Title: White Lies
Author: Jeremy Bates
Review: White Lies is about the little lies that can destroy our lives when we are unwilling to tell the truth to impress others. Katrina Burton is starting a new job teaching English in the small town of Leavenworth, Washington. As she is driving into town she comes across a hitchhiker and decides to be a Good Samaritan. She soon finds out that sometimes being nice isn't always good. Katrina decides to throw the hitchhiker out of her car but does it with a little white lie which comes to haunt her the next day and throughout the rest of the book.
Jeremy Bates writes with wonderful imagery and gives the reader the feeling of actually sitting in the car, walking the streets of Leavenworth, and watching the horrors unfold all due to Katrina's one little white lie.
As I read White Lies, I found myself taking issue with the way the author wrote Katrina as well as the male characters. You have Katrina, a confused 32 year old who is trying to save face with the people she works with and doesn't have much of a backbone. Zack, who is a teacher, lives for the wild side of life while trying to get Katrina to tell the truth but in a painfully annoying way. Then we have Jack, the token bad boy who sweeps Katrina off her feet but also has a very dark side which Katrina discovers as he helps keep those little white lies going. The other characters are uneventful and are generally only used to keep the story going. That is why sometimes the story feel like a Lifetime TV Movie.
There were several editing errors where some words were put together for example "Not to mention thatWashington Poststory." (Around the 97% mark on the Kindle) As well as quite a bit of language that I feel wasn't necessary.
It is a killer beach book and at 265 pages you can finish while sitting by the pool and wonder if the Tall Dark and handsome guy next to you has a deep dark secret.
Thanks goes to Heidi for this review.
Publisher: Published May 7th 2012 by OceanviewPublishing.
Quick Review: 3 Stars out of 5.
Where Did I Get the Book: Sent by the publisher a Pump Up Your Book tour.
Synopsis: While driving to a charming village tucked away deep in the Cascade Mountains of eastern Washington, where she is to begin a new job teaching high school English, Katrina Burton picks up a young hitchhiker who turns out to be drunk and predatory. Fearful for her safety, she lies about her destination in order to get him out of the car. But when she later discovers that he is a teacher at the same school, she finds herself feeding that initial lie with more lies. Then Katrina meets a mysterious man . Handsome, charismatic and strong, he is exactly what she needs to extricate her from the expanding network of lies, now spinning out of control. She falls fast and hard for him. But her perfect solution soon becomes a nightmare that lands her in the middle of a grisly murder. And Katrina's problems don't stop there. She must decide whether to betray her new love or to cover up the murder and hope for the best.
Author Biography: Jeremy Bates has spent the last ten years traveling the world, visiting more than thirty countries. He has lived in Canada, the United States, Australia, Japan, South Korea, and the Philippines.
Bates is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario with a degree in English literature and philosophy. He is a member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, Inc, and Crime Writers of Canada.
His frightening debut novel, White Lies, is set in a small village in the Cascade Mountain range of eastern Washington. In the book, he succeeds in bringing world-class terror to this tranquil community.