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Between the Lies (The Northern Lights Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Joy DeKok
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)

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Book Description

She was ready for the ball without the help of a fairy god-mother. She didn’t need one until her Cinderella night turned Titanic.

Olivia Morgan was fine. Until the dead guy in the elevator, her married lover's disdain, the loss of her dream job, and an FBI agent who is looking into the past she's worked so hard to hide. All she wanted was the perfect life; the love of a wealthy man, a beautiful place to live, and to be an art teacher. She didn’t mind doing what it took to get those things, and for ten years, she had it all – almost.

Plus, someone is watching her – someone who knows things and how to get to her without being seen.

To prove she’s innocent of at least one of the murders she may have committed, Olivia uses her ability to notice what others often miss, and her art to remember and reveal what she knows.

Will her sketches save or convict her?

Beyond the Lies is book one in the Northern Lights series. Book Two, Beyond the Truth is scheduled to release in 2015.

What Readers Are Saying

DeKok slowly peels away layers of pain, heartache, and deception to reveal the true heartbeats of her characters, making Between the Lies nail-biting suspense with heart and soul. --Author of the bestselling Fredrickson Winery Novels, Barbara Ellen Brink

DeKok's new mystery is one of those books that haunted me from page one. Meaning, when I wasn't reading, the story kept drawing me back, making me wish I could set everything else aside and just finish it! I loved that Olivia wasn't the usual stereotypical heroine. In fact, most of us would be appalled at her secret life. Yet, as the story unfolds and her life begins to unravel and secrets come out of the closet (literally), you can't help but wish for her to find her way. The twist and turns of the intricate plot line made for a fascinating story. I'm so thrilled this is book one of a series and look forward to reading more about these colorful characters. I'd rate BETWEEN THE LIES right up there with titles by two of my favorite authors, Chris Fabry and Creston Mapes. Well done, Joy DeKok! Bestselling author, Diane Moody

Between the Lies is rich on multiple levels: the intricate plot has enough twists and sudden reveals to please the most demanding mystery fan, the settings ring true, and the characters are lined with a fine and discerning eye. Olivia Morgan is a crackerjack heroine, cursed with a nightmare childhood but charged with a determined grit that will see her through this. Author, John Robinson


A note from Joy:

When I started writing, I didn’t have any idea what to call the series. I was leaning toward “The Olivia Morgan Series.” Yeah. I know.

Between the Lies is a murder mystery with a boatload of suspense. But the series is full of flawed, strong, beautiful, courageous women. Including Olivia Morgan the often unlikeable, messed up, main character.

This is the line that I didn’t know I was going to write, but that made all the difference. . .

“This time when I looked into the mirror, I saw three determined women. The south might be full of steel magnolias, but that night, three northern lights touched the hearts and checkbooks of some of Minnesota’s wealthiest citizens.”

The title came near the end of the book because I guess I wasn’t ready for it before then.

About Me. . .

When I was young, there was a song about school being about reading and writing and arithmetic taught to the tune of the hickory stick. I was sure it was all about the reading and not numbers and sticks. In their place could be the social parts (lunch, field trips, and recess), because those were the three essentials in my opinion. Later, my fingers yearned to press on the keys of a typewriter (I’m that old!).

Today, very little has changed. I still love the sound of a pen on paper, the feel and sound my fingers on the keyboard, lunch, and field trips. And just ask me about my Kindle – I have a very long to-be-read list!


Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Joy DeKok is the author of several books including her debut novel, Rain Dance. She is fascinated by words. Joy learned to read at age four and has been writing since she was a little girl. She and her husband live on thirty-five acres of woods and field near Pine Island, MN. Joy and Jon enjoy exploring their land with their dogs, Sophie & Tucker.

Product Details

  • File Size: 948 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Infusion Publishing (April 6, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JJ17EPK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,338 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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Very interesting characters in this story! The author did a good job of portraying bad characters that had touches of decency in them and good characters that showed their flaws as well. Very believable characters. It deals with a difficult subject, one that needs to be addressed. I would have to say that I would not want a teenage daughter to read this but I certainly enjoyed the book. I liked the that the leading character had art as a part of her life. Well handled subject of lives traumatized by child abuse and rape. I will look forward to the next of the series.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful and Compelling April 17, 2014
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"Rain Dance" was the first Joy DeKok book I read and I was an immediate fan. The story was well told and powerful. I was anxious to read this new release, "Between the Lies."

Confession up front: my favorite genre of books is Christian contemporary fiction - chick-lit all the way; but the complex story told in this book sucked me in after the first couple of chapters.

The first night I started reading "Between the Lies", I had difficulty falling asleep - Olivia's story disturbed me. Day two of reading, Olivia's story was intriguing and there were so many facets to her personality. Not a character I would typically be drawn to, I became Olivia's cheerleader as her story unfolded. Day three of reading, I want to know the people on this journey with Olivia - the masks begin to fall, the lies are revealed and danger is ever present. As I read, I look for clues to solve the mystery and try to identify the murderer. I then find myself intentionally putting aside other responsibilities in order to finish this book - and I understand that such a compelling and, indeed, a riveting, story has captured me.

I highly recommend this book - even to the reader who prefers romance and a light-hearted story. Joy DeKok tells the story in a way that you feel as if you know the characters. Her ability to intertwine creativity and art into the storyline gave additional depth to the story. As anxious as I was to finish this book, I was disappointed that it was over. I wanted more.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Between the Lies is utterly compelling April 29, 2014
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In Between the Lies, Joy DeKok has created the first in what I'm sure will prove to be a masterful suspense series. For years Olivia Morgan has been the mistress of a cruel and enigmatic man, until the night everything changes. In one fell swoop Olivia loses her "kept" status, her self respect, and her job as an art teacher at a prestigious prep school.

But all that pales when she literally stumbles across a badly scarred man who's been brutally stabbed. Olivia is stunned to find the victim was an active FBI agent. She's even more stunned when she becomes a person of interest in his murder.

Between the Lies is rich on multiple levels: the intricate plot has enough twists and sudden reveals to please the most demanding mystery fan, the settings ring true, and the characters are limned with a fine and discerning eye. Olivia Morgan is a crackerjack heroine, cursed with a nightmare childhood but charged with a determined grit that will see her through this.

She hopes.

I give Between the Lies my very highest recommendation. Kudos!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RIVETING, from the first page to the last April 8, 2014
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Joy DeKok's new mystery is one of those books that haunted me from page one. Meaning, when I wasn't reading, the story kept drawing me back, making me wish I could set everything else aside and just finish it! I loved that Olivia wasn't the usual stereotypical heroine. In fact, most of us would be appalled at her secret life. Yet, as the story unfolds and her life begins to unravel and secrets come out of the closet (literally), you can't help but wish for her to find her way. The twist and turns of the intricate plot line made for a fascinating story. I'm so thrilled this is book one of a series and look forward to reading more about these colorful characters. I'd rate BETWEEN THE LIES right up there with titles by two of my favorite authors, Chris Fabry and Creston Mapes. Well done, Joy DeKok!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kept no longer April 25, 2014
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Empathize with Olivia Morgan of Between the Lies as she grieves her little daughter, dead from cancer. But Olivia has been a “kept woman”—a mistress—of a wealthy married man for years. Just when she thinks he is about to leave his wife, the unthinkable happens and he dumps her instead. But that’s not the most alarming part of the story. Try to keep up with the intrigue as Olivia is implicated in several murders, humiliated by her lover’s wife, and serves as confidante for his family to reveal their secrets. Will she go to prison for the crimes? Or will she be declared righteous, protected and redeemed? A mystery man stalks her throughout the story, leaving roses behind, seemingly coming and going through the very walls of her provided apartment. What will she do when forced to move out, since her lover no longer supports her? All these questions are answered in the pages of Between the Lies by Joy DeKok.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Another cheap disappointing book August 7, 2014
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Starts out ok but has more police than the New York police department who run around as if they are in a Keystone. Kops comedy. A ridiculous story that stretches the imagination.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprising story May 31, 2014
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I ended up reading this book in one setting. Don't think you are going to put it down. If you start it at night you will stay up until you finish it. I hope there is another book that continues with Olivia, Pete, and Harper and Lloyd.. The book could be sad but the writing makes the reader feel immersed in all that is happening,both sad and happy for Olivia.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down
An enjoyable read and hard to put down at times. I definitely plan to read book 2. The characters drew me in.
Published 8 days ago by Kat Alina
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good read...
Published 10 days ago by betty charles
3.0 out of 5 stars Would be a good movie...
It was ok. The story had some good twists and turns but I wasn't a huge fan of the writing style. In the middle of the book I realized I had no idea what any of the characters... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Arienette
4.0 out of 5 stars Between the Lies
Really a good read. Kept me interested from the start to the finish. Lots of twists and turns. The author has done a good job introducing new characters into the story line, slowly... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Romac222
3.0 out of 5 stars It was definitely interesting and kept me reading. Some ...
It was definitely interesting and kept me reading. Some parts of the mystery were unrealistic and hard to get past, but others were intriguing.
Published 1 month ago by mom of 2
4.0 out of 5 stars Life and lies
We all GameCircle half truths we keep secret.... I n this well written, fast paced book; those half truths are uncovered and lives become undone..
Published 1 month ago by sandra clare
5.0 out of 5 stars Between the Lies
Between the Lies is one of those books that will keep you twisted up until the very end! A book you will remember!
Published 1 month ago by Linda C. Holladay
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it from the very beginning
Well written suspense. I enjoyed it from the very beginning. A real page turner!
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Done!
I must say, this book completely surprised me. Whoever said 'clean' mystery thrillers would be boring should try this one. Wow! This is a taut, suspenseful stalker story. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Barbara A Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars good thriller
This is a new thriller and author for me. Although it was a bit simplistic, the twists in the plot were not. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stephanie J. Staker
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More About the Author

I love words, and enjoy reading them as much as I do writing. My journey into both began when I was four and taught myself how to read. Somehow, I'd noticed the white space between the words she read and realized that's how to know where one word ended and another started. I listened to her say the words as I looked at each one. One day, I just "got" it. When she found me reading to my dolls and stuffed animals, she thought I'd memorized the stories, but handed me a new book and I could read most of it on my own.

That's when I started dreaming about putting my own words on the pages.

Later, I fell in love with libraries, paper, pencils, and pens. With my small weekly allowance (for cleaning my room or helping dust) I'd visit Ben Franklin or Woolworths, and buy a new tablet, notebook, or pencil. I remember the day when I was allowed to buy a set of Bic ball point pens - oh my goodness! I had blue, black, red, and green to choose from and contained ink - a really big deal to me. It was like graduation day.

Over time, the dream to write because I loved the words meshed with an equally important component: writing FOR others - to entertain and encourage; to touch and maybe even teach.

It's the writing FOR that gets me past all the excuses, fears, and distractions. The love of words is my life dance - they lead, and I follow.

To learn more about me, please visit www.joydekok.com
To learn more about the books I've written and am writing, join me at www.1writersway.com

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