Book 351: DECEIVED Review

Deceived (Private Justice #3) by Irene Hannon
ISBN: 9780800721251 (paperback)
ISBN: 9781441245137 (ebook)
ASIN: B00KDN8646 (Kindle edition)
Publication date: October 07, 2014
Publisher: Fleming H. Revell Company


For three years, Kate Marshall has been grieving the loss of her husband and their four-year-old son in a boating accident. But when she spots a familiar-looking child on an escalator in the mall, she is convinced it is the son she thought was dead. With police skeptical of her story, she turns to private investigator Connor Sullivan. The former Secret Service agent is dubious but agrees to investigate. Digging into the case he discovers that the incident may have been no accident at all. But if Kate’s son is alive, someone is intent on keeping him hidden–and may be willing to go to lethal lengths to protect a sinister secret. 

As Irene Hannon’s many fans have come to expect, Deceived is filled with complex characters, unexpected twists, and a riveting plot line that accelerates to an explosive finish.



Three years ago Kate Marshall’s life was turned upside down. A routine father-son fishing trip turned into a nightmare when Kate’s husband was found dead and her four-year-old son was presumed to have drowned. Kate left upstate New York for St. Louis, Missouri. She has begun to build a new life until a chance encounter in the mall has her questioning everything. Kate is sure the young boy she saw on an escalator at a local mall is her son. The police don’t find her story plausible so she hires a private investigator. Although Connor Sullivan isn’t quite sure what to believe, he agrees to take the case on a provisional basis. What he finds out is even more shocking than the original incident that claimed the life of Kate’s husband. Can Connor find the truth and return Kate’s son before more tragedy occurs?

Deceived is the third book in the Private Justice series by Irene Hannon. I found this to be a fast paced and thoroughly enjoyable read. Deceived is a clean, inspirational, romantic-suspense read. As with previous books in this series, we get the opportunity to read about ordinary people of faith in extraordinary circumstances. Connor Sullivan is a great investigator, but he doesn’t have the faith that his co-workers have until he is able to truly see faith in action through Kate’s life. It is always uplifting to read about characters that place their belief at the forefront of their lives versus the backburner . . . at least it is for this reader. I enjoyed the interaction between Connor and Kate. It was fascinating to read about a woman overcoming her grief and building a life where she goes out of her way to help others overcome their problems. Ms. Hannon provides the reader with strong men and strong women that become even stronger when they work together. Yes you know when you start reading this book that it is going to be a HEA (happy-ever-after), but not in the more traditional sense because these characters still have issues to work out and through but they do so together. Ms. Hannon’s stories are crafted with the just the right amount of suspense and romance to make for a wholly enjoyable and intriguing read from beginning to end. If you enjoy inspirational fiction, romantic suspense, or are just looking for a good read, then I can definitely recommend Deceived. (If you haven’t read the previous books in this series, then you’ll want to add Vanished and Trapped to your list as well.)


Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book free for review purposes from the publisher via NetGalley. I was not paid, required or otherwise obligated to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”



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Book 306: TRAPPED Review

Trapped (Private Justice #2) by Irene Hannon
ISBN:  9780800721244 (paperback)
ISBN:  9781441244529 (ebook)
ASIN:  B00CIUJX12 (Kindle edition)
Publication date: September 1, 2013 
Publisher: Fleming H. Revell Company


When librarian Laura Griffith’s sixteen-year-old sister disappears on a frigid February day, leaving only a brief note behind, Laura resolves to do whatever it takes to track down the runaway teen. That includes recruiting ATF agent turned PI James “Dev” Devlin to help. But the deeper he digs, the more he begins to suspect that something sinister is at work in the girl’s disappearance. And the closer he gets to uncovering the truth, the clearer it becomes that the situation isn’t just dangerous–it’s deadly. 

Chilling and at times terrifying, Trapped is the latest thrilling read from Irene Hannon, the queen of romantic suspense. Hannon outdoes herself with this fast-paced tale of fear, deception, and just the right dose of romance.



Laura Griffith has only had custody of her half-sister, Darcy Weber, for a few months. Their mother and Darcy’s father are both deceased. The worst thing Darcy could imagine was to leave New York for Missouri, but she considers her older sister Laura a little too conservative and leaves. Laura knows that she’s going to need more than just prayer to track down Darcy and turns to the Phoenix private investigation firm. The investigator assigned to her case is James “Dev” Devlin, a former ATF agent. They are both concerned because a large snow storm is hitting their area, and Darcy may be without shelter.

Dev’s investigation quickly shows that Darcy may have been at the local bus station but it is closed due to the weather. Dev and Laura begin to search local shelters, hoping that someone may have seen Darcy. While Dev and Laura are bonding over the search for Darcy, Darcy is being held captive by a shelter worker that showed her some kindness and offered his home and shower facilities for the runaway teen. Both Darcy and Laura rethink their relationship during Darcy’s absence, and realize that they both have to be more considerate of each other. Darcy realizes that Laura’s faith isn’t such a bad thing and that her “rules” aren’t as far-fetched as she originally thought. Laura comes to realize that she really cares for her sister and is willing to compromise more on her rules in the future . . . if she ever finds Darcy and is able to bring her home. Will Dev and his partners be able to locate Darcy before it’s too late?

I found Trapped to be a quick inspirational, romantic suspense read. Laura and Darcy are siblings that have very little in common other than their mother. Laura is much older than Darcy and is rather staid and overly-conservative to Darcy’s mind. Darcy is an out-of-control teenager with authority issues to Laura’s mind. They learn that appearances can be deceiving. They also realize that they have both been a little too quick to judge one another and look forward to being able to start anew. The clean-romance angle between Laura and Dev adds just enough spice to the story to keep it interesting. There are quite a few twists and turns to Trapped and Ms. Hannon does an admirable job of keeping the reader in suspense until the very end. If you enjoy romantic suspense or inspirational reads then you’ll definitely want to add Trapped to your reading list.


Disclaimer: I received a digital copy of this book free for review purposes from the publisher via NetGalley. I was not paid, required or otherwise obligated to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”



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2012 Book 255: VANISHED Review

Vanished by Irene Hannon
ISBN: 9780800721237 (paperback)
ISBN: 9781441240606 (ebook)
ASIN: B00A8NUGWQ (Kindle ebook)
Publication date: January 1, 2013 
Publisher: Fleming H. Revell Company


Reporter Moira Harrison is lost. In the dark. In a thunderstorm. When a confusing detour places her on a rural, wooded road, she’s startled by the sudden appearance of a lone figure caught in the beam of her headlights. Though Moira jams on her brakes, the car careens across the wet pavement–and the solid thump against the side of the vehicle tells her she hit the person before she crashes into a tree on the far side of the road. 

A dazed Moira is relieved when a man opens her door, tells her he saw everything, and promises to call 911. Then everything fades to black. When she comes to an hour later, she is alone. No man. No 911. No injured person lying on the side of the road. But she can’t forget the look of terror she saw on the person’s face in the instant before her headlights swung away. The person she hit had been in trouble. She’s sure of it. But she can’t get anyone to believe her story–except a handsome former police detective, now a private eye, who agrees to take on the case. 

From the very first page, readers will be hooked into this fast-paced story full of shocking secrets from fan-favorite Irene Hannon. Vanished is the exciting first book in the Private Justice series: Three justice seekers who got burned playing by the rules now have a second chance to make things right.


It was a dark and rainy night . . . seriously; it was a dark and rainy night when investigative reporter Moira Harrison got lost and had an accident that she believed involved a pedestrian. Unfortunately by the time the authorities arrive there is no evidence of anyone else being involved in Moira’s car crash. Moira knows she wasn’t hallucinating about the pedestrian or the so-called “good Samaritan” that had offered to call 911 but never placed the call. In order to save her sanity, Moira decides she needs help and seeks out the services of a local investigative firm. 

Cal, Dev and Connor are all former law-enforcement agents (police, ATF and Secret Service) that have launched a firm that believes strongly in the premise of “justice first.”  After Cal’s meeting with Moira, he accepts her case. Once Cal has burned the alibi of the primary suspect, he talks his partners into accepting the case pro bono. The deeper Cal and Moira dig into the mysterious accident and Good Samaritan, the more they both realize that this case is much bigger than it appeared. Can Moira and Cal prove their case before it’s too late?

Ms. Hannon has provided another clean, happily-ever-after, romantic suspense read with Vanished. The primary characters aren’t wealthy but working middle-class folk that have emotional baggage and difficulties to overcome. Even more important, the faith exhibited by the primary characters, in this case Cal and Moira, keeps them on an even keel and helps to guide them through their difficulties. The religious aspect of these books isn’t overwhelming but simply there as a facet of their personalities and lifestyles. Ms. Hannon has the knack for creating believable characters and realistic scenarios mixed with just the right amount of suspense and romance. I found Vanished to be a quick and enjoyable read and look forward to reading the next books in this series.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book free for review purposes from NetGalley. I was not paid, required or otherwise obligated to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”





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