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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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Imagine my surprise when I read the following line in this novella's acknowledgements. "...Frank Errington for the use of his name~sorry." What!?
I first met Kelli when I attended Horrible Saturday at the York Emporium a few Summers ago and again the following year at the same venue. I picked up a couple of novellas that first July and have been reading and reviewing her books ever since. I just checked, this is the seventh time I've reviewed one of her works and I've bought every one until this one, which I got through NetGalley to provide a review.
I keep coming back to her work for a couple of reasons. One, I like the fact that she's a Pennsylvania writer. Having lived in the state for most of my life, I just like to see others in the Commonwealth doing well. Then, there's Kelli herself, a spitfire personality in a small package with a big heart. But, most importantly, Kelli is an excellent writer. No matter how crazy the overall story, there's always that element of truth that makes it totally believable.
In her latest novella, Deceiver, Kelli tells the story of grieving widower, Matt Newman. His wife Tania was recently murdered while traveling on business. Matt discovers a journal among her luggage and learns of a secret life. Was his wife really the woman he thought she was, or is she something he never even imagined.
Deceiver shows the reader what happens when you assume. Again and again. Leading to a very satisfying ending.
Deceiver will be published for the Kindle in June of 2014 and is available now for pre-order from Amazon.com.
Of course, I recommend this one. I'm in the freakin' story.
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?
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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