Book Review: Deception by: Lee Nichols

Deception (Haunting Emma)

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books

Publish Date: 8 June 2010

Origins: Online Book Blogger Convention

Format: Paperback

Blurb: When Emma Vaile’s parents disappear on a mysterious business trip, her life begins to unravel. The eerie visions she had as a child return, her best friend abandons her, and a new friend notifies social services that she is living alone.

Enter Bennett Stern, her older brother’s best friend and Emma’s knight in J. Crew armor. Bennett whisks Emma away to New England to live in his family’s museum-like mansion and attend Thatcher, an old-fashioned private school.

Emma makes friends with the popular legacy crowd quickly and spends her free time crushing on Bennett. But the haunting visions are only getting worse. Emma has memories of Thatcher she can’t explain – it’s as if she’s returning home to a place she’s never been. Bennett finally confides that he and Emma are ghostkeepers, people who can communicate with ghosts.

He’s been keeping Emma close to protect her, but now Bennett needs her help tracking an other-wordly murderer.

Review in 5: Mysterious, Haunting, Intriguing, Captivating, Great Read

Review:Emma saw ‘imaginary people’ from the time she was very young – until one day one of them tastes her blood – and she’s sent off to the mental hospital by her parents. Years later, her antiquities dealer parents go on a business trip, disappear, and she is left alone not knowing who to turn to anymore.

Bennett Stern shows up with guardianship paperwork after Emma is picked up by Child Protective Services. She goes off to Massachusetts with Bennett and comes to realize that all of the imaginary people she saw as a child were ghosts and learns she is a powerful ghostkeeper.

Her visions of the past and her ghostkeeper powers grow exponentially while she is staying at the Stern mansion. She’s finally starting to understand who she is, but she’s got so much to learn and not much time as there is something evil stalking her and those she loves.

I loved this story and I can’t wait for the next book! Haven’t you wished you were special? That you could do something that almost no one else can? For the longest time Emma thought she was crazy, but it turns out she is special – a ghostkeeper. No ordinary ghostkeeper, either, but the direct descendant of one of the most powerful ghostkeepers ever.

Emma’s a great character and I enjoyed being in her world. I instantly related to her character, rooted for her, and felt for her. Her new friends are a very interesting group and I hope to learn more about them in future books. I think the characterization was well developed and I loved the ghostkeeper mythos. This is a suspenseful and action-filled tale told in a way that draws you in quickly and leaves you wanting more. I look forward to reading much more from Lee Nichols in the future.

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  1. Great Review!!! I am looking forward to reading this one!!!

  2. Great review! This one's on my TBR already. It sounds so good!

  3. I loved this one too. It surpassed my expectations. I can't wait to read Betrayal.


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