Living Lies

Living Lies

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 Ly...

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Title:Living Lies
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Living Lies Reviews

  • Jaime Jo Wright

    Living Lies is a nail-biter that will make you play hookie from your day job, feed your children cereal for supper, and not stop reading until the last page. Natalie Walters' debut novel is intriguing and enticing, with a romance that will make you believe not only in love, but that you are worth being loved. It gripped me from the first chapter and didn't let go until the end!

  • Hannah

    Wow, a fun new author to follow! I loved this book!

    The suspense is excellent in this. But paired with the suspense is a very good small-town vibe, which generally isn't done or is just done by a Love Inspired Suspense author with scant chance for nice atmospheric descriptions. With Lane as a small-town restauranteur, there's so much that revolves around the quieter side of things, as well.

    The mystery is edge-of-your seat as a killer not only can't be found but continues to make cryptic threats

    Wow, a fun new author to follow! I loved this book!

    The suspense is excellent in this. But paired with the suspense is a very good small-town vibe, which generally isn't done or is just done by a Love Inspired Suspense author with scant chance for nice atmospheric descriptions. With Lane as a small-town restauranteur, there's so much that revolves around the quieter side of things, as well.

    The mystery is edge-of-your seat as a killer not only can't be found but continues to make cryptic threats and damage things; what sense does it make? This part took me a good while to sort out and kept my brain delightfully busy. It's also hard to guess how things tie in to issues in nearby Savannah and to work out what possible interest the small town could have in a possible larger crime scene.

    Two other major elements, the gentle romance and Lane's struggle with clinical depression, are more than enough to make this book sparkle. I loved every moment and had a hard time putting it down to do other things. I'd read a few chapters in an ebook, but the very day my review copy came in the mail I dropped everything and read to the end while toting it around the house in one hand during chores!

    Thanks to Revell for a free reading copy. A positive review was not required.

  • Emilie Hendryx

    With the charm of a small Southern town juxtaposed to the hurt of depression and the heartwarming love of a mother for her child, Living Lies (the first in the Harbored Secrets series) is a beautiful mix of loveable characters, mystery, and romance.

    I had the pleasure of reading this book through a few times during its creation and after and can honestly say I fell in love with Charlie and Lane from the beginning. The combination of romance and real-life running alongside an investigation into a

    With the charm of a small Southern town juxtaposed to the hurt of depression and the heartwarming love of a mother for her child, Living Lies (the first in the Harbored Secrets series) is a beautiful mix of loveable characters, mystery, and romance.

    I had the pleasure of reading this book through a few times during its creation and after and can honestly say I fell in love with Charlie and Lane from the beginning. The combination of romance and real-life running alongside an investigation into a girl's mysterious death give this story depth. That depth is only furthered as we see Lane's honest struggle with depression. Natalie Walters does an outstanding job of showing the difficult reality of life with depression but with the truth that there is hope.

    If you enjoy small towns, mysteries, and sweet romance THIS is the book for you!

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    I received this book for free but was under no obligation to post a review. I do so under my own motivation and the opinions I have expressed in this review are honest and entirely my own.

  • Abigail

    Wow, this book blew my mind! I read it in less than 6 hours on my way back to Kentucky. This book keep my attention for the entire ride!!

    From the very first page, I was drawn into the book. I could hardly put it down. Everything drew me in. The writing, characters, and the plot all made this book worthwhile. The suspense in this book had me continually guessing who was involved in the case and who was innocent.

    The characters were real and authentic. Lane's story really touched me in a way that

    Wow, this book blew my mind! I read it in less than 6 hours on my way back to Kentucky. This book keep my attention for the entire ride!!

    From the very first page, I was drawn into the book. I could hardly put it down. Everything drew me in. The writing, characters, and the plot all made this book worthwhile. The suspense in this book had me continually guessing who was involved in the case and who was innocent.

    The characters were real and authentic. Lane's story really touched me in a way that most stories don't. Even though, I in no way really know what she is going through, I loved seeing her character development throughout this novel. Charlie was another amazing character that I loved from the first time we meet him. I honestly loved all the characters that were in this book! They all were unique in their own way and wormed their ways into my heart.

    Can I just say that I wish and hope the Frost will get his own book?? I really want that! I loved seeing him in this book and now I just want a book on this computer nerd cop!!

    I personally have a heart for veterans struggling with PTSD, and there were a few people in here, that I wanted to hug and tell them that everything was going to be okay and then put them into an art therapy. Y'all art helps PTSD patients. Trust me I did the research for school this year.

    Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I cannot wait to read this next one when it comes out!!

  • Deanne Patterson

    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

    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.

  • Beth

    What a wonderful debut! Though suspense is not my go-to genre, I was drawn to this story first because of the small town setting, but also because of the author's presence on social media. Say what you will, but I'm always drawn to a warm, down-to-earth person, especially online where things can be so shallow and superficial.

    As I mentioned previously, the small town setting of Walton, Georgia comes to life in this story. From the locals who look after one another, to the diner where everyone gat

    What a wonderful debut! Though suspense is not my go-to genre, I was drawn to this story first because of the small town setting, but also because of the author's presence on social media. Say what you will, but I'm always drawn to a warm, down-to-earth person, especially online where things can be so shallow and superficial.

    As I mentioned previously, the small town setting of Walton, Georgia comes to life in this story. From the locals who look after one another, to the diner where everyone gathers on the designated night, the flavor feels just right. In addition to the setting, I loved getting to know these characters. Lane's character is one that truly resonated with me, and I feel she will do the same for anyone that has struggled at any point in their life with depression. I applaud Walters for portraying her in what I feel is a realistic yet sensitive way. I cheered for the way that Lane kept pushing through, even when darkness threatened to take over her heart and mind. Words spoken to her by the precious Ms. Byrdie rooted deep into my heart:

    "You are not broken. You are perfectly made. You have to stop punishing yourself for the way God made you - even for your depression. You need to forgive yourself and take captive those thoughts that you are anything but the woman our Creator designed you to be."

    The secondary characters are varied and endearing as well. My particular favorites (other than a handsome deputy Charlie Lynch, of course) are the Ms. Byrdie mentioned above, and Deputy Frost, who works with Charlie. The banter between Charlie and Deputy Frost had me laughing out loud on more than one occasion.

    The plot unfolds with delicious twists, and the mystery is sustained until just the perfect time. It was far enough to keep me guessing, yet soon enough so as to heighten the tension when I had a bit more of a clue than I did before. The investigating feels realistic to me, and I never felt there was any awkward behavior just for the sake of a thrill. Everything happens organically and feels natural. Speaking of feeling natural, the romance is a bit of a slow burn and SO sweet.

    I appreciate Living Lies for both it's entertainment value as much as I do for its honest portrayal of both struggles and hope. Throw in a quality mystery and an endearing romance, and it's a winning debut. I've added book two in the series to my to-read list and will be eager to get my hands on it!

    I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review, and the opinions expressed here are my own.

  • Sarah Grace Grzy

    Living Lies, book one in the Harbored Secrets series by debut author, Natalie Walters, instantly grabs your attention and, like a good suspense book, doesn’t let go. I became so attached to these characters that even after the story was over I still wanted to keep reading.

    In her debut novel, Walters tackles subjects that I haven’t seen many fiction authors take on: depression and suicide. And she does so with great diplomacy and eye-opening realisticity. Lane Kent is just struggling for a ray of

    Living Lies, book one in the Harbored Secrets series by debut author, Natalie Walters, instantly grabs your attention and, like a good suspense book, doesn’t let go. I became so attached to these characters that even after the story was over I still wanted to keep reading.

    In her debut novel, Walters tackles subjects that I haven’t seen many fiction authors take on: depression and suicide. And she does so with great diplomacy and eye-opening realisticity. Lane Kent is just struggling for a ray of hope after her husband’s traumatic death, but instead, she finds herself tangled up in a web of deadly deceit. The “new guy in town,” former Marine-turned-sheriff’s-deputy Charlie Lynch is tasked with discovering the truth behind the murder that has rocked the small town of Walton, Georgia. Both of these characters are struggling with their own demons, and are so real you can’t help but relate to them. The addition of 5-year-old Noah, Lane’s son, was very sweet, and I loved seeing his interactions with Charlie, as he and Lane find themselves drawn to each other.

    There isn’t boatloads of action throughout most of this story, but the twisty plot definitely keeps your attention. I had a few guesses as to how the story would play out, but for the most part, I was surprised. I greatly enjoyed Walters’ writing style; it’s not overly wordy, but it smoothly draws you into the story, and you can’t stop reading.

    All in all, I think Natalie Walters is an author to watch. I look forward to reading book two of the Harbored Secrets series in November! I highly recommend this novel to fans of suspense with a touch of romance.

  • Andrea Cox

    FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Reads and a complimentary electronic copy from NetGalley. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts.

    What an important book for mental health awareness!

    I was quite impressed by the author’s handling of depression, suicide, PTSD, and the support (and lack of support) various characters encountered and lived with. I’m eager to see how Mrs. Walters builds on these topics (or introduces us to new ones) in

    FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Reads and a complimentary electronic copy from NetGalley. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts.

    What an important book for mental health awareness!

    I was quite impressed by the author’s handling of depression, suicide, PTSD, and the support (and lack of support) various characters encountered and lived with. I’m eager to see how Mrs. Walters builds on these topics (or introduces us to new ones) in book two of her Harbored Secrets series.

    The only characters I truly despised were the leading lady’s parents. Their controlling personalities were written so well that I struggled to get through their scenes because of previous personal experience with that type of people. Not fun memories! But I must applaud the author for nailing it, even if it made the book a bit challenging to get through. (The second half was easier for me to fly through, and I doubt this issue will slow down most readers.)

    Plot twists aplenty kept me riveted to my seat and flipping the pages quickly, particularly in the back half. The pace was fairly decent for a suspense novel, though it read much more like a police procedural than the thriller sort of suspense book the cover implied I was getting into. As much as I enjoyed this book, there were spots where characters randomly thought about (and for too long on occasion) about potential romance, and this ground things to a halt in a few scenes.

    The faith thread was sprinkled in very lightly. When it showed up, it was strong. I would have liked this to have been a more important aspect of the plot rather than almost as an afterthought.

    Content: one expletive, drugs, alcohol, tattoos, dysfunctional family, depression, suicide

    Note: There is violence associated with the suspense genre. Nothing I wouldn’t expect.

  • Staci

    Solid debut!

    This suspense novel is believable and features an unlikely heroine, one that suffers from depression. Lane captured my heart with her sweet spirit and desire to help others. Typically, an on again off again romance drives me bonkers, but it rang true knowing the main female character isn't confident of her worth or value.

    The secondary characters were wonderful including young police officer Frost and an unnamed character to avoid spoilers.

    I look forward to continuing this series.

    My

    Solid debut!

    This suspense novel is believable and features an unlikely heroine, one that suffers from depression. Lane captured my heart with her sweet spirit and desire to help others. Typically, an on again off again romance drives me bonkers, but it rang true knowing the main female character isn't confident of her worth or value.

    The secondary characters were wonderful including young police officer Frost and an unnamed character to avoid spoilers.

    I look forward to continuing this series.

    My gratitude to publisher Revell for a complimentary NetGalley copy of the novel. I was not required to post a review and the opinions expressed are my own.

  • Cara Putman

    In Living Lies, the author transports readers to small town Georgia where things aren't as they seem. When a teenager is found murdered, the question becomes why and who. The chain of events launched by the discovery of the body threatens to put Lane Kent's precarious world in danger. Her battle with depression has almost taken her life, and now she'll do anything to convince everyone else she is fine. Charlie Lynch has arrived in town just in time to be assigned to the murder, but finds himself

    In Living Lies, the author transports readers to small town Georgia where things aren't as they seem. When a teenager is found murdered, the question becomes why and who. The chain of events launched by the discovery of the body threatens to put Lane Kent's precarious world in danger. Her battle with depression has almost taken her life, and now she'll do anything to convince everyone else she is fine. Charlie Lynch has arrived in town just in time to be assigned to the murder, but finds himself intrigued by Lane and her young son. What ensues is a spiraling story of intrigue and romance well worth the read.

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