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Feature book: The Deception

8 January 2020

The Deception by Kat Martin

Subgenre: romantic suspense
Release date: 10 Sep 2019
Publisher: HarperCollins
Format: ebook and print
Length: 384 pages
RRP: A$53.99 (hc); US$9.99 (ebook)

It is the underbelly of society. Where money is made from people’s circumstances. Where people are dispensable.

Jason Hawkins Maddox is a bounty hunter. He gets his man, or woman, and knows many ways to achieve that. He is ex-marine and knows his way around weapons, and tactics. He also believes that he is a loner, but it is the meeting with Kate, in the bar, then in his car, that changes his mind.

Kathryn, or Kate as she is known, Gallagher has her own business in Dallas. She is then told about her sister. Her sister is lying in the morgue. Kate is determined to find out what happened to her sister especially as it seems she has become a drug addict and a prostitute. But it is the strange tattoo on her sister’s neck that may tell a different story.

Kate goes to The Max (Maximum Security) looking for a private detective to help her. Jase just happens to be there and all though his specialty is bounty hunting, he is happy to investigate Chrissy’s death so that he can be with Kate again. As they start to dig deeper for the reasons for Chrissy’s death, Hawk worries about Kate’s safety, and his own. Kate is determined to help investigate and does actually come in handy for some of the things and places they need to go.

When I first read ‘I want to come and help’ I was, like Hawk, very sceptical that somehow Kate would actually get in the way of the investigation. But spoiler, she actually did what she said she would do, much to my relief.

The story moves at a pace, as does the investigation. What might be distressing is the nature of Chrissy’s abduction and subsequent murder. Ms Martin certainly takes the reader into the depths of society’s underbelly, but fortunately the good men and women win at least one battle, but then need to fight another.

Reviewed by Heather

A review copy of this book was provided by the author.

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