Book Review: Deceived



DECEIVEDAbout the book:

A girl struggling to cope with the murders of her mother and five-year-old brother.
A journalist chasing the ghost of a potential serial killer.
A thirteen-year-old girl who slaughtered her parents.
And a revenge-driven psychopath who is about to destroy everyone’s life.

After 9 years, a young writer is still coping with the brutal murders of her mother and five-year-old brother, as she moves into a house of horrors, to start a new life with her lover. Will friends and family be able to redeem Ally out of the impending doom in time? Will her infallible love become the key to the destruction of her already fragile world? Will madness prevail over love; true love over revenge?

Deceived is a gripping psychological thriller that mazes through the deepest, darkest emotions of the human mind through the story of a vulnerable girl who treads in the midst of deception bred from a long unforgiven betrayal.

My Review:

Today, I am reviewing Deceived, the debut novel from author Heena Rathore P. Lovers of psychological thrillers, serial killers, crime, and suspense – do not overlook this novel!

  • Ally is a writer, in a relationship with a man named Danny, has a roommate Sam, a loving father Stephen Stone, and her beloved German Shepherd, Max. Ally is also still dealing with the brutal murders of her mother and little brother 9 years earlier.  
  • Steve is a journalist returning to his hometown of Dewer as a supervisor at the newspaper he works for. He is also returning to amend his relationship with Ally and to investigate the murders of his aunt and cousin. Steve thinks this is the work of a serial killer but needs to make the connection.
  •  In 1978, Elizabeth Lawson murdered her parents and disappeared. 
  • Then there is another unknown character, dead set on revenge and ruining Ally and her father’s lives.

While reading this book, I would highly suggest having a glass of wine nearby, or whatever your preferred adult beverage is. Also, I would not read this while home alone, at night. Deceived is so incredibly suspenseful and creepy I am not sure I have the words in my vocabulary to accurately describe it. However, there were numerous times while reading that chill bumps covered my arms.

The novel is opened with a distinction between psychopaths and sociopaths which was not only interesting but set the scene for everything to come.  I wouldn’t even attempt to discuss the plot for fear of spoilers, but I will say that this novel is non-stop action and it seemed as if every page held a new clue or new background information on the characters. The author developed her characters thoroughly and at times almost too well, leaving me with such creepy feelings. Although the novel is fast-paced and absolutely a page-turner, the resolution unfolds slowly, almost teasingly, increasing your desire to figure everything out. 

The only negative to this novel, just my personal thoughts, was the ending. On one hand, I loved the creepy nature of the ending, despite it being the resolution of the plot. But on the other hand, I felt it lacked closure. Otherwise, I loved every scary, suspenseful, and shocking moment of this novel. Bravo to Heena Rathore P. for such an amazing debut novel! I look forward to reading her again in the future. 

*I will warn readers of potential triggers involving sexual abuse, rape, and explicit physical violence. This novel is about multiple killings, so expect details regarding the murders. 


*Thanks to the author and publisher for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

Learn more about Heena Rathore P. by visiting her web page.


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