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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (587 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brandilyn Collins Narrator: Laural Merlington Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Sometimes the truth hides where no one expects to find it.


Joanne Weeks knows Baxter Jackson killed Linda—his second wife and Joanne’s best friend—six years ago. But Baxter, a church elder and beloved member of the town, walks the streets a free man. The police tell Joanne to leave well enough alone, but she is determined to bring him down. Using her skills as a professional skip tracer, she sets out to locate the only person who may be able to put Baxter behind bars. Melissa Harkoff was a traumatized sixteen-year-old foster child in the Jackson household when Linda disappeared. At the time Melissa claimed to know nothing of Linda's whereabouts—but was she lying? In relentless style, Deceit careens between Joanne's pursuit of the truth—which puts her own life in danger—and the events of six years’ past, when Melissa came to live with the Jacksons. What really happened in that household? Beneath the veneer of perfection lies a story of shakeable faith, choices, and the lure of deceit.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nola | 2/6/2014

    " I've really enjoyed many Brandilyn Collins books, especially the way that she intertwines Christian beliefs with suspenseful storylines. This book certainly has the trademark Brandilyn Collins devices that have made her books popular, including snappy dialogue, suspenseful chapter endings, consideration of faith issues, and interesting twists. It also deals with the important issue of domestic violence and how that can often be covered under a veneer of respectability even within the church. However, the thing that took the edge off this book for me was the stereotyping of Melissa as the typical "bad" foster child. Certainly there are a lot of foster children who have difficulties in life and I'm not suggesting that a rosy picture be presented. However, I felt an opportunity was missed to dispel unwarranted negative stereotypes or at least offer compelling reasons why someone might "go off the rails" and then suggest solutions. This book is a good mystery story, but if you haven't read any of Brandilyn's previous books, I would recommend that you start with the Chelsea Adams series or the Hidden Faces series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by patndoris | 1/28/2014

    " Fantastic twist at the end! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Allison | 1/16/2014

    " This was a surprisingly good book. Very quick read with lots of suspense and mystery. Until I got towards the end I was trying to guess if it was Baxter or Melissa that really killed Linda. These are the kind of books that I like. Where you don't know you did it until the end! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tommie Lyn | 11/26/2013

    " The storyline was good, but at times, the "writing" got in the way. Also, this was the Kindle version, and there were several typos and one outright error.......the word "sites" was used in one instance when the word should have been "sights." That surprised me, since this book was released by a reputable publisher. One would hope the errors were corrected in the print version. "

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