Deception (Haunting Emma #1) by Lee Nichols

Reviewed by: Siobhán
Format: Paperback
Pages: 336
Published: 5th Sept 2011 (UK)
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Source: Publisher for Review
Genre: YA, Ghost Story,
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When Emma Vaile's parents leave on a mysterious business trip, it gives her the perfect excuse to be a rebellious teen. But then her best friend stops talking to her, the police crash her party and Emma finds herself in the hands of a new guardian, Bennett Stern, and on a plane to his museum-like mansion in New England. After enrolling at Thatcher Academy, Emma settles in by making friends with the popular crowd. She has memories of Thatcher she can't explain and strange visions are haunting her. Emma doesn't trust anyone any more - except maybe Bennett. But he's about to reveal a ghostly secret to her. One that will explain the visions ...and make Emma fear for her life

Deception is book 1 in the Haunting Emma series. It tells the tale of Emma a seventeen year girl who is left alone after her parents go in yet another business trip. She has a house party but things don't go to plan. She soon finds herself being moved to Echo Point with her new but super cute Guardian, Bennett. Emma is enrolled into Thatcher Academy and is starting to experience visions and secrets from her past begin to unravel and literally come back to haunt her.

Deception is first and foremost a ghost story. It's not a scary ghost story but has just the right amount of creepiness and chills along with the characters and spooky setting it truely captivated my imagination.

Emma is one of those characters I liked straight from the start. I really felt for her and just wanted to be her friend because its clear that her parents leave her on her own a lot and that's just horrible. So when she ends up moving to Echo Point we get to see a really nice and flirty side of her. She seems to fit in well at school apart from seeing the odd ghost here and there. She connects with Coby, one of the popular boys at school. And its clear as day that he adores Emma. Always there for her. Making sure she ok. But Emma secretly loves Bennett but as the book continues Bennett shares some secret of his own and Emma falls even deeper even though he wants to hate him.

Deception was a very quick read. I devoured in a one day. I haven't read many ghost stories mainly because I scare easily so I always try to pick them carefully. And this was a perfect balance. The ghosts in this story for the most part, are actually really nice and the relationship Emma forms with them is quite magical. However, they aren't all nice, some are dark and evil and gave me the creeps.

Now, as much as I can honestly say I loved this story. There is a lot of unanswered questions that drove me crazy. I can only hope they are resolved in book 2.

Rate: 4/5


  1. I've not read this series but I've heard some awesome things about it! I haven't read a really creepy book for a while so I might have to get this one soon! Great review Siobhan! :D

    1. Pick it up. It's really good. And oh so quick. Nice filler book.

  2. i cannot wait for book two, love your review siobhan :) bennett is so swoon worthy :) hurry up post man and deliever books 2 and 3 :)

    1. he sure is :) hes my total book swoon worthy guy :) haha

  3. Oooh like the sound of this one. Love me a good ghost story :)

  4. Hi, Lydia Bennet here! I usually use books for curl papers for ringlet maintenance but I like a good ghost story and if it has hot fit men in it so much the better!

  5. This sounds like a great book! I definitely need to read it. I'm a new follower, love your blog!

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  6. I've been looking at this title for a while, but didn't know what it's about. It's now on my tbr list. Thanks for reviewing it.

    1. It's really good. Im nearly done with book 2. :) they are really quick reads.

  7. Sounds great. I've always seen this book around, but I guess I never really took a close enough look at it. Glad you enjoyed it.

    Safari Poet

    Old follower :-)


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