White Lies by Jeremy Bates

whiteliesGenre: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Publisher: Oceanview Publishing
Publication Date: May 2012

Katrina Burton is driving toward a new job, town, and life. Along the way, against her better judgment, she picks up a hitchhiker. Fearing for her safety, Katrina tells a “little white lie,” but when the man in her car turns out to be another teacher at her new school, she finds herself feeding the lie with more untruths in an attempt to cover it up. The situation quickly snowballs and Katrina is trapped in a vicious cycle.

It is during this time that a handsome stranger walks into her life and Katrina dares to hope that he will bring the solution to her growing problem. However, the situation is further complicated when Katrina gets caught up in the middle of a gruesome murder. Telling the truth now, not only will put the man she’s come to care for at risk, but also expose her own lies.

The novel, White Lies, is an intense, edge-of-the-seat thriller that will keep the adrenaline pumping. Jeremy Bates expertly drags his audience onto a terrifying, and emotional roller coaster. Even though the characters make all the wrong choices, one can’t help but want to find out what will happen to them. The book demonstrates the power and consequences of our decisions. While Katrina definitely got off easy, considering the deadly effects of her choices, I was glad to see that by the end she seemed truly remorseful and understood the importance of doing right — even something as simple as telling the truth.

Bates offered very vivid descriptions.  Even though this was good because it placed the reader right in the middle of the action, it also had a down side. I found the book too graphic for my taste, especially when the violence escalated. So much gory detail was unnecessary to get the point across.

The author offers a brilliant and shocking ending that I never saw coming. If not for the graphic content and explicit details, I would strongly recommend this novel.  As is, I have to advise readers to be aware of these things before picking up a copy.

Copy received via NetGalley from the publisher.

**Originally posted on Fiction Addict.


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