This book I read in two days, largely because I was too scared to stop reading.
Brandilyn Collins is a masterful suspense writer. She achieves this spine tingling tale not with lots of gore and violence, but subtle, psychological plots.

Deceit is about Joanne Weeks, a widowed “skip tracer” who makes a living tracking down people who are trying to hide. Joanne believes that six years ago, her best friend Linda did not just disappear as the police concluded. She believes Linda was murdered by her husband, Baxter Jackson. He’s a successful, generous businessman, so Joanne’s accusations cost her many relationships.
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When Baxter’s second wife dies under suspicious circumstances, Joanne becomes even more convinced he is a killer. Driving home one rainy evening, she encounters a mysterious man in a black hood. The man urges her to track down Melissa, a foster child who lived with the Jacksons at the time of Linda’s disappearance, because she knows where the body is buried.
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The book then alternates between Joanne’s search for Melissa and flashbacks to 2004 and what transpired in the Jackson’s home. As the book title indicates, lots of people – not just Baxter – were involved in deceit. Even Melissa.
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Uncovering the lies leads Joanne on a dangerous journey. Seeing her character develop and just a little bit of romance made this a strong suspense story.
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Deceit is published by Zondervan, a Christian publisher. Be aware, however, that real-life themes are developed. I would not recommend this book for a young adult audience. You’ll also want to leave the light on when you’re reading it.
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I picked it up when it was free for Kindle last year. Deceit is now selling for $9.99.