Monday, March 31, 2014

Review: Blatant Deception by Mary Jo Fay

Inspired by true events ... When lonely psychotherapist Claudia Carson goes online to find love, she gets a lot more than she bargained for. Believing that she has met Diego, the man of her dreams, she falls for him hard and fast in a matter of days. Yet, little does she know that the true identity of her steamy email relationship is a sexual predator by the name of Jonathan Fardy who sits in his secret lair, hoping to find perfect victims to toy with online. A mild-mannered real estate agent by day, he is the geeky, office chum -barely noticed by those around him. If they only knew what he did behind closed doors. Due to some odd coincidences that play out, Fardy ends up in Claudia's house - unbeknownst to her- and as the stakes are upped, he goes from being an Internet jerk to a potentially dangerous predator. Blinded by her infatuation with the mysterious Diego, Claudia ignores all the red flags screaming at her to run and realizes only too late that it's not that easy to pull the plug on the man on the other end of cyberspace.


Blatant Deception is a story that will hit close to home for the millions of people all over the interwebs that involve themselves in the process of online dating and intimacy. While you are typing away about who you are and what you like to do, do you ever stop to think who really is on the other end of those cables and fiber optics? Claudia Carson is a psychotherapist that should have known what risks she was taking, but when you are caught up in the hot fantasies that she involved herself might not be looking to hard at what you are doing.

To be quite honest Claudia wasn't someone that I had a lot of sympathy towards. She went online and purposely teased men and really just screwed with them at points, so it was hard for me to not to think, well girl you are getting what you gave here. However, nobody deserves the scary things that came when Jonathon Fardy escalated things the way he did. He was also a great thriller character, mostly because he was so bad and creepy that it made me frown multiple times in the things he did. Fardy was a great villain because I believed he was that crazy in every page. The double life he led was just what I pictured someone online doing, and the way he crafted every little detail in luring her in was pure evil genius.

I'm not normally a thriller type of person but Blatant Deception did hold the quality of relating to the characters and their situations so I would encourage anyone to read this regardless of genre. The characters are flushed out well, the plot moves along at a pace that flows nicely with the content and the conversations that they have online are hot! This books balances the warning of online life with the story telling of a thrilling tale and I loved that!- My Opinion- **** 4 Stars!

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