Review of 'Deception' by VK Powell.

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Review of ‘Deception’ by VK Powell.

I’ve read a couple of books by this author which in my opinion were an average read so I didn’t have big expectations about this one. The main subject of this book, an undercover DEA agent who infiltrates a group of homeless in order to investigate a drug dealing ring, did not have much appeal to me. But after the first chapter I was completely hooked with the story. The author gives us an deep insight into the lives of homeless people, their struggles and their invisibility to the rest of the people. Ms. Powell takes us into this world as seen through the main characters, their own struggles, needs and miseries. I was moved by the suffering of the homeless people described in this book and made me reflect on my own prejudices against them.


In her description of the main protagonists’ contradictions and struggles with the investigation and their personal lives, Ms Powell creates multilayered and credible characters. The secondary characters are also very realistic and support the main story, some of them very lovable and others despicable.

The main plot gripped me with its twists and turns and I just couldn’t stop reading. Even though there are some hints on where the investigation is going, there are a few surprises at the end.

Overall a very good read in this genre. If you like a lesbian mystery with romance, action and some substance, I highly recommend this book. 4 stars.

I’ve received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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