Deadly Deceit

Deadly Deceit

by Natalie Walters


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Independent and tenacious journalist Vivian DeMarco is back in Walton, Georgia, for one reason—to do her job and get out. When her boss suddenly dies under suspicious circumstances, Vivian's only hope for finding the truth—and the next big story—is small-town law enforcement's lanky poster boy, Deputy Ryan Frost. But the deeper they dig, the more twisted the truth becomes, and Vivian finds herself fighting for not only answers but also her life. False leads, incriminating emails, and someone called The Watcher force Vivian to confront the secret of her past and decide: How much is she willing to risk for the sake of a headline?

Author Natalie Walters welcomes you back to Walton, Georgia, where everyone knows your name—but no one knows your secret.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800735333
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/05/2019
Series: Harbored Secrets Series , #2
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 132,635
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Natalie Walters is the author of Living Lies. A military wife of 22 years, she currently resides in Hawaii with her soldier husband and their three kids. She writes full-time and has been published in Proverbs 31 magazine and has blogged for Guideposts online. In addition to balancing life as a military spouse, mom, and writer, she loves connecting on social media, sharing her love of books, cooking, and traveling. Natalie comes from a long line of military and law enforcement veterans and is passionate about supporting them through volunteer work, races, and writing stories that affirm no one is defined by their past. Learn more at

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Deadly Deceit 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
train_lady 4 days ago
Natalie Walters has won a position in my list of most highly regards authors of Christian Suspense. Deadly Deceit is the second book in the Harbored Secrets series. As with the first book, this one exceeds expectations for plot and character development. I loved the banter between Vivian and Ryan. They truly cared for each other, even when Vivian thought Ryan wasn't completely supportive of her. Ms Walters did a great job of keeping the identity of the Watcher secret until the end. In fact, even when it looked like they had strong suspicions of who the Watcher was, I was still not convinced they had it right. This was a great study in forgiveness that we could all learn from.
DarleneLTurner 4 days ago
Persistent journalist Vivian DeMarco finds herself in small town Walton, Georgia and she has one thing on her mind—getting out of town fast. That plan is thwarted when she finds her boss dead under suspicious circumstances and she’s thrust into a twisted mystery. All she has to do is stay alive. Deputy Ryan Frost is tasked with finding out the truth around the murder, but when false facts lead to more questions, he’s baffled not only by the case but by his growing feelings for Vivian. The closer Vivian and Ryan get to solving the mystery, the more danger they uncover. They fight not only the suspect but their feelings for each other. Will they figure it out before it’s too late? Natalie Walters does it again! Another amazing story with Deadly Deceit. I was captured from the first page and surprised by all the twists along the way. This writer knows how to tell a tale! The tension and conflict in this story were well placed. Just when you think they were safe, something else happens. This puts the reader right into the story, holding their breath. The author’s use of sensory is done effectively. It brings the words on the page to life. The characters jumped out at me and I cheered Ryan and Vivian on as they raced to solve the puzzle. The secondary characters were well-rounded and served the purpose of the plot nicely. I give Deadly Deceit five stars. The story will grab the reader from page one and stay long after the last page. **Book has been provided courtesy of the author and Revell in exchange for my honest review.
BBulow 13 days ago
Natalie Walters has really brought me around to the suspense genre. I love the small town of Walton, and I really enjoy the friendships portrayed in the Harbored Secrets series. Vivian is a character that I wasn't too sure about at first, but just like everyone, she had a lot going on behind the unforgiving reporter facade. Walters really hits the sweet spot of character development, mystery, and realism. There's usually a point that I question the intelligence of a character in suspense novels, but that's not really the case here. The events feel plausible and kept my attention the entire time. Ryan is a character that I was eager to see more of - he is so endearing in the first book, so seeing his character develop so well in this book made my reader heart happy. I'm definitely looking forward to book three in the series - how great that it's about Pecca, such an engaging secondary character in this book - and I'm a little sad that it'll be the last adventure in Walton. I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher. This review is my honest opinion.
SairaM 14 days ago
Amazing story, love the town and the characters. My favorite characters of course would be Ryan, Sherriff Huggins and Pecca. I especially loved all the super hero bits. And the HEA. This story kept me entertained and excited to see what would come next. I loved the suspense and trying to figure out who did what. I can’t wait for book 3.
TheBeccaFiles 14 days ago
*4.5 stars* After devouring Natalie Walter's debut novel Living Lies, I've been impatiently waiting for her next release. With a slew of twists and turns mixed with plenty of action, Deadly Deceit is a book you won't want to put down. The book started out with a bang, instantly gripping the reader with suspense. There was a bit of a lull for me as the relationship with Ryan and Vivian started to develop mostly because I was so anxious to find out more about the case, but I did like the fun things the author had them do together and the witty banter between them. Once it was back to the action though I was fully sucked in and stayed there until the end. One thing I have found that Natalie Walters does very well, is taking little details of a character's past and using them in much bigger ways later on. I can't share any details of this because I don't want to spoil anything, but you'll see for yourself once you read it too. Even though this is the second book in a series it could also easily be read as a standalone. The primary characters from Living Lies are present in this novel, but not in vital roles where you'd feel lost in any way. I recommend the first one just because I enjoyed it as well, but it's not a requirement to understanding this one. I really enjoyed this read and I'm already looking forward to the next in the series. I highly recommend to romantic suspense fans :) *I received a copy of this book through the publisher. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.
J_Augustine 18 days ago
Will this story make or break her...? I've been looking forward to reading Deadly Deceit since I read the first book in the Harbored Secrets series awhile back. Natalie Walters had started out strong and I wondered if that would continue in this book. My expectations were definitely met. I have to admit that I took a real dislike to Vivian when I read the first book in the series so when I saw that she was the heroine in this book I was a bit dubious. But, you know what? As the story progressed she grew on me until I rather liked her by the end. And Ryan, oh Ryan, let's just say he ain't that skinny geek from book one. Deadly Deceit is only Natalie Walters's second published book but her writing really comes across as that of an old pro. The suspense was developed much better in this book than the first but there were less emotional/psychological overtones that I did miss from book one. That being said, I really did enjoy both books, each for a different reason, and I am definitely looking forward to the final book in the series when it releases. All in all, a good book in a great series, and one that I would recommend to lovers of the romantic suspense genre. (I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.)
PrincessGlor 19 days ago
Wow, what an exciting book! This mystery was really good and kept me guessing. I loved all the Marvel references, they made for a fun added bonus to the story. I also enjoyed getting to know Frannie better. I would love to see her story!! Looking forward to book three!! I received this book from the author and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
summer_no9 19 days ago
This book was remarkable writing and compelling to read with also had a twist and turn, an intricate that giving you of unexpected from the crime and with all the secret that been hiding before had been found what is causing more hurt and pain but with help and being love with trust had come bring them to be happy again. The story had an easy new way to understand with also will moving with story and exciting to finding the truth with them in every pages it had to put this down when you started. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. “I received complimentary a copy of this book from Revell Reads for this review”.
Belovedbrat 20 days ago
Title: Deadly Deceit Author: Natalie Walters Series: Harbored Secrets book 2 Chapters: 33 Pages: 332 Genre: Christian Romantic Suspense Rating: 4.5 Stars I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about I would feel about Deadly Deceit as I wasn’t to fond of the heroine Vivian DeMarco after how her character behaved in the first book Living Lies in the series. But I also couldn’t wait to read a book in which Deputy Ryan Frost was a main character after being a secondary character in Living Lies. Just like the first book in the series I was hooked from the first page. I just had to find bout what happened. As much as I liked Ryan in the first book I loved him even more in this one. I also enjoyed getting more of the characters back story’s. Deadly Deceit also doesn’t stuffer from second book syndrome it’s just as good as the first book in the series. And I look forward to the next book in this series and anything else by this author. This suspense is fast paced but not so fast that the reader misses any part of the story. I received a copy of this book from the publisher as part of a blog tour. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
SarahGraceGrzy 20 days ago
Natalie Walters does it again! Deadly Deceit is an action-packed story full of humor and epic dialogue, heartwarming scenes, sweet romance, and more. I loved getting to read Ryan Frost's story, and Vivienne was the perfect counterpart to his character! Walters is an incredibly talented author and her beautiful writing style quickly and easily draws you into the story. The fictional small town of Walton, GA, is the perfect setting for the series, and I can't wait to read book three! If you're a romantic suspense fan, this one definitely belongs on your shelf! FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for promotional purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.
Becky5 20 days ago
I was both excited and apprehensive when I saw this title, Deadly Deceit, by Natalie Walters was available. Excited because I love romantic suspense. Apprehensive because I realized I hadn’t yet read the first book in the series. So, let me answer that unasked question first. As someone who hasn’t read the first book, Deadly Deceit can stand well on its own. Vivian DeMarco is a reporter at the Gazette, a small-town newspaper. Her boss, Harold, dies before he can tell her about a huge story- a “marmalade dropper.” Enter Deputy Ryan Frost, who wants De Marco out of his professional life but deep in his personal life. Walters does a great job of causing the reader to identify with the characters. I felt so bad for Vivian’s loss of the father-figure when Harold dies. I could feel her resentment and understand the issues. I did have trouble understanding the lack of a firm trust between Vivian and Ryan as their relationship progresses. I also took issue with the fact that the author would suddenly switch point-of-view between any characters she wished without some kind of warning. Often authors use separate chapters, curlicue signs between paragraphs, scribbles, anything to separate two different paragraphs coming at the reader from different point-of-views. I was left rereading paragraphs and feeling put-out. I am told this issue may be corrected in the final paperback (and kindle?) version. The mystery aspect was good. The danger ratchets up near the end, as it should, and the ending was well-timed and brought a true sense of relief. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell through NetGalley. This in no way affects my opinions, which are solely my own.
Changed-by-Christ 21 days ago
I read Natalie Walter’s first Harbored Secrets novel, Living Lies, at the beginning of the year and loved it. Honestly, I couldn’t imagine how this one could be better than the first, but it was. Oh, Deadly Deceit was so good! So, what was it that I loved so much about this book?? The characters. I don’t know how to explain it, but these characters were so well-developed. Ms. Walters did a phenomenal job of both crafting and writing unique and wonderful characters. They weren’t so unique that I couldn’t relate to them, they were more of a “real” unique. They had real quirks and real struggles, they were just so…real. And, really, if you read any of my reviews, you know how much I love realness. The plot. I find that oftentimes, in the romantic suspense genre, the story is basically the same, no matter which author wrote it, but this one wasn’t like that. If the characters in Deadly Deceit were unique, so was the story – but in a good, no, the best, way. I think it was the mix of the wonderfully different and real characters and the unusual suspense/mystery threads that made the plot so unique, and I loved it! The suspense. As I said above, the suspense/mystery elements were different than what is normally found in romantic suspense books, with the cyber crime and all that, but I still really enjoyed the book! Actually, that’s one of the reasons I loved it so much! The story as a whole didn’t have a ton of edge-of-your-seat suspense moments, but there was so much mystery and intrigue that I really didn’t want to put the book down. Honestly, I can’t think of a place in the entire book where I found it to be slow at all. The faith elements. The characters were so real and unique, yes, and so were the struggles that they went though, but so were the ways that they got through those struggles. I could relate to Vivian especially in the fears and lies that plagued her. I almost cried with her at some points because, like I said, I can relate. That faith element was so wonderfully written and so beautiful and the story wouldn’t have been the same had that not been in it. So those are my thoughts about Deadly Deceit by Natalie Walters. It was so wonderfully unique and different (how many times have I used those words in this review??) in comparison to the other romantic suspense books that I’ve read and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves a good mystery/suspense story! Also, I will for sure be reading more by this author because Natalie Walters is positively amazing! Just thought you should know. **I received a complementary copy of this book but was in no way required to write a positive review. All opinions and thoughts in this review are my own.**
Libbymay117 22 days ago
Deadly Deceit by Natalie Walters. Y'all I don't ever read this genre but this book was so fuuun! Ok well let me take a step back. I enjoyed the plot line. I loved the writing style. I loved loved loved the dynamics between Vivian and Ryan. I liked Vivian as a character, and I loved the way you could tell the change in Vivian over the course of the book. I didn't take the chance to read Living Lies when I had the chance and can I just say I'm super sad about that. I'm not turning down the chance to read the third when it comes out! There were only a few plot things I didn't like in the story. Chapter 13 made me sick. Physically I felt sick to my stomach. I hated it. If I hadn't pressed forward it may have ruined the book for me. Thankfully it was the only one that was that way and the rest of the book was good. Content wise, this is not a children's book. Personally I recommend no younger than 16 years old. CONTENT LIST: There's a lot of kissing, but none of it is detailed. There's a few scenes that are describing an inappropriate video and even though it's not actually describing anything in particular, it made me very uncomfortable and I did skip over that scene. (chapter 13) There was also a scene where a man makes advances on a woman that she didn't welcome but nothing happened. Several inappropriate glances and suggestive mentions are present. There is also talk and discussing children out of wedlock. There's mention and discussion of human trafficking. Drug abuse by minors. Graphic wise, there are mentions of gunshot wounds, lots of pain described. A man dies, but it's not graphic in any way. Four stars! I got a free copy in exchange for an honest review and a positive review was not required. All opinions are my own!
DixieJudy 22 days ago
Definitely a must read for romantic suspense book lovers. Walters latest novel will hold you captive until the last page.  We have Vivian, a hard hitting investigative journalist and Deputy Ryan Frost, a computer hacker genius, that is being courted by practically every agency, the  FBI, CIA and private agencies. They are thrown together by the accidental death of Vivian's boss which actually turns out to be murder. Besides the danger and suspense, romantic sparks are ignited between them.  They try to stay focused on the murder and wait until it is solved to give way to their attraction to one another.  This mystery was very interesting and quite different from others as it involves cyber crimes, blackmail, and murder.  You will not be disappointed in Deadly Deceit........  I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All views stated here are my own.
Fitzysmom 23 days ago
Not too long ago I read Natalie Walters first novel Living Lies. It was fabulous and I was looking forward to seeing if her second book would be just as delightful to read. It was. Deadly Deceit brings us back to the small Georgia town of Walton. It is a little over a year later from where Living Lies left off. The main focus this time around is on journalist Vivian DeMarco and Deputy Ryan Frost. We met both of them in book one but they were supporting characters. This time around they are front and center. The story pretty much thrusts the reader right into the action. There is a startlingly unexpected death that opens a Pandora's box of questions. While the characters are mostly those from the previous book the story is completely different. There are references to the first book but if you haven't read that particular story you will be fine. (Treat yourself . . . go back and read the first book if you haven't!) Of the two books I liked the first book best, but this second book is very good too. I just preferred the story line of the first more than this one. I think that anyone that likes romantic suspense will be thrilled to discover Natalie Walters and her novels. She brings all of the elements that we expect to the story. I thought the plot moved along quickly and there were some definite twists and turns that kept me guessing. The exciting news in the back of the book is that there is a third story, Silent Shadows that will release in the spring. I can't wait to get back to this small town to catch up on what the characters have been up to. If the first two books are any indication of what this author is capable of, we're in for a real treat. I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
FHlady 23 days ago
"Forgiving someone is not saying what they did to you is okay. Forgiving is saying you will no longer allow what they did to you to control your life." Vivian DeMarco was a hard hitting, independent investigative journalist. When her newspaper boss suddenly dies under suspicious circumstances in order to find the answers, Vivian finds herself teamed up with Deputy Ryan Frost. The more they dig, the more twisted trails they find. This is my first book by author, Natalie Walters; but it definitely will not be my last. I will go back and read book 1, but this book read well as a standalone. Filled with action, suspense, and red herrings, I didn't catch on to the villian until nearly the end. The developing relationship between Vivian and Ryan was very enjoyable considering Vivian's habit of resisting relationships entirely. The small town feel of Walton, Georgia and the wonderful people who reached out to Vivian almost gave this a feel of a cozy, yet the high intensity certainly turned it into a wonderful suspense. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishing through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.
Amaack 23 days ago
Even though I jumped into book two in the series, it wasn’t until I was looking at my Goodreads page that I even realized it was book two. For me, that’s a sign of a great author! I didn’t feel like I was missing any of the story, and yet, I want to go back and read the first book! About Deadly Deceit In Deadly Deceit, journalist Vivian DeMarco is biding her time in smalltown Georgia as she works to get her reputation back. I’m guessing the back story there is part of book one in this series, and I’m looking forward to filling in those gaps! Within the first few pages, Vivian’s boss dies and she’s thrust into a mystery that has life and death implications. Vivian begins working with Deputy Ryan Frost to discover who killed the newspaper editor. As they work together, the truth seems to get twisted. As secrets are shared or protected, the truth takes longer to unearth as this mystery becomes a life or death situation. Why I loved it! Natalie Walters kept my attention the entire time I was reading. I did not want to put Deadly Deceit down! From the moment I picked up Deadly Deceit, until I got to the end was probably about a day. I loved the depth of characters, the story had me guessing the whole time. I definitely blamed the wrong person for the crime halfway through the story! Truthfully, it’s not often that I’m so stumped on who committed the crime. I loved being kept guessing as I read Vivian and Ryan’s story. The real struggle that Vivian seemed to have as she was considering how deeply she wanted to plant her roots in a town she saw as tempory also stood out to me. Beyond just the mystery, Deadly Deceit was a beautiful reminder that no longer how long we’re staying in a place, we need friends and others to help us make it through life. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, however, this review is my own, honest opinion.
Traesmama 25 days ago
Once again, Natalie Walters has written a thrilling book! Full of suspense, intrigue and romance that will keep you reading long into the night. Ms. Walters takes us back to the small town of Walton. We get to check in with Charlie, Lane, and Ms. Birdie while learning more about Ryan and Vivian as well as meeting new characters. Ryan and Vivian each have their own painful pasts they are dealing with as well as uncertain features when they are thrown together to work on a case. As they work together to find a killer, they are taken down various adventures that lead them to reflect upon their lives and a future with each other. This book is one that will stay with you long after the last page. It is beautifully written to not only capture you with a story but make you reflect. Ms. Walter has quickly became one of my favorite authors! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are completely my own.
Traesmama 25 days ago
Once again, Natalie Walters has written a thrilling book! Full of suspense, intrigue and romance that will keep you reading long into the night. Ms. Walters takes us back to the small town of Walton. We get to check in with Charlie, Lane, and Ms. Birdie while learning more about Ryan and Vivian as well as meeting new characters. Ryan and Vivian each have their own painful pasts they are dealing with as well as uncertain features when they are thrown together to work on a case. As they work together to find a killer, they are taken down various adventures that lead them to reflect upon their lives and a future with each other. This book is one that will stay with you long after the last page. It is beautifully written to not only capture you with a story but make you reflect. Ms. Walter has quickly became one of my favorite authors! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are completely my own.
MelissaF 26 days ago
Oh, yeah. Natalie is fast becoming one of my favorite romantic suspense authors. We start out with a scene that you know just isn’t right, something is going on. From there is the tension only ramps up. I love our hero. We meet him in the first book (which was awesome as well) but he returns in this book a bit more manly and we learn about his history, which he is trying to fight. Vivian, too, is trying to out run her past, which is equally as interesting as Ryan’s. Their second kiss is, oh my, yeah. Natalie knows how to write good kiss. This book has it all, romance and suspense!! A copy of this book was given to me. All opinions are my own.
kpeck 26 days ago
Fabulous read. Wow. Once again Walters delivers a story with suspense, wit, and genuine heart felt characters. I was absolutely breathless at the end. I laughed, I cried, and I want all the books she will write. Each book focuses on a character from the same town and broadens our scope. Gently introducing the next characters we will come to adore. Think Gilmore Girls with a side of life threatening intensity. Just fabulous. I feel like Oliver Twist, “Please Sir? May I have some more?” Thank you thank you for my gifted copy.
Sarah Y 27 days ago
enjoyed going back to Walton, Georgia. When these kinds of stories are in small towns, it gives me a Nancy Drew kind of feeling sometimes. After not reporting on Lane's secret, Vivian is out of a job and back in Walton. Her friend Harold gives her a temporary job at his paper but she has no plans to make it permanent. If she can just find her story, the story, she can get a job at a big paper again. Ryan is content to be a small-town deputy in the place he grew up because it means he can help his mom and sister. It's nice to be sought after by all kinds of agencies who value his skills, but he doesn't want to leave. Right? Vivian and Ryan are dealing with father issues. Abandonment, betrayal, lies. Vivian fears that Ryan could be like her dad and Ryan fears becoming his dad. Both have to learn to forgive and trust their Heavenly Father who will never leave them. I'm seeing that theme in a lot of books lately. Poor Vivian. I really feel for her. I think our natural reaction as humans is to do everything in our power to protect ourselves after we are hurt by someone. I like what her friend Pecca said: "Forgiving someone is not saying what they did to you is okay. Forgiving is saying you will no longer allow what they did to you to control your life." I liked all the superhero references scattered throughout. (Even more so because they were Marvel and not DC). The best one was: "Why'd he have to be so Captain America-like? If he had the arrogance of Tony Stark, it would be a lot easier to hate him." The villain was hard to understand. Their motivation didn't really make sense to me. You're probably thinking, "Sarah, they're a bad guy. Of course they're twisted." Well, yes, but usually their crimes follow from some event in their past. These crimes didn't really fit as far as I could see. They were setting up people to have secrets, not unearthing secrets that already existed. All in all, I liked the book a lot and never suspected the villain. Many thanks to the publisher for a copy. All opinions are my own. A favorable review was not required.
Perrianne 30 days ago
Welcome back to fictional Walton, Georgia – a place with warm, small-town vibes, but with much deeper and dangerous secrets lying just below the surface. Reporter Vivian DeMarco is left reeling after the death of her boss, and she makes it her lone mission to find out why he died under suspicious circumstances. Deputy Ryan Frost has recently returned from training at Quantico, and the buff sheriff’s deputy with some incredible computer code cracking skills barely resembles the gangly young man he used to be. These two definitely collide and sparks begin to fly along with the danger surrounding them. I love an underdog, and deputy Ryan Frost was definitely just that in the past. Now, after a stint at Quantico, he’s got the brawn to fit the brain, and his awkwardness has melted away. It’s very satisfying to see a character fully evolve and realize his value to the community and to himself. I think he’s my favorite character by far. Vivian DeMarco is a relentless reporter who is always out to get the story, never stopping to think of the consequences of her actions, even though it may harm herself or an innocent bystander. This time around it’s personal for her because she actually cared about her boss, and she’s not going to stop until she finds out what happened. I definitely remember these two minor characters from the first book, Living Lies, and it’s interesting to see where this novel takes them. I enjoyed the book from the beginning to the heart pounding suspenseful end, because there is definitely more to this small town than meets the eye! NOTE: Although this is book two in the Harbored Secrets series, they are both easily read as a stand-alone. That said, I really enjoyed the first in the series, Living Lies, and I highly recommend it. Her newest release will be Silent Shadows in March, 2020, which I will definitely be reading. I received a copy of this book from the author and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Loretta_Eidson 30 days ago
This suspense-filled novel is a nice balance between romance and suspense. Journalist Vivian DeMarco will take you on a roller coaster ride as she faces danger, emotional heartbreaks, and an unexpected relationship with the handsome Deputy Ryan Frost. After years of trying to measure up to what she thinks others expect from her, Vivian must discover her true self-worth. Ryan Frost finds himself indecisive about staying in his small home town to watch over his mom and sister or accepting a job offer with the FBI Cyber Crimes Division in Washington, DC. An added complication pops up when he encounters Vivian. Her strong-willed nature offers challenges, but he finds her beautifully intriguing. The author successfully transports the reader into the scenes alongside Vivian. Readers will be happy for her, hope for her, pray for her safety, and encourage her to forgive those who’ve wronged her and find inner peace. Natalie Walters goes beyond expectations and delivers a riveting, heart-throbbing romantic suspense novel. Readers will not be disappointed. I give this novel five stars. *This book has been provided courtesy of Revell in exchange for my honest review. All comments are my own.
AngelN1 3 months ago
Deadly Deceit by Natalie Walters is the second book in her Harbored Secrets series, but it is a stand-alone novel. It is set in the same town as the first, but no prior knowledge of the characters is needed to follow the story. Main characters Vivian and Ryan both have issues trusting others, and both had bad experiences with their fathers during childhood. The author does a good job of writing realistic fiction, and the main characters are certainly believable. The mystery itself is very intriguing, with a good amount of plot twists woven into the story. I also like that it is supposed to unfold over weeks, not days, which makes the romance blossoming between Ryan and Vivian more realistic. I would warn sensitive readers that some of the crime involved is especially heartbreaking, but the writer does not use graphic details to portray the serious subject. The overarching themes of forgiveness and not letting the past dictate who people are today are very well handled. The plot moves forward at a good pace, building suspense while giving time to get to know the characters. Overall, this is solid romantic suspense. I received a copy of the book from the publisher, Revell, for the purpose of writing a review, but all opinions are my own.