where love, secrets, and the chaos of history collide in a story that’ll keep you on the edge of your seat!
Author Patricia Skipper is a journalist and broadcaster who grew up as a Marine Corps brat and witnessed the racial segregation and discrimination in the South. She graduated from the University of South Carolina and the University of Southern Mississippi and studied abroad in Finland and Mexico. She worked for various newspapers and TV stations, covering stories from Europe and Russia. She also helped the MADD movement gain national attention and won several Addy Awards for her commercial writing. She supports American Women in Radio and Television
Against the turbulent backdrop of declared martial law in South Carolina, a stunning light-skinned beauty, Vanessa, lives in a Catholic orphanage for Blacks. After a series of racial traumas, Vanessa obtains the birth certificate of a deceased white baby and uses this document to assume the child’s identity. She moves to California and enrolls at UC Berkeley under her newly acquired name.
Vanessa marries into one of California’s wealthiest families. Her charmed life abruptly ends eighteen months after the birth of her first child who is diagnosed with sickle cell trait. Discovering that the woman he married is Black, as is his toddler son, Vanessa’s ruthless husband plots his revenge but they both survive. The police investigation that follows seems pretty clear-cut until a curious, young detective uncovers some clues to her private life where nothing is as it appears. The aftermath of the discovery brings down a pillar of San Francisco society.
You know a book is good when you can’t put it down. When I was supposed to be working, I was reading Deceptive Calm. I ate meals with the book in one hand, a utensil in the other. For God’s sake I was even finishing the book while I had a football game on in the background, which is just absurd and something I had never even considered doing.
A co-worker told me about this book and I looked up the summary and it immediately captured me. Bought it that day and have not been able to put it down. You’ll fall in love with the characters and and the locations. I spent a lot of time on in Charleston growing up and have been to many of the locations she brings into the book. Am giving a copy to a couple friends for Christmas as I know they will love it to. This will probably be a “read again” book for me.
This page-turner has a little bit of everything; history, suspense, sex, crime and love. I enjoyed every chapter of Deceptive Calm. Thanks for a great read Pat!
Found Deceptive Calm by chance and, oh boy, am I glad I did! Pat, your book had me reading past my bedtime. The characters, the twists – pure brilliance. This one’s going on my “read again” list for sure.
I’m a sucker for a good mystery, and Deceptive Calm scratched that itch perfectly. The suspense had me guessing until the final pages. Pat, your writing skillfully dances between mystery and emotion. This is one for the record books. Can’t wait to see more from you!
I’m not usually a big reader, but Deceptive Calm changed that for me. It’s the kind of book that makes you forget about everything else. Pat, your writing style is so engaging. I genuinely enjoyed every twist and turn. Looking forward to more of your work!
Deceptive Calm is like the binge-watch of books! Pat, you’ve got this knack for storytelling that’s downright addictive. I started it thinking, “Okay, just one chapter,” and suddenly it’s 2 AM, and I’ve forgotten what sleep feels like. Can’t wait to see this on my future movie night list!