- Reading level: Young Adult
- Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books; 1 edition (June 8, 2010)
When Emma Vaile's parents go missing while away on a mysterious business trip, her brother's very cute best friend, Bennett Stern—Emma's knight in J. Crew armor—arrives unexpectedly to whisk her away to New England. There, Emma settles into his family's museum-like mansion and enrolls at an old-fashioned private school. Emma has memories of Thatcher that she can't explain—it's as if she's returning home to a place she's never been. Finally, Emma confides in Bennett and learns she is a ghostkeeper, a person who can communicate with ghosts. Bennett brought Emma to Thatcher to protect her, but now he needs her help tracking an other-worldly murderer.
I enjoy a creepy read as long as it doesn't cross the line to freaky. I can't handle to much spook. Deception had just enough creepy to keep me entertained till that last written word.
Deception never lacked emotion, deception and an awesome plot. There were some dark moments that played out. Some of which made me tear up a bit.
Emma is the new girl and school and her personality fits into place perfectly with the book. Some of the ghosts were comfy and cozy and they are so easy to fall in the same way Emma did. I liked Bennett more so to the end then at the beginning. I couldn't understand at first why Emma cared for him so. Even though this was a ghost story I can see anyone who loves paranormal enjoying this. It was an extremely quick read. I read it in one sitting. With just a little over 300 pages it seemed like a walk in the Dark spooky park.
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The second in the series Betrayal will be released in march 2011