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Deceived by Julie Anne Lindsey | Book ReviewDeceived by Julie Anne Lindsey
Published by Merit Press on September 18th 2013
Pages: 320
Format: Ebook
Source: NetGalley

When Elle's father, a single parent and a big shot in corporate insurance, moves her to yet another boarding school for senior year, Elle is disgusted when nothing changes. Her night terrors don't go away, and, soon, despite her father's caring calls and visits, Elle starts to believe she's losing her mind. She knows she's being followed; a ribbon is tied around her doorknob, and there are those cigarette butts that keep turning up on the doormat, in violation of a strict smoking ban on campus. Then there's Bryan, an intriguing boy Elle meets at a flea market and later finds out is a student at her school. Yet on campus, he pretends he doesn't recognize her - until the day he divulges just how much danger she's in. In her search for an answer to all the madness, Elle unravels the truth about her dad's real identity, why someone has lied to her all her life, and the terrifying truth that she may be the only one who can save her from the one who's following her now.


I really, really enjoyed reading Deceived. I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t read that many mystery/thriller books, but when found this book on NetGalley the storyline intrigued me and I just had to request it. It didn’t disappoint!

It was really easy to get into the story. In the very beginning of the book you get the sense that something isn’t right. Some things just don’t add up and slowly the questions start to built. The tension builds slowly and it keeps on building up until the very end. Throughout the book you’ll slowly find the answers to the questions you so desperately want an answer to.

The mystery element in this book was good and thought out. Personally, I figured out what was going on halfway through the book and when I turned out to be right I was pretty triumphant. I just loved how this book had me thinking and guessing about what was going on and the way in which the story slowly unfolds.

Elle’s personality is something fierce. She’s a strong person throughout the entire book and a really good main character. Her personality is what, in my opinion, makes the book. Her life unravels more and more as you get deeper into the book and the way she just keeps going is admirable.

From the first page to the last I was completely hooked. A good and exciting read! Definitely a must read for the mystery genre lovers out there!