Friday, June 9, 2017

Dark Deception by Nancy Mehl

The suspense plot might be a familiar one. A woman in witness protection is in danger. The man she identified as a killer is now out of jail due to some issues with the evidence. In fact, the authorities now think he may not be the killer after all. The U.S. Marshall involved in the original case goes to the witness to give her the news. The witness, of course, is in immediate danger and the U.S. Marshall must protect her. This results in a great deal of suspense.

This novel has a very complicated plot. Near the end of the novel, the U.S. Marshall is explains it all. I was reading an ebook but I think it would have taken many pages in a print edition. In the midst of the explanation, another character says, “One thing that confuses me. Well, one of the many things that confuse me, I should say.” (Loc 3294/3516) And later the same character says, “Wow. This whole thing is so convoluted it almost hurts my brain.” (Loc 3312/3516) Yes, that's how I felt too.

I would recommend this novel to readers who enjoy a very convoluted plot involving several people who are not who they appear to be. The character development is relatively well done. There is also a clear presentation of the gospel.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Nancy Mehl is the author of over twenty books. She received the ACFW Mystery Book of the Year Award in 2009. She has a background in social work and writes from her home in Missouri, where she lives with her husband. You can find out more at

Bethany House Publishers, 320 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

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