Former foster kid Olivia Michaels is finally about to have it all. She’s recently engaged and on the cusp of earning a big promotion at a job she loves. Until her perfect life is ripped apart by accusations of insider trading and fraud and, ultimately, the murder of her best friend. Faced with the possibility of life in prison—or worse, death—she accepts a deal. A plea of guilty for something she didn’t do, in exchange for three years in prison.
Olivia’s lost everything. The only thing she has left now is time. Time to remember what she’s lost. Time to realize who had the most to gain. Time to plan how she’s going to exact her revenge. When she leaves those prison walls, she’ll have more than just a new family of friends who’ll have her back; she’ll have a plan. And he’ll never see her coming.
What I liked: I'm not going to lie, when I first started Deceived I was afraid the plot had been done to much. I've seen movies with this plotline and read several books of the same. That being said, Ms Mallory's development of the plot kept me reading.
The main characters were a diverse bunch and they fit together very well. The sequence of events was played out in a way to keep your interest and a bit of stress worrying about the characters. When Olivia is initially framed, I felt she put too much trust in people around her but the more I thought about it, that's the normal thing to do. You trust your lover and you trust your friends. At that point Olivia had no reason to distrust anyone close to her. That changes very quickly.
Additionally I've always said, why do people plead guilty when they are not, but after watching the news, reading crime novels and just the overall trust you have to have in the justice system, I no longer feel that way. You're rolling the dice with your life. Possible death sentence versus a three year manslaughter term. I wonder how many innocent people are in prison.
The revenge portion of Deceived was very well written. It wasn't inconceivable to actually work. It had it bumps along the way but the players overcame them in a logical fashion. And the best thing, it wasn't clear sailing. The players, and I think the readers, might be taken by surprise with a few of the twists Ms Mallory has put in place.
What I didn't like: The only thing I found the least believable was that all of Olivia's circle of friends in prison were all basically innocent or had been railroaded into their situation. I stress friends because of course not everyone in prison is innocent.
I tagged Deceived with a romance icon but that part of the story is small. It's more the friendships involved. I stayed up way too late reading and that's a testament to the writing!! Can't wait for the next book!
I received a copy of Deceived from NetGalley for a fair and honest review.
The book is well worth the $2.99 price on Amazon.
Highly Recommended for thriller/suspense readers.