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When Emma Vaile's parents leave on mysterious business trip, it gives her the perfect excuse to be a rebellious teen. Throw some parties, get a tattoo (or maybe just a piercing), and enjoy the first few weeks of her junior year. Then her best friend stops talking to her, the cops crash her party, and Emma finds herself in the hands of a new guardian-her college-age "knight in J.Crew armor," Bennett Stern-and on a plane to his museum-like mansion in New England.

After enrolling at Thatcher Academy, Emma settles in by making friends with the popular legacy crowd. But she can't shake the strange visions that are haunting her. She has memories of Thatcher she can't explain, as if she's returning home to a place she's never been. Emma doesn't trust anyone anymore-except maybe Bennett. But he's about to reveal a ghostly secret to Emma. One that will explain the visions . . . and make Emma fear for her life.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 326 pages
  • 127 x 197 x 19mm | 263g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1599904217
  • 9781599904214
  • 316,745

About Lee Nichols

Lee Nichols was raised in Santa Barbara, California-the setting of her adult novels Tales of a Drama Queen, Hand-Me-Down and True Lies of a Drama Queen. She attended Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she studied history and psychology. She now lives in Maine and is married to novelist Joel N. Ross. Deception is her first novel for young adults.
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5,677 ratings
3.88 out of 5 stars
5 33% (1,876)
4 35% (1,989)
3 23% (1,290)
2 6% (354)
1 3% (168)

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When her parents leave her to go on a mysterious vacation, Emma finds herself alone in San Francisco. Unable to reach her big brother, Max, she starts to worry about her family. Instead of finding freedom from being on her own, she finds loneliness and betrayal. After being ratted out to Child Protective Services, Max's ex-friend and Emma's crush, Bennett Stern, shows up claiming to be her guardian. Whisked away to Boston, she finds herself enrolled in Thatcher Academy. After experiencing some major déjà vu and other weird occurrences, Emma realizes that she can see ghosts. Bennett reveals to her that they are ghostkeepers, and that they both have the ability to see and communicate with the spirits. Someone or something, however, is murdering ghostkeepers and leaving behind a symbol that's on Emma's mother's unique pendant. Are Emma's parents really on vacation? What happened to her brother? DECEPTION is a great horror/paranormal/adventure story. The author does a wonderful job of setting up and maintaining a spooky, thriller-like atmosphere throughout the book. The characters are well-developed, and the plot is fast-paced, intense, and does an amazing job of holding the reader's interest. Those who like horror, adventure, ghost stories, and paranormal fiction will really enjoy reading this first book of the HAUNTING EMMA series. *Gold Star Award Winner!show more
by TeensReadToo
This is a good read and starts out strong with an ending that leaves me wanting more. The middle of the story dragged me along a little bit. Some peripheral characters were introduced but not fully developed to my expectations but that could be why they are only peripheral. 200 year old Bennett seems interesting but withdrawn, although he plays an important part in current Emma's skill development. The author balanced teenage angst with development of paranormal abilities with finesse. As Emma adjusts to her new social circumstances, she also discovers much more of her ghostkeeping abilities. Her gifts far outweigh her ability to deal with her personal life yet she continues her attempts at being normal for as long as possible. I will definitely read the next book in the series. The last couple of chapters introduced concepts that adds enough intrigue to the story that I want to see a resolution, although I can't fathom how. I am anxious to see how the author resolves the new more
by Nancy
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