Greetings my fellow bloggers and readers, I hope your day was pleasant. I have finally gotten over my stiffening reading slump and managed to review another book. Enjoy ;D
Author: Heena Rathore P.
Publisher: Citrus Publishers
Publication Date: 24th June 2017
Genre: Horror, Crime, Thriller, Fiction
Page Count: 420
How well do you know your loved ones?
A girl struggling to cope with the murders of her mother and five-year-old brother.
A journalist chasing the ghost of a potential serial killer.
A thirteen-year-old girl who slaughtered her parents.
And a revenge-driven psychopath who is about to destroy everyone’s life.
After 9 years, a young writer is still coping with the brutal murders of her mother and five-year-old brother, as she moves into a house of horrors, to start a new life with her lover. Will friends and family be able to redeem Ally out of the impending doom in time? Will her infallible love become the key to the destruction of her already fragile world? Will madness prevail over love; true love over revenge?
Deceived is a gripping psychological thriller that mazes through the deepest, darkest emotions of human mind through the story of a vulnerable girl who treads in the mist of deception bred from a long unforgiven betrayal.
I received a free copy of this e-book in exchange of an honest review.
You should know that I usually don’t read thrillers but I decided to give the genre a try and I must say that Deceived was a suitable choice to enter the genre. Deceived is one of those books that you’ll read and finish but the story itself and the thoughts you had about it will linger in your mind and continue to amaze and horrify you for a long time afterwards. If you ask me, that’s precisely makes a novel of any genre attractive and praise-worthy.
Reading this book freaked me out and scared the bejesus out of of me at some parts towards the end but that’s probably because I’m a little soft-hearted so most of you readers have nothing to worry about except maybe some hair-raising, bone-chilling moments that add to the optimum reading experience.
The author slowly feeds us hungry readers with bits and pieces of information that only manage to make the story more compelling and raise more questions than before! So naturally, I had to stay up all night- half terrified- trying to finish the book before I went insane due to all the suspense!
The book starts off with a newspaper article from the 1970s about a chilling murder that appears to be too brutal to be true. The story line is told from 4 different perspectives with 3 set in the present and 1 in the past. The way the newspaper article relates to the events happening in the present to the protagonist keeps the reader guessing and on the edge of his/her feet! There is never a dull moment as new revelations and variables start to take their toll on the characters.
The shiver-inducing descriptions and gory imagery matched the ominous theme of Deceived perfectly! The frightening sinister atmosphere was spot on! The author did not shy away from the more gruesome details and painful feelings so no character was spared.
The main character, Allison, was already struggling with the murder of her mother and younger brother from 9 years ago. She is still trying to cope with the help of her amazing dog, Max, her best friend, Sam, and her boyfriend, Danny. Things don’t seem to be going terribly for her besides the horrendous nightmares she’s been having every. After she makes the rash decision to move in her with her boyfriend, Danny, her life continues to go downhill from there. Someone’s sick idea of a joke, is sending her threatening signals and messages that only bring back the unwelcome memories of the ghosts of her past.The emotional pain Allison went through only increased the complexity of her as a character and made her more human and relatable to.
Steve is Allison’s cousin who arrives in town to investigate the recent murders that have been left unsolved. He thinks they might be related to the killer of Allison’s mother and brother. I didn’t really like Steve because his personality felt dull, the only decent thing about Steve was his determination and intellect that helped him follow clues that others overlooked to solve the crime.
Elizabeth is the 13-year-old girl from the past that was somehow related to the story. Elizabeth had a rare personality and a bone-chilling childhood that could’ve broken any soul. She is undoubtedly a memorable character. Although, her story is not suitable for the tender-hearted, as I could barely wrap my mind around what happened to that poor girl and thinking about it too much might’ve made me vomit or dissolve into hysterical tears. Her situation raises some seriously disturbing discussions about how children think and act and how the environment they’re raised in affects them.
Michael is the psychotic serial killer whose identity remains hidden till the end of the book. His part of the story consists of his diary containing his revolting thoughts and heartless actions. Micheal is hellbent on avenging his Mother and all these elements manage to make this novel more threatening than before. Reading from the murderer’s POV added a sickening twist to the story as I got to see how the villain of the story thought and exactly why the killer did what he did.
The secondary characters: Sam, Max and Danny all had interesting roles to play. They each had their own unique personality that effected the protagonist differently. Sam was super friendly and supportive and she provided some relief from the never-ending horror. Max who is Allison’s dog counts as an essential character in my opinion because he was her most faithful companion and he literally always had Allison’s back! I really enjoyed that lovely side to the story where the pet remains loyal to his/her owner forever. Danny on the other hand, felt like your basic boyfriend and I didn’t see him as a very impressive guy but he did also make Allison feel cared for in the short time they were a couple.
The ending left me speechless and more horrified than I ever was before. I really didn’t expect all that to happen at the end, it all just occurred so quickly that my mind couldn’t register exactly how stunning it was.
In conclusion, Deceived was definitely a well-written memorable read that has opened some interesting new genres for me (YAY!). Even with some disturbing moments that I couldn’t really handle well, I will be on the lookout for Heena’s future novels. I recommend this book to readers who enjoy blood-curdling mind-boggling stories and don’t mind getting an overdose of fear.
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