Deceptions by Lauren Maddison

By Lauren Maddison

Expertly weaving various parts of political intrigue, secret, and local American folklore, Maddison takes readers on a terrifying trip from the halls of strength to the private caverns of the Navajo state.

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It was too much, even for a woman who had always faced life head-on. She tried to blink back tears, tried to take a deep breath and fight it. But Eve was no stranger to grief. She didn’t shy away from it, wasn’t embarrassed by it. She pulled Connor’s head down onto her ample bosom, enfolded her in strong, woman’s arms. “Just you let it go, child, just let it go. ” Connor did as she was told, giving in without protest. Somewhere in the back of her mind, it puzzled her, probably because she didn’t realize that, for the first time in her life, someone was being a mother to her.

If Connor wanted to see someone, Val would refer her to a colleague. For now, Val just needed to be herself, and that meant being not letting Connor drown in bitterness. “For heaven’s sake, woman, you’re smart enough to know better. ” Connor looked up, surprised at Val’s tone. “Don’t look at me like that or pretend you don’t understand what I’m saying.

Her body ached, but, after having two grown men fall on her, it wasn’t too bad. She went into the bathroom, noticed with a smile the fluffy towels and bubble bath placed there for her. On the sink was toothpaste and a new toothbrush still wrapped in cellophane. Though a bubble bath was extraordinarily tempting, Connor opted for a long, hot shower instead, soaping her hair twice to get all of the plaster grit out of it. She toweled off and examined the small gash on her forehead. It would probably heal just fine, she decided, and, besides, a small scar might give her a sort of rakish look.

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