Lee Nichols
Lee Nichols
Lee Nichols

Deception: a Haunting Emma Novel


A rich New England setting filled with mystery, tradition, and prep-school intrigue make Deception the perfect choice for fans of series like Kate Brian's Private, as well as all those paranormal fans.

When Emma Vaile's parents go missing while away on a mysterious business trip, 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. 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.

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"When 17-year-old Emma drops her antiques-dealer parents at San Francisco's airport for a business trip, she's set for three weeks of rebellion. However, her freedom is cut short when her parents vanish and the authorities are tipped off that she's home alone. Seemingly randomly, her older brother's preppy, hot college friend, Bennett, rescues Emma by bringing her back to his eerie New England hometown, where she'll live with his family and attend an exclusive private school. As Emma settles into her new home, which doubles as a museum, violent imagery from her childhood creeps into her consciousness, but fortunately a cast of friendly spirits appear to help her navigate what she learns is her role as a powerful ghostkeeper. Balancing the text's heavy supernatural vibe and sometimes gruesome details are elements of modern teenage life, including Emma's crush on Bennett and conventional high-school friendship dramas, making this first installment in the Haunting Emma series light fun with a mildly chilling edge and sense of mystery."
   —Kirkus Reviews

"... it's full speed ahead as an evil force gathers strength and leads Emma's friend into the dangers of the ghostly world. Romance is one of the main reasons readers will keep turning the pages; the end contains a shocker that will leave them anxious for the next book in the Haunting Emma series."

"Kind of creepy and quirky, It's impossible not to fall in love with Deception."
   —Carrie Jones, New York Times bestselling author of Need and Captivate

"If you love supernatural scares, family secrets, forbidden love—and heroines who don't let any of these things stand in their way—you're going to love Deception.
   —Claudia Gray, New York Times bestselling author of the Evernight series

"A spine-chilling page-turner. You won't know who to trust... but you will enjoy the ride!"
   —Sarah Mlynowski, bestselling author of Bras and Broomsticks

Bloomsbury USA Children's Books (June 2010) ISBN-13: 978-1599903088