Thursday, August 17, 2023

The Art of Deception by Cara Putman: Book Review

 *Book received for consideration. All thoughts are my own.

Artist Charlotte Montgomery lost everything eight years ago to protect her son. She’s built a safe life to protect him, and now her past has caught up with her. She’ll do anything to bring down her ex.

When an Italian crime family reappears in her life determined to make her participate in their money-laundering scheme, she’s determined to end it even if it means pretending she’s a willing participant. When Charlotte's past and present collide, it threatens everything she’s built and it’s a race to survive.

Cara C. Putman lives in Indiana with her husband and four children. She is a clinical assistant professor in law and ethics at Purdue University's School of Business. She has loved reading and writing from a young age and now realizes it was all training for writing books. She loves bringing history and legal romantic suspense to life.

An honors graduate of the University of Nebraska, George Mason University School of Law, and Krannert School of Management, Cara left small town Nebraska and headed to Washington, D.C., to launch her career in public policy.

Cara is an author chasing hard after God as she lives a crazy life. She invites you to join her on that journey. She's currently writing her 41st book with more on the way. Please check out her website to learn more about her books and read first chapters.

The Art of Deception is part of the Come What May Christian suspense collection. This review is only for The Art of Deception, not the collection as a whole.

Right from the start, this story absolutely drew me in, leaving me wanting to figure out what exactly had happened in Charlotte/Marie's past. While the pace felt a little slower than what I'm used to in a typical suspense read, it was perfect for this story (and was still a fairly quick read too). Where many suspense stories are back-to-back action that keep you on the edge of your seat, I felt like this one really only had a handful of those high suspense moments... still the high stakes of protecting her child had me absolutely invested into the story just as well as an action-packed story would have. It was really an interesting look into the world of art forgeries and money laundering that felt unique and was quite entertaining too. There was definitely a hint of romance, but I definitely feel like that took a bit of a backseat in this one and didn't really pick up until closer to the end, but I didn't mind that one bit! 

Overall, this was a really fun read and one that fans of Christian suspense are sure to want to check out. 

The Art of Deception is available as part of the Come What May Christian Suspense collection. 


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