Ever since she could remember, Elle has had to hop from town to town to keep up with her dad's demanding career as a corporate insurance agent. Each time, a reoccurring nightmare followed her wherever she went - until the day that the frightening figures haunting her at night became all too real. When news of a serial killer spreads throughout her new school, Elle worries that the Reaper has been leaving her his calling card in the form of cigarette butts on her doormat and an unusual ribbon in her locker. With the help of Brian, a boy she meets at a flea market, she discovers that this isn't her first encounter with the murderer and that her father has been concealing her true identity for the past twelve years. But despite her father's desperate attempts to protect her, Elle still comes face to face with the darkness she has been running from her whole life. Trapped in the woods and with help hundreds of miles away, will Elle be able to confront the Reaper and reclaim the life she lost?
"Lindsey's...layered depiction of events...creates a suspenseful and haunting atmosphere of uncertainty and the possibility of lurking madness.... A dramatic finale draws together the plot's disparate elements." --Publishers Weekly
"Ms. Lindsey crafts an exquisite tale that kicked my adrenaline up with every turn of the page. Deceived is stunning and more than a little scary. From the first page, I had to know what happens next, while at the same time, I had to know what happened before. As Elle's life unravels, the reader will feel just as raw and betrayed as she does." --Gwen Hayes, author of Falling Under
"Outstanding! I fully recommend it... Mysterious, lovely, a lot of suspense, romantic, funny and full of action... I really liked to give a chance to this book, because it was worth it." --Fandom's City
"As the story unfolds to an unpredictable and compelling ending, there are many changes in Elle's world.... The premise of the book is interesting." - School Library Journal