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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
Double Deception by Rita H Rowe is a short story about the perfect life. That’s what Tess thinks she has, with a successful career and the family of her dreams. But then Brian comes into her life, and suddenly Tess realizes that her life wasn’t so perfect after all; she never had love. Brian is married though and has no intentions of leaving his family, even if he no longer loves his wife. But Tessa wants him and can’t see a life without him. She has become obsessed, but what lengths will she go to in order to keep Brian in her life, to make him hers and hers alone?
Double Deception by Rita H Rowe is a short but powerful story about emotion and obsession. The main character has been well-developed into a real person with real flaws and someone entirely relatable to a lot of people. The other characters are just as well developed, and each has their own role to play in this short story. Tess and Brian already knew each other from years before, and a chance meeting sets her on a path that changes everything she thought she ever knew. It’s written in the first-person from Tess’s point of view and reads in places like an internal monologue. There are one or two surprises along the way, especially as it becomes clear what the double deception is. The ending is perhaps a little predictable but it is a good ending all the same. A good story that will teach you about the pitfalls of obsession and how love can bring you to your knees.