Deception by Lee Nichols

Aug 16, 2010
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
Pub. Date: June 8, 2010
ISBN: 1599904217
Pages: 336 pages
Source: ARC received from publisher
When Emma Vaile's parents leave on mysterious business trip, it gives her the perfect excuse to be a rebellious teen. Throw some parties, get a tattoo (or maybe just a piercing), and enjoy the first few weeks of her junior year. Then her best friend stops talking to her, the cops crash her party, and Emma finds herself in the hands of a new guardian—her college-age "knight in J.Crew armor," Bennett Stern—and on a plane to his museum-like mansion in New England.

After enrolling at Thatcher Academy, Emma settles in by making friends with the popular legacy crowd. But she can't shake the strange visions that are haunting her. She has memories of Thatcher she can't explain, as if she's returning home to a place she's never been. Emma doesn't trust anyone anymore—except maybe Bennett. But he's about to reveal a ghostly secret to Emma. One that will explain the visions . . . and make Emma fear for her life.
Lee Nichols has been an adult author for awhile and has recently written a YA novel. Deception is the result and won't be what you expect. It kept me guessing and even laughing.

Emma is one of the funniest characters I have read in awhile. Bennett is a mind-boggling character. I wasn't sure if I should love him, despise him, or pay no attention to him. Their relationship is one of the most confusing and definitely the most interesting. You'll keep reading just to find out what happens next with them.

The overall idea of the book was also wonderful. It was unique and the story was written extremely well. I could not put this book down until I had finished it. The mystery was the biggest reason. You may think you know what's happening, but trust me, you don't. Even the ending was so horribly wonderful, it should be illegal. (That's a compliment).

Deception will hook you from the start and will continue to reel you in as the story goes on. I don't know what Lee Nichols secret is, but I hope she keeps it up!

Overall the story is one of my favorite and I sincerely pray there will be a sequel. am excited to say that there will be a sequel coming out next year!

Rating: 5 stars / 5 stars


  1. loved this book! so glad u enjoyed it! i agree about Bennett, i can't wait 2 read more about him in the second book :D

  2. you had me at "Emma is one of the funniest characters I have read in awhile" I'm a sucker for funny characters! I'm adding this one to my wishlist, thanks to you ;)


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