White Lies

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While driving to a charming village tucked away deep in the Cascade Mountains of western Washington, where she is to begin a new job teaching high school English, Katrina Burton picks up a young hitchhiker who turns out to be drunk and predatory. Fearful for her safety, she lies about her destination in order to get him out of the car. But when she later discovers that he is a teacher at the same school, she finds herself feeding that initial lie with more lies. Then Katrina meets a mysterious man . Handsome, ...
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Overview

While driving to a charming village tucked away deep in the Cascade Mountains of western Washington, where she is to begin a new job teaching high school English, Katrina Burton picks up a young hitchhiker who turns out to be drunk and predatory. Fearful for her safety, she lies about her destination in order to get him out of the car. But when she later discovers that he is a teacher at the same school, she finds herself feeding that initial lie with more lies. Then Katrina meets a mysterious man . Handsome, charismatic and strong, he is exactly what she needs to extricate her from the expanding network of lies, now spinning out of control. She falls fast and hard for him. But her perfect solution soon becomes a nightmare that lands her in the middle of a grisly murder. And Katrina's problems don't stop there. She must decide whether to betray her new love or to cover up the murder and hope for the best.
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Editorial Reviews

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The consequences of a series of white lies play out in Bates’s debut, a melodramatic suspense novel. Driving in a hard rain on her way to Leavenworth, Wash., to start a new teaching job, Katrina Burton stops for a hitchhiker, an impulse she regrets immediately. Frightened by the rude stranger’s words and actions, she lies about her destination and demands he get out of her car. Things deteriorate rapidly after she subsequently discovers that her hitchhiker, Zach Marshall, is a fellow teacher at her school. Zach’s machinations, and additional lies, result in Katrina giving a faculty party at a rented cabin—a party made palatable only by the presence of handsome Jack Reeves, whom she met in a local hardware store. A confrontation at the party, an accidental death, a coverup in which Katrina is complicit, more lies, and more deaths trap Katrina in a Kafkaesque nightmare. Thin characters and improbable sequences weaken the overall impact. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608090433
  • Publisher: Oceanview Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/7/2012
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeremy Bates has spent the last ten years traveling the world, visiting more than thirty countries. He has lived in Canada, the United States, Australia, Japan, South Korea, and the Philippines. Bates is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario with a degree in English literature and philosophy and is a teacher in international schools.
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  • Posted May 30, 2012

    A perfect blend of suspense and action

    Things are not always as they seem. People may not be who we think they are.

    A young woman, Katrina, driving through the pouring rain, high in the mountains of Washington state, is on her way to a new teaching job. She unwisely picks up a hitchhiker, who turns out to be someone she wishes she'd never met. She gets herself enmeshed in a little white lie that leads to complications. To say the least.
    Then things get even more interesting. She casually meets another young man in the hardware store in the new town she's moved to. There's an instant attraction. He seems to be the perfect man. But is he?
    Things start to heat up. There's a murder. Katrina finds herself sinking deeper and deeper in a quagmire of lies. Not all of them of her own making.
    The author really pours on the suspense. In fact, the whole book is one long suspense-filled roller coaster ride! Katrina gets so entangled in her web of lies, who can guess how Bates will get her untangled? He keeps you guessing until the very end. And what an ending! This book really packs a punch!
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2014

    just OK

    this book was OK. some good twist and turns. the main character seemed to me unrealistically dumb. many of her decisions were just unbelievable. I think the author could have done a better job giving explanation for her decisions.

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  • Posted December 23, 2013

    What began as a light-hearted book quickly turned into an action

    What began as a light-hearted book quickly turned into an action-packed story of murder and deception. And I am still recovering from the ride! This is a book that took so many twists and turns, and it was crafted extremely well.

    I was instantly drawn in since Katrina is a schoolteacher, and the story takes place in Leavenworth, Washington. It was nice to read about familiar environment and workplace. I actually got a good chuckle as Katrina's expense as her web of lies began to entrap her. In my mind, she got what she deserved.

    When Jack entered the picture, I was instantly suspicious, but the outcome absolutely shocked me. I will not leave any spoilers--read the book, if you want. But the action is nonstop. And even Zach surprised me quite a bit. One never knows where the web of deception will lead.

    I could have done without the profanity. There was too much for my taste, but that is just my opinion. I wished the character wouldn't jump into bed so quickly with each other, but thankfully I did not have to read any bedroom scenes. The violence was quite descriptive--sometimes a little much for me--but not as graphic as some could be.

    The morals of the book as far as deception goes are phenomenal. The Catholic church and God even make an appearance. I was glad to see a real resolution to the book. That is one of the main reasons that I gave the book the rating it did. At least the author has a moral background. And that definitely makes the book a good read.

    I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

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  • Posted September 6, 2012

    Highly Recommended!

    I'm sure we've all told a lie or two in our lives, but I've never heard of one coming back to bite so hard. White Lies is a fantastic, scary tale full of mystery, action, suspense, and great characters. It's fast moving and had me hooked from the first page. I could not stop reading. When I rate a book, I have to say "yes" to two questions before I give it 5 stars... Will I read it again? and Could I see it playing out in my head like a movie while I was reading it? White Lies got two big yeses.

    I will definitely read anything else Mr Bates writes. In fact, for me, this Bates guy is on the same level as that King guy. Highly recommended read!

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  • Posted July 26, 2012

    Excellent thriller!! Reminded me very much of A Simple Plan whi

    Excellent thriller!! Reminded me very much of A Simple Plan which is still one of my favorite books. Hope to see more from this talented writer.

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  • Posted July 25, 2012

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    OMG!!! You tell one lie...you can always correct yourself if you

    OMG!!!
    You tell one lie...you can always correct yourself if you want, but if you keep telling lies well....
    This story grabs you from the get go. You have to keep reading, the characters that Mr. Bates has created just scream "Guess what I'm going to do next!".
    Katrina is a bit of a push over and it's understandable being that she hasn't really lived life for the past two years, but man oh man (LOL)!
    Zach, even though he is brash, an BUTT, I really wanted to smack him ( a lot of the time), he does grow on you.
    Then you have Jack the token HOTTIE, BAD BOY, the one Katrina falls hard for. To be honest I'd probably take him home like a lost little puppy myself! He is a very interesting piece of work....makes the lies keep coming to say the least....
    When you get them all together well...yeah...LOL
    Teachers can party pretty well when not at school and Lies (even "white Lies") only take you so far.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2012

    Great book! The chracters grabbed me right away, and the plot wa

    Great book! The chracters grabbed me right away, and the plot was very original. Looking forward to more work from this author.

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