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THREE: Deception, Love, Murder (Path of Deception and Betrayal, Book 1) by K. J. McGillick


Inviting a stranger into your home can be dangerous. Inviting a stranger into your life can turn deadly.

How would you feel if you discovered your death was meticulously planned by someone you loved? You didn’t know how or when or even why. All you could do was wait.

Emma has it all-a job she loves and a man who professed to love her.

Or did she? How could she be so blind?

When her lover’s car is found burned and abandoned in another state, the police come asking some hard questions. What she discovers upends her world completely. Jude had been living a double life right under her nose. A deceitful life, a treacherous life. Who was this man that had already groomed another woman to take over Emma’s life? A woman who was Emma’s body double and now dead.

Why had she so easily trusted this psychopath with her heart? Betrayed on every level, consequences not of Emma’s making were nipping at her heels. Tick. Tock.

THREE is a gripping crime thriller that will have you hooked. A fast-paced psychological thriller that has been compared to the works of Dan Brown. It can be read as a standalone and serves as the first book in the Path of Deception and Betrayal series.


Oh my God, how could this be? All I did was open myself up to a person who acted as if his world would end without me. While apparently, he was thinking how my world could end to his benefit.

Did you ever feel like your life just couldn’t get any worse?  Emma sure does. Her boyfriend is missing, her colleague at the University of Maine is an FBI agent with the Art Crimes Team, she is losing her job, and she finds out she is a victim of identity theft. And it gets worse… she is implicated in an art theft ring funding terrorists which puts her life in danger. How could she trust anyone again?  Is there anything more devastating than deception and betrayal?

Whether she realized it or not, her life had just gone straight to hell. Her boyfriend was now definitely twisting in the wind. We had his money from his safe deposit box and now his paintings. Desperate men do desperate things. I didn’t want him involving her further.

Cillian is undercover at the University of Maine and he is worried Emma is in danger. He’s got his work cut out for him to get Emma to trust him again and he is falling in love with her. Can he save her from a dangerous terrorist?

This is a great debut novel with suspense, romance, humor and art theft. The plot is genius and oh, so fascinating. McGillick’s details about art theft funding terrorism is something I had never thought about.  

The characters are also a win!  My favorite is, of course, Emma’s Aunt Mary. That woman will keep you in stitches with her amateur sleuthing, her nicknames for Emma’s former boyfriend, and matchmaking wordplay. 

It is a fast-paced read that will blow your mind about art and terrorism with a twist at the end! Recommend highly!!  See my reviews for TWO and ONE.

Thank you to Ms. McGillick for giving me the opportunity review this book with no expectations of a positive review given.



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K.J. McGillickK. J. McGillick was born in New York and once she started to walk she never stopped running. But that’s what New Yorker’s do. Right? A Registered Nurse, a lawyer now author.

As she evolved so did her career choices. After completing her graduate degree in nursing, she spent many years in the university setting sharing the dreams of the enthusiastic nursing students she taught. After twenty rewarding years in the medical field she attended law school and has spent the last twenty-four years as an attorney helping people navigate the turbulent waters of the legal system. Not an easy feat. And now? Now she is sharing the characters she loves with readers hoping they are intrigued by her twisting and turning plots and entertained by her writing.

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