1. Living Lies, #1
    Living Lies, #1
    Natalie Walters
    Revell / 2019 / Trade Paperback
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  1. ME
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Fantastic Debut Novel!
    June 15, 2019
    Jen
    ME
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I knew from the first chapter that this would be one of the best suspense books I've read in awhile! The suspense and intrigue drew me in right away and held my attention throughout the book. I thought the plot was really unique, and I loved the charming Southern small town setting.

    One thing that's really important to me in this genre is a good balance of action/suspense and character development. This book is the best of both worlds, with edge-of-your-seat suspense and relatable, engaging characters! Charlie is everything you want in a hero - kind, committed, protective, and smart, but not without his own struggles. Lane is struggling with depression and the death of her husband, and I thought the author handled those tough topics in a thoughtful and gracious way. I appreciated the emphasis on veterans - with Charlie having just left the military and another character being a Vietnam veteran - and seeing how their experiences played a part in this story.

    This was a fantastic debut novel, and I can't wait to read the rest of the series! Watch for the second book, Deadly Deceit, to come out in November!

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own; I was not required to write a positive review. Thank you, Revell!
  2. Memphis, TN
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Another Debut Author To Add To My Bookshelf
    June 14, 2019
    Pamela M.
    Memphis, TN
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I have to admit it's a blessing and a curse when I discover a new author whose first book makes me want everything she will ever write from that point on. Other avid readers will understand. Another author to love! My bookshelves are already overflowing! Nevertheless, I loved Living Lies enough that unless a future novel is extremely disappointing, I will be reading books by Natalie Walters as long as she cares to write them.

    Small towns are just the best settings for suspense novels, especially if surrounded by some sort of wilderness. Beginning with its awesome cover, Living Lies drew me into its vivid descriptions and exceptional characters. Lane Kent suffered from severe depression to the point of occasional suicidal thoughts and she blamed herself for the death of her husband. Because of her own struggles Lane understood others who suffered similar afflictions and was particularly compassionate toward them. Charlie Lynch, the new deputy in town, is encouraged to work with Lane after she discovers a body.

    With a wonderful supporting cast, especially Miguel, Sheriff Huggins, his wife Birdie, and Deputy Frost, Lane and Charlie take readers on an exciting and sometimes terrifying journey as they race against time to discover a dangerous murderer. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the procedures and process of tracking down each clue. Numerous twists and surprises were in store and I was kept in suspense the entire time.

    I appreciate the author's honest portrayal of depression, PTSD, and suicide. I also loved how more than one character lovingly encouraged Lane and pointed her toward the Lord. I am looking forward to the next book in this series.

    I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.
  3. Kentucky
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Romantic Suspense
    June 14, 2019
    Connie
    Kentucky
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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.
  4. Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Suspense!
    June 12, 2019
    LifeofLiterature
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This debut book has received a lot of buzz so I was excited to read it, and it was definitely worth it! Nail-biting suspense, non-stop action, and a fast-paced plot follow two wonderfully rich and complex characters as they desperately try to find truth before it is too late. There are spiritual messages woven among the pages that are not "preachy" in nature. It is hard to specifically say what I loved so much about this book without giving away the best parts, but suffice it to say that this book is a must-read! I really enjoyed it and highly recommend it! I definitely will be reading more by this author!

    I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    A fantastic debut novel with insight into depression and PTSD
    June 11, 2019
    Vicklea
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I certainly could not tell that this was a debut book by Natalie Waters. She told the story of Lane Kent and her move to a small town in Georgia absolutely seamlessly. The secrets that Lane takes with her are nothing compared to the secrets that are being hidden in this small town where everyone seems to know everyone else. Lane befriends a Vietnam veteran named Miguel who has to overcome PTSD in order to just survive. She also seeks the help of new deputy Charlie Lynch, also a veteran, because Lane is the one to discover the body of a dead teenager. This book was fantastic and kept my interest all the way to the satisfactory end! There is romance, mystery and the deep topic of depression and how it should be dealt with. I loved that the author was not afraid to tackle the hard topics and that she confronted them with knowledge and sympathy. I will definitely look for more books from this author and highly recommend her books to fans of mystery, intrigue, romance and suspense.

    Disclaimer

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions 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 Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising."
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