Sunday, September 1, 2013

Book Review: The Deception of Devin Miller by Kelly Martin

Back Cover Blurb
One month ago, seventeen year old Devin Miller wrecked while intoxicated— or so she’s told by the sightly ticked off blue-eyed boy when she wakes up from a coma. The only thing Devin remembers is the darkness holding her down and the voices-- some happy, some upset, and one very agitated. She can't remember her name, her age, where she lives, or who in the world the blue-eyed boy is. But he knows her and against her better judgment, she offers to pay him for his memories so she can trick the ones closest to her into thinking she's fine. 

That is her first mistake.

When Devin gets home, the deception is harder than she thought. People she doesn't know keep talking to her. Trey (the blue-eyed boy) doesn't show up like he said he would. And the police want to talk to her about her involvement with the car accident. Plus she keeps seeing flashes of the wreck, but none of them make sense. What would a red plastic cup have to do with anything? And why can't she seem to trust the people she is supposed to trust the most?

Facing DUI charges for a wreck she can't recall, Devin fights to remember exactly what happened the night of the crash: something the real driver desperately wants her to forget permanently.

Who is really doing the deceiving?

My Review
4 of 5 stars
I immediately loved the premise of this book, and it sucked me right in. Amnesia, the brooding bad-boy, and some seriously shady characters with a lot to hide--what's not to love? I thoroughly enjoyed Trey as a character, and loved watching his and Devin's relationship evolve. I also loved watching Devin slowly discover her past and find out about herself through others--and work to change herself when she didn't like the picture that was forming.

As a general rule, I am not a fan of flashbacks, but I thought the author handled them very well in this story. Instead of skim-reading them so I can get to the real story, I found myself hanging on every word of the flashbacks. The author also walked the fine line between withholding enough information to keep my interest and withholding so much I get frustrated very well. I was in suspense the entire book, dying to find out what was going on, but just as I'd start to almost get frustrated, one of my questions would be answered.

There were quite a few grammar errors and the writing could've been tightened up quite a bit. I thought everything resolved a little too neat and tidy at the end. I would've liked there to be more of a personal cost to the characters in the story for their actions. But the story was fantastic and I enjoyed every second of reading it. Now I'm going to track down the other books this author has published!

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