Duped: Double Lives, False Identities, and the Con Man I Almost Married

Duped: Double Lives, False Identities, and the Con Man I Almost Married

Abby Ellin was shocked to learn that her fiancÚ was leading a secret life. But as she soon discovered, the world is full of people who aren't what they seem. From Abby Ellin's first date with the Commander, she was caught up in a whirlwind. Within six months he'd proposed, and they'd moved in together. But soon, his exotic stories of international espionage began to unrave Abby Ellin was shocked to learn that her fiancÚ was leading a secret life. But as she soon discovered, the world is f...

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Title:Duped: Double Lives, False Identities, and the Con Man I Almost Married
Author:Abby Ellin
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:B07CWQSKKS
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:238 pages pages

Duped: Double Lives, False Identities, and the Con Man I Almost Married Reviews

  • Kelly
    Feb 06, 2019
    I was listening to this as everything about AJ Finn/Dan Mallory came to the surface and couldn't stop thinking "of course." Ellin's story begins with being duped by a man called The Commander. He seemed too good to be true and, ultimately, he was. He played her, as well as numerous...
  • David
    Mar 12, 2019
    breezy writing style (ex: after she takes a vacation in Brazil and has a fling with a hot guy she meets there, she offers as an aside "Oh. Did I mention he was fifteen years younger? Sometimes, I really am my own hero" (p. 220)) as she takes a spin through her own experience of being c...
  • Steve Silberberg
    Feb 16, 2019
    Well written, well researched, compelling, engaging and funny. Duped is about (and written by) a woman who was engaged to a pathological liar who regularly told grandiose but still believable lies, not only as a cover for his indiscretions but also because prevarication defined him and...
  • Cari
    Feb 25, 2019
    A lot of really interesting info in this book, especially for writers who might be thinking about a duplicitous character or plotline. The author also shares her personal story; it's both hard to believe and totally plausible. Kind of scary how many liars are out there. I'd read a simi...
  • Robyn Murphy
    Jan 30, 2019
    This isn?t a memoir but rather a study of human nature, and I found it completely engrossing. Ellin, an engaging writer, is able to merge raw reflections and science into something I truly wanted to read. ...
  • Michael
    Mar 01, 2019
    Ellin did a nice job on this. very readable, some interesting insights. If this is an area that interests you it's a must read book ...
  • Debra
    Oct 28, 2018
    "He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second time and third time till at length it becomes habitual." - Thomas Jefferson Abby Ellin was duped by a man called "The Commander". He told her that he was a doctor with a secret job, he worked for the ...
  • Kim
    Mar 05, 2019
    I read this for the Satellite Sisters book club. I must say that during the time I was listening to it I found myself being kinder to my husband and giving thanks that he is such an honest partner. ...
  • Linda Scott
    Feb 15, 2019
    Pure garbage. I wanted to finish just be done with it, but had to give up less than half-way through. I don't like to be angry about how badly something is written. If you don't have anything to say, don't say anything. ...
  • Leslie
    Jan 29, 2019
    This book should be required high school reading. Well written - easy to read quickly. Great immersive read. ...
  • Valerity (Val)
    Nov 01, 2018
    Duped: Double Lives, False Identities, and the Con Man I Almost Married After the author, a writer who considers herself pretty savvy when it comes to people, finds that she?s been totally conned in her personal relationship, she decides to write a book about that experience and m...
  • Katie
    Mar 06, 2019
    I picked this up after a recommendation and didn't really expect to be that interested, but ended up flying through in just a few days. The author was conned by a pathological liar who became her fiance and she explores the hows and whys of such a deception. ...
  • Jackie
    Sep 06, 2018
    Abby Ellin explores the reality of the pathological liar in our society in all it's permutations. She was involved in 2010 with the Commander, a man who boasted of CIA links, covert missions, and links to famous people. As a woman who was married to a pathological liar, I could readily...
  • Amanda
    Dec 18, 2018
    DNF at 53% ...
  • Lauren
    Mar 03, 2019
    If you're intuitive when it comes to people, you really don't need to read this. In fact, reading it may be a bit painful for you, as it was for me. First, the good: this book gathers a lot of interesting stories about people duped financially, romantically, and otherwise. Tbh, it w...
  • Jennifer Mcgarey
    Jan 30, 2019
    3.5 Stars I loved the narrator?s voice. Non-fiction - interesting topic. ...
  • Jennie
    Jan 30, 2019
    3.5 stars. Really interesting look at lying liars who lie. It's crazy to think about the people around us who are living in a puddle of lies. I knew a woman in college who was a compulsive liar, but luckily I wasn't in close enough range to suffer from it. Ellin tells about her ex-fian...
  • SundayAtDusk
    Nov 08, 2018
    Author Abby Ellin starts off her book by telling the story of how she almost married a con man in the Navy. Apparently all her investigative journalism skills were in hibernation during the time she dated and was engaged to the man; since he told her story after story that made him sou...
  • Marianne K
    Oct 31, 2018
    Wow, a book about dupers, and liars, what's not to like!? A very interesting subject that the Liberal author could not resist using to make multiple digs at the current administration in D.C. I was willing to forgive the first time right at the beginning of the book, and then the secon...
  • Andrea
    Feb 28, 2019
    This book had no real agenda, which actually made it more engaging. Ellin simply wanders through a series of deceptions -- in her own life, and recounted to her -- and skims through relevant research. ...
  • Jill Blevins
    Feb 16, 2019
    If you are willing to trust people, enjoy seeing the good in everyone, and have been taken advantage of more than you care to admit, read this book immediately. It will open your eyes and save you a lifetime of harsh, expensive, gut wrenching pain and misery. I promise. The first ch...
  • The Bookish Hooker
    Sep 23, 2018
    Abby Ellin has been duped. The man she loved and hoped to marry has been found to be a fraud...a lying, cheating fraud. And she's about to tell you all about it and the psychology behind these career liars and what makes them do what they do. The premise of the book is fascinating. I'v...
  • Kayo
    Aug 15, 2018
    Truly fascinating. While author got duped, she writes about lying and deception and how we all can fall various ways. Excellent read! Thanks to author,publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free, it had no bearing on the rating I gave it....
  • Denise Mullins
    Feb 19, 2019
    So disappointing! This is a pseudo- scientific study to validate how the author fell prey to a second-rate con man and repeated this gullible trend with a second man shortly thereafter. She draws on an endless grocery list of liars, swindlers, and sociopaths through history- even resor...
  • Susan bly
    Jan 20, 2019
    Don't buy this book I found this book to be boring and a complete waste of time. Save your money and attention. Don't buy this book. ...
  • MuddledMummyMoss
    Mar 16, 2019
    Audible purchase, so listened rather than read! The reading of this was very acted and in some places felt over the top, however it was read predominantly well and you felt it was her story (despite it not being Ellen herself) 3* May indicate to some that this book is just ?o...
  • Tracy Caruso
    Feb 11, 2019
    Excellent book. If you?re interested in this subject matter, you?ll love it. You?ll learn some very interesting things. Ex: I didn?t know that gaslighting is illegal in England. I also learned about affinity fraud. This was a fascinating read. Author Abby is the type of person ...
  • Rachel Brown
    Feb 24, 2019
    I thought that Duped was an excellent, intriguing book. It was very well-written and so, so interesting. I've never read anything about this topic before, and I thought Abby Ellin did a great job of interspersing her personal story with research. I admired her vulnerability in sharing ...
  • Shelly
    Aug 25, 2018
    Surprisingly captivating! This book had me turning the pages well after midnight and well after my eyes wanted to close. The author tells the stories of duplicitous individuals in a fascinating and engaging manner. I was hooked form page one. I appreciated the scientific anecdotes alon...
  • Smathy
    Mar 17, 2019
    Loads of case studies and extensive research, but at the end of each chapter I couldn?t really say what point she was making because there were so many it all became too much. Disappointing. ...