Deception Island – Brynn Kelly

(Reviewed by Ishita RC)

Exceptional

A kidnapped son.

A soldier with a haunted and tainted past.

A cornered con woman looking to leave her past behind.

A deadly game that has head, heart and lives at stake.

The happiest days for me are when a book lives up to all the expectations. Reading an intriguing description definitely tickles your curiosity bone, especially when you combine it with a distinctive title and a vivid and desolate cover image. But as you lead through the pages of the book (or slide your fingers on kindle) you will definitely end up venturing into the same adventure as the characters that the author has fictionalised.

The plot is excellently well thought out; you can see from the way it has been panned out, there is no room for error anywhere. Each moment has a thrill element that will snare your attention as a reader. The vivid setting definitely adds another element to the entire reading experience. The characters are well thought out and portrayed in a way that makes you want to connect with them, or in my case, just fix them if I was the heroine here. This kind of connection with characters helps in making a book successful. The addition of human elements like the sex trafficking ring and child soldiers helped in making a simple action romance into something much more substantial.

What I loved about this book was that while being an action thriller/ adventure fiction, the book manages to check all the right boxes. But the essence of simplicity and smooth narration has not been compromised in the entirety of the book.

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