Review: Prime Deception by Carys Jones

Title: Prime Deception
Author: Carys Jones
Publication Date: April 7th, 2013
Publisher: Carina UK
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Pages: 304
ISBN: 1472094727
Source: ARC from Publisher

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
When Lorna Thomas is found dead in her car everyone believes she killed herself. But the day after her death Lorna was set to sell a scandalous story to one of Britain’s biggest tabloid papers. For six months she had been the Deputy Prime Minister’s mistress.

Will Lorna’s secret die with her? While her family try to move on and come to terms with her death one person refuses to believe that Lorna killed herself. Her twin sister, Laurie is convinced that Lorna was murdered and she’ll stop at nothing to prove it, even if that means teaming up the very man her sister had been having an affair with…

Carys Jones loves nothing more than to write and create stories which ignite the reader's imagination. Based in Shropshire, England, Carys lives with her husband, two guinea pigs and her adored canine companion Rollo. 

When she's not writing, Carys likes to indulge her inner geek by watching science- fiction films or playing video games. 

She lists John Green, Jodi Picoult and Virginia Andrews as her favorite authors and draws inspiration for her own work from anything and everything. 

To Carys, there is no greater feeling then when you lose yourself in a great story and it is that feeling of ultimate escapism which she tries to bring to her books.

      John Quinn is a journalist for The Shadow, England's top-selling tabloid newspaper. His job is to expose the scandals and corruption of his society, and make a decent dollar for doing it. John has been approached by a young woman with the biggest kids-and-tell story of the year, not because of the event itself, but because of the man it involves. However, his awareness of the story comes with severe consequences.

Carys Jones was introduced to me through this novel, and I'm kind of on the fence. The premise of Prime Deception sounds good, but I wasn't convinced it would be delivered to satisfaction. In a lot of ways, I was presently surprised in a lot of ways. Once I got into the book, I couldn't put it down. It's like devouring a novel-long tabloid that you know you shouldn't be so interested in, but you just. can't. stop. The contents of this book is like nuggets of gold to the mystery-reader who enjoys a bit of scandal. Jones has a way of hooking the reader into intrigue, wanting to know more and divulge in it.

The writing was definitely good. I enjoyed that part of it. And for the most part, the story itself was interesting. But I had a love-hate relationship with this book. The main character, Charles is honestly a guy I don't even like. I don't feel sorry for him, and I think he's kind of a jerk...and several other choice names. He desperately lacked self control. But for some reason, I had to know what happened. I just had to. Well played, Jones, well played.

If you like mystery, murder, juicy scandals, and a touch of steamy romance, pick up this book for a light read.

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