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The Art of Deception

Narrated by: Karen Cass
Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
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The new must-hear thriller from the author of Strangers on a Bridge, Louise Mangos.

Art college dropout Lucie arrives in a Swiss ski resort looking for work - but instead finds Mathieu.

Handsome, charismatic and from a good family, Matt seems like the perfect man. But as Lucie soon discovers, he has a dark side - one that will drive their relationship to a dramatic conclusion and tear the life she has built for herself and their son apart.

Left fighting for her freedom in a foreign prison, and starting to lose her grip on reality, Lucie must summon all of her strength to uncover the truth and be reunited with her son before it’s too late.

The clock is ticking...but whom can she trust?

©2019 Louise Mangos (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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  • Jennifer
  • TAMPA, FL, United States
  • 06-20-19

Great summer read!!

Loved the twists and turns and the conclusion!! The images of Switzerland were beautifully described 🥰🥰

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I wasn't sure what the mystery was supposed to be

This book was sufficiently entertaining and held my interest for most of the time, but there were certain points where I was not even sure what the "mystery" or "deception" was supposed to be or what it was building up to? What I mean is that we have this woman in jail, in a country she is not from and she has a young son with a man that is from that country; she dropped out of university as an art major and got a job in a tourist lodge in Switzerland and that is where she met the future father of her son. She struggles a little in jail (very mild versions of "Orange is the New Black" type issues) and her in-laws are keeping her son away from her. But I still didn't know what the underlying issue was 75% of the way through? That might seem confusing but the tag line of the book "Nobody knows the truth but her..." was a little off since there really wasn't any revelation pertaining to her circumstances. It was almost a story of deception that this woman in jail just happened to be near to but not anything that really has to do with the way her life unfolded. I can see others really liking the story because of how it was written and the subject matter and the author does an interesting (not necessarily thorough or justifiable, but interesting) job going back in the past to how things began and how and why she is where she is present day. I wouldn't outright recommend it but if it's in your cart I wouldn't stop you and like I said I won't be shocked if this book ends up getting really good reviews. This is an ok stand-alone for those who read/listen to this type of books less often, but if you inhale 1-2 mystery/thriller books a week like me, you will likely not be "wowed".

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  • Gail Link
  • 06-13-19

Brilliant

Brilliant book - from start to finish I was so intrigued and couldn't put the book down. Loved Louise's first book but this one was even better. Don't stop Louise!