Dark Deception by Amanda James @amandajames61 @bloodhoundbook #BookReview #Book12 #AuthorTakeOver

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Dark Deception by Amanda James @amandajames61 @bloodhoundbook #BookReview #Book12 #AuthorTakeOverDark Deception by Amanda James
Published by Bloodhound Books on November 13 2019
Pages: 259
Also by this author: Rip Current, The Cornish Retribution, Another Mother, The Feud, A Stitch in Time, Somewhere Beyond the Sea, Dancing in the Rain, Cross Stitch, Summer in Tintagel, Behind the Lie, Another Mother, The Calico Cat, Deep Water, The Cornish Retribution, The Feud, The Cornish Connection

Who can you trust when the past won't let you go?

Kerensa and Leo are a happily married young couple who live in Cornwall. Leo works part-time in London as an investment advisor to wealthy businessman, Paul Donaldson. The couple hope to start a family soon and life couldn’t be better.  
But Leo has been stealing from Paul and Paul isn’t the sort of man you steal from.  
When Leo realises that Paul knows what he’s done, he has no choice but to resort to drastic measures.  
Meanwhile, after discovering she is pregnant, Kerensa can’t wait for her husband to return home so she can share her news. But she soon discovers he’s gone missing.  
After receiving a threatening phone call from Paul, Kerensa realises how much trouble her family are in.  

Just how far is Paul prepared to go to get revenge? And will Kerensa ever be happy or safe again? 

Amanda James is also the bestselling author of novels including Another Mother and The Cornish Retribution. Dark Deception is a twisty and suspenseful psychological thriller which will appeal to fans of authors like C.L. Taylor, Claire McGowan and Louise Jensen. 

My Review

What the frick have I just read!!! Wow, when Mandy said to me this was her darkest book yet she really was not joking!! This was dark dark and darker and I bloody loved it!!

All the while I was reading Dark Deception my head was spinning with all the questions I needed answers to. Well, I got the answers and they were really not what I was expecting at all. This is #CrazyTown to the extreme and it was brilliant. I do not know what to tell you, I can’t give anything away at all. This is most definitely a book you need to read!!

Kerensa appears to have it all, a husband, Leo, who loves her and she has just found out that she has a baby on the way and when Leo comes home she gets to share this amazing news…..however he doesn’t come home that night or any other night. Working for a mobster will do that to you but this story is not so cut and dry as you might suspect from the sentences I just wrote, far from it.

Will, Leo’s best friend, has to break the news to Kerensa of Leo’s folly. I loved Will, all I will say is a rock and a hard place this man has found himself in. Whilst helping Kerensa, he introduces Patrick into her life and this, my readers, is where it all goes a bit Pete tong.

This book had me flying through my Kindle as quick as I could, if I wasn’t being sensible I would have stayed up the night before finishing it but homeschooling/working combo is not good when tired. Instead, I blitz this ending and my jaw drop, a few tears wanted to leak and I had a lump in my throat. I couldn’t get over all the revelations at all, but the biggest shocker of all had been landed yet, and when it did well the mischievous one we know as my Queen of CrazyTown wrote two words which had me screaming……The End……..

Aaaahhhhhhhhhhh!! I have all the feels with this, I am left wanting to know what happens next, I need to know but at the same time I will never know but you are definitely left wanting more. I had to delete a lot of my review because even though I didn’t give anything away I felt like I did. So this is really blinking tough to write! Dark Deception is so true to its title, the deception we have here is way darker than we thought it could be.

This is on par with The Feud for me, I can’t decide between the two, but this will be on my list at the end of the year for sure. This is the dark and twisty mind I love of Mandy. I love how this is a full-circle story, just where you think one storyline has been finished and we focus on the main part, we have a clanger at the end. The ending well, so much I want to say that I haven’t but Mandy weaves you into her web without you realising before cutting it and letting you fall. I love how her mind works and this is no exception. I was transfixed on her writing and I love her storytelling. Suspenseful and it’s like being on a rollercoaster with the breaks being cut, you can not take your eyes from the pages for the fear of what might happen next. I am so excited by this book, it was just so tantalising and intense, just loved it!

Until next time xxx

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About Amanda James

Amanda has written since she was a child, but never imagined that her words would be published, given that she left school with no real qualifications of note apart from an A* in how to be a nuisance in class. Nevertheless, she returned to education when her daughter was five and eventually became a history teacher. Then in 2010, after many twists and turns, the dream of becoming a writer came true when her first short story was published. Amanda has written many short stories and has six novels currently published.

Amanda grew up in Sheffield but now has realised her lifelong dream of living in Cornwall and her writing is inspired every day by the dramatic coastline near her home. She has sketched out many stories in her head while walking the cliff paths. Three of her mystery/suspense novels are set there, Somewhere Beyond the Sea, Summer in Tintagel and the Behind the Lie. Rip Current is also set in Cornwall and will be published by Bloodhound Books in April 2018.

Amanda, known to many as Mandy, spends far more time than is good for her on social media and has turned procrastination to a fine art. She can also usually be found playing on the beach with her family, or walking the cliff paths planning her next book.

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