The Mocking Man by Leslie Georgeson
Deception. Not a word I would have associated with myself fifteen years ago. Back then I was innocent and carefree, a teenage boy with big dreams. Then my best friend Rafe was kidnapped, and my world fell apart. I foolishly thought I could save him. I was wrong. Now my entire life is a web of deceit. My every breath tainted by lies. I don’t like what I’ve become. But it’s essential for my very survival. My job now is to stay in the shadows and keep Rafe’s sister Isabella safe. She can’t even know I’m here. Then danger lurks closer. Somehow, I must protect her while keeping my secret. But I get so caught up in my own twisted game that I eventually make a terrible mistake. Now she’s a part of the pact. And I can’t let her go. But what kind of life can I give her if I can never be anything more than the mocking man?