The Deception


Publisher’s Synopsis:
After searching for her sister for two long years, Kate Gallagher is devastated when she’s called to the morgue to identify Chrissy’s body, the runaway teen the victim of a brutal attack. Guilt and grief send Kate into a tailspin. She failed Chrissy once…she won’t do it again. Even if finding her sister’s killer means following a lethal bounty hunter into the heart of darkness, placing both their lives in danger.

Working at Maximum Security has taken Jason Maddox down some dangerous paths, but never for a client he’s so drawn to, or for a case so monstrous. As clues lead them deeper into the city’s underbelly, connections to human trafficking draw them closer and closer to peril, but even Jase’s warnings can’t convince Kate to walk away. As the deadly operation puts a target on their backs, they’ll have to decide what matters most: the truth…or their lives.

Point of view:
3rd person. Alternating perspectives.

Rellim’s Thoughts:
This is the 2nd book in the Maximum Security series – while the couple from book 1 is married in this book, they don’t appear often and there’s no references from the novellas (.5 & 1.5) that dictate reading these in a particular order.

After a “failed” one-night stand, Kate is surprised to find Jace at Maximum Security while searching for help in identifying her sister’s murderer. He agrees to keep things strictly professional and be on her case.

I had mixed feelings about both the relationship & the mystery/suspense aspect of this.

I’m not fond of instalove or “I’m breaking up with you because you’re too good for me” (twice!), but I did feel that Jace & Kate had a lot of chemistry and got along really well. I wouldn’t say Kate was quite TSTL, but she did insist on going everywhere with Jason despite some of the situations being incredibly dangerous. Them having the same conversation each time, plus both characters constantly saying Jace “isn’t a relationship kind of guy” highlighted Martin’s repetitive writing I don’t remember from the other book/novellas.

I liked the direction the investigation took them in, but I wish Martin had done more showing instead of telling. Missed the opportunity to create suspense and stunted the pacing.

I finished it, but I felt underwhelmed after listening for over 10 hours. I’m interested in continuing the series as I enjoyed the other books.

James Anderson Foster did a good job again. I feel like his narration is the reason I finished this one.

About the author:
New York Times bestselling author Kat Martin is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara where she majored in Anthropology and also studied History. Currently residing in Missoula, Montana with her Western-author husband, L. J. Martin, Kat has written sixty-five Historical and Contemporary Romantic Suspense novels. More than sixteen million copies of her books are in print and she has been published in twenty foreign countries. Kat is currently at work on her next Romantic Suspense.

You can connect with Kat Martin here:

About the narrator:
Dubbed “the Hardest Working Man in Audiobooks,” James Anderson Foster has won or been nominated for every major award in the audiobook industry, and was one of those kids who actually lettered in drama way back in High School (and if you ask nicely, he might even tell you just how far back that was).

Since that time, he’s done most of his acting behind a microphone, and has narrated audiobooks for a variety of publishers, across nearly all genres – both fiction and non.

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