Dark Deception by Nancy Mehl ReviewDark Deception by Nancy Mehl
Series: Defenders of Justice #2
Published by Bethany House Publishers on June 6th 2017
Genres: Suspense
Pages: 309
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My Rating: five-stars

About this Book

New Edge-of-Your-Seat Read from an Established Romantic Suspense Author Kate O'Brien has been leading a quiet life in small-town Shelter Cove, Arkansas, for the past four years 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 it was her drawing of the attacker--along with some last-minute evidence--that convicted the suspect. She's been in witness protection ever since, but new evidence suggests the convicted man isn't the murderer and she's been subpoenaed to testify in the new trial. Nervous about the risk, she'll only agree if the same marshal who protected her during the original trial escorts her to St. Louis. Deputy U.S. Marshal Tony DeLuca accepts the assignment to bring Kate to the trial, remembering how her strength impressed him. While in Shelter Cove, however, he gets a call from his chief, advising them to stay in Shelter Cove until a new development in the case can be straightened out. 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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Dark Deception by Nancy Mehl was a gripping story from the first page! We start off the story with a short prologue where Kate O'Brien is playing dead after her twin sister was murdered just two hours earlier.

We are transported from then to a chilling courtroom as icy rain pelts the courtroom windows. In a scene that takes a surprising twist and hypes up the intensity of this book, I was quickly drawn into this story.

Kate has been in the witness protection program ever since she was largely responsible for the conviction of the suspect in her sister’s case. However, new evidence suggests the man who was convicted wasn’t actually the murder. Now Kate is asked to relive the murder of her twin sister again.

While this book had a good amount of suspense to keep me engaged, it also had an emotional moment that I am glad the author included. There is a conversation that happened where two of the characters are talking about someone close to them committing suicide. This section pulled at my heartstrings as I hurt for their loss. It also gave a glimpse into the struggle some who commit suicide face. While this part was hard to read because of the weightiness of the subject, it made for a tender piece in the story.

I’m really enjoying Mehl’s Defender of Justice Series. I found this to be a great addition to the series and I’m highly anticipating the next one, Blind Betrayal to release.

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