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Dark Deception

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  197 ratings  ·  26 reviews

Who can you trust when the past won't let you go?

Kerensa and Leo are a happily married young couple who live in Cornwall. Leo works part-time in London as an investment advisor to wealthy businessman, Paul Donaldson. The couple hope to start a family soon and life couldn’t be better.  

But Leo has been stealing from Paul and Paul isn’t the sort of man you steal from.  


Kindle Edition, 259 pages
Published November 13th 2019 by Bloodhound Books
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Linda Strong
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
Many thanks to the author / Bloodhound Books for the digital copy of DARK DECEPTION. Read and reviewed voluntarily, opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.

Leo and Kerensa have a good life. She owns a small store and Leo works part-time as an investment advisor to a well known wealthy businessman.

His boss is not exactly pure as the driven snow and now Leo is skimming money off the boss' take. And his boss is not the man that will tolerate anyone stealing from him.

When Leo learns
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well, Mandy James! What a devious lady you are! This is a very deceptive book with a very devious storyline. You completely reeled me in with this tale and it was such an addictive read!

The synopsis does a great job of letting you know the basics of this story. The author then weaves a fabulous tale of deception, intrigue and mystery. What starts as a basic story about a married couple gradually turns into something far deeper, each chapter seems to add more intrigue and the suspense is slowly a
Adele Shea
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I urge you to read this. Amanda James' best book to date. Huge five stars.
Zoé-lee O'farrell

What the frick have I just read!!! Wow, when Mandy said to me this was her darkest book yet she really was not joking!! This was dark dark and darker and I bloody loved it!!

All the while I was reading Dark Deception my head was spinning with all the questions I needed answers to. Well, I got the answers and they were really not what I was expecting at all. This is #CrazyTown to the extreme and it was brilliant. I do not know what to tell you, I can’t give anything away at all. This is most defin
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Is anyone who they really say they are?

Leo and Kerensa have a lovely marriage, and now Leo is wanting to make some changes and do work from home: also they decide that the time is right to start a family.

Kerensa is so in love with Leo and her life is everything it could be: and knows a baby will complete them.
She is an artist, running a gift shop, where she makes things from reclaimed items she finds on the beach where they live in the beautiful county of cornwall.

Then one day everything change
Diane Warburton
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an electrical first chapter! That was it then, no way was I going to put this book down as I was pulled in immediately. A dark and fascinating read, the book title is spot on!
Kerenser is a young woman with a talent for art and has opened up a small but profitable little business along the cornish coast selling crafts. With adoring husband Leo, who has been working hard and saving hard in his seemingly high paid job in London, life is good. But the time has come for Leo to spend more time wi
Paula Stammers
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-read
What a great psychological thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat all the way through !!

Leo is an accountant, working as an advisor to a wealthy business man in the city. Kerensa, his wife is at the family home in Cornwall enjoying working as an artist and longing for the days that Leo is at home. She wants to start a family but Leo is putting it off as he has other plans.

It turns out that Leo is building a little nest egg for their future by stealing from his boss, and he is definite
Grace J Reviewerlady
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Full of uncertainty and mental anguish, this is another good read from Amanda James.

Kerensa and Leo lead a wonderful life living in a beautiful home with views of the Cornish coast; financially secure, they are looking forward to starting the family they long for. But, as with all the best laid plans, things go awry causing immense heartache and pain .. quickly replaced with doubt and suspicion . . .

This is an interesting psychological read from an author I've followed for some time, and she alw
Glynis Meloy
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had the great privilege of reading this book in advance of publication day. I was hooked from the start because as always with Amanda James' books you think you know what's coming but you don't! Apart from most of her books being based in Cornwall (which I love), once again this is completely different from anything else she has written. I am extra lucky because I regularly do the coastal walk between Treyarnon and Constantine so I see the beauty in reality. But if you don't know it I'm sure h ...more
Katharine Johnson
I was transfixed by this taut, twisting tale with a heart-stopping ending. The novel opens with a horrific scene of violent punishment, showing what a ruthless character Paul Donaldson is so when we’re told Kerensa’s husband Leo has been stealing from him it’s clear the couple’s perfect life is threatened. With the addition of new characters the mystery surrounding Leo’s death deepens. Loved the dialogue and the narrator’s wry asides. I guessed Patrick’s secret but had no idea how the story woul ...more
Paul Andrew
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gripping unputdownable thriller
Once you begin this novel you can’t stop. You’re sucked into the nightmare world of Paul Donaldson's ruthless dealings with employees who cheat him. Leo and Kerensa are planning an ideal life in Cornwall with a baby on its way when Leo makes a fatal mistake of getting caught with his hands in the till and at the mercy and dark deceptions of ruthless men who are above the law. The novel is a roller coaster of high suspense, I could not stop reading!

With Amanda Jame
Sandra Johnson
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gripping !!!

my goodness ,first couple of pages,total fear ,for my fingers and bolt cutters, Who's evil enough ? who can she trust, ? no one for sure. I don't like or trust Patrick , or Sally even,! but please don't let it be Wills, the lovely Australian ,surgeon , she can trust him,can't she? and Donaldson is he in Cornwall? watching and waiting some where? Amanda James ,you've done it again, 100% recommend, to all my friends,
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Quick read... almost tossed it aside early on because it opened as predictable but, with a few plot twists it redeemed it's self. Entertaining story a and in the end my initial thought was dead on. ...more
Ellie Shepherd
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this, the characters, the storyline, the complex web which was weaved throughout it. I want to read more books by this author, I couldn't put this one down. ...more
Holly Reynolds
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well, this book had me gripped right from the start, and it seemed that it wasn't letting go.

I read this in one sitting as I just couldn't put it down!

I found myself feeling sorry for Kerensa and I just had to keep reading, and hoping that she gained closure.

While I figured out some of the twists there were still some little surprises that had kept me guessing.

A thoroughly enjoyable read!
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very complex and twisted tale of revenge. A happy couple's world is turned inside out when the husband steals from his boss...a man that will not tolerate someone messing with his money! But at what price will he go to get his money back? The husband goes into hiding thinking he is saving his family, but that just causes more problems. Can this ship ever be righted again? You will need to read this book to find out what exactly happens and to whom. I would like to thank Bloodhound Books for th ...more
Valerie Galindo
Nov 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
This is by far the worst book I’ve ever read. It didn’t even deserve one star. In truth, it was so unbelievable, repetitive and boring that I skipped to the end to see if it redeemed itself. It didn’t. Don’t waste your time.
Susan Hunter
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A tense psychological suspense set in Cornwall. This book had me gripped from the start so much so that I read it in one sitting. Karensa's husband Leo goes missing after it is discovered he had stolen money from his ruthless employer Paul Donaldson. As the plot unfurls it becomes apparent the danger Karensa could be in. I did think I knew who was who, sounds cryptic I know, but It certainly didn't spoil the book for me as I was so intrigued as to how it would all unravel. Heart pounding moments ...more
Bobbi Wagner
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. It is my first book by this author, I will be reading more from her for sure. This is a suspenseful, mystery book that left me sitting on the edge of my seat a few times. The twists and turns had me turning pages fast. The characters made the story engaging and realistic. I highly recommend this book, I don't regret picking it up and neither will you. ...more
Dee Howard
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating and exciting story of theft, betrayal, love, friendship and secrets all set in a wonderful Cornish seascape. Amanda's descriptions are beautifully vivid but I was rather disappointed by the ending. Did she die or was she saved by Will, who maybe wasn't actually dead?I'll never know unless Amanda writes book two to answer all my questions - please. ...more
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
first time with this author and enjoyed the story line and was stunned by the ending shows karma is in play will def be reading more.
Nicki Southwell
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very exciting and well written
Sarah Watson
Apr 30, 2020 rated it liked it
The writing is poor and the author contradicts herself at times but more importantly the plot twists are completely ridiculous and so far fetched
Sue Curran
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't put this book down, it has just the right level of chill factor, and the twists... wow! ...more
Marion Wilson
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it loved it loved it Gripping to the end , Amanda is a great writer
Kathi Olsen
Nov 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
This book is written with pretty simple language There are a couple of noticeable grammatical errors. I might have given this 4 stars, but did not like the ending
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Amanda James (aka Mandy) was born in Sheffield and now lives in Cornwall with her husband and a cat. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, singing, and spending lots of time with her grandchildren. She also admits to spending far too much time chatting on Twitter and Facebook! Amanda feels most at home walking on the beach and making plots up in her head. A fair amount of these have made it ont ...more

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