The breeze lifted Lane Kent’s auburn hair from the back of her neck. Her heels edged closer to the side of the bridge, sending loose rocks and dust spiraling into the Ogeechee River below.

Opening lines of Living Lies by Natalie Walters

Living Lies is the first book from Natalie Walters and what a great start! I shall be enjoying more of this author in the future.

Lane returns to her small hometown after a family tragedy which continues to haunt her. She is a complex and realistic portrayal of struggling with guilt and depression. Natalie does an expert job of challenging her character to work through the pain with the murder mystery storyline integrating Christianity gently throughout. Our leading man, Charlie has his own pain to wrestle with from his time serving in the military and adjusting to civilian life in the police force.

The murder mystery is interesting and filled with unexpected turns. Villains and heroes alike are well-thought through and developed! Despite the depression Lane is coming to terms with and the murder, the sense is one of hope and positivity which I really appreciated.

I thoroughly enjoyed it and read it straight through! I highly recommend it, it’s a five out of five on the en-JOY-ment.

From the back cover:

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.

I received a complimentary copy of the book from Revell through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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