Web of Deceit by Susan Sleeman Review

March 8, 2015

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From the back cover:

Will he help find her sister’s killer . . . or lead the killer to her door?
When FBI Agent Kaitlyn Knight discovers her brother-in-law is Vyper—the notorious cyber-criminal and murderer wanted by the FBI—Kait doesn’t question her duty to arrest him. But when he murders her sister in front of her, leaving her infant niece motherless, Kait vows to hunt him down and bring him to justice while raising the baby.

Three years later, and not even a whisper of a lead in her search, Kait is about to give up hope of ever finding Vyper. All of that changes when he goes on a murderous spree taunting Kait with clues that she and homicide detective Sam Murdock must solve before her devious brother-in-law takes another life.

As the body count rises, Sam discovers the killing spree is really about striking back at Kait. He must put everything on the line—including the relationship he’s developed with Kait—to ensure her safety. The killer is waiting, watching her every move—and he won’t stop until he’s exacted his revenge and reclaims his rights to raise his daughter.

My take:

This is the second book of Susan Sleeman’s that I’ve had the pleasure of reading. Although, Web of Deceit “captures” you quite unlike her other books. This is a general market release, but is still a clean read. The storyline is so interesting to read.

Kait is changed forever when her sister Abby is murdered by Kait’s brother-in-law. From page one you are struggling to understand how this can happen in a family – quite literally in the same house as other family members. You are also very curious as to Fenton’s past and what happened to cause this confrontation. You learn just how far gone Kait’s brother-in-law is mentally.

Detective Sam Murdock is VERY much Kait’s opposite. She is part of the Cyber Crimes FBI Division and he can hardly operate his phone, much less understand the intricacies of Cyber Crimes. This is a case of opposites attract – which I LOVE, and it is neat to watch the scenario unfold in a new book time and again. Their attraction in Web of Deceit is no different.

Fenton Rhodes/Vyper leads Kait and Sam on a killing spree that tests both the FBI and Portland Police and eventually both Kait and Sam – and their brewing relationship. Why? and Why now? are questions that you will ask yourself just like I did throughout the story. (You want Kait and Lily to live a peaceful life after their initial horror, but their lives will be turned upside down over the course of the story.)

I loved the technical/computer/technology focus of the book and would love to see a series result from this and include Nina and Jae and Becca. This was very much a type of series that I could connect with because of the technology aspect (and I imagine other young adults, similar in age to myself would also enjoy this as well). The strong female characters involved – Kait, Nina, Becca, and Jae are VERY interesting and I would love to read more about them, their lives, and their roles, opportunities, and cases at work. (I would love to watch this play out in TV or movie form also…anyone out their reading this that could make that happen??)

Regardless of whether you read Christian Fiction or General Market material – if you like technology, suspense, romance, and/or a strong female lead – PICK UP WEB OF DECEIT!

*I was provided an e-copy of Web of Deceit by Susan Sleeman as part of her Partners in Crime readers/review group in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

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