Review: Deceptions by Kelley Armstrong

deceptionsTitle: Deceptions

Author: Kelley Armstrong

Series: Cainsville #3

Genre: Paranormal Crime Thriller

Summary (from Goodreads)


Olivia Jones is desperate for the truth. The daughter of convicted serial killers, she has begun to suspect that her parents are innocent of their crimes. But who can she trust, in a world where betrayal and deception hide in every shadow?


Liv does have one secret weapon: a mysterious sixth sense that helps her to anticipate danger. The trouble is, this rare power comes with its own risks. There are dark forces that want to exploit Liv’s talents – and will stop at nothing to win her to their side.


Now Liv must decide, before it’s too late. Who does she love? Who is really on her side? And can she save herself without burning down everything that matters most?


Armstrong continues to deliver twists and turns in the latest instalment of her Cainsville series. The characters are more clued up about the Fae now, but the tricksy creatures can still manipulate them and cause problems.

The characters are so good in this series. From stoic Gabriel to charming Ricky, everyone is multi faceted and complex. Which is why the love triangle thing works here. You totally believe that Liv could love both, very different, men. And you feel for her. This isn’t ‘two hot boys fancy me, what should I do?’ Liv is caught in a prophecy of sorts – one where she’s reincarnated and destined to play out the roles of her predecessor again. She has a great respect for both Ricky and Gabriel, for very different reasons. Choosing between them is like trying to choose between your two favourite flavours of ice cream.

The banter that flies back and forth between the characters is great too. The dialogue is so snappy and witty, adding to the pace of what could perhaps be a slow burner – lots of the plot revolves around waiting to see people – and making every conversation fizz and spark on the page.

This is a series I really think I’ll want to reread once I know what happens. There are so many hints and clues being dropped, and I would love to go back and admire the careful construction of the story with the advantage of knowing the whole picture. In the mean time, though, I’ll just eagerly await the next instalment.

Rating: 4.5/5


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