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Deviously Sincere by Alayna Hallward


RATING: 🌕🌕🌕🌗🌑

Published: March 13, 2020

Publisher: BookBaby

Format: e-book

Pages: 332



“People are only offended when words hold some true to them.”


The media has compared the FBI’s current serial killer to Jack the Ripper. Not because of the way he kills, but because he can evade law enforcement. This killer has an agenda, he believes his acts will purify women right down to their corrupt souls. While his work is well known, the FBI still cannot do anything. That is until Agent Tilda Wain decides to think outside of the box. The best way to catch a serial killer is to seek out the help of another. The only killer that can be of assistance is one that holds the same beliefs. Even though Hyde is their ideal helper, his views and time in the asylum make him unreliable. While Hyde does hate women, Tilda knows a way around such trivial matters. In her attempt to gain more information, Tilda soon finds herself in the line of fire. If she persists in her search, more than her honor will be lost.




Deviously Sincere is a psychological book like no other. I have read quite a few books in this genre but I never have a clear understanding of the killer’s mind. In this book, you would get to see how twisted the mind of the killer is. I get chills to the bones as I was reading this book and I am not prepared with the killing scenes. The very first chapter of this book is a semi-detailed way on the process of how the killer killed his victim. It’s kinda brutal if you are not into this kind of thing.

In the story, we are following FBI agent Tilda Wain who is a psychological expert when it comes to killers or serial killers. (I don’t know the term for this or if I am right but that’s what I get while reading the book.) As their serial killer is as elusive as Jack the Ripper, the pressure to catch the killer was high and not only the media but their bosses expect so much from them for this case. Agent Wain’s approach, in this case, is different from the others but it is more dangerous. In order to understand this serial killer, she needs to understand first the very first serial killer that they caught who has been the first to have the same values as their killer now.

The story as a whole is okay. The flow and pacing is entertaining enough that could keep your interest throughout the whole book. I like how the author introduced the killers and understanding their minds. I only have 2 issues with this book: the main character and the ending.

I don’t like Tilda as a main character. For one, she keeps things to herself which as first is justifiable as she does not want to involve her partner in the illegal thing that she was about to do. However, it came out as selfish and ambitious in the end. But I could still tolerate her frustrating characteristic of not telling anyone what she is up to. The only thing that I could not tolerate is how she could not defend her own gender. These killers that she is facing thinks that women are devious, good at deception, and does not have any good traits in them that does not involve manipulating people. And when she was asked to give one proof that women are not vile creatures, she came up with none! She even felt disgusted by herself. And I feel disgusted by her in return. Moreover, I was waiting for the author to justify this scene. But the story ended and they never came up with a good quality of a woman and that’s too disappointing.

The other thing that I dislike about this book is the ending. The last few chapters in the end was very confusing. I get confused with the switching of points of view in the middle of a chapter; one moment you are reading Tilda’s point of view then the next paragraph is Hyde’s point of view and then it would switch again to the other serial killer. Moreover, the ending was questionable at best. I have a lot of unanswered questions when the book ended because we did not get some answers as to why Hyde does the things that he did. But I believe that this is the first in the series so hopefully we will get some answers on the next book.

All in all this book is a fun psychological thriller book. I enjoyed my time reading this even though the ending was certainly confusing. Definitely worth checking out.

That is all for this review.

Until next time!



A reader who becomes a villain, a queen, a princess, a heroine, and a warrior depends on the story that she reads. A dreamer who wishes to dwell in the world that she visited through the pages of her book. A frustrated blogger who wishes to put into words the frustration, boredom, and excitement that she felt throughout her many journeys outside the real world.

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