Olivia Taylor Jones’s life has exploded. She’s discovered she is not only adopted, but her real parents are convicted serial killers. Fleeing the media frenzy, she took refuge in the oddly secluded town of Cainsville. She has since solved the town’s mysteries and finds herself not only the target of its secretive elders but also her stalker ex-fiancé.
Visions continue to haunt her: particularly a little blond girl in a green sundress who insists she has an important message for Olivia, one that may help her balance the light and darkness within herself. Death stalks both Olivia and the two men most important to her, as she desperately searches to understand whether ancient scripts are dictating the triangle that connects them. Will darkness prevail, or does Olivia have the power to prevent a tragic fate?
“You do judge me. It’s subtle, and it might not be intentional, but I can see it and I can feel it. You have no patience with weakness. You have no patience with emotional outbursts. I might not be what you first expected: a spoiled brat playing at living a real life. But it took me a hell of a long time to prove I wasn’t that girl, and I still feel like I’m walking a balance beam, ready at any moment to tumble out of your good graces. To make a stupid decision. To overreact to a problem. To be the useless debutante you expect.”
I have so many feelings about this book. And quotes. I have like a dozen quotes saved from this glorious book. It is such a favourite of mine I’m surprised I haven’t read it a half dozen times. It is squee and it is heartbreaking and I just want to knock some heads together and shake them so they see what they have. I love these idiots.
Deceptions is the book where everything comes to light. By the end of Deceptions, everything has changed. And nothing has. And it is filled with emotions. It is a very hard book for Olivia. And Gabriel and and Ricky, too. It is a neverending series of bad shit happening. They’re on the edge the entire time.
Yet everything is coming to light. Finally. Olivia is still seeing visions. But they’re getting worse. She isn’t just seeing people talk to her, she is falling completely into the story being told. Sometimes even disappearing from view, leaving those around her worried out of their minds. And the visions are telling the story of Olivia. And Gabriel. And Ricky. The roles they have to play.
I love this book for so many reasons. I’m not even certain what I can actually say in specific about it, because so much of the story has been built up in the first two books. And even more of it is played out across the entirety of Deceptions so you don’t learn core facts until towards the end.
What I can say is that I absolutely love the relationship Olivia, Gabriel, and Ricky have with each other. Olivia tends to go with the flow, doesn’t typically take things Gabriel says with the subtext, since Gabriel never means it that way. But it has been a really hard week, and she is more on edge than normal. Ricky even more than Olivia is really carefree, does what everyone needs him to do, is capable and just is super willing to help. Gabriel, meanwhile, is realizing that he isn’t the robot he pretends to be, that not only Olivia but Ricky, too, is his friend. And it terrifies him. These three work together in the best ways possible. And I love it.
I love the love triangle, too. It is a friendship, a three way friendship built on trust and always being there for each other. Even when things get creepy and hard and really, really dangerous. And they would never, ever think about behaving improperly. There isn’t really jealousy, as such. For that, they would have to admit a lot more than they’re currently admitting. It’s just perfect.
But this isn’t a paranormal romance. It is just a mystery series with an amazing cast of characters. Deceptions was a turning point in the series, and I’m so there for the rest of it.