• Title: Double Deceit
  • Author: Julienne Brouwers
  • Publisher: Aria/Head of Zeus on November 23, 2020
  • Genre: Crime Thriller
  • Pages: 274
  • Formats Available: Paperback & Digital
  • Rating: 4/5

Many thanks to Chris at JB Publishing, Julienne Brouwers, and Aria/Head of Zeus for providing me with a digital copy of Double Deceit in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.

Trigger Warnings: Murder, Excessive Alcohol Use, Mention of Drug Use

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Double Deceit Blurb

What if you were framed for a murder you didn’t commit? A gripping, addictive thriller for fans of Angela Clarke, Mel Sherratt and Rachel Lynch.

Jennifer Smits is a young mother, married to a hotshot lawyer and living in Amsterdam. Her world explodes when her husband is found dead at a holiday park during a weekend getaway. Convinced that the police have failed in their investigation, she embarks on a desperate quest for the truth – but the deeper she digs, the more she gets enmeshed in a tangled web of lies, spun by a ruthless law firm. 

As Jennifer’s search for answers intensifies, her grip on reality weakens. Barely able to manage her patients at the health clinic, or take care of her young son, Jennifer is at risk of losing it all – even her closest friends begin to desert her. And then a chance encounter with a charming stranger sparks a new chain of events that plunges her deeper into a world of threats and corruption. Soon, she begins to fear for her life – but who can she trust, and how far will she go in pursuit of the truth? 

This is a gripping, addictive thriller that will make you question everything, including the flaws of forensics. Could we all be framed for a murder we didn’t commit? 

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My Review

Julienne Brouwers delivers us a gritty and raw look at grief in the aftermath of losing someone you love. But, she does so in a way that chills you to your very bones. Once I started reading, I didn’t stop. I couldn’t get enough of Jennifer and her activities.

I love how Jennifer knew her husband well enough to know that there was more to his death than met the eye. The struggle that she went through to prove it was phenomenal. Her friends are friends that I wouldn’t want to have. The poor woman was on the verge of collapse from the grief, and no one would help her or come to her aid. They poo-pooed all her concerns away as those of a crazy person. The further I read, the angrier I became with these people. I wanted to shake them.

When Dan came into the picture, I was skeptical, as I am sure the author meant the reader to feel. I walked right into Julienne’s trap with that one. That I fell for it is a mark of a great plot. It is difficult to catch me off-guard.

My only complaint is that things did drag for a bit during some parts. Not a lot, but enough that it was noticeable. I did enjoy the book very much. I am so happy that JB Publishing asked me to participate in this tour.

I award Double Deceit 4 out of 5 stars. I loved the attention to detail, and the twists and turns caught me up a few times. So, if you love crime thrillers, you will love this one. I recommend it to everyone.

About the Author – Julienne Brouwers

Julienne Brouwers worked as a pharmaceutical scientist and medical physicist before becoming a writer. She lives in the Netherlands, with her husband and three children, where she has published two successful thrillers, and lived in the UK and US for a total of four years.

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