Deceived – BOOK REVIEW

Reviewing this book in detail is a tough task because there are loads to tell and I am sure, that I will miss a few parts. I’ll give my best shot






MY RATING : ♥♥♥♥ / 5


This book was sent to me by citrus publishers, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Thank you for trusting in my reviews. 🙂 

COVER AND TITLE: The cover of the book sends a creepy chill down the spine. A girl walking through the woods, she has a bleeding wound in her leg. What does the picture mean? I wondered!

The title ‘deceived’ though a single word, caught my attention. It is often seen that people can be deceiving.

One must read this book to find out why the author chose this creepy cover and the title.


How well do you know your loved ones?

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 human mind through the story of a vulnerable girl who treads in the mist of deception bred from a long unforgiven betrayal.

STORYLINE and PLOT :  The author starts off with a small differentiation between psychopaths and sociopaths. The story follows a girl named Allison stone  who is still struggling to cope up with the murders of her dear mother and brother that occurred 9 years ago, she stays with her best friend Sam and visits her dad every now and when possible. She moves in with her boyfriend Danny and is still haunted by her past.

Another end of the story there is a thirteen year old Elizabeth Lawson who murdered her mother and father and is found missing. Steve Thompson is a journalist In the running to find the serial killer involved in the murders of ‘Dewar’.

CHARACTERIZATION : The book has a handful of characters that play a major role in the thriller. One might easily connect with the characters or feel the emotions undergone by each characters.

Elizabeth Lawson- a 13 year old girl who murdered her parents, later turns out to be a psychopath who wants to take revenge. One can easily pity on her after reading her story.

Allison Stone – an independent 23 year old girl who lost her mother and brother when she was around 15 years, who every now and then visits her dad – Stephen Stone.

Steve Thompson – an investigate journalist and cousin of Allison, who ones cuts all the ties with ally on the death of her mother and brother is now back to Dewar, with a personal interest in the murders and wanting to expose the serial killer in town.

Other important characters involve Stephen stone, Danny, Sam, Max – the German Shepherd, Richard Adam.

Overall one must read the book to understand each and every character, feel them to point out your favorites or hated ones. On that note my most favourite relationship is that of Allison and her German shepherd dog – Max, such a pure bond how well max understands Allyson’s every single command and emotions.


The author has done a brilliant job with the entire plot and storyline. The story is explained from each character’s Point of View. I love how though each chapter is from a PoV of a different character is yet easily understood. The plots are arranged in a very pleasing manner. The characters were well described and easy to connect to as I said earlier. Her writing style is quite appealing and easy to understand. As a debutant author, she has done justice to her work. Overall a quick read, an ultimate page turner. If you have a liking towards crime fiction, or a psychological thriller then I highly recommend this book.

Go get your copy of Deceived here !!


STOP right here if you are not looking forward to read the spoilers.

Honestly at different points of the story, each time I had a wild guess on the murderer and as it turned out to be the guesses went wrong until the 3rd part of the book.

At one point where it was told Beth Adams was dating Mr.Stephen stone, I had a very strong feeling that Beth Adams could be the murderer of Mrs.stone.

The character Michael and his Journal entries gave me the chills throughout the book.

At the end of the book I had a few questions left unanswered:

                            How well do you really know your loved ones ? 

  1. Why was Danny shown to act weird in some scenes? To divert the readers?
  2. Could there be twin Adams?? Michael Adams and Daniel Adams?
  3. Did the story actually end with the phone call?? Or even worst …Just began?
  4. Why were a few other few prostitutes killed? was it done by Michael Adams ? If YES… why?

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