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Deceiver Paperback – March 3, 2016
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About the Author
Kelli Owen was a reviewer and editor of some of the biggest names in the genre for over ten years. She has been to countless conventions, participated on dozens of panels, and spoken at CIA headquarters in Langley regarding her writing. And they still don't know what genre to put her in...
She's not a horror writer in the traditional sense. Rather than throwing blood at the page, she prefers to let it soak in slowly. Creepy, moody, atmospheric, and quiet are her favorite ways of getting under your skin. And she will. With a smile.
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The character of Matt is so well developed, so believable, and so utterly relatable that you can't help but be drawn in as he unravels his dead wife's mysterious double life.
The ending is a bit predictable, but not so much that it wasn't interesting and it definitely suits the rest of the tale.
Kelli Owen does an excellent job of setting the scene: grieving husband, cheating wife, a life built on lies... and then it gets worse. This book makes it hard to pick which character you like better and will make you question how well you really know the people that you love. Kelli Owen is going on my list of top 10 novels for this year and I cannot wait to read more from her.
What stands out most in this book is the high level of tension author Kellie Owen maintains throughout. There was never a point I was truly comfortable reading it, and there were times when I released a breath I didn't realize I was holding. Also, Owen's ability to describe raw emotion is phenomenal. I felt Matt's grief and pain. You have no doubt this is a man in mourning, as his anguish and sorrow is so pronounced it's damn near tangible.
This novella was my introduction to Kelli Owen's work, and if you haven't yet been introduced to it, this is where you'll want to start too. If you are familiar with her and haven't yet read this, what are you waiting for?
The premise feels somehow familiar, with a grieving widower growing more and more suspicious his dead wife led a double life, and yet the unraveling of the mystery left me unable to think of anything quite like this story. If there was an obscure Hitchcock film with that premise, I'd totally buy it. This is a new one though, and it just ratchets up the tension after he finds his murdered wife's diary in her suitcase.
The atmosphere is great and how the veil is lifted on just what his wife had been up to all those years is so expertly done that when the big finish comes around I was just about as close to the edge of my seat as I could get while sitting comfortably in my recliner.
From what I've read of Kelli Owen's work, she has a real knack for honing in on one or two characters in a book and just putting them through an emotional wringer to the point where you expect them to fall of the floor like a piece of discarded loose leaf paper. If taut thrillers are more your thing than straight-up horror, you'll definitely want to try this one out.
As the blurb states, Matt’s life is turned upside down over the murder of his wife Tania. The story starts out at Matt’s home immediately after the funeral. Mired in grief, Matt wonders how he will survive the aftermath. Tania had died in another state while Matt (a pilot) was in the air, so he’s not a suspect. According to the detective in charge of the case, there are no suspects. This, of course, makes Matt’s pain worse. Who would want his beautiful wife dead?
A few days after Tania’s funeral, Matt decides to go through her suitcase, returned to him from the police. His life is turned upside down yet again as he reads his wife’s entries inside a cheap notebook he finds with his wife’s belongings. Not only was his wife unfaithful, but according to the journal, she was also a serial killer.
This begins the unraveling of Matt and the life he thought he had been living for the previous seven years. Tania was in sales and this had her traveling all over the country. Was she killing men everywhere she went during her business trips? Angry, and beyond devastated, Matt continues to read each journal entry learning more and more about the secret life his late wife led away from him.
There is a lot more to this story obviously. I could detail the grief, the devastation, of Matt discovering the real woman Tania really was. I won’t do that, of course, because that would be telling things that would spoil the story for other readers.
The story sucks you in immediately. You feel the grief of Matt and that of Tania’s sister. You see the devastation as Matt realizes that the life he had been living for years had been a lie. You watch the self-destruction of a man who had believed he had a solid marriage with the woman he had been head over heels in love with. Then you are along for the ride as everything reaches a climax.
Outstanding story. My only complaint, though it’s not really a complaint as I loved Deceiver from beginning to end, is that I wish there had been another page or so added in order for the reader to see what happened next.
Overall, a very good read. Once I started reading I couldn’t put my Kindle down until the end. Highly recommended.
Review originally published on ontopdownunderbookreviews.com.
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Ms. Owens managed to write a gripping novella that caught this reader from page one and didn't let go until the last...Read more