Deceptions is the third book in the Cainsville series and therefore this review may contain spoilers for the previous books.

Olivia’s ex-fiancé still won’t leave her be. As he continues to try to get between her and Gabriel, she’s still trying to get to the bottom of the truth about her parents. Is it time she faced up to their crimes?

I love the mythology of the Cainsville universe. Olivia’s visions are getting more frequent, and possibly more dangerous, which fill in gaps in the fae’s history. As one elder tells her, she can’t rely on the fae to tell her what’s what, they’re all a bunch of liars looking out for their best interest.

I missed the Matilda of the Night significance until I read the short stories in Led Astray, so I’m not sure if that was just me or if it won’t be so obvious going in. It’s a pretty important part of this third book but the myth is recapped a bit if you’re still clueless.

I was reading quite happily thinking isn’t it nice for a woman with a boyfriend to have such a close male friend with no weird love-triangle going on, but then this Matilda business throws a spanner in the works. The fact that they are reliving an ancient cycle of events suddenly brings into question whether Gabriel is something more to Olivia. The elders have explained that the same decisions aren’t made each cycle, so fate isn’t controlling them, but she doesn’t dismiss it outright.

I’m not quite sure why they’re marketing these as crime, other than that may be a more buoyant market at the moment. If you’re expecting a thrilling mystery escapade, you might be disappointed. It’s more about exploring Olivia, Gabriel and Ricky’s links to the mythology they are wrapped up in, whether they like it or not.

There’s a portion that seems very much a repetition of something that happened in Visions, even so that Olivia actually comments as such. It feels like Kelley is running out of plots which would be a shame as the universe is promising. I did enjoy Deceptions, but it’s not as strong as the first two books in the series, which I loved.

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Book Source: Purchased