Publication date: 5th September (UK)
My rating: 4 out of 5
When Emma Vaile’s parents go missing while away on a mysterious business trip, she’s left all alone in her creepy old house. But her brother’s very cute best friend, Bennett Stern—Emma’s knight in J. Crew armor—arrives unexpectedly to whisk her away to New England. There, Emma settles into his family’s museum-like mansion and enrolls at an old-fashioned private school. She quickly finds friends in the popular legacy crowd at Thatcher and spends her free time crushing on Bennett. But the eerie visions she’s been hiding from everyone have gotten worse. Emma has memories of Thatcher that she can’t explain—it’s as if she’s returning home to a place she’s never been. Finally, Emma confides in Bennett and learns she is a ghostkeeper, a person who can communicate with ghosts. Bennett brought Emma to Thatcher to protect her, but now he needs her help tracking an other-worldly murderer.
Emma's parents have been missing for 6 weeks and she finds herself home alone in a creepy house full of spooky antiquities that her parents buy and sell. Emma finds herself haunted by visions that had previously troubled her at the age of seven and resulted in her spending time in an institution.
Emma is rescued by Bennett a friend of Emma's older brother (who she has a bit of a crush on) who claims to be her guardian and whisks her off to his museum home in Massachusetts and enrolls Emma in Thatcher Academy which seems alarmingly familiar to Emma despite never having been there before.
Immediately overcome by haunting visions in which she is transported back in time, Emma learns that like her ancestor Emma Vaile she can see ghosts and is a very powerful ghost keeper just coming into her powers.
My favorite parts of Deception centred on the museum they lived in, unlike other ghost keepers Emma is actually quite nice to ghosts and befriends the ghostly help in the museum and then discovers that she can actually hear the ghosts speaking and can therefore listen to their stories and histories, a power that is very rarely seen in ghost keepers. I couldn't help but like Emma she has been completely kept in the dark by her family and friends (who all seems to be ghost keepers) and has really been abandoned by them. I also really adored the little love triangle between Emma, Bennett and the gorgeous popular kid at school Cody.
I'm hoping the sequel Betrayal tells me more about the mystery of Emma's missing parents, more about her growing very unique powers and the brilliant cliffhanger at the end of Deception certainly suggests the sequel will be equally as fantastic. Overall, Deception is a great, fast paced and imaginative ghost story and is well worth a read, I can't wait to dive into the sequel.
Thanks to Bloomsbury for sending me a copy of Deception in exchange for an honest review.