A genuine page-turner
A genuine page-turner Joyce brings a wonderful balance of intrigue and discovery to what proves an extraordinarily good read. Her first novel The Dordogne Deception showcased an author capable of delivering an enticing blend of murder, mystery and romance and Dangerous Duplicity will far from disappoint her readers. Writing with a strong sense of immediacy, her characters are imbued with a certain vibrancy that elevates them beyond their time and place as she brings them into focus and this makes it a difficult book to put down. Respecting the idiosyncrasies of her characters rather than exaggerating them brings a certain emotional resonance to her story and in Evan Wentworth, we find a protagonist who feels wholly authentic. We feel his angst and identify with the guilt he is carrying and in turn, feel compelled to turn another page. Yes, it makes for all-around good suspense novel but what sets it apart is Joyce’s ability to create compelling and immersive scenes. With powerful backdrops, her settings really come alive and we can imagine ourselves there as momentum gathers and the stakes grow ever higher.
Dangerous Duplicity is a hard-to-put-down thriller, a story that follows a man’s search to solve the mystery surrounding his younger sister’s death. Sherry Joyce is a master of the suspense craft. She has a special gift for characters and plot.
So well crafted!
I was fascinated as Joyce took me aboard Belle Chloe, the largest family yachting charter, as well as the underwater deep-diving scuba scenes—so well crafted one had to be a scuba-diver to write them so realistically. I literally stopped breathing as I read those chapters.
Once I started Dangerous Duplicity, it was almost impossible to put down. The last chapter is a cliffhanger—like watching a favorite television show. I can’t wait for the sequel.
..holds you to the very end and beyond
Her cast of well-developed characters draws you into the story right from the very beginning and holds you to the very end and beyond, from an author definitely chartered on a course for continued success.
Had my heart pounding!
Dangerous Duplicity is a great read. The first chapter, which introduces the main character of the story is only a few pages long, but takes you from a tranquil, almost perfect California scene to a horrific occurrence that had my heart pounding.
Ali J. Farhat
Sherry did a great job of weaving the storyline and the characters from beginning to end and left you lusting for a sequel.
..flows with ease...
A great novel with writing skills that flows with ease. Sherry develops interesting, deep characters that keep you guessing throughout. She ties everything together in the end, with healing, retribution, and a beautiful love story that is not without family struggles or realistic issues.
Ready for a gripping read set in enchanting places? Grab this novel! Sherry Joyce is an amazing storyteller, putting readers on edge, unwilling to set down her latest book, pulling us helplessly through, chapter by chapter to find out what happens.
..this adventure will take you on a wild ride...
Dangerous Duplicity is a tightly written contemporary romantic suspense that we’ve come to expect from author, Sherry Joyce—and she does not disappoint in her second novel. There are more twists in this fast-paced murder mystery than the actual death-defying hairpin turns on the towering hills above the seaside in St.-Paul-de-Vence! Whether onboard multi-million dollar yachts in the Riviera or diving under the sea, this adventure will take you on a wild ride with its intricate plot and memorable characters as they grapple with tragedy, grief, difficult decisions and the ultimate redeeming power of love. I like that the people were authentic, their problems real and their feelings genuine. Can’t wait to read more from this talented author!
The Dordogne Deception Has It All!
Love, murder, terror, mystery and hot sex set in a castle in the beautiful Dordogne region of France is Sherry Joyce’s first novel.
Wendy Schultz, Staff Writer
This book is full of nonstop suspense that keeps on going...
Sherry is masterful at depicting both setting and characters. She brought romance and suspense to life.
She leaves no stones unturned with regard to full character development...start reading early or be prepared to keep reading until the wee hours because it's tough to put down.
A thunderstruck chateau, an untimely murder and a lovely Silicon Valley divorcee are crucial ingredients to Sherry Joyce's new romantic suspense novel, "The Dordogne Deception." Joyce joins us to talk about the thrilling story that inspired her recent work, her fantasy week in a French chateau and her experiences travelling in Europe.
"Insight" Hosted by Beth Ruyak
A gripping tale of deception, heartache and love..
When a romance novel opens not with a crime of passion but a conspired, premeditated murder, there should be no doubt that the book is not your typical boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love and live happily ever after fairytale. The Dordogne Deception is a sordid, dark romantic thriller.
It has all the right ingredients...
intertwined characters and circumstances, well-described settings, suspense, romance and let's not forgetthat sprinkle of spice.
Aloha La Ray, Ocean Shores, WA
...a fantastic writer...
I couldn't put the book down for two days until I finished it.
Mary Lu Empie , Arizona
The Dordogne Deception is the best book I've read in a long time. It kept me captivated from the beginning to the end. I just couldn't put the book down. The romance and suspense kept me turning pages til late in the night....
Celine Girard, Vancouver, Canada
The author does an extraordinary job of bringing readers into the unique atmosphere of the ancient château. Early reviews are very positive with readers commenting on the well-written descriptions of the château, the countryside and how well the author built the characters and story line. Many said they couldn't put it down! Madame Isabelle Grassé, the actual owner of the château, is quite excited about the book and pleased that her château the centerpiece of this novel.
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