THE DECEIVERS, Book 1 in the Vale Hall Series


Pretty Little Liars meets Ocean’s 11 in this intrigue-filled contemporary drama from acclaimed author Kristen Simmons.

Welcome to Vale Hall, the school for aspiring con artists.

When Brynn Hilder is recruited to Vale, it seems like the elite academy is her chance to start over, away from her mom’s loser boyfriend and her rundown neighborhood. But she soon learns that Vale chooses students not so much for their scholastic talent as for their extracurricular activities, such as her time spent conning rich North Shore kids out of their extravagant allowances.

At first, Brynn jumps at the chance to help the school in its mission to rid the city of corrupt officials—because what could be better than giving entitled jerks what they deserve? But that’s before she meets her mark—a senator’s son—and before she discovers the school’s headmaster has secrets he’ll stop at nothing to protect. As the lines between right and wrong blur, Brynn begins to realize she’s in way over head.

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Here’s what people are saying about THE DECEIVERS:

“Brilliantly plotted, tightly placed, and intensely smart. The Deceivers is the perfect con, full of clever characters, untrustworthy romance, and lie after lie after lie, with just enough truth tossed in to make you question everything. Kristen Simmons is a deceptive genius. I could not devour this book fast enough.”

Stephanie Garber, NYT Bestselling author of CARAVAL

“Masterful, suspenseful and brilliantly executed, The Deceivers is the perfect con–I started reading, and it stole hours of my life! Kristen Simmons is an outstanding storyteller, and this is her best yet.”

Amie Kaufman, NYT and International Bestselling Author

“A perfectly paced, high stakes read. Don’t plan on putting it down in the middle to do other things, you’ll want to keep reading. Simmons has outdone herself with this incredible new story about con artists and a girl trying to find her own story.”

Rachel Strolle, Teen Librarian for Glenside Public Library District

“Addictive and delicious, The Deceivers will keep you turning the pages well into the night!”

Katie McGarry, critically acclaimed author of Pushing the Limits