Happy Monday, Reader Friends!
This Monday I’m bringing you another review. This time of Living Lies by Natalie Walters. I was happy to pick up this romantic suspense read based purely on the cover. It’s great! Do you judge a book by it’s cover? Let me know in the comments and let me know if this is in your TBR pile!
About the Book
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.
Living Lies has one of the best first chapters I’ve read in a romantic suspense in a while. It totally gripped me and I believe, set the tone for the rest of the story. Ms. Walters voice is unique and the issues she raises are ones not really seen so much in the bookish world. I loved the mental illness aspect for a multitude of reasons.
One, it’s not really talked about. Two, it adds another level of suspense, albeit internal. Three, it creates sympathy for those who may not have had it in the first place. I’m all for learning lessons while reading and I felt Ms. Walters did it in a natural way that helps the reader gain empathy.
I also love playing the whodunnit game and to figure out the big picture. This book definitely keeps you hopping from one thing to the next.
All in all, this debut entertained me, enlightened me, and has me looking forward to book 2.
*I received a complimentary copy via NetGalley. My review was not required nor influenced.