Deceived by Irene Hannon

Monday, October 6, 2014

About the Book:
Author: Irene Hannon
Publisher: Revell
Source: Publisher
Publication Date: 2014
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Series: Private Justice, book 3
Genre: Fiction; Suspense
Rating: 5 out of 5
Typical to what we’ve come to expect from the talents of Irene Hannon, her final novel in her latest (aka my favorite!) series is no let down. Yet, somehow it’s creatively new and different. It tells the story of grieving mother, Kate Marshal whose husband died three years ago and though she is operating under the assumption her four-year-old son died in the same boating accident as her husband, Keith’s body was never found. When a chance encounter in a busy shopping mall leads her to believe that her son is still alive, Kate employs the help of Phoenix, INC. detective Connor Sullivan in the hopes that she will finally have the answers that have plagued her for years. What neither one of them expected was the web of secrets they’d uncover.

This trilogy has actually been one of my favorites from Irene or really, in this genre period. It’s been somehow, indescribably different which is what let it have a voice all its own. One of the funniest bits was the banter between the three partners – Dev, Cal and Connor, even though they all met their better halves much the same way, it doesn’t take away the fun of the mystery. Getting back on task with the specifics of Deceived, what I appreciated most was that it wasn’t the same kind of edge-of-your-seat suspense as the norm. Hannon managed to find “new” devices to ensure the pages keep turning as opposed to putting someone in danger for a fourth of the book or kidnapping the heroine – a plot “twist” books have relied on one too many time. Instead, wonderfully the danger that does ramp up in the climax doesn’t overstay its welcome and does just what it set out to – demands that we keep reading in the late night hours!

Some readers may not enjoy this story as well because it’s more information gathering and conversations than any kind of car-chase-happy action flick you could conjure up, I loved that missing element. One of my biggest pet peeves in suspense novels is the lack of “real” (or appropriate passage of time) one-on-one time with the leading couple who are poised to fall in love. By eliminating that high-action mentality, Irene allowed the reader to revel and enjoy the burgeoning romance between Connor and Kate – there is more depth to the emotional stability of their relationship and realistic believability because of that – plus the ending is darling. Following in the good character traits is the interesting "villain" character; he's more conflicted than most and isn't the stereotypical evil person we've come to expect. Yet another way Irene Hannon's books are anything but ordinary.

If you like suspense novels and if you've been reading this series, you’ll enjoy reading Irene Hannon’s latest; the final book ends very well and does justice to the series.

Synopsis: 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.- Goodreads

Coming Next from Irene Hannon: After seven years as a Chicago homicide detective, Lisa Grant has hit a wall. Ready for a kinder, gentler life, she takes a job as a small-town police chief. But the discovery of a human skeleton by a construction crew at the edge of town taxes the resources of her department. A call for assistance brings detective Mac McGregor, an ex-Navy SEAL, to her doorstep. As they work to solve the mystery behind the unmarked grave, danger begins to shadow them. Someone doesn't want this dead person telling any tales--and will stop at nothing to make certain a life-shattering secret stays buried.

Master storyteller Irene Hannon is back with an exciting new series featuring former Special Forces operatives now in the thick of the action in civilian life. Hannon is at the top of her game in this can't-put-it-down thriller that will have readers up until the wee hours devouring every page. – via Goodreads, April 2015

Sincere thanks to the publisher for providing a complimentary copy of this book for reviewing purposes.


  1. My favorite of the series too!

    1. Yay! Glad you enjoyed it, Dawn. I'll be sure be reading your review. :)

  2. That's it. I am definitely reading this book. And the sooner, the better.

    I wasn't a huge fan of the first book in the series but I remember simply LOVING The Guardian of Justice series because of its superb characterisation. Your pet-peeve in suspense novels is one of mine as well . How are we suppose to believe the characters are truly in love and not just attracted to each other if we don't witness their relationship evolve? I'm absolutely in favour of character driven stories so when I hear about a book with well-drawn characters, my curiosity is definitely piqued (+ the synopsis for Deceived as I've already mentioned is very intriguing).

    Enjoyed reading your review, Rissi.

    1. Wasn't a big fan of the first book in the Private Justice Series, I mean.

    2. Last comment : Sorry but have I told you how much I liked your blog's new design, Rissi? VERY nice.

    3. Oh Ganise, you should totally read it! It is by far the best in the series!

    4. Can't wait to read it, Dawn!!

    5. *bites nails* Well, now I'm nervous, Ganise. I sure hope this one isn't a letdown then - especially given you didn't love book one. Happy reading. :)

      In my opinion, this suspense novel stands apart from the rest of its peers; it's just SO good.

      No apologies for multiple comments; I love any and all. And yes, this is relatively new. Thank YOU. I struggled a bit getting this one "squared away," but I hope (for now) it's okay. :)

      Dawn: ditto! :)

  3. Rissi, I'm always just slightly behind you in posting reviews ;D I think I'll be posting mine in a day or two, but I fully agree with you - loved this one! I hadn't read anything by Irene before but this was definitely worth it. The premise was just so captivating, and I don't think I've ever felt sympathy for a villain before like I did in certain scenes. I'm eager to read the rest of her series. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

    1. Well, I'll be excited to read your review, Jillian; whenever it arrives. :) I'm behind on blogging too - and in fact am surprised I managed to get this one posted today. (Still working on tomorrows entries!)

      Yay for a fellow fan! I'm so glad you loved this one too; definitely go back and read the rest in this series as well as some of Irene's older books if you enjoyed her writing. I think this is my favorite of hers (series) so far, but her older "Heroes" books are good too.

      If you "liked" how this villain was, you'd be interested in her others from this series too. So brilliant! :)

  4. Love this review, Rissi! I'm in the middle of reading Deceived and am really enjoying it so far. Totally agree to what you said about the one-on-one time with the leading characters. :) Now I really want to check out the other books in this series too! :)

    1. Thank YOU for reading, Bekah. Glad you're enjoying this one too; it's probably my favorite from Irene yet and of course I adore this entire series. Happy reading - and I'll look forward to your review. :)

  5. Well, obviously I need to check this series out. I think I saw it on NG. I'll go look again and request it and then read the other books before it. I do enjoy these types of books, especially when they're written well. :) I also love when a series ends well. That last book can really put a damper on a series.

    1. This is definitely my favorite series from Irene so far and already I'm hoping her new 2015 series gets off to a good start. Betting it will. ;)

      Sure hope you enjoy these if/when you read them, girl.


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