confusion for me as I read. I highly recommend this book. Readers who love suspense, thrillers and Christian fiction will be delighted. I am rating this book 4 stars. I received a copy of this book from netgalley and the publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.