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Librarian Note: Alternate Cover Edition for ISBN-10: 0692249729 / ISBN-13: 9780692249727.

The perfect family, a house of full of secrets and an ingenious killer out for revenge...

Dr. Shelby Cooper seems to have it all-- a successful career as a leading scientist in her field, two adorable kids, and a loving husband who is poised to become the next CEO of a multi-billion dol
Paperback, 448 pages
Published October 29th 2014 by Gledé Browne Kabongo
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Linda Strong
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
Dr. Shelby Cooper has a stalker ... someone who leaves notes telling her she's going to pay for her sins. She is instructed not to go to police or her two children and husband will be killed. Shelby does have a secret past that almost no one knows about ... especially her husband. She is not who she says she is.

Meanwhile, her 15-year-old daughter is getting threatening notes. They state that her mother must be punished and that she should not tell her parents anything about these notes.
When the
Devi Nair
Nov 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
No matter how much you try and suppress your past, it does have a very nasty way to catch up with you when you least expect it. And when it does, there will be a lot at stake. And that is exactly what happens to Dr. Shelby Cooper when her past catches up and her present threatens to fall apart.

This book is a read-in-one-sitting kind because if you leave it half way for any work to be done, you will not be able to focus on the work at all. The mystery will keep popping up in your mind and you wi
Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon
**** 5 Cranky Stars ****

Dark and twisty!

Dr. Shelby Cooper seems to have it all. Brilliant, successful, she is a research scientist married to a powerful man who is soon to become CEO, with two perfect children, and even an adorable dog.

They are the type of people others look at in envy and then the dreams start. They become nightmares; the type that haunt your days and makes you fear the day.

The facade cracks. Skeletons fall from the closets. Shelby's husband is not what he's cracked up to be.
Teresa Kander
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
I enjoyed the suspense and mystery of this story. Dr. Cooper seems to have it all, at least until her former lover is found shot to death in the trunk of her car, and she is arrested for his murder. Even though she knows she is being set up, she is powerless to prove it if she wants to protect her family. Meanwhile, her teenage daughter is being stalked and receiving some very troubling texts from the same person threatening Dr. Cooper.

There are plenty of twists in the plot of this story, and t
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.” — Sir Walter Scott

Caribbean born Massachusetts author Gledé Browne Kabongo, a psychological suspense writer, immigrated to the US (Massachusetts), earned degrees in communications from Clark University and Framingham State University, and proceeded to have an interesting and varied career: a Legal Assistant at a law firm, a freelance news reporter, and a producer of conferences targeting scientists working on drugs therapies t
Margaret Tidwell
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
FTC: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. I received no other compensation and the opinions expressed in this review are one hundred percent true and my own.

Swan Deception by Glede Browne Kabongo was a fantastic book. This is the first book I am read in a while that kept me on the edge of my seat and made me want to keep reading because I had to know what was going to happen next. I don’t remember the last time that I read a book that even at work
Denise Lucas
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Randi Robinson
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Swan Deception opens with a quote by Sir Walter Scott. “Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.” It explores the consequences of deception on many levels. It seems that everyone is hiding something. If everyone had just been honest with each other, none of this would have happened. But then we wouldn’t have this book. Shelby lives with her husband Jason and children Abbie and Miles in a wealthy Boston suburb. She has a stalker who seems to know all about her and frames ...more
Karyn Masters
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A gripping read that demonstrates how one’s past can never be fully hidden, and how easily their lies can come back to haunt them, which is what happens to Dr. Shelby Cooper. On the exterior, it looks as if she’s got it all: A successful career, a loving husband (who is also successful), two kids, and a dog. The perfect family, right?

But Shelby has a secret past that is about to catch up with her. Someone is stalking her, threatening to expose her secrets, and they’re going after her family, ev
Maranda Russell
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction
Psychological thrillers are one of my favorite genres when it comes to suspense or mystery in books or movies, and Glede Browne Kabongo’s novel “Swan Deception” is a great example of this genre at its best. With characters that you will genuinely find relatable and quickly grow to care about, and a plot that will keep you turning the pages and struggling to put the book down, “Swan Deception” is sure to engage your curiosity and have you trying your hand at psychological detective work. This boo ...more
Stan Dunn
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is my second book by Glede Browne Kabongo. The first was an ebook and this, an audiobook. I was immediately drawn into the story and kept there by the author. The storyline was nearly perfect and it helped for me that the subject was around STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. This was easy to get through and very entertaining on the drive to and from work. The ending was a shocker for me - I won't say anything, you have to read or listen to it for yourself.

May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Swan Deception by Glede Browne Kabongo is a thrill ride right from the first few pages. Just outside of Boston in a affluent suburb, a wealthy, successful family lives happily and seems to have it all. That is true, until a dead body is found in the trunk of Shelby Cooper's car. With a fast pace that keeps the reader turning pages, a great mystery and well thought out, complex characters, this is a compelling and addictive story. With a house and family full of secrets there is bound to be troub ...more
Julie Failla Earhart
Dr. Shelby Cooper is a scientist in the field of bioinformatics. I never did understand what that is, but fortunately, in this novel that is not an issue. It’s what Shelby does, not who she is. She is a wife to Jason, a mother to Abbie and Miles, and a best friend to Vivian, but unfortunately, she is also Alessandro’s mistress. And that’s not the only secret she’s trying to keep.

Shelby has a past that no one, except Vivian, knows about and she has perfected the lies that keep is buried way down
Elise Widrig
Sep 25, 2017 rated it liked it
If you like a book filled with twists and turns, this is it. From one moment to the next, I wasn't sure who would be next or who was in control. Reading books that involve a great set up like that, take a good deal of making sure that everything still flows together and I think that the author achieved that. The author also did an excellent job of incorporating the past into the present without losing me as a reader.
Carrie Nelson
I love a good psychological thriller.....

Too bad this one wasn't one of them. This has to be one of the worst books I have ever read!! There was no real 'thriller' here. The characters were two dimensional, no substance, no development. Reading this book - that's six hours of my life that I'll never get back.......
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
now i am hooked. This was such a great, easy and creative book. i was hooked after the first page.

The characters were easy to fall in love with and follow, along with the story. the author made the mental visions so easy and vivid of the surroundings and the characters actions felt so real.

i would highly recommend this author and this book.
Loralei Moir
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a great psychological thriller. This is one of those books that you can't stop reading until the end. This is the first book I have read from this Author. I can see why she has won awards.
Will definitely be reading all the books this Author has written.
Stephen Brayton

Shelby Cooper has a past she'd like to keep hidden. Of course, it won't be. Her troubles begin when she tries to help a friend disappear from a bad marriage. Said friend ends up dead in her automobile trunk. Shelby is arrested for murder. Her husband, Jason, takes steps to prove her innocence. The troubles aren't over for her family as her daughter, Abbie, has to contend with a stalker and Jason has problems with a coworker. Oh, and let's not forget about Jason's past.

A lot going on here. So
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very twisted 4.5 stars for this truly diabolical psychological thriller! Wow, as I finish this book my head is still spinning from all the twists and turns in this one. Staying up all night finishing this one may have been a good thing, because it is so unsettling I would hate to have dreams about it.

Dr. Shelby Cooper seems to have it all. She is a brilliant, successful research scientist with a degree from Duke, married to the CFO of a prominent company, soon to become CEO. They have two wond
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Many thanks to the author for gifting me this book in exchange for an honest review!

SWAN DECEPTION is a story about Shelby Cooper, a woman with a hidden past and an enemy. Her perfect life is disrupted when a stalker contacts her and eventually gets her thrown in jail for the alleged murder of her ex lover. The family is in turmoil, her husband Jason doesn’t know if he should believe her or not, her daughter Abbie is being stalk
Lauren Jones
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
They sat together on her bed. “What are we going to do, Abbie?” he asked. His eyes brimmed with fresh tears. “What if Mom doesn’t come home tomorrow or the day after?” “She will, Miles,” Abbie answered and rubbed his shoulders. “It’s just a mix-up. Remember the time you brought home Max Mitchell’s backpack by mistake because the two of you had the same bag? And you almost got in trouble the next day but then they figured out what happened?” Miles nodded. “Well, it’s like that with Mom. It’s a mi ...more
Ivory R
Jan 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Synposis:Doctor Shelby Cooper is a brilliant research scientist with a hidden past steeped in secrets and lies--lies about her true identity, her family and her past. Her dream life is disrupted when she is framed by a stalker for the murder of her ex lover. The family is falling apart as her husband tries to find the stalker before Shelby is convicted of a murder she didn't commit and his own secrets disrupt their future even more.

This book is full of suspenseful twists as the layers are pulled
Ana Ross
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Family that fights together, stays together:

Dr. Shelby Cooper has it all—a loving husband, two adorable kids, and a successful career as a research scientist, until a jealous maniac from her past decided it was time to take it all away and watch her suffer, just for kicks. But the Coopers are fighters, and there was no stopping them once they put their heads together to eliminate the culprit who threatened to destroy their family.

Swan Deception is a gripping, suspenseful novel that’s filled w
Underground Book Reviews
Swan Deception opens at a fancy cafe in a fancy Boston suburb. The Cooper family—mother Shelby, father Jason, teen daughter Abbie, and 11-year-old son Miles—are having breakfast. Shelby sees a man who startles her so badly she spills her green tea. Then he disappears, calling her on her phone a few minutes later. After Shelby lies to her husband, Shelby and her Burberry coat meet the man out in back of the restaurant. The man, Alessandro, is her former physical therapist who nursed he
Jan 27, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

The first 80 or so chapters of this book really kept my attention, the suspense, the twists and turns, the secrets revealed were all very, very good. I thought I had who the stalker/killer was figured out halfway through the book but then I had to start guessing all over again, if the book had continued this way I would have given it a higher rating. When chapter 82 or thereabout came around it just suddenly felt like the author
Angie Martin
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love a good suspense/mystery with some psychological thriller thrown in, and Swan Deception delivers on all levels. Dr. Shelby Cooper finds herself in a bind when her ex-lover is found dead (shot) and she becomes the number one suspect. Her husband, Jason, has to wade through her mysterious past and sort out the facts so he can help exonerate his wife.

The writing is absolutely phenomenal. That's the first thing that hit me when reading this book. I loved the way the sentences and pa
Stephanie (Between the Coverz)
This was the first book I have read by this author. The pages will grip you and keep you turning the pages all the way to the end. Once I started this book, I couldn’t put it down till I finished it. There is suspense and mystery spun through the whole book. When you think you know who the killer is, the author throws a spin in that will have you second guessing what you thought you knew.

You could feel a connection with all of the characters. You wanted to hug the family that had to go through
Terry Hammoutene
Sep 25, 2016 rated it liked it
This book spins a web that is hard to get out of.
Shelby Cooper has the perfect family, however when things start happening she needs to make the hardest decision in her life. Someone is punishing her she doesn't no who or why.
Her family is distressed and she can't do anything about it. Who is this person and how do they know so much about her. Why is this happening to her?
There were some spots in the book that didn't make sense to me. I felt that the book jumped to different areas and it wasn
Laura Smith
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book and I loved the whole idea behind the story.

When Shelby Cooper is wrongly framed for Murder, she must follow all the appointed rules if she is to stop anything happening to her family. As Shelbys past come back to haunt her, her husband must try and find out as much as he can so he can help Shelby escape what has come back to haunt her

This was a good book and an easy read. The characters were well developed and easy to connect with.
Joannes Rhino
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Swan Deception is a well-written novel full of twist that left me thinking about it days after finished the last chapter! The author shows a lot of well kept imagination in this novel. With well developed characters and a carefully created story line, she does an outstanding job of reflecting mystery and thriller into a sense of reality. Thumbs up for the author.
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Gledé Browne Kabongo writes intense psychological thrillers—unflinching tales of deception, secrecy, danger and family. She is the #1 Amazon bestselling author of the Fearless Series, Swan Deception, Conspiracy of Silence, and Mark of Deceit. Her love affair with books began as a young girl growing up in the Caribbean, where her town library overlooked the Atlantic Ocean. She was trading books and ...more

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