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 fiancé 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 unravel. Finally, it all became clear: he was lying about who he was.

After leaving him and sharing her story, she was floored to find out that her experience was far from unique. People everywhere, many of them otherwise sharp-witted and self-aware, are being deceived by their loved ones every day.

In Duped, Abby Ellin studies the art and science of lying, talks to people who've had their worlds upended by duplicitous partners, and writes with great openness about her own mistakes. These remarkable stories reveal how often we encounter people whose lives beneath the surface are more improbable than we ever imagined.

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

  • Debra

    "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 JeffersonAbby Ellin was duped by a man called "The ...

  • Valerity (Val)

    Duped: Double Lives, False Identities, and the Con Man I Almost MarriedAfter the author, a writer who considers herself pretty savvy when it comes to people, finds that she’s been totally conned in ...

  • Kelly

    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 seem...

  • Marianne K

    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 wi...

  • Shelly

    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 en...

  • Lauren

    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 interest...

  • Linda Scott

    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, ...

  • Kayo

    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 th...

  • Jamie Canaves

    True Crime Memoir For Social Science Fans (TW suicide/ rape/ briefly mentions cases with pedophile)I love true crime memoirs–any memoir especially where the author just bares all–and have always l...

  • SundayAtDusk

    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 d...