BOOK REVIEW: Deceived by Julie Anne Lindsey

Title: Deceived
By: Julie Anne Lindsey
Publisher: Merit Press
Publication Date: September 1, 2013
ISBN: 9781440563898
Pages: 316

When Elle's father, a single parent and a big shot in corporate insurance, moves her to yet another boarding school for senior year, Elle is disgusted when nothing changes. Her night terrors don't go away, and, soon, despite her father's caring calls and visits, Elle starts to believe she's losing her mind. She knows she's being followed; a ribbon is tied around her doorknob, and there are those cigarette butts that keep turning up on the doormat, in violation of a strict smoking ban on campus. Then there's Bryan, an intriguing boy Elle meets at a flea market and later finds out is a student at her school. Yet on campus, he pretends he doesn't recognize her - until the day he divulges just how much danger she's in. In her search for an answer to all the madness, Elle unravels the truth about her dad's real identity, why someone has lied to her all her life, and the terrifying truth that she may be the only one who can save her from the one who's following her now.

I really liked Deceived. I had a hard time putting this book down. Although at first it went pretty slow for me, which I guess would be for a lot of books, I was still intrigued by what the meaning of Elle's nightmares meant. After getting the vibe on the main character, Elle, I was beginning to see why she was so paranoid. Why she couldn't trust easily and why she thought someone was following her. Her character is very determined to find out who and why someone is following her. The only thing that was hard to wrap around was how quickly and fast she felt for Bryan. I would think it would be hard to trust anyone if you think and suspect that someone is out to get you, but then I can understand why she fell for him so hard. She's basically all alone, new to another school trying to adjust since her father moved her yet again. To latch on to someone who you just met, but have a connection with is pretty normal, given the circumstances. 

After the first couple of chapters things did pick up and I found myself reading this book in bed and then talking myself into reading another chapter. I woke up a couple of times early before the kids got up for school to get in another chapter, but let me just say, reading a mystery when you're the only one awake in your house can make you jump at just about everything, lol. Lots of secrets come out in this book regarding Elle's family and with Bryan. 

If you're looking for a book with lots of suspense and mystery, this is definitely one that would take you by surprise!
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Deceived at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.


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