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Still recovering from her brother’s murder, Detective Tess Richards transfers out of Homicide, only to find herself in the center of a deadly undercover operation. 

When a young woman is found dead after a hit-and-run, all evidence points to Everchange, a high-profile self-help organization renowned for attracting rich and famous members. As Tess leaves Homicide to take a job within the Seattle Intelligence Unit, she is quickly sent undercover into the Everchange castle on Whidbey Island.

What she finds is not what she expected. Surrounded by celebrities and feel-good teachings, Tess has trouble discerning between truth and deception. 

Detective Blake Stephenson’s investigation of the Everchange hit-and-run uncovers evidence of their cult-like connection to murder and human trafficking. Embedded in the castle, Tess confronts Everchange’s leader Colton Everett, who is not only charming and strikingly attractive, but he and Tess have a history.

As Blake links more deaths to the organization, he works to arrange a rescue mission to help Tess escape. While inside, Tess witnesses the death of a member and fights to untangle Everchange’s web of lies - before her cover is blown with fatal consequences. 

©2020 Audrey J. Cole (P)2020 Audrey J. Cole

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Ashley Hedden
  • 2020/12/10

Great Read

Fatal Deception (Emerald City Thriller #5) was another great read by Audrey J. Cole. Detective Tess Richards is still recovering from her brothers murder. She decides to transfer out of Homicide, but ends up quickly in the center of a deadly undercover operation. A young woman is found dead after a hit-and-run, and it points at Everchange, a high-profile self-help organization. Tess is sent undercover into the Everchange castle while working for the Seattle Intelligence Unit. Tess has trouble discerning between truth and deception. Blake continues to investigate the hit-and-run and starts uncovering lots of evidence of murder and human trafficking. I enjoyed this book and can't wait to read more by the author.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • 💕 Amanda Urbinato 💕 Reviewer Extraordinaire
  • 2020/10/29

I LOVE this!!

I've loved every single one of these books. And this one was especially good. I'm pretty sure it's the Story of Nexium, And it was fantastic. I have like 30 minutes left of the book and I'm upset it's almost over. Both narrators did amazing jobs. But I think that Veronica Pace really helped to make the story even better than it already was. But now I have to go and see how this book ends! I hope there are more books in this series!

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Cyn
  • 2020/10/03

Wonderful, thrilling and so exciting

Another great listen from a wonderful author and narrator. T was truly a thrilling read full of chills, excitement and few surprises. The plot is outstanding and could be straight out of our headlines. The author spins a tail of a cult and how it effects the people, how they get them to do things, and how it all turns out when one person is in control. I really loved the plot, it is well written, with outstanding narration. I was held on the edge, holding my breath why these three took me on a surprising delightful tail spin. Just when I thought I had it all worked out the author throw a new spin on it that took a different direction.


The narrators did a wonderful job with the character voices, you always knew who was talking and what they were feeling. There are no background noise, no repeating of words and no volume changes, it is a very clear audio that keeps you hanging on to every word. They really put true emotions in to the characters, really showing their pain, passion and anger. I really could feel what each character was going through, when tears where needed they were there, you could hear their voice break. The sound effects were wonderful, it really sounded like they were on a phone or talking through a speaker, even the dispatch sounded real. It is truly amazing how well these two narrators blended well together, going from one character to another is done so smooth and easy like they were in the same room. I really can’t wait to listen to more of their work.

This is a thrilling listen that holds your attention, keeps you hanging on and is a very hard audio to put down. The plot is well thought out, with wonderful twists and turns, thrilling, exciting with a great ending. I have really enjoyed this series and hope there are more coming.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Katie
  • 2020/09/03

Heart racing suspense and mind-bending twists.....

Fatal Deception is the fifth book in this mystery series featuring two Seattle homicide detectives, Tess Richards and Blake Stephenson. Although I have read the other books in the series, I think Fatal Deception could be enjoyed as a standalone. The book grabbed me from the opening scene with a young woman running away from some unknown threat. The author continued to build the intrigue and suspense from that point. The story is split between three main focuses: Stephenson is investigating the hit and run murder of a young woman, Richards goes undercover to join a suspected cult, and Richards and Stephenson navigate their personal relationship. The author skillfully uses foreshadowing to build the eeriness factor and ties all three sub-plots into one seamless story. I have loved reading all the books in the series, but I think this one was the most addictive, and I listened to it straight through in one sitting. I was certain that I knew what was happening from the beginning, but I guessed completely wrong in the end.

The excitement of the mystery portion of the story is obviously very important, but one of the main reasons that I am such a fan of these books is the wonderful character development. Tess and Blake have become very real people to me, and I love that they continue to grow individually and together in each book. My heart broke for Tess as she struggled with panic attacks and flashbacks from her brother's murder investigation in a previous book, and, as a fellow suffer of panic attacks, I thought the author captured her experiences expertly. Although there was some tension between them in the beginning of the book, Blake was amazingly supportive of Tess and continues to prove himself the perfect match for someone as tough outside yet fragile inside as Tess. I am already excited to see what the author has in store for this couple in the next book.

Marcio Catalano and Veronica Pace narrate all the books in this series, and I appreciate that continuity. They perform in the duet style, with Catalono reading all the male parts and Pace reading all the female parts. It takes great skill to handle that smoothly, and these two narrators succeed. Their timing is perfect, their delivery is flawless, and the sound recording is of professional quality. I highly recommend Fatal Deception for all fans of mystery audiobooks.

I received a copy of this audiobook at my request in exchange for this honest review.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Jeff & Sabrena
  • 2020/08/31

Gripping suspense

This is a gripping, suspenseful thriller with several twists and surprises and an ending you may not see coming.

I'm sure I would have appreciated the characters even more if I'd been given the opportunity to review the earlier books in this series, but Marcio Catalano and Veronica Pace performed well the male and female characters respectively. Despite feeling a bit lost with respect to the characters background, I enjoyed this story greatly.

Note: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Milica
  • 2020/08/23

Good action with some twists

While dealing with a lot of personal trauma, detectives Tess and Blake, who recently married, work at trying to find evidence on a cult leader that has been responsible for many deaths. Putting herself at risk, Tess goes undercover to investigate and find evidence to bring him down.

This was a good action story. It built up nicely and had some interesting twists. I was glued to my earphones listening to it. The narration was good and I liked that there was a male and female voice for the different perspectives, although distinguishing among the various female and male character voices was a bit tricky.

Note. I received this audiobook for free and I have provided this objective review voluntarily.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Reggie
  • 2020/08/17

Another excellent book in this series!

While battling anxiety after the murder of her brother, Tess decides to leave Homicide and move to the Intelligence division at SPD. Tess is already keeping secrets so what’s one more...go undercover at a cult! Can Tess find proof that the cult is involved in sex trafficking before her cover is blown? Meanwhile, Stevenson is freaking out that Tess is in danger. Quite a bit of drama that keeps you listening. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend a read/listen.
I voluntarily accepted a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Julie
  • 2020/08/16

Nothing fatal about this book in fact it is good

I really enjoyed this book. The author manages to grab your attention with the first sentence and you have no clue were you are going to end up until it lets you go with the final words. I love the characters, especially Tess one of the main characters as she is tough and determined but at the same time vulnerable and hurting. This makes the character more human and carries the story on from the previous books (all which I have heard and loved). It is not necessary to have listened to the previous books in the series as other than her brother being dead past cases are not mentioned. However I enjoyed this book so much it has me feeling like I want to re listen to the books to remind myself what happen.The story is told by the two main characters Tess and her husband Blake, as they tackle the same case from different angles. I like how the author has gone with both a male and female narrator. There are a few twists in the story and even though there is not a big suspect pool it does keep you hooked and guessing. Definitely an author I add to my must listen/read pile when ever she has a new book out.
Tess is still grieving over the death of her brother and every day as a homicide cop is a struggle because everything brings back images of his murder. So when she gets an offer to transfer departments she takes it with out discussing with her new husband. Her first assignment is to go in under cover at Everchange, a cult that the police believe are running a sex trafficking ring. Tess had been out on a date with Colton Everett and despite them knowing she is a cop they believe she is the way in to find out what is going on behind closed door. At the same time her husband Blake is investigating a hit and run death. The girl had connections to Everchange. She gave up her modelling career and broke all contact with her sister (her only living relative) to join the group but with high walls and arm guards guarding the mansion it will be difficult to find answers. If only they had a way in......the problem is the hit and run accident wasn't the first death connected to the group and with Tess in side with out any back up she could very well be the next homicide Blake has to investigate.
As I said I liked the use of the two narrators it added a little something to the story and you had no problems with knowing who was leading that part of the investigation. In fact I wish more authors would do it this way. Both spoke clearly and was good with the different voices of the characters.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.