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Archived Group Reads 2015 > May Book of the Month - Deceived (Private Justice #3) by Irene Hannon

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message 1: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 3076 comments Mod
Deceived (Private Justice, #3) by Irene Hannon

For three years, Kate Marshall has been grieving the loss of her husband and their four-year-old son in a boating accident. But when she spots a familiar-looking child on an escalator in the mall, she is convinced it is the son she thought was dead. With police skeptical of her story, she turns to private investigator Connor Sullivan. The former Secret Service agent is dubious but agrees to investigate. Digging into the case he discovers that the incident may have been no accident at all. But if Kate's son is alive, someone is intent on keeping him hidden--and may be willing to go to lethal lengths to protect a sinister secret.
As Irene Hannon's many fans have come to expect, "Deceived "is filled with complex characters, unexpected twists, and a riveting plot line that accelerates to an explosive finish.


message 2: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 3076 comments Mod
I read the first two books in this series and loved both of them. I have started this one and am already riveted!


message 3: by Rachel (new)

Rachel Brand Loraine, do you need prior knowledge of the series to read this book, or does it work well as a stand-alone? It sounds great from the synopsis!


message 4: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 3076 comments Mod
It works well as a stand alone as each book covers one of the 3 men in the detective agency.


message 5: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (sarahe35) | 47 comments I read this a few months ago & loved it. It's a good conclusion to the series.


message 6: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new)

Staci | 1642 comments Mod
Just started this one. I've read several of her novels and really enjoy her work.


message 7: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 3076 comments Mod
I finished it last night and really enjoyed it. It is different from the others as the suspense is a slow steady pace that builds to a powerful climax.


message 8: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new)

Staci | 1642 comments Mod
I finished this one so will be ready to discuss when others are ready.


message 9: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 3076 comments Mod
I will probably wait until about the 15th to start discussion Staci to give others a chance to read.


message 10: by Susan (new)

Susan Vance (sqoosie) | 13 comments Just finished this book. Really loved it. I started with Irene Hannon other suspense series books. The only one I didn't read was In Harm's Way, but I have a digital library hold for it -- #2/2 copies, hopefully soon.


message 11: by Hannah (new)

Hannah (bookwormhannah) | 942 comments I finished this one a little over a month ago. It was on sale, so I decided to try Irene Hannon...and loved her writing. I've got the second book, and may get to it this month. I may end up reading the whole series backwards!

I'm looking forward to the discussion. There's a lot of emotion and deep psychological stuff between these covers!


message 12: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 3076 comments Mod
Time to kick-off our discussion for this book. What were your feelings about knowing almost from the beginning who the culprit was?


message 13: by Susan (new)

Susan Vance (sqoosie) | 13 comments I was ok with that. My take on this was how would they find the clues that would prove the crime. That was the journey for me.


message 14: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 3076 comments Mod
Susan wrote: "I was ok with that. My take on this was how would they find the clues that would prove the crime. That was the journey for me."

I agree Susan. I was very interested to see how they were going to prove it was a crime and why and how it was done.


message 15: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new)

Staci | 1642 comments Mod
I don't mind when the villain is known from the beginning. Then I can enjoy the journey and not spend energy trying to figure it out. :-)


message 16: by Hannah (new)

Hannah (bookwormhannah) | 942 comments I found the psychological build-up even more effective in this case. We knew she was right...would they be able to prove it, as we also watched the culprit getting spooked? That was such an unusual way of going about writing the story. I haven't read a lot written with that technique, though I have seen several tv shows that use it to shake things up. It really built toward the final climax.


message 17: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 3076 comments Mod
After a tragic boating incident, Kate turns to valium to help her cope—and ends up addicted. What are some of the coping mechanisms you employ to get through difficult times?


message 18: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new)

Staci | 1642 comments Mod
A healthy one is to go on a walk or a run. I get some of my thinking done then. Sometimes, I don't feel like being healthy and turn to sweets...not so good.


message 19: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 3076 comments Mod
Stacie I am also one that turns to sweets. Instead I try to get out in the garden, go for a walk, turn to a good book, or work on genealogy. Books and genealogy tend to be my addictions LOL:)


message 20: by Hannah (new)

Hannah (bookwormhannah) | 942 comments I have a very hard time by not going out to buy books when I'm coping with something. That's my instant feel-good–instead, I'm having to save for new bookshelves!


message 21: by Susan (new)

Susan Vance (sqoosie) | 13 comments Reading is definitely my go-to when things are difficult. Re-reading books that I really enjoyed works as well, if not better than new books. When I'm really struggling I re-read books that I know have a calm, steady pace is helpful for me. When my mind is jumping all over the place, I will often play computer games so that I won't keep thinking about things that will make me anxious. I try to put a road block on thoughts that lead to worry or being upset. You know, like "don't go there" in my head -- then I try to re-direct my thoughts in a different way -- doing something like reading or playing a game can keep me from those thoughts of worry, depression, etc.


message 22: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 3076 comments Mod
Question #3: Connor carries a burden of guilt for his inattentiveness to his former girlfriend. Do you know anyone who puts work above everything else? Is this healthy? Why or why not?


message 23: by Hannah (new)

Hannah (bookwormhannah) | 942 comments I put work above a lot of things just to keep bills paid. In a way it's good because it forces me to get out and socialize, but in a way it's bad because I'm losing touch with some of my dearest friends. I usually work 70 hour weeks; but I came to town 22 months ago with $135 and my car, and now have a new(ish) car and a house, so it's definitely paying off. I just wish there were more hours in the day!


message 24: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 3076 comments Mod
Hannah wrote: "I put work above a lot of things just to keep bills paid. In a way it's good because it forces me to get out and socialize, but in a way it's bad because I'm losing touch with some of my dearest f..."

In this economy Hannah, it's hard not to have to focus on work to the exclusions of other things. You should be proud of yourself for your hard work. Hopefully now that you are getting more settled, you can also take time for yourself and others.


message 25: by Susan (new)

Susan Vance (sqoosie) | 13 comments Work is a necessary "evil" it demands our attention if we want to do a good job, and if we want to keep the job. We can get pulled into spending more time and attention than may be strictly required, and it can pull our thoughts away from the people we love and the things we love to do. Like all things that can pull us away from the best God has for us, we have to pray and pray and pray, and be sure we are doing what God really wants us to do. It can be difficult to decide that and it can be difficult to follow through.


message 26: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 3076 comments Mod
Susan wrote: "Work is a necessary "evil" it demands our attention if we want to do a good job, and if we want to keep the job. We can get pulled into spending more time and attention than may be strictly require..."

Very well said Susan. I was an elementary teacher which was very time consuming outside the classroom as well as inside. It definitely made it hard to balance family and work.


message 27: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 3076 comments Mod
Another question: Greg went to extraordinary effort and expense to try and extend his son’s life—though David’s quality of life was eroding day by day. Would you have done the same thing? Why or why not?


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