Dark Deception by Nancy Mehl
Back Cover: Kate O’brien’s quiet like in a smatt-town Shelter Cove, Arkansas, is shaken when her past suddenly comes roaring back to life. Four years ago, she and her twin sister were attacked by an elusive serial killer. Only Kate survived, and she’s been in witness protection ever since.
When new evidence arises to suggest the convicted man wasn’t the murderer, she’s subpoenaed to to testify in the new trial. Afraid to go back into that world, Kate only agrees in Tony Deluca, the deputy Marshal whoprotected her during the original trial, escorts her to St. Louis.
Tony Readily takes on the assignment; Kate’s beauty and inner strength made more of an impression on him than he expected. But when Kate’s safety is threatened, Tony must race against the clock to keep her alive and put this ugly case to rest before anyone else gets killed.
My Review: I was in the mood for a good suspense and this sounded like it could cure the feeling I had. It starts out fine with a prologue, which I had no problem with. Then chapter one starts and I was interested in learning that the main character was only 19! That usually doesn’t happen, I feel like characters are usually in their mid-twenties or older.
And then chapter two starts and it’s six years later. Honestly that annoyed me a little bit, not just because I wanted a character the same age as me (that doesn’t really matter, really) but then I got to know the characters and a little about their lives only for me to have to be reintroduced to them.
We’re reintroduced to the characters and get to know them a little, but I noticed… there were a lot of characters. It was hard for me to keep them all straight and remember why they were each important. At one point in the story I thought, “I’m bored.” And then was really disappointed because that’s not the impression anyone should have while reading.
One thing I thought was particularly unrealistic is how Kate is in the witness protection program, but Tony, the marshal, continually calls her Kate– even six years after she’s been in the program and has had a new name. I just thought that that was pretty dangerous…
And then of course something goes wrong (and I don’t mean that in a bad way at all! It’s suspense, things are supposed to go wrong! :D) so the Marshal is talking to police offers and the officer mentions that Kate is in the witness protection program. Then I found out another character new Kate was in the program. And the marshal tells someone Kate is in the program—after Kate has already complained about how nobody will ever know or could ever know. She obviously didn’t tell them or planned on anyone knowing…
I just had to assume that the Witness Protection Program in this story was pretty bad, and hopefully unrealistic…
The book did have some good parts to it too. Kate didn’t want to testify again because she had grown to really like her life, and it was good to see the characters struggling with everything they’ve been through and how they overcame it, how they had to be brave and face their fears.
All in all I’ve give it three out of five stars.
I was given this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.