Kate O'Brien endured unthinkable tragedy when she witnessed her twin sister's murder. Now, years later, she's established a life she enjoys within the constraints of the witness protection program. That is, until U.S. Marshall Tony Deluca shows up in Shelter Cove, Arkansas to escort back to St. Louis so that she can testify for the third time. Her sister's killer has been released on a technicality and Kate's testimony is critical. When there's a delay in the case, Tony decides it's best to keep Kate in her small town environment until it's necessary to transport her.
Meanwhile, the Blue Eyed Killer is out free and desperately wants to finish Kate. She's his biggest mistake and he's determined to correct that error. By the time Tony realizes that Kate is in danger at Shelter Cove, will it be too late? Tony has no idea who he can trust in the small town and he finds himself needing help from the resort owner, Bobby. But can he trust him? That becomes the key question as Tony races to save Kate's life.
Dark Deception has an incredibly complex plot with many twists and turns that leave readers baffled for most of the story. The pace is intense and draws readers in. One downside of the story is that there are so many characters and Mehl doesn't take enough time to develop them fully in readers' minds. Overall, this is a suspenseful novel that Christian crime fiction readers will enjoy for its complexity.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.