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With a combination of emotional power, evocative prose, and provocative plot, Clare Francis presents the story of a woman coping with unsettling questions and secrets from the past after her husband disappears at sea-a thriller that will draw readers in and keep them turning page after tantalizing page....

Title : Deceit
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ISBN : 9780425188446
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 384 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Deceit Reviews

  • RickyB
    2018-09-25 02:41

    Not a great read. I hated the female protagonist - she was a weak, pathetic woman who garnered absolutely no sympathy from me. I'm not sure this is what the author intended because it does make it a difficult read when you think like that about a character you're supposed to care about. I skimmed the last third of the book just to find out who did the killing but by then I didn't really care. It could have been such a good story because I liked the little twist at the end but there just wasn't enough of an attachment to the characters through the first half of the book for me to enjoy it.

  • Suzanne
    2018-09-13 02:33

    Terrible book. I couldn't get into it. I stopped and started it In different places and tried but it was terrible.

  • Cara Byrne
    2018-09-02 18:48

    A snails race would have more pace than this. Somebody on Goodreads mentioned that after page two hundred and something it started to get interesting but reaching page 111, I could not subject my eyeballs to it anymore! I imagine, as a BBC drama it may have been more interesting - something I may have watched whilst ironing - but transferred on to paper....not so much.

  • Ahmed Allala
    2018-08-29 18:38

    The only reason I'm giving this book 2 stars is because the plot twist at the end is very interesting, unexpected. It could have been better if it was 200 pages shorter because Francis literally describes everything and anything to the point where it has become annoying. Besides, the story progresses veeeery slowly. Things start to only get interesting after the page 220.

  • Alan
    2018-09-21 18:27

    Enjoyable whodunnit / crime thriller from the 1990's. Well paced and maintains interest to the end. In a Weintstein age perhaps the story line has increased credibility.The type of story which makes for a good three of four episode tele-series. Either way, a recommended read for those enjoying this type of genre.

  • Debi Lodge
    2018-09-15 21:39

    Made the mistake of reading the last pages first. Recommend you read it but do not be tempted to read the end. I really liked it.

  • Lucy
    2018-09-03 00:39

    Brilliant. Twists and turns right to the end.

  • Kathleen Hagen
    2018-09-05 19:30

    Deceit, by Clare Francis, B-plus, narrated by Frances Tomelty, produced by BBC-WW audio, downloaded from is a book that started slowly. It was hard for me to get into it, or to accept Ellen’s constant backing down to her husband’s ruthless and selfish relatives. She seemed too meek and mild to live. The other unfortunate factor about this book was the narrator, Frances Tomelty. She would whisper large sections of Ellen’s thoughts in a dramatic voice which could barely be heard. Quite annoying. Despite all of this, it was a compelling read once it started moving along. Ellen’s husband, Harry, has supposedly set out on his boat for a vacation. But in the morning his dinghy is found, his boat can’t be reached by radio or phone, and as the days go on he is presumed dead. Then a friend of his from the past figures out that the police were searching in the wrong place and finds the place where the boat sank. It is pulled up, and Harry’s body is found aboard with a shotgun next to his hand and his apparent suicide. But the police don’t believe it. They suspect murder. As for Ellen, after his death she uncovers how deceitful Harry had been and finds they have very little money to live on at all. Plus, Harry has cheated an orphanage out of the funds he raised for charity. But as we go on, it appears Ellen has some secrets of her own as well. This was a book where we just uncovering deceit after deceit, and it is a totally compelling read, albeit I wish with a different narrator.

  • Ria
    2018-09-14 22:28

    Ellen is struggling to juggle so much in her life at once, the disappearance of her husband off their boat Minerva, her two children who are both also just barely managing to keep a grasp on reality, mounting debts, the impending loss of the family business and to top off all the stress Harry's body has turned up along with the Minerva but was it suicide or murder?Dark secrets and past misdemeanours on the parts of the majority of the characters keeps the reader guessing as to how all these explosive details will be revealed and impact on the narrative.A wonderful engaging thriller with a constantly surprising storyline and characters that touch the heart and empathise with Clare Francis is a master storyteller she blends effortlessly hints and tricks from all genres, there is the constant theme of the growing attraction to Richard Moreland, someone from Harry's past who knows that Harry harboured deep secrets, the excitement of a murder mystery and taut action packed thriller all rolled into one.All the ingredients for a great read.This is the first novel I have read by her but will definitely be an author I will now start to avidly collect.

  • Bev Taylor
    2018-08-29 01:51

    harry richmond has lost it all - his job as an mp, business problems, money matters and even family he goes off in his yacht and disappears. is he head? if so was it natural causes, suicide or even murder? ellen, his wife is left to pick up the pieces with their 2 children but what secrets does the past hold? i realised quite early on how this was going to pan out but there were still a few twists. h/e a gaping hole (excuse the pun)- the knife would would have been found in the autopsybev

  • James Marinero
    2018-08-25 22:49

    Slow to get into - I have difficulty with some authors who take so long to describe a scene. was very well written and the plot had some good turns. The technique and POV was very interesting, telling a historical story in the present tense (most of the time). Good suspense, and not many holes - I'm a sailor - not up to her illustrious standard, but it was a good tale told with deep knowledge of the subject. By 2/3 way through it was grabbing me. I learned a lot about technique. Nearer 4 * than 3, so it gets a 4.

  • Elizabeth Bailey
    2018-09-14 23:51

    This was a brilliant page-turning read. I couldn't put it down and I was impressed with the background knowledge until I took in that Francis was the same one who had done solo yachting! Still impressive. More so was the twists and turns that had me wondering all the way through how things were going to turn out. A very clever and fascinating story, well written, full of atmospheric emotive stuff.

  • Tony
    2018-09-06 23:34

    I am over halfway through and still waiting for it to get exciting. Yes, I am intrigued at how the various characters will knit together but why does she take so long to write a conversation? Why the need to describe every expression and thought of the speaker?The back cover says this is Francis' best novel yet - well I won't be reading the others. Forced my way through to the unsurprising end. The overall story was fairly good just painful to read Francis' writing style.

  • Keith Bennett
    2018-09-18 22:32

    I really liked this in the end. For much of the first half, I didn't find myself feeling particularly sympathetic towards the narrator, and the plot seemed to be running along generally predictable lines. But it gradually became clearer that there was something else going on, and I warmed to both narrator and the plot. Gripping by the end.

  • Debra
    2018-09-23 23:50

    I just finished this wonderful book and I loved it. It is a mystery but the reader doesn't know who are the bad guys and who are the good guys for the entire book. Oh my gosh! All kinds of false clues and half truths and hidden meanings and misunderstood lines from all the characters. What a fun ride!

  • Ben
    2018-09-08 21:22

    She has a lovely way of letting the story gradually develop and unfold. The story just seems to naturally evolve and that makes it feel very real. I really enjoyed and wonder if her other books are also this good.

  • Katherine
    2018-09-10 01:25

    It wasn't bad, I felt like I already knew what was going to happen and even though there was a slight twist at the end I still felt like I was disappointed from about halfway through as I thought I had figured out what had happened.

  • Clare
    2018-09-04 20:23

    I enjoyed this as much as other Clare Francis novels, but having read 3 or 4 on tthe trot I've got a bit sick of rich folks on boats. Still, if you don't want to have to use much of your brain it's a damn good read.

  • Ruth
    2018-08-31 02:23

    c1993. I agree with the blurb from the Daily Mail "'Ms Francis's talent for characterization works especially well with Ellen's traumatized children, and the plot has as many twists as a nautical knot."The author's yachting background is well used in this book.

  • Suz
    2018-09-04 18:28

    A slow start, but what a fantastic ride!

  • Mike Pouy
    2018-09-08 21:24

    Very different from Clare Francis' spy thrillers, this is a personal story of a woman struggling to cope after her husband and his sailboat disappear.

  • Asha Stark
    2018-09-12 22:33

    Thoroughly enjoyable

  • Ruth Jalfon
    2018-09-10 19:23

    light mystery. not normally my thing but readable with the odd surprise but nothing wow. book way longer than it needed to be. between 2-3 stars.

  • Katie Kenig
    2018-09-25 22:25

    This is one of the best examples of the unreliable narrator in modern fiction that I've found. Truly a fantastically twisted bit of fiction that is worth a read.