Living Lies (Harbored Secrets Book #1)

Living Lies (Harbored Secrets Book #1)

by Natalie Walters

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In the little town of Walton, Georgia, everybody knows your name--but no one knows your secret. At least that's what Lane Kent is counting on when she returns to her hometown with her five-year-old son. Dangerously depressed after the death of her husband, Lane is looking for hope. What she finds instead is a dead body.

Lane must work with Walton's newest deputy, Charlie Lynch, to uncover the truth behind the murder. But when that truth hits too close to home, she'll have to decide if saving the life of another is worth the cost of revealing her darkest secret.

Debut novelist Natalie Walters pulls you to the edge of your seat on the first page and keeps you there until the last in this riveting story that will have you believing no one is defined by their past.

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ISBN-13: 9781493417858
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/21/2019
Series: Harbored Secrets , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 73,820
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Natalie Walters is a military wife of 22 years and 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.

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Living Lies 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 67 reviews.
JeanneAC 5 days ago
Amazing debut novel by Author Natalie Walters! I read it in one 24 period! Living Lies is a terrific page-turning romantic suspense story that talks honestly about depression, anxiety, mental illness, and hope. The characters are well-developed and the unpredictable story flows at a fast clip. I am so glad this is the first one in the series, as I want more! I loved this reminder: You are loved You are wonderfully made You have purpose Well done Natalie Walters, I will definitely be reading more of your stories!
itsjessicanichole 17 days ago
I came across Natalie’s series around the time her second book Deadly Deceit was releasing. I was intrigued by what readers were saying and decided to give her debut novel a try and let me tell you, I was not disappointed! The book takes place in the small town of Walton, Georgia where nothing bad ever happens, until one day it does. When a body is uncovered, mystery surrounding the death begins to spread, secrets are threatened to surface and the once peaceful town is changed forever. The mystery starts off right away gripping you from the start and not letting go until the end. It made me question what I really thought was right in front of me. I didn’t really consider the part a nearby city like Savannah could play until it unfolded right before my eyes ultimately leading to the truth behind something that goes beyond the small town of Walton. I loved the two main characters as individuals and getting to see how they handled their own struggles, but it was the way that Natalie grew Lane and Charlie together as a couple without comprising the message behind the story that left me wanting more. By the time I finished Living Lies I was in tears, because all I wanted was more of Lane and Charlie’s story. *I purchased my own copy and was not required to write a review, these opinions are my own.*
FHlady 4 months ago
Natalie Walters is a new-to-me author, but I will definitely be looking for more of her books. The suspense in this one is high paced from start to finish. The characters are well-developed and complex. Both MC's are realistic and have both every day weaknesses and strengths. Set in small town Walton Georgia, Lane Kent has returned to her home town and purchased a bakery to support herself and her 4 year old son after the death of her husband in a car accident. Lane suffers from depression that overcomes her at times. When a murder happens in Walton (where they have had no murders for 30 years), new deputy in town, Charlie, nephew of the sheriff, is put in charge of solving it. But surrounded by lies nothing appears as it really is. Both Lane and Charlie learn through the solution to the murder that living lies does not bring peace and that only God's truth can set you free. The secondary characters were a wonderful addition to this novel and rounded out the cast of characters very well. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishing through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.
LGHudson 4 months ago
ATTENTION KEEPER! It’s wonderful when a new author hits the mark with their debut novel. Natalie Walters accomplishes that with LIVING LIES. I highly recommend this book for readers who like to be drawn into a story quickly and can barely tear themselves away until they finish. Lane Kent moves home to small town Walton, GA with her 5 year old son. If you’re from a small town, you get the picture. Everyone knows your NAME about how many have ever taken the time to really get to know you? If you had any slight idiosyncrasies, they never forget those. If you had a major issue, then you know you will be marked by that and carry it to the grave. Lane comes to town dealing with severe depression triggered by the death of her husband. Quickly, she finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation and having to decide if she can trust anyone (particularly any man) again. Charlie Lynch is the new Sheriff in town and must solve two mysteries: 1) How to get Lane to trust him enough to work with him and 2) Find the killer. I applaud Natalie Walters for taking on a subject many authors will not touch. The subject is depression. If you have loved ones that suffer from this debilitating illness, you know what a toll it takes on the whole family. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by Revell and NetGalley. The opinions expressed here are completely my own and without influence.
train_lady 7 months ago
An excellent, well written, and plotted story. This is the first book I've read by Natalie Walters. She is definitely an author whose books I will look forward to reading in the future. The characters were complex, believable, and sometimes vulnerable. The back story is rooted in clinical depression and PTSD, but don't let that scare you away. The topics are handled with sensitivity, and understanding, and told from the perspective of one of the lead characters who suffers from these conditions. But, there is much more to the story. It is also about faith and second chances. Second chances at better family relationships, and of course, love. All of this is set together with a real page turner mystery, and a rush to find the person responsible for the murder of a young girl who was an aspiring artist. I highly recommend this book. Good job, Ms Walters. Patiently waiting for the next book in the Harbored Secrets series.
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
Will her secret finally destroy her... There are three basic types of debut novels. The kind that are painfully obvious are a first try, those that are so-so showing some promise with practice, and those you are surprised to find out are the author's debut. Living Lies was definitely one of the latter. I will confess that the suspense didn't quite engage me as much as it could have, it seemed like it was secondary to the plot. But. And that's the keyword, but, what thoroughly engaged every bit of my attention was Natalie Walters's compassionate and sensitive portrayal of a heroine learning to thrive amidst her struggles with depression. As well as another key character facing military related PTSD. I loved the main characters. Lane is giving and has a truly sweet heart towards those society tends to ignore. Charlie is a good man, kind but strong. And you really can't help falling in love with Lane's precocious son as well as Charlie's madcap dog. Living Lies was a good start to what I am sure will be a wonderful series. Author Natalie Walters shows great promise with this first novel and I look forward to returning to the small, seemingly idyllic, town of Walton... (I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.)
Perrianne More than 1 year ago
Lane Kent has returned home to Walton, Georgia as a recent widow with her five-year-old son, Noah. The opening scene is gripping and is set on the edge of a bridge on the Ogeechee River. Newly minted Deputy Charlie Lynch is nearby and tries to help her, but things really begin to get messy when she stumbles upon a dead body. A quote from that scene: “The scream stopped Charlie Lynch in his tracks even as his pulse jackhammered in his ears.” How about that for an opening chapter to a suspense novel? I really felt for Lane, as she has struggled with depression and anxiety for most of her life and has been suicidal before. Here is another strong quote from the book that captures this very well: “Would it have prevented depression from rotting her from the inside out?” Wow! That’s a stunning statement about where she stands with her depression, even to the point of blaming herself for her late husband’s accident. Her demanding father is a judge who is making a run for the senate, all the while dictating the social scenes she is to attend. What Judge “Bear” Sullivan says goes, and appearances matter to the utmost. Unfortunately, when Bear says “hop,” she is expected to jump no matter what her own personal situation or struggles are. Even little Noah knows that you “don’t poke the bear.” This is Natalie Walters’ debut, and it’s so riveting that It’s really hard to believe that it’s her first novel. It is both gripping and warm, making it so easy to keep you up reading much too late at night. I truly enjoyed all of the suspense as well as the variety and diversity of characters, who are very easy to keep straight. From Lane’s advocates, Sherriff Huggins and Aunt Byrdie, to some of the quirky Friday Night Club regulars, Charlies’ rambunctious dog, Bane, and of course the homemade cinnamon roll loving staff at the sheriff’s office. I would love to have an Aunt Byrdie in my life! She is the encourager and faith driven helpmate in Lane’s life, as well as for others in the community who also enjoy her fabulous cooking. You can’t help but want to cheer for the nerdy Deputy Frost, who just might even save the day a time or two. Lane opens her café for a weekly Friday Night Club and feeds those who are finding themselves struggling and hungry. She is the new owner of the Way Station Café, which sits below her apartment. Her heart is especially tender for veterans, suicidal individuals, and those with PTSD. This small town is reeling from their first murder in 30 years, and it is interesting to see how the citizens react to the fear that has now permeated their small tightly knit community. This book is the first in the Harbored Secrets series. Natalie Walter’s second book in the series, Deadly Deceit, releases on November 5th, and I will definitely be reading that one! I will look forward to my return to Walton, Georgia and the interesting assortment of characters in the Walton County community. I won this book on a blog giveaway, 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.”
Pattistep More than 1 year ago
This is a suspense-filled thriller that grabs your attention from the very beginning and never slows down. Aside from being a great story, I appreciated the author’s compassion and sensitivity when dealing with the topics of depression and suicide. The character of Lane had my sympathy all the way through the book. In the author’s acknowledgments at the end of the book, she has a wonderful message for all of us: “You are loved. You are wonderfully made. You have purpose.” These themes are woven all throughout the story, and are great thoughts for all of us to remember. I’ll be looking for more more books from this author. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
DRu12 More than 1 year ago
Living Lies by Natalie Walters is the first book in the series Harbored Secrets. This author can weave a story of suspense, a bit of romance, and hard issues about mental health with passion. Honestly, Living Lies had me wanting to race through to the ending, yet, slow down and enjoy the stories twists and turns. The author did a great job with character development, keeping the reader guessing, and the compassion of the issues she brought forth. If you are debating about purchasing Living Lies, just hit that purchase button already! I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to give a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.
StacyTS More than 1 year ago
Natalie Walter's debut novel kept me turning the pages quicker and quicker to see what was unfolding within the story. She handles the subjects of PTSD and mental illness with a deft hand, and the respect deserved. It is the kind of book you don't want to end as the maze of drama, intrigue, and a new-found romance come together in one dynamic story. I'm looking forward to more books by Natalie Walters' in the future.
Rayleigh More than 1 year ago
In this small town murder mystery, we follow Lane Kent, and Marine-turned-deputy Charlie Lynch, as they both race against the clock to solve the murder case and hopefully keep others from dying too. I enjoy a good mystery novel, but in the past I’ve always stayed away from the “small-town” mysteries because the closeness of the little towns and how the characters always know the suspects is just a little too convenient for my taste, but Living Lies broke through most of those stereotypes! To be truthfully honest, I only considered picking up this novel because it’s written by an Army wife, and I’m a sucker those books right now, and it was recommended to me by my author friend Vanessa (who wrote Soldier On). Then, Charlie was a Marine *wink*, so I was definitely interested and I’m happy to report that it exceeded all expectations! I loved the characters so much! All of them, they were so well done and developed, unique in their personalities, and their diversity really drove this novel forward. The “background characters” weren’t in the background as much as most mysteries, and I loved that some of those characters were the ones that made big contributions to the case, because it felt more like reality than a lot of novels that like to keep only one or two characters in the spotlight at all times. The story is good. Really good. I love to try to solve the mysteries ahead of the characters, but this one had me stumped. There were a lot of suspicions to keep you grappling for leads and even though towards the end, I had my suspect, I couldn’t answer the “why?”. So Mrs. Walters did a great job of keeping the mystery all the way through to the end. Overall, I really enjoyed Living Lies, and I’m so looking forward to the release of the second book in November, and the third, next May! I give it 4 out of 5 stars! I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own. This is a Literature Approved (.com) review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So, I should note that I finished this book back at the end of May. So why did it take me a whole month to sit down and write a review when I knew the book was a five star the minute I turned the last page? I felt that this book deserved more than a simple "It was amazing, real, and raw. You should buy it"type review. I wasn't sure where we should start first, with the fact that the author not only deals with depression, but acknowledges a system that is broken in helping people heal, or the fact that this quote was dropped in and made my heart stop: "For God does not call us to merely survive this life we've given but to thrive in it". The author deserves to be applauded for her approach in tackling depression in her debut novel, a serious and weighty disease that is treated lightly in society and in the Christian community. Not only does the main character, Lane Kent suffer from depression, but we as readers see all forms: PTSD from combat, Vietnam veterans, and new mothers (because ya'll motherhood is HARD). And we need to applaud our leading man Charlie Lynch for being understanding, compassionate, and gentle (redefining the Marine sterotype) as he searches for purpose in his retirement. As I was reading this book, my husband was doing his Psych rotation in medical school, and I felt I was being hit at all sides emotionally watching the author pour out broken characters in a broken world and my husband watching these people be broken as they experience healing. You see, mental health may be a trendy word to you in this day and age, but I have seen far too much brushed under the rug by doctors in training who don't want to talk to people about how they "feel", from the people who suffer anxiety and aren't sure how to tackle it, and from Christians who just don't understand and therefore tell people to "just have the joy of the Lord!" Secondly, let's briefly discuss the quote above and why it took such a serious toll on me. Growing up in conservative Christian world, women had one of two purposes: to either work with children (teacher, nanny, daycare worker, etc.) or to bear children. Now don't get me wrong, I love motherhood, but my skills with other peoples children do not lie in caring for them and giving them their daily sustenance. Nope. I have the wherewithal to do that with one child alone and that is my son. But often times because of how I was raised, I struggle with purpose. Don't we all? These characters definitely do, and we can see that especially manifested in Charlie. We as readers see Charlie as a retired Marine struggling with letting go the disappointments and infractions that life has dealt to him while trying to move forward. This line often reminds me of the Switchfoot lyrics: "No, I'm not alright I know that I'm not right Feel like I travel but I never arrive I wanna thrive not just survive".
jebsweetpea More than 1 year ago
Imagine battling your own mind and trying to hold it all together for everyone around you. This is the life for Lane Kent. Her husband has died, her father is holding it over her head, she's running a cafe, and she finds a dead body of a teenage girl. As Lane battles her own demons, she is forced to work with the new deputy in town, Charlie Lynch. As the plot thickens and those she loves become in danger, the hunt is on for the killer who is wreaking havoc on an entire town. This is the first book I have read by Natalie Walters and it did not disappoint! This was book one in the Harbored Series. What a fantastic story line with amazing characters and a plot that just keeps twisting throughout. It was link a layer was added on to another layer and then another and soon you have a depth to a mystery that you hope gets solved by the end! The element of romance, of forgiveness, of faith and of struggles that people face daily in the real world were all balanced just right throughout this book. It was a hard to put down and I grabbed it every chance I got to find out what happened next! I look forward to book 2 when it comes out! Revell Reads sent me this complimentary copy to review for them. All opinions expressed are my own.
JLYoung More than 1 year ago
Let's start from the cover. We all know we shouldn't judge a book by it's cover but look at that cover! It's so captivating. I love the misty green look. It makes me want to find out what's inside. The start of the book is great. I want to know more. I'm drawn in to the mystery. But then sadly, I quickly began to loose interest. I did love the inclusion of depression. This is a little talked about topic in Christian fiction but it is a huge problem in the lives of many Christians. We don't talk about it enough. I'm glad the author chose to include it in her story. But, I don't want that to define a person the entire story. I felt like Lane was more than her depression but I didn't know much else. I wanted a deeper understanding of this character. I was left wanting. And there was something about her name. It would get lost in the story and I would forget that it was her name. I would find myself thinking, "Wait? Who is this Lane person?" I became more easily distracted. The details were nicely written but kind of irrelevant. I found they detracted from the central story. I had a hard time floating from page to page. I had to go back and reread quite a bit. Charlie's character was really likable. I feel like his character had more depth. Unfortunately that wasn't enough for me. I couldn't sink into this story and get carried away. I was disappointed by that because typically this genre is one where I can sit down and not get up til the book is done. This was not the case for this book, sad to say. I'm interested to read future books by this author. This just wasn't one for me. I gave it 3 stars. I received a copy of this book from Revell. I was in no way required to write a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I have ever read by this author and it will not be my last. I loved all the suspense in the story. There were many twists and turns. I am looking forward to many more stories by this author. The characters have many secrets and it is fun learning each one. I received a copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
armom More than 1 year ago
Lane Kent moved back to her hometown of Walton, Georgia with her five year old son following the death of her military husband. She suffers from depression and guilt. Lane suffers in silence, as she learns many others do, as well. Lane meets Charlie, the new deputy sheriff when he finds her on the wrong side of the guard rails of a bridge. Who is this woman, he wonders, and was she about to jump? Lane discovers the dead body of a teenage girl and the investigation is on! Lane sees more and more of Charlie. Lane's son, Noah, likes Charlie. Lane won't allow herself to have a relationship, as she feels she is to blame for her husband's death. Her and her illness. To add to the stress in her life is the fact that her father is a politician, and the family must keep up the act and public front of a wonderful family, when all she feels is criticism and disappointment from her parents. Then, there's the threat her father holds over her head. Wonderful gripping story! I was given an ecopy of this to read by the publisher, Revell and Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
LIVING LIES is a very well-written debut novel by Natalie Walters. I love Romantic Suspense so was excited to read this book. Set in a small southern town, LIVING LIES has an array of colorful characters and Charlie is pretty much related to everyone. He was a sweet good ole boy and probably the most developed character. Lane moved home due to becoming a young widow, but she is greatly depressed and attempting suicide when Charlie comes across her. She says she moved home for her five year old son, but he was kind of an afterthought. She cared more about herself than him. I wanted to like this book, but I couldn't care about the characters and the suspense dragged for most of the book. I didn't even try to figure out who-dun-it, I just focused on finishing. If you like small country southern settings and laid-back heroes, you might be interested in trying LIVING LIES. It was a fail for me, but you might join the majority that loved it. I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.
Deana0326 More than 1 year ago
The book is sure to please mystery buffs with secrets, lies and a murder. The author does a great job in keeping the story moving at a fast pace. I loved learning about paintings and all that is involved in an art gallery. Lane is a good character who comes from a very influential family. It was hard for Lane to pretend everything was grand when she suffers from depression. I appreciate how the author writes about anxiety and depression with honesty and compassion. So many people suffer from depression and it is hard to find the right treatment. I loved Lane'swill power to deal with it in a positive manor. Her family seems to want to hide it from the world, which puts Lane in a difficult position at times. The story is dark at times with realistic views of PTSD and depression which I think enhanced the story line. The last thing Lane needs in her life is to stumble upon the body of a young girl in the woods. This is where we meet the charismatic Deputy Charlie Lynch. He is fierce with a background in the military. He takes to Lane right away and has compassion for her and her adorable son. His intelligence is obvious when he realizes Lane is hiding something. Will she trust him with her secret? I loved the setting of a small town and how neighbors look out for each other. The mystery of a painting really increases the speculation of who is involved with the murder and how it ties into a possible drug problem. Who is Miguel and why does he feel that Lane needs protecting? I found Miguel to be a lost soul tossed aside by society due to PTSD. My heart went out to him and I wanted someone to give him a helping hand. I was impressed with the details of drug smuggling and new ways they are able to transport drugs undetected. The town is in an uproar when someone lets slip who they think killed the young girl. You could feel the chaos and rumors as the crowd gathers at what they think is the killer's home. The author brings us a story that keeps you guessing right up to the end. I have found a new author to add to my list who writes with intensity, honesty and an element of faith. I received a copy of this book from Revel Publishing. The review is my own opinion.
Moonpie72 More than 1 year ago
Natalie Walters hit a home run with her first book! The characters and the plot were amazing, but the author skillfully included serious issues in the forefront of society today: PTSD, depression and anxiety. The story immediately grabbed my attention from the first paragraph and didn’t let go. I was hooked into the old readers’ syndrome, “I am just going to read one more chapter to see what happens”. It is late at night and a young woman (Lane) is standing near the edge of bridge on the verge of jumping to her death. The town’s new deputy (Charlie) happens by and finds her. She attempts to explain she is just taking pictures but Charlie can see through the facade. Ashamed and frightened she bolts into the woods but in the darkness she trips over something and falls. That something was a dead body! Very quickly a troubled war veteran with PTSD is suspected and the small town wants justice! Lane knows in her heart he is innocent and courageously takes a stand for him. Lane is a widow and mother who had moved back to her hometown and start a new life leaving her guilt, grief and secrets behind. Charlie, a war veteran has moved there to work with his uncle, the sheriff. Both are sure they want no part of romance or marriage but God has other plans. Lane suffers from severe depression and anxiety. Due her family’s attitude toward her struggle, lack of support and understanding she sees herself as broken and undeserving of love. Charlie also faces family disapproval for leaving a career in the military. The story moves so smoothly as clues to the murderer’s identity is sought. The author does a beautiful job of showing the minds and hearts of those with mental illness. I feel it gives the reader a greater understanding of how those afflicted suffer, needing our compassion and understanding, not disapproval. They are often hindered in forgiving and accepting themselves by the harsh judgement of others. Ms. Walters shows throughout the book that the true source of overcoming and moving on is trust in God. I cannot wait to read the next book! I received this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated are my own.
benhli38 More than 1 year ago
When I say that I truly loved a book it has to do with the way an author writes, the phrasing of what is said, the characters given and portrayed. I can say the same for Natalie Walters latest Living Lies, it is really a good read. The book is set against the southern town of Walton, Georgia where Lane Kent has a restaurant. It seems from the outside of the book she's seeking to move on after her husband's death. We see a woman, a bit of how she is--being depressed, and at the same time who ends up seeing a dead body. Over the course of the book she interacts with the Sheriff's latest deputy and nephew, Charlie Lynch. He's intrigued by Lane and we learn in no time flat his aunt knows Lane Kent (you have to dive a bit in this story to get there). I find the characters are fresh and the writing really good. Overall, I would have to say for this debut novel of Natalie Walters is a great book and read. I am happy with what I read in and with this book. I did in fact receive this book complimentary from Revell to give an honest and objective review of the book. With all that said, I can say I am looking forward to more books from Natalie Walters.
Julie12 More than 1 year ago
This book was so good and I had a hard time putting it down even to sleep! I really love a good story that has a bit of intrigue and mystery and this book definitely had all this and more! Lane is a woman with a small child and a good heart. I liked her immediately and how she worked to find the inner strength she needed to make it another day. She has depression and fights it on a daily basis. Self accusations don't help her as she blames herself for her husband's death and for other things that she has no control over. Her parents aren't exactly helpful in this situation either as they put more pressure on her. Charlie is the new deputy in town and he has his own family problems and is working to find a new life after being in the Marines. He is thrown into a huge case when Lane finds a body out in the woods and they realize it's a murder. This also is the beginning of a friendship between Lane and Charlie. I really liked the intrigue of this story and how we see both Lane and Charlie grow into their own. I loved seeing their faith grow but I also liked seeing Lane's doubts at time as to whether God cared for her. We all have these feelings at time so it felt very realistic. I think my favorite character in the book was Miss Byrdie. She is the mother hen and friend we all wish we had whose faith is strong and who has just the right words at the right time. Her friendship to Lane is so lovely and I really liked her wise words and care for those around her. If you enjoy a good story with great characters and mystery, you'll love this book. I give this book 5 stars. *This book was provided to me by Revell. I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.
Librarycataloger More than 1 year ago
PTSD, depression, anxiety and suicidal urges are some of the serious issues in Living Lies and the author suggests that our society can harshly judge people who suffer from these illnesses. In this new book Natalie Walters has created several characters with mental health problems who become part of a serious crime. The suspense revolves around the unsolved murder of a teenage girl in Walton, Georgia and the assumption that she was killed by a former soldier who had served in Vietnam. Lane Kent has just come back to her hometown and she is quick to defend this ex-soldier because she believes that, even though he suffers from PTSD, he cannot be capable of murder. Lane understands emotional problems because she herself suffers from anxiety and depression and she has always felt like she was unworthy, flawed, and an unlovable mistake. She feels responsible for her husband's death and she believes that doesn't deserve to have that kind of love again. Until....Charlie Lynch becomes the new deputy in Walton, Georgia and feelings of love begin to blossom and to take root. It is when Lane continues to question her purpose for living that she is told by her very wise older friend "Honey, God never makes mistakes. You are here on purpose, Lane. With purpose." Natalie Wells has been able to shine a light on mental health problems and still create a mystery that will keep readers guessing. There are many twists and turns throughout her story and there are several occurences that kept me baffled until the end. I thoroughly enjoyed Living Lies and I recommend it to all who love romantic suspense novels. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell and this is my honest review.
KayleesKindofWrites More than 1 year ago
My Review: Genre: Suspense, romance, Christian fiction. My Rating: 5 stars. My Recommendation: 16 up, warnings below. My Favorite Character/s: It was so hard to read Lane's story but she was a character that you could see was struggling with something and needed help. I loved how her character changed by the end of the story. My Verse for Lane is Matthew 5:4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. (King James Version.) And Charlie with little Noah was so so so so adorable! My Thoughts: This debut was AMAZING . . . I enjoy suspense and this may have been one of my favorite involving police officers. Yes, there was a lot of hard content but there was a lot of darkness and hurt. The suspense was wonderful and it didn't drag, it kept up with a good pace throughout the whole novel. It was a big plus that Vets were helped some and that it showed how hard it is for men to return home after war. Warnings: There is a murder . . . Think a Hallmark movie that's real. A character suffers from depression and attempts to kill themself. A character is shot and there are mentions of drugs/drinking. An older lady makes a joke about 'enjoying the view' when a guy rushes to help someone while preparing for the day and he was shirtless. (Surprisingly, slightly funny but still, I needed to mention it.) I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review and am truly happy to provide it — all the thoughts are my own.
Deanne Patterson More than 1 year ago
This Book! This Author! Wow, let me tell you, I wasn't big on reading Christian fiction suspense before my son became a police officer. Suspense is not a new genre but quite a few of the Christian fiction authors are jumping on the bandwagon of writing the hottest read genre now and I'm enjoying it quite a bit. I find it hard to believe this is the author's debut book. She definitely writes like she has quite a few books under her belt. I am also so glad to see she brings depression front and center in her book. It's an issue that so many of us deal with on a personal issue or know someone that is affected by it. My hope is that people reading this that are affected by this will not feel ostracized by their condition but will discuss it in their families and get the help they need or get someone suffering with it the help they need. This book is just incredible, it is written and flows like a well greased cog. The pieces fit together like a well put together puzzle. One thing I noticed is the book has a small town feel and neighbors helping neighbors and just caring for each other. I had to keep reading to find out what happens and it had me guessing all the way to the end. I am really looking forward to the next book in series. Published May 21st 2019 by Fleming H. Revell Company. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.
D_Maddox More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Living Lies. The author was able to pull off the mystery/suspense plot very successfully. It kept me guessing up to the end! Ms Walters also introduced the reader to the crippling agony that depression can have on a person's life. Most people don't realize that depression is much more than being sad. The romance was a little too predictable for my taste. Overall though, Living Lies delivered a good story. I would read another book by Ms Waters.