In Deadly Deception, Casey Adler is Anne's best friend and colleague. They attended college together, started their psychiatric practice together, Anne views Casey more of family then friend.
*I promise not to plague you with spoilers*
Though I started writing Deadly Deception long before I met my best friend/partner in crime: Doreen, Casey morphed in to her.
Anne and Casey's relationship is honest, sincere, and loyal. She has no problem speaking her mind, especially when it comes to Anne and her relationships with Carter and Adam.
I was writing a scene for Deadly Redemption last night and mirrored a conversation I would have with Doreen. *tears* She's my family. She loves me unconditionally but will give me her honest opinion. She won't tell me what I want to hear, she tells me the truth. Which is a refreshing quality in a friendship.
In my experience, when I have been honest with a friend it ended with vile words and hurt feelings towards me. I've never been one to tell a person what they want to hear because what kind of friend would I be? That's not real or honest or loyal. I appreciate Doreen's truth, it strengthens our loyalty to one another. I trust her implicitly.
One of my favorite lines from Casey is:
“I see. Let me guess, the new step-mommy is a nice perky early twenty-something year old with a forty triple-D chest but a brain the size of my pinkie finger.”
If you want to learn more about the sassy Casey Adler you're going to have to read Deadly Deception.