It’s the start to a new year and that means there are lots of new books to read this year. My list of books to read is ever growing and I love reading many different books from all different genres. I really love discovering books from brand new authors.
Dangers of Deception: Volume I a debut novel written by author Amanda J. Bremen. This book is filled with drama, lies, cheating and murder. Once I started reading Dangers of Deception: Volume I, I couldn’t put it down.
Jackson Collins is a hard working father, working at a demolition company, who will do anything for his daughter Alexandria. When Alexandria’s mother, Ashley, kicks him out and threatens to take her away from him, he will do anything to get her back. A task that comes a little too easy at first. Ashley has plans of her own on how to keep her daughter when she reunites with an old high school love interest, Robbie. Jackson unexpectedly gets emotionally involved with an older woman, Marisa, and falls head over heels. There is a problem though, Marisa is married with an abusive husband and children of her own. She comes to Jackson after a beating from her husband, but when Detective Carson enters the picture, Marisa fears the consequences of pressing charges. Danger soon follows Jackson when Marisa’s family finds out about their relationship going to extreme lengths to keep them apart. Ashley’s plans to get Alexandria back take an unexpected turn when she finds out that Robbie’s family isn’t exactly how they seem. Her involvement with the family’s activities put her on the run and can only end in tragedy forcing her to make a sacrifice. Having to take on an extra job to help support his daughter, Jackson relies on babysitting help from a long time trusted friend and co-worker, Amy. She is there to help Jackson after his near death experience and soon becomes a target of revenge herself.
Bremen’s debut novel is a fast paced read with twists and turns around every page. Bremen jumps straight into the drama with this book –
“Do you know what it’s like to be deceived? Manipulated? Heartbroken? Do you know what it’s like to feel eyes on the back of your head…” (Intro, Pg. 2).
Within the first few pages a glimpse is given into the pace of this book.
Dangers of Deception: Volume 1 has good character development. So much so that truthfully, I had a love hate relationship with some of the characters but that’s the sign of a good story to me. Every character does not need to be likeable and Ashley sure wasn’t likeable. She was so incredibly selfish and uncaring. Then when things went bad all of a sudden she had an epiphany. I don’t want to give away any major story plot lines but in the end Ashley sort of manages to redeems herself, but only a little.
Chapters throughout the book alternated between Jackson’s, Ashley’s and Amy’s voices. That seems to be the new writing style now and I’m a fan of it.I enjoy reading a story that allows the reader to gain a more in-depth knowledge of what motivates different characters. Bremen also did a good job of bringing in the plot twists when she switched from one character to another. Every time it switched I knew the storyline was developing with more of the tangled lies and deceit.
I enjoyed this quick paced soap opera-y book and I am looking forward to Bremen’s next installment. I’m so curious to know what happened to some currently missing characters. Volume I left me hanging and now I need to know who’s going to die next. Again, I don’t want to give anything away for those of you who haven’t read it yet but Bremen has a style of writing all her own that left me wanting more and she ended Volume I with a cliffhanger that needs to be answered.
Currently Dangers of Deception: Volume 1 is only available on Amazon. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good drama that is a quick and fun read.
Have you read this debut novel yet?
What are some of your favorite drama filled books you’ve read before?
Disclosure: This book was sent to me free of charge in exchange for a review but all opinions are my own.