Deep Deceit

By Anne Louise O'Connell

Thriller, Crime & mystery | Paperback, eBook


When Celeste Parker’s daughter Tamara goes missing in Dubai the all-out search and rescue mission she anticipates never materializes. Put off by the police as 18-year-old Tamara is technically an adult, and no foul play is apparent, Celeste has a gut feeling something is terribly wrong. New to the city and with her husband away working in Saudi Arabia, Celeste turns to her new friend and fellow expat, Susan Morris, for help. The duo set off on a hunt, which takes them down a dark alley of deep deceit. From exotic nightclubs and high-class call girls to mysterious Saudi palaces hidden behind ominous walls, they follow each lead while uncovering the unthinkable. As they come closer to finding Tamara, the secrets Celeste and Susan uncover threaten not only her daughter's life but everyone in their families’ as well. “Anne O'Connell has written an intimate thriller from an unusual and fascinating point of view: the families of Westerners living and working in the Gulf States. She takes the Not Without My Daughter plot and adds a new and satisfying twist.” - Tim Brookes, author of Endangered Alphabets and director of the writing program at Champlain College, Burlington, Vermont “Deep Deceit is compulsive reading from start to finish. O'Connell cleverly combines the thrill of the chase with intense psychological elements, as her characters unravel under the pressure of events beyond their control. Who is telling the truth? What secrets does domineering husband, Ryan, hide and how far will those in power go to avenge the wrongs he has done? Can anything save his wife and daughter? And where does love fit into this riveting tale? I couldn't put it down until all had been revealed...” - Jae De Wylde, author, The Thinking Tank and Sleeping People Lie


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When Celeste Parker’s daughter Tamara goes missing in Dubai the all-out search and rescue mission she anticipates never materializes. Put off by the police as 18-year-old Tamara is technically an adult, and no foul play is apparent, Celeste has a gut feeling something is terribly wrong. New to the city and with her husband away working in Saudi Arabia, Celeste turns to her new friend and fellow expat, Susan Morris, for help. The duo set off on a hunt, which takes them down a dark alley of deep deceit. From exotic nightclubs and high-class call girls to mysterious Saudi palaces hidden behind ominous walls, they follow each lead while uncovering the unthinkable. As they come closer to finding Tamara, the secrets Celeste and Susan uncover threaten not only her daughter's life but everyone in ...


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Anne Louise O'Connell grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia and has been an expat since 1993 when she and her husband escaped the cold of Canada on a hunt for warmer climes, with stops in Florida, Dubai and Thailand. In 2007, after almost 20 years in the PR business, O'Connell decided to focus on her real passion and just write. O'Connell is a multi-genre author having written three other books prior to Deep Deceit. She authored @Home in Dubai... Getting Connected Online and on the Ground; 10 Steps to a Successful PR Campaign-A Do-it-Yourself Guide for Authors; and Mental Pause, her first novel that won a bronze medal in the 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards. She also recently co-published an anthology titled Phuket Island Writers – An Anthology of Short Stories. With the launch of her second novel she’s convinced that fiction is her ‘new calling’. She is currently working on her next novel, Paris, At Last and is in the process of adapting Mental Pause into a screenplay. You can also stay tuned for the continuation of the Susan Morris Expat Mysteries a spin off from Deep Deceit. O'Connell loves to mentor other authors, does developmental editing and assists others in developing their author platforms. She enjoys editing women’s fiction, memoirs and sometimes children's books so she can return to her roots as a preschool teacher. She’s often found writing features or columns as a contributing writer for Expat Focus and Global Living Magazine. In her ‘spare’ time she loves beach combing, traveling, reading, volunteering, mentoring, walking, swimming, writing and yoga.


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Anne Louise O'Connell grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia and has been an expat since 1993 when she and her husband escaped the cold of Canada on a hunt for warmer climes, with stops in Florida, Dubai and Thailand. In 2007, after almost 20 years in the PR business, O'Connell decided to focus on her real passion and just write. O'Connell is a multi-genre author having written three other books prior to...


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Deep Deceit Launches to 5-Star Reviews

30 March

It was a busy launch month for Deep Deceit, which has already gathered several 5-star reviews. Launch week included a Kindle give away, and on the second day the book landed on the Top 10 Amazon Best Seller List on Amazon.ca for mystery and suspense. A virtual book tour started on launch day with Book Readers Heaven kicking off the tour on the 8th followed by Arabian Tales and Other Amazing Adventures on the 10th. Retired? No one told me! plugged Deep Deceit on March 11 and Morgen Bailey hosted a guest blog by author, Anne O'Connell on March 12 when she wrote about how she approached the character development for her 'evil antagonist' Ryan. The tour continued at Ask David on March 14, where the author talked about how the idea for Deep Deceit was sparked by the inspiration-rich environment she was surrounded by while living in Dubai.The latest stop on the 26th on Canadian author Dianne Ashcroft's writing blog, featured an interview with O'Connell that delved into the research that went into writing Deep Deceit.


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It was a busy launch month for Deep Deceit, which has already gathered several 5-star reviews. Launch week included a Kindle give away, and on the second day the book landed on the Top 10 Amazon Best Seller List on Amazon.ca for mystery and suspense. A virtual book tour started on launch day with Book Readers Heaven kicking off the tour on the 8th followed by Arabian Tales and Other Amazing Adventures on the 10th. Retired? No one told me! plugged Deep Deceit on March 11 and Morgen Bailey hosted a guest blog by author, Anne O'Connell on March 12 when she wrote about how she approached the character development for her 'evil antagonist' Ryan. The tour continued at Ask David on March 14, where the author talked about how the idea for Deep Deceit was sparked by the inspiration-rich environment...


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