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.
Title:Deception: A Haunting Emma Novel
Author: Lee Nichols
Page Nos.: 336
Release Date: June 2010
**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.