A Chance Encounter Leads to Challenging Events

Deb’s Dozen: Missing child, a chance encounter—could it be? Poppysicles, blonde hair, love.

Saying good-bye to a wonderful series is always difficult, so reading Deceived, the third book in Irene Hannon’s Private Justice series was hard. I loved this premise and the characters—I only hope Irene brings them back in another series. One thing we can all count on, thank goodness, is that there is another wonderful series in the wings we can anticipate.

Kate Marshall has mourned the loss of her husband, John, and their son, Kevin, for three long years. A fishing trip gone bad and two empty life vests spelled the end to all her dreams. After a tough period of recovery and a move to St. Louis to start over, Kate has her life more or less back together. Then, running an errand at the mall for a friend, she hears a young voice ask for a poppysicle—Kevin’s word for the treat. Looking up at the sound, she sees a boy with wheat blond hair—just like hers and Kevin’s. Could it be? Is her son alive?

After fruitlessly searching the mall for the man and boy she saw, she decides to hire Phoenix, Inc., a private investigation firm. Connor Sullivan draws her case and is drawn to her. He agrees to help, even though the police don’t think she has any reason to hope. Will he uncover any clues? Will that attraction wax or wane?

Hannon has constructed another complex yarn, with complex characters, and lots of twists and turns that keep you turning pages hours on end. I loved this book as much as I loved the other two in the series, Vanished and Trapped. You will love Deceived, too! Five stars for the book and the series. Get them – now!

Irene Hannon has written more than forty-five novels and is the winner of a multitude of awards including two RITAs from the Romance Writers of America, a Carol Award, a Retailers’ Choice Award, and many more. She and her husband make their home in Missouri and, when not otherwise busy, enjoy coffee shops, traveling, and their family. To get all the skinny about Irene, visit www.IreneHannon.com.

Revell gave me a copy of Deceived in exchange for my candid review.

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