Title: Deception Cove
Author: Owen Laukkanen
Genre: Thriller, suspense
Is this part of a series? Yes, this is book one of the Neah Bay series.
Published: May 21st, 2019
How did I get this book? I borrowed my copy from the library, but will no doubt be buying a copy from Amazon.
Two broken people with just one thing in common- a dog…
Mason Burke has done a lot of bad things in his life- one of which got him locked up for nearly half his life. The only thing he ever did right was take a scared runt and train her to be a service dog for wound veterans. Once out, he makes a phone call- just to check on the dog…. and finds out that she’s in trouble. Without thinking twice, he’s on his way to Deception Cove to talk to a man about a dog.
Jess Winslow had a rough re-entry into civilian life. She’s a widow, her house is falling down around her, and she’s been medically discharged from the Marines with PTSD. The only light in her world is the black and white Pitt Bull mix, Lucy, who helps her cope. When men from her husband’s past come knocking, and leave with Lucy, all she can think about is getting her dog back, and making those men pay. When Burke shows up, the two begin an unlikely alliance to protect the dog they love.
Can I just start with saying how freaking adorable it is that Laukkanen wrote his dog, a six year old rescue named Lucy, into his new book? Besides that, he made her one of the best characters ever- strong, loyal and loving to a fault. I mean, I have been low-key obsessed with the author since I discovered the Stevens and Windmere series, but now? Whole new level of adoration.
This book has everything I have always loved about Laukkanen’s books: a fantastic premise, amazing characters and fast paced action. Burke and Winslow are both easy to love- damaged in their own way, but determined to live on their own terms and find their way. I loved learning more about each character, and if I am honest, I miss them already. I would absolutely read more books about these two, and other characters I met in Deception Cove. I also liked that they split the narratives, giving different characters (including Lucy) a chance to show part of himself. I seriously didn’t know what to expect from this book, but I picked it up because I knew it would be good. For me, this is a five star book.
On the adult content scale there is a lot of language, some light sexual content, and a lot of violence. It definitely wasn’t geared toward teens, but I would not say that it was so over the top as to be completely inappropriate. Let’s give it a seven.
The book is out! Have you read it? What did you think?