Deceived (Private Justice Series #3)

Deceived (Private Justice Series #3)

by Irene Hannon


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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.

As Irene Hannon's many fans have come to expect, Deceived is filled with complex characters, unexpected twists, and a riveting plot line that accelerates to an explosive finish.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800721251
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/07/2014
Series: Private Justice Series , #3
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 206,816
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Irene Hannon is the author of more than forty-five novels, including Vanished, Trapped, and the bestselling Heroes of Quantico and Guardians of Justice series. Her books have been honored with two coveted RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America, a Carol Award, two HOLT Medallions, a Daphne du Maurier Award, two Reviewers' Choice Awards from RT Book Reviews magazine, a Retailers' Choice Award, and a National Readers' Choice Award. In addition, she is a Christy Award finalist, and Booklist included one of her novels in its "Top 10 Inspirational Fiction" list for 2011. She lives in Missouri. Learn more at

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Deceived: A Novel 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
More_Than_A_Review More than 1 year ago
Deceived grabs your attention from the first scenes and doesn’t let go.  The author does an amazing job of weaving small details together.  Three years ago Kate lost her husband and son in a boating accident.  Kate sees a boy that looks like it could be her son; his body was never found.  The police and mall security think she is just wishful thinking and do not take her seriously.  She then reaches out to a PI; enters Phoenix and Connor.  Connor is a retired Secret Service agent and is skeptical about her story but willing to do some research.   Secondary characters add dimensions to the story that make it even more special.  Pauline is a great friend and a wise woman to give her advice.  You always need someone to talk you off the ledge¿   Nikki is a continuing character from the series and is just hilarious.  I was impressed how the author handled Kate’s reactions to the development of the case.  I found the development of the case also fascinating as to how they track down the identity of the boy on the escalator.  The author made both Kate and Connor human by revealing problems from their past and how they overcame them. Love the comradery between the guys in the Phoenix office.   I was thrilled when they mention Nick and the raggedy ann doll from the St Louis FBI office; if you have read the other series.  Deceived is part of the series but can be read alone.   I recommend reading them all and reading then in order to follow the character development of some of the secondary characters from the PI firm  You can see my full review at More Than a Review dot com where I rate the level of sex, violence, language and drug/alcohol use in books.  
inspiremichelle More than 1 year ago
Deceived, A Private Justice Novel by Irene Hannon ISBN 978-0-8007-2125-1 Christian Fiction, Romance, Suspense On her husbands birthday Kate Marshall receives word her husband and young son Kevin have died in a tragic boating accident. Her life will never be the same. But on a lunch time trip to the Mall, she spots a young boy who is hauntingly familiar in his appearance and voice of Kevin. Can this be her son? Kate hires Conner’s PI firm to help solve the puzzle of who Greg and Todd Sanders really are. The Author Irene Hannon has done a fantastic job of bring a compelling Christian story to life with strong characters. She combines mystery, spine tingling drama and deception that results in a novel that will keep you at the edge of your seat. I give Deceived 5 stars and highly recommend it to all who love a good mystery, suspense, a little romance and Christian Fiction. Deceived is book 3 of the Private Justice. Book 1 Vanished & Book 2 Trapped were just as good and all can be read as a stand alone book. I want to give a high-five to the author Irene Hannon and publisher Revell for bringing gripping Christian books that are entertaining and give hope to the reader with stories of faith. You hit it out the ball park with this one. I was provided me with this book in exchange for my honest review and I am so grateful for their, the authors and publishers generosity.
Amigagal More than 1 year ago
I couldn't wait for this book to come out and I wasn't disappointed! The final book in the Private Justice series was great! Irene is one of my favorite authors and this book is no exception! It is so amazing that a mother like Kate Marshall, who lives in New York, could lose her husband and son to a boating accident on the same day only to move to St. Louis a few years later and be in a shopping mall and see her "son" going down an escalator while hearing him say a word - poppysicle - that changes her entire world! Kate cannot believe this is happening! She tries to go back up the escalator and find that boy but he's suddenly vanished but for the one split moment she & the boy's eyes locked on each other and recognition was there - she KNEW it! She doesn't know what to think! How can her son possibly be alive after all this time? She decides to hire a private investigator - Connor - to see what he can fine out. After various searches, Connor comes up with several leads and both he and Kate cannot believe what it beginning to transpire! This book was hard to put down. I read it over Christmas vacation and I didn't want to stop! I love the way the author has several characters' points of view, not just the main ones. You get several different angles going so the storytelling is enriched and you can see what is going on from different characters. You feel like you are right inside the book! I loved the book, the plot, the characters and the ending! I can't wait to read the next series the Irene has planned!
SweetPea_3 More than 1 year ago
Irene Hannon is my favourite author for a reason. She is amazing at weaving suspense, romance, great characters and a solid plot into a fantastic story. This is the third and final book in the Private Justice series and while I enjoyed them all, this one is my favorite. When Kate spots a boy in the mall that looks exactly like the son she lost, and he uses a word that was unique to him, she goes to the police but doesn't receive any help there because her story doesn't seem believeable. She desperately wants to find the little boy, even if it proves he is not her son and her last resort is the Phoenix Detective Agency.  She meets with Conner Sullivan who is ex Secret Service, and he doesn't immediately dismiss her story. The rest... well, you need to read the book. This is my favourite genre, favourite author, and arguably one of her best books. I highly recommend it!
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Deceived is quite a great addition to the Private Justice series. Irene Hannon it's such a talented suspenseful author. The book is action packed, suspenseful and page turning. I love the interaction between Connor and Kate. Great chemistry!  I love this book and highly recommend it. Five stars
Jaquelyn More than 1 year ago
Irene Hannon is now one of my favorite authors.  Hannon created an amazing story that had me literally unable to put the book down.  My favorite quote from the book is: “As for coincidences- I like that old saying about them being small miracles in which God chooses to remain anonymous.”  If you decide to read this book make sure you have plenty of time on your hands, because from the first page you will be hooked!  It made me laugh, super nervous, and brought tears to my eyes.  This is definitely a book to go on the keeper shelf.  Deceived is book number three in the Private Justice Series.  I have not read book number one or two, and would love to, but didn’t feel like I needed to in order to love this book.   Kate Marshall has been dealt some of the hardest things life can offer.  She went from having a wonderful loving husband and son, to them both being gone at the drop of a hat.  She received the news no one wants to hear.  And although the whole situation seemed weird to her, she had no choice but to try to forget and move on.  That is until a fateful moment in the mall.  Kate is convinced that the boy she saw was her son, but who will believe her?  Kate decides to see what a private investigator thinks of her story.  When she meets Connor she can tell he will give her an honest opinion.  Where will the investigation take them?  Will Kate get reunited with the son she’s missed for 3 years?   Connor Sullivan has heard of some strange cases in his day, but Kate’s story tops the list.  Many people have someone that looks similar to them, a so called double.  Could this be what Kate saw?  What are the chances that the son she thought died in New York would be here in St. Louis?  Connor feels immediately drawn to Kate.  Will the case get in the way of romance?  Will Kate be interested in him if the boy wasn’t her son?   This book is a must read if you love Christian Suspense.  I am dying to read books one and two knowing that they will be awesome too.  I received a copy of this book from Revell and Net Galley in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own.  
coramdeo540 More than 1 year ago
Deceived Irene Hannon Book Summary: 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. As Irene Hannon's many fans have come to expect, Deceived is filled with complex characters, unexpected twists, and a riveting plot line that accelerates to an explosive finish. Book Summary: The book started with the mystery from Kate’s perspective and from there I was hooked. It was a ‘cat and mouse’ kind of story where Kate hires Connor to look into it. As the mystery progresses Todd (Kevin) is asking Gregg questions about the lady from the escalator. Gregg seems like a great father, the question becomes how can this great & nice man be a murderer and kidnapper. The ending is explosive and the suspense builds to a brilliant ending. I loved Kate, Irene Hannon did a fantastic job of creating this character. She was fragile, strong, and genuine. She was almost too perfect. Connor was heroic and strong with flaws and tragedy in his past too. I loved Dianne and Pauline great secondary characters that were believable. I would like to thank Net Galley and Revell for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.
Karen02KD More than 1 year ago
When Kate’s husband drowned in a boating accident and her four year old’s body is never found, her world collapses and she sinks into depression, resorting to pills to take away the pain. Now, three years later, she has gotten her life back on track, moved to a new city, and has a counseling job helping women to struggle. Her ordered world suddenly crashes when she spots a boy the age of her son using expressions which were unique to him. Could it possibly be her son, Kevin? She knows she will regret it if she does not pursue some answers. With Mall Security and the police department turning her down, she turns to the Phoenix Private Investigator Firm. Connor, a former Secret Service Agent, takes her case. Even though he has very low expectations for a positive outcome, he is drawn to Kate. As the two pursue new leads, it looks that there may be a real possibility that Todd is really Kevin. But, Todd has a very loving and protective father who is determined to keep him no matter what the cost. This is the third book in Irene Hannon’s Private Justice series. This is a great mystery that you won’t be able to put down until you have finished the last page. Her books are perfect for those who love a good mystery but don’t want the graphic details or slimy relationships. The reader quickly comes to feel real empathy for this bereft mother, charmed by the little boy, enthralled by a real hero, worried for the abused wife, and sorrowed for a very lost man. The minor characters add the right sprinkling of humor to a tense tale. I received this from NetGalley in return for my honest opinion
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
Irene Hannon's suspense novels are hazardous to my poor nails! Literally a nail-biter. This one is a bit different in that the crime had happened three years previously, so the suspense is more focused on how they are going to manage solving the seemingly impossible-to-solve mystery. The story is told from multiple perspectives, including the villain- who doesn't seem so villainous for the majority of the book. Great chemistry between the main characters and deep emotions make this a compelling story! (Thank you to Baker Publishing and Revell Books for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. I couldn't put it down until I finished It.
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Very well written. I am impressed with this author.
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LEH0644 More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent book with a ton of suspense that will keep you turning pages until the end. It really deserves more than 5 stars! After Kate Marshall’s husband and son were killed in a boating accident, she moved away and started her life over. She was coping until one day at a mall when she heard a young boy say “poppysicles”. This was a word her son had used. When she saw the boy and called out his name, the boy turned to her. His hair was the exact blonde color as Kate's and he looked like her son. But the man with him hustled him away. Kate tried to find them but she lost them. The police and mall security would not listen to her but a private investigator named Connor Sullivan did. At first, he was unsure about her claim but the deeper he dug, the more convinced he was that the boy was her son. They only had circumstantial evidence and needed hard proof before they got the big guns of the FBI involved. It would be up to Connor and Kate to get the hard evidence they needed.
MNGringa1 More than 1 year ago
Kate Marshall is minding her own business while shopping at the mall.  She is riding the escalator when she over hears a conversation that triggers a memory.  In looking at the boy who was talking he looked exactly like her "would be" seven year old son.  Without thinking, she calls his name and the boy turns and looks at her, that is when Kate's world comes to a complete stop, only to start spinning in the wrong direction. Kate thought her husband and child were killed in a tragic boating accident three years ago. Poppysicle for Popsicle was the same word her son used., and no one else had ever used that word. Being confused, but desperate to figure out if she was just making things up, she stops off at a Private Investigators office.  She is about to leave, when Connor Sullivan asks her why she is there.  Kate tells him the whole story and the strange wholes that seem to leave her with questions.  Connor agrees to check things out for her.  He quick finds out that there really is something to Kate's questions. This is book three in Irene Hannon's Private Justice series.  While I have loved all three books, like the other two, this book can stand alone.  This is Connor and Kate's story.  Connor's partners at the firm are minor characters.  It is nice to know all about their stories, it is not essential to this story.  In typical Hannon fashion, there is an enticing blend of riveting plot, compelling characters, and brilliant pacing.  The plot has great twists and turns that keep you wondering what is going to happen next.  I really enjoyed how caring the villian of the story was.  He seemed like a great dad, and really cared for his "son".  Hannon's way with characters gives you the feeling you could be reading someone's real life story.  I think this is why I enjoy her writing as much as I do. I recommend this book as a great read, along with the other two books in this series. My thanks go to Revell and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy to read and review.
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millstreetreader More than 1 year ago
The prologue will grab you and you won't want to stop until you've reached the end. The death of her husband and young son in a boating accident three years earlier had plummeted Kate Marshall into a depression, Unable to understand why her son's body is never found but his little life jacket is found near the overturned boat, she numbs her pain with too many pills.  Finally, able to pull herself up and rebuild her life as a career counselor to abused women, Kate moves from New York to St. Louis.New friends and a new church help her begin again, until the day she hears a young boy's voice on the escalator and sees  straw blond hair so like her own..  In an instant she calls Kevin's name and the boy turns toward her voice, and then disappears into a crowded store hustled along with by the man at his side. While mall security and local police assume Kate is just seeing what she'd like to believe is her son, the still grieving mother cannot let the sighting go.  Connor Sullivan, former Secret Service agent turned PI, doesn't seem much merit in Kate's case, but her earnest plea and her beauty cause him to start a preliminary investigation.  Soon it appears Kate might be right, her son might be alive.  But how would a boating accident in upper New York state end with the little boy being in St. Louis three years later?  Could the boy be in danger?  And what about Kate herself? From  the first words of the riveting prologue to the ending scenes,Irene Hannon keeps the suspense high in this novel, mixing it with just enough romance to satisfy those readers expecting both in their novels.  I liked that this tale did not bounce back and forth across settings and wild chases. Instead, little bits of new information build, never enough to give us a complete picture, but enough to stir apprehension and unease.  Despite its length at just under 400 pages, I rushed through this puzzling tale, wanting to make my way to the conclusion.  I received a copy of DECEIVED from Revell Publishing for review purposes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kate Marshall is finally getting to a place in her life where she can accept the heartache of three years ago when her husband and four-year-old son were killed in a boating accident. Every day she heals a little more—with the help of her move to St. Louis, a wonderful job, and friendly church community. Everything changes when she spots a young boy at the mall who looks and speaks exactly as her son Kevin did. When the authorities chalk her crazy theory to her being a grief-ridden mother and decide not to investigate, she turns to a private investigator as her last hope. Connor Sullivan knew from the moment he met Kate he would do anything to help her. As the former Secret Service man starts investigating the boat accident that killed Kate’s husband and son, he begins to find several anomalies that make him think that maybe it wasn’t an accident after all...and Kevin could still be alive. Further investigations bring Kate and Connor closer, as well as bringing old secrets to light.  I would have to start by saying that Irene Hannon is a master storyteller, especially when it comes to the suspense variety. Deceived has everything—powerful mystery, hold-your-breath suspense, swoon-worthy yet realistic romance, engaging characters, and a “bad guy” that wasn’t one-dimensional. When I first began Deceived, I was worried that it was impossible for it to have a truly happy ending considering the plotline. And I’m a girl who likes happy endings *wink*. But there was no reason for hesitation, as Hannon weaved the story intricately peeling one layer after the other until we the reader saw everything as a whole. The ending was perfect, as I should have expected from this talented author. Another main thing I loved about this book was that it was very much character-driven, with a lot of attention into building the character's relationships. This made reading along as Kate and Connor grew closer all the more lovelier. The suspense had me on the edge of my seat, sporadically holding my breath until the conclusion. For the last half of Deceived, I literally couldn’t put it down.  If you enjoy inspirational suspense novels, this book is for you! This is my first experience with the Private Justice series, but I’m practically jumping to get my hands on the others as soon as I have time. For fans of Ronie Kendig, DiAnn Mills, or Lynette Eason, Deceived definitely makes it onto my top suspense novels I’ve read thus far this year...maybe even onto my top suspense reads ever! **I received this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review. My sincerest apologies to Revell and the author for my delay in reviewing.
CharityU-Austenite More than 1 year ago
Wow! Irene Hannon has hit another one out of the park with this splendid novel! It’s the 10th book of hers that I’ve read, and she hasn’t ceased to delight me. This book was certainly not an exception! Again, she managed to pack each page with suspense and constant action, pulled together with a sweet dose of romance and plenty of love – and not just the romantic kind, but that of a mother for her child. I savored every page. I was never sure where the story would end up next, except that I knew it had to end happily – because Irene’s books do. Trust me, I would be heart-broken if they didn’t. The ending did not disappoint! I’m sorry to see this series end. Highly recommended for anyone who is a fan of romantic suspense. I can’t wait for “Buried Secrets,” her next book! **Revell sent me a free copy of this book in return for my honest review. I was not recompensed for this review, nor was I required to write positively. All opinions are my own honest ones.
jebsweetpea More than 1 year ago
Nutshell: Kate Marshall's husband and four year old son disappear on a summer fishing trip. Her husband's body was found, but her son's body was never recovered. Fast forward three years, a move to a new city and a new life. But one moment, one voice, of her thought-to-be-dead son changed the trajectory of her life forever. Ride along side Kate, and her hired PI, as she seeks to find her son. Pro's: Even though this is book three in the Private Justice Series, this is easily a stand-alone novel that will suck you in. Irene does a fantastic job weaving suspense and softness into this story.  Con's: None. I love Irene's books! Recommendation: If you like suspense and a good page-flipping book, this is the one for you!!! Revell Books sent me a complimentary copy of this book to review for them.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Irene Hannon in her new book “Deceived” Book Three in the Private Justice series published by Revell Books takes us into the lives of Kate Marshall and Connor Sullivan. From the back cover: A grieving mother. A mysterious child. And a dedicated PI who’s determined to solve the puzzle. For three years, Kate Marshall has been mourning the loss of her husband and four-year-old son in a boating accident. But when she spots a familiar-looking child on a mall escalator, she’s convinced it’s her son. With police skeptical of her story, she turns to private investigator Connor Sullivan for help. As the former Secret Service agent digs into the case, the boating “accident” begins to look increasingly suspicious. But if Kate’s son is alive, someone is intent on keeping him hidden–and may go to lethal lengths to protect a sinister secret. As Irene Hannon’s many fans have come to expect, Deceived is filled with complex characters, unexpected twists, and a riveting plotline that accelerates to an explosive finish. Whenever I see Irene Hannon’s name on a book I know that I am in for a very exciting read.  And with “Deceived” I think she far outshines in the excitement category.  I think this is Ms. Hannon’s best work so far, she just keeps getting better and better.  There was a boating accident and Kate’s husband and son died but no bodies. Now it is three years later and Kate sees who she believes is her son, alive. Now she has been deceived but no one believes her. It is going to take Connor to separate all the lies to finally uncover the truth. I don’t think you will figure out exactly what is going on until Ms. Hannon lets you in on it at the end. And that’s good.  All of the characters are so well written you begin to think that you have known them all your life and you certainly want them to succeed.  With “Deceived” Ms. Hannon has given us a thriller that becomes more and more exciting until the last hundred pages which is an extremely wild ride.  This is a fun read, it is a fast read, however I do not recommend starting this book late at night because it will cost you sleep as you will not want to put it down.  Ms. Hannon is an excellent writer and knows how to twist your nerve endings as she tightens the suspense.  I recommend this book, and everything else that Ms. Hannon has written, highly!! If you missed the interview for “In Harm’s Way” and would like to listen to it and/or would like to hear the previous interviews where we discussed the first and second books of The Heroes of Quantico series please go to Kingdom Hhighlights where they are available On Demand. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Publishers.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
thedeena63 More than 1 year ago
Irene Hannon's newest release is exquisitely enjoyable. I say that because her choice of topic and the situations she has crafted are a mother's (and grandmother's) worst nightmare come to life. When my youngest daughter was three-years-old, she vanished at a busy shopping mall during December, right in the heart of the Christmas shopping season. My world tilted sideways and I lost all ability to think or function. Thankfully, she was found within 30 minutes...which is a whole other tale... ...but that caused me to taste the fear and loss Kate felt over her son. Combine that with the grief of losing your spouse....then have everything you thought was true collide with a new reality, and you'll get a taste of what's in store for readers of "Deceived". Irene writes with such realistic grit and exposes a side of life we rarely encounter in our every day lives. But someone somewhere is living out the pages of her gripping stories, which makes the tale all the more gripping. I've read most if not all of Irene's novels, and I truly believe this is her best and most intense yet. If she ratchets up the tension any more in future books, I'll have to schedule an appointment with a chiropractor to get the knots out of my muscles after reading! My thanks to my friends at Revell Publishing for my complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review. If you're searching for intense suspense that leaves you with a sense of true hope by the final page, then you must not miss out on "Deceived". And do yourself a huge favor...get the rest of Irene's books, too!
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
I love the private justice series..  Kate and Connor  are characters that you will always like.  I don't know how Kate  could stand losing her son and husband and not have gone crazy..  This kept me on the edge of my seat for much of this book.  I received this book from Revell for a fair and honest opinion.