Living Lies (Harbored Secrets #1)
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 (Harbored Secrets #1) Details

TitleLiving Lies (Harbored Secrets #1)
Author
ReleaseMay 21st, 2019
PublisherFleming H. Revell Company
ISBN-139780800736323
Rating
GenreChristian Fiction, Suspense, Mystery, Contemporary, Fiction, Christian

Living Lies (Harbored Secrets #1) Review

  • Hannah
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Staci
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Jaime Jo Wright
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • Emilie Hendryx
    January 1, 1970
    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! _____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.
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  • Sarah Grace Grzy
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Abigail
    January 1, 1970
    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!! *This book was provided courtesy of Baker Publishing through Interviews & Reviews in exchange for my own honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts are my own.*
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  • Jen.
    January 1, 1970
    ...“Every morning you wake up is a day you can live in the freedom of knowing God has plans for you.” ~Ms. Byrdie **Living Lies is really good!! I won’t say much because of spoilers, but this book handles a tough, often times hush-hush issue with grace and beauty.I happily recommend this book! There’s something for everybody – small town mystery, great characters, sweet romance, suspense-filled scenes and a strong Christian worldview – in this solid debut novel!I’m excited about Natalie Walters’ ...“Every morning you wake up is a day you can live in the freedom of knowing God has plans for you.” ~Ms. Byrdie **Living Lies is really good!! I won’t say much because of spoilers, but this book handles a tough, often times hush-hush issue with grace and beauty.I happily recommend this book! There’s something for everybody – small town mystery, great characters, sweet romance, suspense-filled scenes and a strong Christian worldview – in this solid debut novel!I’m excited about Natalie Walters’ next book in this series, Deadly Deceit, due out November 5th. I’m especially looking forward to seeing Deputy Ryan Frost again – what a cool character!Living Lies is available for preorder with a release date of May 21. Visit www.christianbook.com for details!I received an advanced copy of this book from Revell through NetGalley. A positive review was not required. All opinions expressed are completely my own.** Quote is taken from an advanced reader’s copy. It may or may not appear in the final text...Great cast of characters!! Well-balanced blend of romance, mystery and suspense!Full review to come!https://jengalaxy4.wordpress.com/I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. A positive review was not required. All opinions expressed are completely my own.
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  • Dana Michael
    January 1, 1970
    A great solid debut by Natalie Walters. I think any romantic thriller reader will thoroughly enjoy this book. I know I did. This book deals with a heroine who suffers from depression and it gave me insight as to how those who suffer from this disease feels. I loved the hero. He was everything you'd want in one. Strong, handsome and brave. The mystery/thriller kept me turning pages. *I was given a copy of this book by the publisher and this is my honest opinion.4.5 stars
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  • Madison
    January 1, 1970
    Living Lies is the first book in the Harbored Secrets series by debut novelist, Natalie Walters. Walters has done a superb job of crafting a thrilling suspense, with threads of heart-pounding romance and important messages about acceptance and removing the stigma of mental health and depression. I truly enjoyed this exciting book and I look forward to reading the subsequent titles in the series. Lane Kent knows heartbreak. She knows the guilt of her past mistakes. Returning to her home town with Living Lies is the first book in the Harbored Secrets series by debut novelist, Natalie Walters. Walters has done a superb job of crafting a thrilling suspense, with threads of heart-pounding romance and important messages about acceptance and removing the stigma of mental health and depression. I truly enjoyed this exciting book and I look forward to reading the subsequent titles in the series. Lane Kent knows heartbreak. She knows the guilt of her past mistakes. Returning to her home town with her young daughter was supposed to be a fresh start but sometimes the secrets and family expectations feel suffocating. When Lane finds a dead body in the woods, she and Deputy Charlie Woods team up to solve the case.I loved the relationship that builds between Lane and Charlie. I loved how the feelings of love and excitement of a new romance don’t change the facts of Lane’s depression - nothing is swept under the carpet and I loved the dedication to truth and reality. This isn’t a fairytale, but more closely resembles the harsh reality of life, which I though was both really important and helpful for readers, especially those who can relate to Lane’s experiences with suicidal thoughts and depression. Yet, there is a wonderful joy and glow you can feel emanate from Charlie and Lane as they manage to steal quick moments of time in amongst the murder investigation.There is no shortage of action and tense moments in Living Lies. At first, with the inclusion of chapters from a secondary character, I thought the mystery would be easily laid out to readers and reduce the suspense a little, but the added details, while removing a little of the guess work, only serves to increase the tension and builds to a nail-biting climax. The crime in Living Lies resolves around murder, drugs, art and basically all those things that make the good guys so eager to catch their bad guys. I loved Deputy Frost - genius, computer-geek, slightly awkward and all-round good guy. I do hope he and others of the wonderfully supportive and detailed secondary characters return in the next books in the series. Living Lies is a complex, well-constructed and engaging story. With such important and positive messages about mental health, interwoven with the story of crime-fighting action, faith, and romance, I can very highly recommend Living Lies.The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars"We should be ashamed that so many people are forced to suffer in silence . . . "Lane Kent suffers in silence, her battle with chronic anxiety and depression leading her to think that the edge of a precipice is safer than the levels of reality. But it was there on the edge, that strength met weakness and hope introduced himself to despair. If only there hadn't been a dead body. Charlie Lynch arrives in Walton, Georgia to assume the position of deputy sheriff when he is immediately distr 3.5 stars"We should be ashamed that so many people are forced to suffer in silence . . . "Lane Kent suffers in silence, her battle with chronic anxiety and depression leading her to think that the edge of a precipice is safer than the levels of reality. But it was there on the edge, that strength met weakness and hope introduced himself to despair. If only there hadn't been a dead body. Charlie Lynch arrives in Walton, Georgia to assume the position of deputy sheriff when he is immediately distracted by, or rather attracted to, his new neighbor. Their first meeting was rather bizarre and quickly morphed into something more serious, but the day-to-day version of living so close to Lane Kent and her son Noah, is rather enjoyable. As Lane and Charlie become entangled in a murder investigation, their hearts become tangled in a different sort of discovery, one that will require Lane to believe that she is "loved, wonderfully made, and has purpose", freeing her to live life out from under the shadow of lies.
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  • Sarita
    January 1, 1970
    3.75Christian Suspense is my all time favourite genre, and when I find a new author in this genre, and one who delivered a enjoyable suspense, I want to do a happy dance. I'm feeling like this after reading Living Lies.There was a great mystery around the murder of Sydney and why she died. Added to that a small town, a heroine who struggles with depression, a charming hero, the cutest little boy and very interesting side characters, you have a winning combo. Even though I guessed right away what 3.75Christian Suspense is my all time favourite genre, and when I find a new author in this genre, and one who delivered a enjoyable suspense, I want to do a happy dance. I'm feeling like this after reading Living Lies.There was a great mystery around the murder of Sydney and why she died. Added to that a small town, a heroine who struggles with depression, a charming hero, the cutest little boy and very interesting side characters, you have a winning combo. Even though I guessed right away what is going on with the paintings and the actual murderer, I still enjoyed the ride of seeing how the characters will come to the same conclusion. The ending and one or two other small things I did not expect, so I enjoyed those twists.I see a lot of potential in this writer and added her to my authors to watch. If you love suspense like I do, you should give this one a go.*I downloaded a free copy from Netgalley when this was available as Read now. All opinions are my own.*
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  • Kailey
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book! I’m definitely a Natalie Walters fan from now on! I really enjoyed the storyline. The characters were excellent! I think this book had just the right amount of suspense for me. I liked how this book looked at depression and mental health. The author did a great job with that subject. I really can’t wait for the next book!!I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
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  • Maureen Timerman
    January 1, 1970
    What a great debut novel this author has given us, with non-stop action and dealing with some tough subjects, I was quickly page-turning.From beginning to the end, you really don’t know how this will all turn out, or whom is really the evil? With a young girl murdered, and a town wanting answers, with peeking toms and other dangerous threats, we keep looking!We are offered a bit of romance, but deep problems threaten all, and you need to wait to the very end for answers!I received this book thro What a great debut novel this author has given us, with non-stop action and dealing with some tough subjects, I was quickly page-turning.From beginning to the end, you really don’t know how this will all turn out, or whom is really the evil? With a young girl murdered, and a town wanting answers, with peeking toms and other dangerous threats, we keep looking!We are offered a bit of romance, but deep problems threaten all, and you need to wait to the very end for answers!I received this book through the Publisher Revell, and was not required to give a positive review
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  • Amanda Tero
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoy trying new authors. It is almost a game—to see if they’re ones I’ll read again or if one book is enough. When it comes to Natalie Walters, I’ll be looking out for another book from her.Natalie deals with such a difficult topic in Living Lies: depression, suicidal thoughts, self-blame, and PTSD. And all of that is mixed up in a murder investigation of a teen girl that just doesn’t make sense. The mystery was veiled and gave me the challenge of not knowing off hand who was involved—or why. I enjoy trying new authors. It is almost a game—to see if they’re ones I’ll read again or if one book is enough. When it comes to Natalie Walters, I’ll be looking out for another book from her.Natalie deals with such a difficult topic in Living Lies: depression, suicidal thoughts, self-blame, and PTSD. And all of that is mixed up in a murder investigation of a teen girl that just doesn’t make sense. The mystery was veiled and gave me the challenge of not knowing off hand who was involved—or why. I thought the mystery was done in a very good way.Lane was a very real and relatable character. She was flawed and needy. I can’t say so much about Charlie. He was just a little too perfect and understanding. Don’t get me wrong—he seemed like a fantastic guy, but beyond his little disagreement with his dad, he really was the perfect guy. I absolutely loved how Lane’s and Meagen’s sister-relationship strengthened throughout the novel. It gave greater emphasis on the family life of Lane. And Miguel! Personally, I think he was the best character in the book—so very well done. My heart went out to him (knowing that there are so many real veterans like him).Personally, I like a stronger Christian thread. The strong Christians in this novel were not the main characters, but an older couple. It left me wondering if Lane and Charlie had personal relationships with Jesus or if they were just good people who prayed when they needed help. I know… one of my pet peeves is when I can’t clearly tell if a character became a Christian during the novel or they just turned over a new leaf. That was this novel. Lane started the novel almost doubting God’s existence and somewhere there was a turning point in her thought process, but no point of her actually coming to Christ for salvation. And I guess I’ll go ahead and mention it here… I do realize the difficulties and struggles of depression and how very important it is to have people there for you, but Lane found her hope and recovery in a person rather than turning to God. This was all wonderful for her, but what about people who don’t have a strong person who accepts them how they are? That void can only be filled through Jesus Christ. There were also some hints that people with chronic depression were “made that way by God.” I personally believe that it’s due to sin entering the world, not God’s handiwork. So yeah, I’m being ultra sensitive here, I realize. I just can’t stop my brain from analyzing while I read a fictional book.I do admire Natalie for tackling the difficult topic of depression and its repercussions. I thought she presented it well and showed the importance of an individual making the choices that either help or hurt their journey with depression.The romance was constant thread in the book almost from page one and yeah… I’m not a romantic. There was one scene where she was drawn to Charlie’s shirtless body and then some kisses. Nothing explicitly inappropriate was in the novel. Just some subtle hints.As far as mystery goes, as I already mentioned, this one was very well done. I’ll not give a spoiler, but when they finally linked Sydney to the “bad guys,” it was like, “Wow—but that makes perfect sense.” I learned something new about a certain process about a certain thing (yeah, no spoilers).This book has left me hoping that book two is about Deputy Frost. Just sayin’. (okay, so I had to look it up and yay!!!!)*I received this book from Revell and happily provided my honest review*
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  • Paula Shreckhise
    January 1, 1970
    Living Lies is the Debut novel by Natalie Walters. I find it hard to believe that this is a debut novel! It is fantastic and real. I look forward to reading more by Ms. Walters. The author tackles some tough topics but does so with compassion. She does not shrink away from showing the struggles of depression and PTSD. She shows many perspectives through her characters, Lane Kent, her parents and veteran Miguel. You can see the growth of the characters as they deal with the many facets of these d Living Lies is the Debut novel by Natalie Walters. I find it hard to believe that this is a debut novel! It is fantastic and real. I look forward to reading more by Ms. Walters. The author tackles some tough topics but does so with compassion. She does not shrink away from showing the struggles of depression and PTSD. She shows many perspectives through her characters, Lane Kent, her parents and veteran Miguel. You can see the growth of the characters as they deal with the many facets of these difficulties as they affect their loved ones and themselves. This is not a gloomy novel! The suspense and mystery to be solved is complex and up to date. This story keeps you hopping! It is nicely balanced by the actions of cute kids and an overactive dog. Those scenes were spot on. The romantic angle between the lead characters was interesting. The hero lawman, Charlie Lynch is new in town and is very sympathetic to the female lead, Lane Kent. Living Lies is a captivating story and totally awesome for a debut novel. The next story in Harbored Secrets series is in the works! * This book was provided courtesy of Baker Publishing through Interviews and Reviews. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own. *
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  • Virginia Campbell
    January 1, 1970
    Debut author Natalie Walters is off to a great start with "Living Lies", the first book in her "Harbored Secrets Series". An intriguing romantic suspense story line touched with poignant human drama will keep readers turning the page. Widowed at twenty-eight, Lane Walton journeys back to her hometown in hopes of a new start for herself and her young son, Noah. The small Southern town of Walton, Georgia would seem like the place to begin again. However, trying to shake off the troubles of her pas Debut author Natalie Walters is off to a great start with "Living Lies", the first book in her "Harbored Secrets Series". An intriguing romantic suspense story line touched with poignant human drama will keep readers turning the page. Widowed at twenty-eight, Lane Walton journeys back to her hometown in hopes of a new start for herself and her young son, Noah. The small Southern town of Walton, Georgia would seem like the place to begin again. However, trying to shake off the troubles of her past gets even more complicated when Lane becomes involved in the mysterious discovery of a dead body. As Lane and Charlie Lynch, a new deputy in the area, join forces to solve the case, an attraction grows between them. Thoughts of possible future happiness turn to doubt when Lane realizes that unmasking the killer may reveal more than she wants anyone to know. Is bringing a murderer to justice worth the personal cost she may have to pay? I enjoyed "Living Lies", and I look forward to reading the next book in the series, "Deadly Deceit".Book Copy Gratis Revell Books via Library Thing
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  • Clara
    January 1, 1970
    There is something very special about opening a debut novel and I'm so happy to have read this novel especially.Sometimes when I pick up a suspense novel, I find that they're mostly plot drive. And I'm NOT complaining! But my personal taste draws towards character development.Natalie Walters surely knew how to balance out suspense, romance, and character growth. And I truly believe this book can be a tool to start conversations and give an understanding about mental illness to those mostly on th There is something very special about opening a debut novel and I'm so happy to have read this novel especially.Sometimes when I pick up a suspense novel, I find that they're mostly plot drive. And I'm NOT complaining! But my personal taste draws towards character development.Natalie Walters surely knew how to balance out suspense, romance, and character growth. And I truly believe this book can be a tool to start conversations and give an understanding about mental illness to those mostly on the outside or who might be struggling somehow but haven't perceived it yet.I really can't explain my appreciation for this book other than saying it's highly recommended!* I received a review copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Living Lies is a pretty good debut by Natalie Walters. It, also, begins her series, Harbored Secrets. This book is full of mystery and suspense with stay on the edge of your seat action. I did not find this tale predictable at all. I was left guessing up until the last few pages. I give Living Lies a well deserved five plus stars. I look forward to the next installment from Harbored Secrets series. Well done, Miss Walters, well done!I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my Living Lies is a pretty good debut by Natalie Walters. It, also, begins her series, Harbored Secrets. This book is full of mystery and suspense with stay on the edge of your seat action. I did not find this tale predictable at all. I was left guessing up until the last few pages. I give Living Lies a well deserved five plus stars. I look forward to the next installment from Harbored Secrets series. Well done, Miss Walters, well done!I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
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  • The Sherlock
    January 1, 1970
    First off. The cover. I absolutely love the cover! It’s so pretty! *claps for the designer* This book though. Y’all it’s so good. Natalie does so well dealing with/addressing the issue of mental health and depression. I related so much to the main characters! And Omgeeeee. CHARLIE!!!! 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍....so I kind of liked him 😉😂. The characters were very well written and the plot was interesting. The villain was very well done, and I can’t wait to read the second book! .
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  • Susan Snodgrass
    January 1, 1970
    'Not even God heard her prayers. Or if he did, he chose to ignore them.'Place: Walton, Georgia. Tiny town where everybody knows everybody else. But some people have secrets. And want to keep those secrets hidden. Lane Kent doesn't want anyone to know her secrets when she returns to her hometown with her little boy. Lane suffers from depression, badly sometimes. She walks out to a bridge, wondering how she could possibly do what she thinks she wants to do, when she is startled by the town's new d 'Not even God heard her prayers. Or if he did, he chose to ignore them.'Place: Walton, Georgia. Tiny town where everybody knows everybody else. But some people have secrets. And want to keep those secrets hidden. Lane Kent doesn't want anyone to know her secrets when she returns to her hometown with her little boy. Lane suffers from depression, badly sometimes. She walks out to a bridge, wondering how she could possibly do what she thinks she wants to do, when she is startled by the town's new deputy, Charlie Lynch. She runs off, not knowing who he is, and heads into the woods and falls. And stares into the eyes of a dead body. Charlie sees into Lane's eyes and heart and desperately wants her to feel worthy of love again. If only she will give him a chance to prove that he really means it when he says he wants to get to know her and will take care of her. But he has to solve this crime. I love discovering new authors and Natalie Walters gives us her debut novel here and does a wonderful job! She shows us small town life like she's been there. I live in a small town and I could feel the vibes coming off the page here about this one. She also is very adept at her characterizations, causing this reader to feel their hearts. I loved all the cast members; well, not the bad guys, of course, but this town has more than a few characters I'd love to meet. Well done!*My thanks to the publisher and author for a preview copy of this book via Net Galley. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    See my full review at: https://grzybee.weebly.com/book-revie...Spectacular.Natalie Walters delivered not only a masterfully crafted story, but she did it while tackling the difficult topic of depression and mental illnesses. She balanced the storyline beautifully. Natalie hinted here and there, but left the reader guessing until the end when she wrapped it all up with a nice neat bow.The characters were very well fleshed out and believable. Lane struggles with depression throughout the book and See my full review at: https://grzybee.weebly.com/book-revie...Spectacular.Natalie Walters delivered not only a masterfully crafted story, but she did it while tackling the difficult topic of depression and mental illnesses. She balanced the storyline beautifully. Natalie hinted here and there, but left the reader guessing until the end when she wrapped it all up with a nice neat bow.The characters were very well fleshed out and believable. Lane struggles with depression throughout the book and it is handled perfectly. Lane isn't "fixed" by the end of the story, but she comes to recognize the truth. Charlie is such a sweet character. He isn’t perfect by any means, but he tenderly pursues Lane and doesn’t let her push him away. The supporting characters (aka Ms. Byrdie and Megan) speak life into Lane, while Frost and Bane add some humor.All around this is a well written story and I am very much looking forward to the next installment in this series.
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  • Soleil
    January 1, 1970
    I was excited to be on Natalie’s street team and get ahold of this book even before i knew what it was about. I started and finished it in a day and wow. I almost started crying just trying to process everything because it was so good. I was hooked from page one, and the things Natalie addresses in the book are such a big part of our culture. I have many family and friends who suffer with mental health on different levels, and she was able to touch on so many of the thoughts and emotions of mult I was excited to be on Natalie’s street team and get ahold of this book even before i knew what it was about. I started and finished it in a day and wow. I almost started crying just trying to process everything because it was so good. I was hooked from page one, and the things Natalie addresses in the book are such a big part of our culture. I have many family and friends who suffer with mental health on different levels, and she was able to touch on so many of the thoughts and emotions of multiple things in this book. It’s something our culture so desperately needs because so few understand depression and PTSD, and growing up around it i still do. This book gives a hopeful look on how both sides can view the mental and emotional struggle.
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  • Kara Peck
    January 1, 1970
    Spectacular and unique debut! Entranced with the mystery of this one. Loved the small town community so much. The characters and their growth. A few times I wondered how Walters would be able to tie it all together. The “Whodunit” was hard to find. But that’s the whole point of suspense! I adore a certain main character and found his sense of humor to be swoony. Lane was a difficult character to write and Walters really told the story of the stigma that comes with depression. I’m so glad she han Spectacular and unique debut! Entranced with the mystery of this one. Loved the small town community so much. The characters and their growth. A few times I wondered how Walters would be able to tie it all together. The “Whodunit” was hard to find. But that’s the whole point of suspense! I adore a certain main character and found his sense of humor to be swoony. Lane was a difficult character to write and Walters really told the story of the stigma that comes with depression. I’m so glad she handled it well. A really beautiful story or hope and healing. Nicely done. Can’t wait for more! *I received a complementary copy from the publisher. My opinions are my own
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  • Kara
    January 1, 1970
    I had no idea what to expect with this book, the cover had a slightly creepy feel to it. However, I KNEW this was a five star read from the first chapter and I was SO BLESSED with this read!!Fave character in this story was easily Deputy Frost, great guy and so likable :)I related SO MUCH to Lane's inner turmoil even though I don't struggle with the same issues, but I just loved EVERYTHING about her in this book. Also truly enjoyed how she met Charlie.Okay, how to describe Charlie now. Military I had no idea what to expect with this book, the cover had a slightly creepy feel to it. However, I KNEW this was a five star read from the first chapter and I was SO BLESSED with this read!!Fave character in this story was easily Deputy Frost, great guy and so likable :)I related SO MUCH to Lane's inner turmoil even though I don't struggle with the same issues, but I just loved EVERYTHING about her in this book. Also truly enjoyed how she met Charlie.Okay, how to describe Charlie now. Military background, honorable man, has some emotional issues of his own, now he's in a town where's he's the new kid working for his uncle and trying to prove himself. He was SUCH a great hero; in difficult circumstances, in awkward circumstances, in embarrassing circumstances, and in any scene he's with Lane. Love how he was with Noah, too, just totally sigh worthy.Lane's parents are hard to swallow in the story, thought for sure they had something shady going on. Her sister, Meagan, also really liked her and knew there was more to her PERFECT image as Lane notes more than once. Miguel was the poor soul of the story and Lane is genius and brave in protecting him/defending him. None of us are perfect, but it was wonderful to see the broken through Lane's eyes and her diner.The main villain in the story got what they deserved, unfortunately a girl is murdered and another is a victim of this person before that justice is served. I took my time reading this book, savoring every chapter, and by the end I was turning the pages as fast as I could. Yeah, it's that kind of story filled with action and mystery but also great characters and LOTS of heart! This is a debut novel, but I will be looking out for more books by Walters. Storytelling like this is rare and so good, it's one of those books you can't wait to finish...but don't want to end!I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell via NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The thoughts and comments are my own.
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  • Kelly Bridgewater
    January 1, 1970
    Natalie Walters debut novel Living Lies is full of tension-filled moments with a hint of romance on the sidelines. Depression is something that is realistic in the world. No one really knows what it feels like unless you have been affected by it personally or by being near someone close who has dealt with it. Living Lies dives into depression as the background for Lane, the heroine. She tries to keep secrets from her past from coming to life. The inner workings of the suspense captivate readers Natalie Walters debut novel Living Lies is full of tension-filled moments with a hint of romance on the sidelines. Depression is something that is realistic in the world. No one really knows what it feels like unless you have been affected by it personally or by being near someone close who has dealt with it. Living Lies dives into depression as the background for Lane, the heroine. She tries to keep secrets from her past from coming to life. The inner workings of the suspense captivate readers and allow them to follow Lane and Charlie on their hunt for the killer. With the discovery of the dead body in the first chapter, Walters takes readers on a hunt for justice. The romance seems out of place for me. Not that Charlie and Lane don't deserve happiness. It just the romance didn't seem to flow naturally. Overall, Walters definitely created a romantic suspense novel that should be picked up by lovers of romantic suspense. I believe fans of Irene Hannon and DiAnn Mills would enjoy this book.I received a complimentary copy of Living Lies by Natalie Walters from Revell Publishing, but the opinions stated are all my own.
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  • Megan W. (pnwbookworm)
    January 1, 1970
    This book has a ton of things going for it! It has a unique mystery, an unlikely heroine and a love story I can believe in. I loved the way the plot unfolded in this story. I was able to guess a few things but the ideas were so new to me that I was still guessing at a lot of it. I loved that it wasn’t something I had really seen before. Lane, the heroine of the story, suffers from depression and her mental health and everything that goes along with it was handled really well. I appreciated that This book has a ton of things going for it! It has a unique mystery, an unlikely heroine and a love story I can believe in. I loved the way the plot unfolded in this story. I was able to guess a few things but the ideas were so new to me that I was still guessing at a lot of it. I loved that it wasn’t something I had really seen before. Lane, the heroine of the story, suffers from depression and her mental health and everything that goes along with it was handled really well. I appreciated that as well as the fact that despite her struggles and all of her doubts she still is able to move forward and act, especially when it really counts. I also loved the relationships in this story. Not just the love interest aspects, but the sister relationship too. I would definitely recommend this book and I am already looking forward to book two!
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  • Abby Breuklander
    January 1, 1970
    Love love and love this story!! All of us have something that we try to hide about ourselves from others, because showing people the real us doesn't seem to be worth the grief and aggravation it could end up bringing us. But it shouldn't be this way, we are worth it, worth asking for help if necessary. God never meant for us to try to get through this crazy thing called life on our own. He has put people in our lives to help us get to where we need to be. People that He knows will be there to lo Love love and love this story!! All of us have something that we try to hide about ourselves from others, because showing people the real us doesn't seem to be worth the grief and aggravation it could end up bringing us. But it shouldn't be this way, we are worth it, worth asking for help if necessary. God never meant for us to try to get through this crazy thing called life on our own. He has put people in our lives to help us get to where we need to be. People that He knows will be there to love, support, and pray us through anything. We don't ever have to be alone or feel like we're a burden to to others. All life is precious and valued.
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  • Patricia Bradley
    January 1, 1970
    This was an edge of your seat page-turner! I stayed up past midnight two nights in a row to see what happens! Mystery, murder, intrigue, Vietnam veterans with PTSD, and a heroine struggling with depression, something a lot of people hide. Walters did a great job of creating characters I cared about. And the suspense was high. I enjoyed watching the romance develop between Lane and Charlie and the way Lane grew throughout the book. I loved the small town of Walton, Georgia. It made me think of my This was an edge of your seat page-turner! I stayed up past midnight two nights in a row to see what happens! Mystery, murder, intrigue, Vietnam veterans with PTSD, and a heroine struggling with depression, something a lot of people hide. Walters did a great job of creating characters I cared about. And the suspense was high. I enjoyed watching the romance develop between Lane and Charlie and the way Lane grew throughout the book. I loved the small town of Walton, Georgia. It made me think of my own small town. If you enjoy romantic suspense that keeps you up at night, you'll love this book.
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  • Erin Laramore
    January 1, 1970
    What a fabulous debut novel! This book had all of the great elements - well written prose, excellent story-line, fabulous and real-to-life characters, suspense, mystery, drama, romance, mental health issues..... and though that sounds "busy", this author made it all work together fantastically in this package. Had I not known this was a debut, I would have never suspected as Natalie Walters writes with the style of a pro.Early on in the book, we meet our heroine, Lane Kent and the hero, Charlie What a fabulous debut novel! This book had all of the great elements - well written prose, excellent story-line, fabulous and real-to-life characters, suspense, mystery, drama, romance, mental health issues..... and though that sounds "busy", this author made it all work together fantastically in this package. Had I not known this was a debut, I would have never suspected as Natalie Walters writes with the style of a pro.Early on in the book, we meet our heroine, Lane Kent and the hero, Charlie Lynch, as they stumble across a dead body in the woods. In the small town of Walton, the whispers of murder could possibly be the town's undoing. As the sheriff and his deputies work to uncover the mystery, they find more questions than answers. Meanwhile, new deputy Lynch is also fighting his intense attraction to Lane. While I generally shy away from the strong romance inclinations in suspense novels, this one was very well done. I didn't roll my eyes and even was cheering for them to get together. This book also tackled some difficult issues, focusing mainly on mental health issues and the stigma that accompanies those. Ms. Walters does not shy away from that at all, but handles the struggles of those battling depression and PTSD with grace and care. I absolutely adored Ms. Byrdie and her care for those struggling and her strength in her faith. The faith element came through strongly at the end as God's purpose for our characters shone through. All in all, this was a great story and had me guessing until the very end. I would strongly recommend to fans of romantic suspense and any who'd like to learn more about depression. Special thanks to the author and Revell Publishing for an advanced copy of this book. I was not obligated to write a review and the thoughts contained herein are my own.
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  • A. Harrison
    January 1, 1970
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