Book Review & Giveaway: Dark Deception by Nancy Mehl, Book 2 of Defenders of Justice

"Playing dead was harder than she ever could have imaged." (7)

Title:  Dark Deception
Series: Defenders of Justice, Book 2
Author: Nancy Mehl
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Release Date:  June 6, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Suspense



New Edge-of-Your-Seat Read from an Established Romantic Suspense Author

Kate O’Brien has been leading a quiet life in small-town Shelter Cove, Arkansas, for the past four years when her past suddenly comes roaring back to life. Four years ago, she and her twin sister were attacked by an elusive serial killer. Only Kate survived, and it was her drawing of the attacker–along with some last-minute evidence–that convicted the suspect.

She’s been in witness protection ever since, but new evidence suggests the convicted man isn’t the murderer and she’s been subpoenaed to testify in the new trial. Nervous about the risk, she’ll only agree if the same marshal who protected her during the original trial escorts her to St. Louis.

Deputy U.S. Marshal Tony DeLuca accepts the assignment to bring Kate to the trial, remembering how her strength impressed him. While in Shelter Cove, however, he gets a call from his chief, advising them to stay in Shelter Cove until a new development in the case can be straightened out. But when Kate’s safety is threatened, Tony must race against the clock to keep her alive and put this ugly case to rest before anyone else gets killed.



An intense and gripping ride when readers pick up Dark Deception by Nancy Mehl. Not only in terms of suspense, there are plenty, but also the internal emotional struggle one faced after a traumatic event. That first page will already put you at the edge of your seat as the dangerous and frightful scene plays out in your mind. As we read on, I can't even imagine what our main character, Kate had gone through. It really tugs our heartstrings and feel the pain for the lost of her sister, the terror of the whole ordeal, as well as the depressed guilt of surviving.

"Even if you can't see the scars, no one gets through life unscathed . . . suicide doesn't just destroy you - it demolishes those around you. Those who love you." (85/90)

The author's presented a possibility of a difficult subject in the storyline, but did it with grace and dignity - not diminishing the desolation of what it means for those suffering as well as the love ones. I love how stories can encourage and inspire, but not be preachy. I love how it allows readers to feel for these character, and find the tenderness of life's challenges, allowing for development. 

". . . acknowledging the damage in my soul wasn't weakness. it was strength. Strength faces the truth. . . and seeks real healing." (93)

A well defined package of a suspense thriller, Dark Deception hits all the marks, including bringing in familiar faces from the first book in the series. Even with the familiar faces, each book acts as a stand-alone and will not need to be read together. Readers will definitely not be disappointed.


Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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Nancy Mehl is the author of twenty-one books, including the Road to Kingdom and Finding Sanctuary series. Nancy writes from her home in Missouri, where she lives with her husband, Norman, and their puggle, Watson. Visit www.nancymehl.com to learn more.

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(1) Winner will win a copy of Dark Deception by Nancy Mehl.
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48 comments:

  1. I had to chuckle a little bit. I looked at Nancy Mehl's picture and thought, "She looks so sweet. Where in the world does all that darkness in her suspense come from?" I've read nearly everything she's written and her suspense is always strong and page-turningly gripping. I would love to win this book because I know I will love reading it!

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    1. hahhaha. Pam! You are so funny, but you are right!! Nancy is such a sweetie!! I wonder how she come up with all those stories!

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  2. Dark Deception sounds intriguing and I'd love to read it.
    Thanks for the review.

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    1. Thanks Kay for stopping by! Dark Deception was amazing!

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  3. I've been wanting to read this ever since I heard about it. I've always enjoyed the books Nancy has written. Suspense, you know the real "get your heart pumping kind" is one of my very favorites. At my age that get your heart really pumping is probably a good thing, lol! ❤️😉

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    1. LOL, Gail! At any age, I think the "get your heart pumping kind" suspense is fun!

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  4. Wow! I need to get this series...right up my alley! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Awesome! Hope you'll get to read it soon!

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  5. I have enjoyed every book I have read by Nancy. I have been anticipating this latest book since reading Fatal Frost. I hope to be able to read her new book very soon.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Edward! I hope you'll get the opportunity real soon! This is one not to miss, especially for fans of Nancy's!

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  6. I can't imagine having to be in the witness protection program , taking on a whole new identity would be incredibly difficult I would think!

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    1. I totally agree! All of that must be stressful to say the least!

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  7. I am looking forward to this book. Thank you for sharing!
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. Nancy's stories are awesome! I'm excited to read this series!

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  9. This sounds like a wonderfully suspenseful thriller, I'm sure we'd both enjoy it immensely. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

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    1. Carl, I think you'll enjoy it for sure! Lots of luck and hope you'll get to read it soon!

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  10. Would love to read this. Thank you. Blessings

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    1. Lots of luck, Lucy! I hope you'll get to read it soon. Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. Romantic suspense is right up my alley. This story sounds really intriguing. I also like it when the authors can address deep issues without preaching. I admire that in writing. Thanks for the review and the giveaway!

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    1. Loraine, you and I both! Thanks for stopping by!

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  12. "Dark Deception" sounds like a real page turner. Can't wait to read.

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    1. O it is! Hoe you'll get to read it soon!

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  13. I have "Fatal Frost" so you know I would love to add this to it :-) I'm loving all the book quotes you've shared, makes me excited to want to read it. Thank you for the giveway, Annie.

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    1. Thanks Trixi! Yes, you must add this to your list. You won't be disappointed!
      Thanks for dropping by! Always great to see your name on the blog and FB!

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  14. Winning this would give me a good excuse to read the first book in the series, too!
    Dianna

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    1. Hahhaha. Now THAT'S an awesome excuse! 😉❤

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  15. I'm from St. Louis ( the past twenty years) so I'd be anxious to read this-- besides I love suspense! Thanks for the chance to win . I subscribe to Just commonly, too!

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  16. Sounds exciting. I'd love to read this series.

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    1. Good luck! Hope you'll get the chance soon!

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  17. Wow... looks like a great read. Suspense is one of my go-to genres! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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    1. I love it too! Does get the heart going! 😉

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  18. I like it when a book can work just as well as a standalone as it can a part of the series. That takes skill for sure!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.

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  19. I don't think I've read any of Nancy's books yet, but I've heard great things about them. I'm hoping to read some soon.

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    1. Winnie, i hope you'll get the chance soon!

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  20. This book has a really interesting plot. The idea of picking up and becoming a totally different person is fascinating.

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  21. Thanks for the giveaway!

    mia2009(at)comcast(dot)net

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  22. I haven't read anything by Nancy Mehl yet. I definitely want to check this book out. It looks intriguing!

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    1. O it is good! Hope you'll get the chance soon!

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  23. I enjoyed the Road To Kingdom series and have Fatal Frost(haven't read yet) and would love to have Dark Deception to read. Thanks for the giveaway and review. Gloria

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    1. So far, this one is my favorite of Nancy's books I've read.

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