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When Emma’s parents leave her home alone, everything goes wrong and she finds herself under the guardianship of the one guy she has secretly had a crush on. Deception by Lee Nichols is about Emma, a seventeen-year-old who slowly comes to realize that all the people she is suddenly seeing aren’t living but are in fact ghosts.

After a party she didn’t want to throw at her own house gets out of control and the police realize that Emma’s parents are gone, Emma is surprised to find herself moving to New England to live with Bennett in his family mansion and attending an exclusive private school.  As the ghosts become more numerous and strange dark things start to happen, Bennett reveals that Emma is a ghostkeeper like him and he needs her help to track down an other-worldly murder.  But will helping Bennett to track down the murderer cost Emma the new friends she has just gained or even worse, her life?!

Deception was a fun quick read with enough mystery to keep the pages turning.  I felt bad for Emma, her parents are missing and the one friend she has left betrays her to the police in a fit of anger.  As Emma is reeling from this betrayal, Bennett enters the picture claiming to be guardian, whisking her off to a private school in New England where she is forced to find new friends as Bennett is playing least in site.  Emma’s wit and fortitude in dealing with the events that unravel are inspiring.  Also, Emma learns that not only can she see ghosts, she can make them do what she wants them to but instead of thinking it is acceptable to make them do what she wants, she refuses to and instead starts to develop good relationships with the ghosts.

I enjoyed the book, was secure with my knowledge of how the story was playing out as the author wrapped up the loose ends and then, on the very last page, she threw a curve ball that has me eager to read the next in the Haunting Emma novel.  I hate and love it when an author does that! Want to know what it is?! Well, you will just have to read the book to find out.

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Title:Deception: A Haunting Emma Novel

Author: Lee Nichols

Format: Paperback

Page Nos.: 336

ISBN:1599903083

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Release Date: June 2010

Reviewer: Jessica

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

6 Responses to Deception: Haunting Emma by Lee Nichols

  • Jillian says:

    This book sounds super good! I think I will have to borrow it from you sometime! 🙂

  • Jessica says:

    March 2011, I am very excited to read it! The description from Bloomsbury Publishing is

    The ghostly mystery continues with a traitor in the midst

    Emma Vaile is the most powerful ghostkeeper in centuries. Which is great when she’s battling the wraith-master Neos, but terrible when she’s flirting with fellow ghostkeeper (and soul mate) Bennett. When ghostkeepers fall in love, the weaker one loses all power, and that’s not something Bennett can handle. Heartbroken and alone, Emma tries to lose herself in school with fellow ghostkeeper Natalie. When a new team of ghostkeepers arrive-one a snarky teen boy, the other a British scholar-Emma finds solace in training for the battle against Neos. But as the team grows stronger, they are threatened by an unknown force. One they thought was good. As chilling and page-turning as Deception, this sequel will grab readers and hold them to the last page. No one is safe from suspicion as Emma closes in on the traitor.

  • Eva says:

    This book is amazing… I highly recommend it for people who like supernatural themes, forbidden love, and D.R.A.M.A. The book has action and fantasy but can be a little depressing 🙁 But if you love books then I’m sure you can finish this book soon! I absolutely LOVE it!!!

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