Publication: September 18, 2013
Publisher: Merit Press
When Elle's father, a single parent and a big shot in corporate insurance, moves her to yet another boarding school for senior year, Elle is disgusted when nothing changes. Her night terrors don't go away, and, soon, despite her father's caring calls and visits, Elle starts to believe she's losing her mind. She knows she's being followed; a ribbon is tied around her doorknob, and there are those cigarette butts that keep turning up on the doormat, in violation of a strict smoking ban on campus. Then there's Bryan, an intriguing boy Elle meets at a flea market and later finds out is a student at her school. Yet on campus, he pretends he doesn't recognize her - until the day he divulges just how much danger she's in. In her search for an answer to all the madness, Elle unravels the truth about her dad's real identity, why someone has lied to her all her life, and the terrifying truth that she may be the only one who can save her from the one who's following her now.
Because Elle’s father works and because he travels a lot, Elle is put into a boarding school. She is hoping that this is the final one before she heads off to college. Despite the change in scenery, her nightmares continue.
It’s not long before she finds a reason to become paranoid that someone is out there watching her. As soon as she and her roommate discover cigarette butts on the doormat, her curiosity is peaked and she wonders who they really belong to.
With horrible monsters invading her, Elle has programmed herself to go without sleep as much as possible; mainly by using adrenaline and caffeine.
There is some romance in the story, but it didn’t seem to play a major part in the story. I’m not sure why, but I have not been feeling book romances lately. IDK.
Deceived was an exciting read that kept me interested and on the edge of me seat throughout the whole book.
I thought that the author did a nice job of planting little clues throughout the book in order to raise suspicions and get the readers imagination going. The pace of the story was a little slow at first, but sticking with it, definitely paid off. The suspense/mystery was nicely done and had me constantly guessing.
RATING: 3 ½ out of 5.
** I received this book on behalf of the publisher in exchange for nothing, but my honest opinion. Thank you. **
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