Olivia Shaw grew up poor on the wrong side of the tracks, but with her thriving real estate business and a solid marriage, her life finally feels stable…until she discovers her husband is cheating. Enraged, her sister offers a solution: Infidelity Limited, a firm that promises to rough up her husband and scare him straight.
Overnight, Olivia’s life is upended as she, like all of Infidelity Limited’s clients, is drawn into a dark web of blackmail and murder. Now, Olivia is emerging as a prime suspect in her husband’s death. As a dogged detective closes in, Olivia has only one option: take down Infidelity Limited before it’s too late.
What I liked: Deceptive Practices was my first read by author Simon Wood. I was looking for something completely different and NetGalley had this offering. I had been trying to read in some of my normal genres but nothing was holding my attention.
Deceptive Practices seemed to start just a bit slow but when events started happening, I was spell bound. So, you find out your husband is cheating; what do you do? You could confront him/them, suck it up or maybe go for a little pay back. No, you don’t cheat but you decide to have your husband roughed up to feel a bit of the pain you’re feeling.
Olivia with advice from her sister decides on having her husband, Richard, roughed up and then she would file for divorce. The whole set up with Infidelity Limited is you pay them to teach your cheating spouse a lesson they shouldn’t forget. The business is by referral only and Olivia’s sister, Clare, gives her the number to call.
Initially, I thought, what’s with all the cloak and dagger with the meeting but Mr. Wood's attention to detail ensures you, as the reader, are fully aware of what’s going on throughout the book. The premise is different; the characters weren’t exactly likable but I think that’s the point.
Olivia meets with her “case officer”, agrees to the terms, and the events are set in motion. What Clare didn’t expect was the death of Richard. Sounds interesting, huh. Well from this point on, I could not put the book down. I can’t say anymore but just know, it’s pretty twisted and highly entertaining!
What I didn’t like: It does seem to start just a bit slowly but after finishing Deceptive Practices, I can think of no other way to speed it along.
The e-book is very reasonably priced at $4.99 and free for Kindle Unlimited members.
Based on the way Deceptive Practices was written plus the quality of writing, I want to try more books by Mr. Wood. I just must find the time.
I received an advanced copy of Deceptive Practices from NetGalley.