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.
So, I bout fell outta my chair when I discovered this was Natalie Walters debut novel. I loved Lane’s protective instincts and her ability to forge ahead. Charlie is a great hero with just the right amount of sensitivity and bravery. Living Lies isn’t shy about jumping into the well of stigmas around PTSD among veterans, and depression in all society.
Living Lies shows some hard truths but in a graceful revelation that isn’t jarring or rude. I applaud Natalie Walters for tackling tough subject material that is often shied away from. Lane has real problems, and her honest reactions reveal a depth of character that’s unmistakable.
There’s just enough about secondary characters to get you invested in their futures and snag you into reading the next book in the series. I love that Living Lies can be read in and of itself, with no cliffhanger requiring you to read further just to get the who-done-it.
Spiritually, it’s in the gray area for me. Not super strong, but not fluffy. Sheriff Huggins and Mrs. Birdie carried most of the weight in that area, becoming the wise elders for Lane and Charlie. Much like in real life, we sometimes turn away from the obvious answer until someone gives us pointed directions.
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