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by Nancy Mehl
From the back cover:
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.
About the author:
Nancy Mehl is a best-selling, award-winning author who lives in Missouri, with her husband, Norman, and her Puggle, Watson. She’s authored almost thirty books and is currently writing a new series for Bethany House Publishing based on the U.S. Marshals. The first book, Fatal Frost, in her Defenders of Justice Series, released on November 1st, 2016. The second book, Dark Deception, hit store shelves in June of 2017. Book three, Blind Betrayal, will be released in the spring of 2018. She is also working on a new cozy mystery series for Guideposts.
Readers can learn more about Nancy through her Web site: www.nancymehl.com. 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.
Breathe before you begin, because a lot is about to happen in a very short time!
Kate is still suffering from her sister’s murder. It’s been a few years, but she hasn’t truly healed. I appreciated the gentle encouragement shared in the story that may be just what someone else may need to hear.
Since Dark Deception is a romantic suspense, I was a bit disappointed in the romantic thread. There is one, but it is very minor. There didn’t seem to be enough to support the change in their relationship at the end of the story.
However, the tangled web of danger kept me turning pages to see Kate and Tony safe. I’m not sure the conclusion left me feeling they were truly safe…
Dark Deception is the second book in the Defenders of Justice series, but it can be read as a stand-alone. Connecting characters are present, but you don’t have to know their previous story to understand this one. If you enjoy a good suspense, you’ll want to check out Dark Deception (and Fatal Frost, the first in the series)!
(I received a complimentary copy of this novel. The thoughts expressed here are entirely my own.)