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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Oceanview Publishing; 1 edition (May 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608090485
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608090488
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,746,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A fresh perspective on the familiar saying 'Think before you speak.' Adeptly demonstrates how one unplanned utterance can get a person into a heap of trouble... well thought out... seamlessly builds a series of events that culminate in a dramatic ending."- Reader Views

"Bates takes an intriguing premise to shocking lengths, revealing the outcome only in an epilogue. A graphically violent story with building suspense and a moral about where weaving such a web may lead."- Booklist

"Fast-paced, the tense thriller grips readers as the beleaguered Kat learns to obtain background checks on males if she lives long enough to meet another man...an exhilarating taut tale."- The Mystery Gazette

"This is an excellent book with interesting characters. There is so much intensity that you need to keep reading."- BestSellersWorld.com, MysteriesGalore.com

"A cracking good suspense novel, easy and undemanding but a jolly exciting read, to curl up on a cold winter's day in front of the fire with."- BeadyJans Bookshelf

About the Author

Jeremy Bates is the author of the #1 Amazon bestseller White Lies, which is nominated for the 2012 Foreword Book of the Year Award. He 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 Horror Writers Association, Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, Inc., and Crime Writers of Canada.

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Jeremy Bates is the author of the #1 Amazon bestseller White Lies, which is nominated for the 2012 ForeWord Book of the Year Award. He 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 Horror Writers Association, Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, Inc., and Crime Writers of Canada.

Customer Reviews

THis book is fast paced, suspenseful and easy to read.
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This story started out okay, but the farther I read into the book the more I was just ready for it to end.
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The plot was engaging with interestingly flawed characters to help it along the way.
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78 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Susan Tunis TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
It was a dark and stormy night... It really was when Katrina Burton stopped to pick up the hitchhiker. He was barely more than a kid and soaked to the bone. How could she just leave him by the side of the road? But that was before he was in her car. He was older than she first thought, and less grateful and polite than drunken and surly. And looking at her in a way she didn't like at all. Kat started to feel real uncomfortable, real fast. And she wanted him out of her car. While it was true that she was going as far as Leavenworth, Washington, when the earlier exit for Lake Wenatchee arrived, she told this threatening man that's where she was going and ultimately had to force him out of the car. It was an ugly scene, but, hey, no big deal; she was never going to see the creep again. Right?

Cut to Monday morning. Kat has arrived for her first day teaching at a new high school. Imagine her surprise when she discovers her surly acquaintance is also a teacher on staff. Zach isn't exactly the most popular teacher among his colleagues. In fact, this guy appears to have a lot of problems. And he appears to be holding a grudge. And so Katrina's perfectly understandable little white lie snowballs into something that neither of them could predict.

This is a great premise. It is a great premise, but the execution of this debut novel by Jeremy Bates is flawed. Bates gets a lot right. The plotting is strong, if credulity-stretching. Pacing is a strength, too. The novel isn't overly long, and the story unfolds at a steady, rapid pace. Bates is great at escalating the action far beyond where you think things in this scenario can possibly go, and it keeps the reader turning those pages. Bates' prose is fine and he knows how to build suspense.
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50 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Janet E. Jasper on April 26, 2012
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Things are not always as they seem. People may not be who we think they are.

A young woman, Katrina, driving through the pouring rain, high in the mountains of Washington state, is on her way to a new teaching job. She unwisely picks up a hitchhiker, who turns out to be someone she wishes she'd never met. She gets herself enmeshed in a little white lie that leads to complications. To say the least.
Then things get even more interesting. She casually meets another young man in the hardware store in the new town she's moved to. There's an instant attraction. He seems to be the perfect man. But is he?
Things start to heat up. There's a murder. Katrina finds herself sinking deeper and deeper in a quagmire of lies. Not all of them of her own making.
The author really pours on the suspense. In fact, the whole book is one long suspense-filled roller coaster ride! Katrina gets so entangled in her web of lies, who can guess how Bates will get her untangled? He keeps you guessing until the very end. And what an ending! This book really packs a punch!
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30 of 37 people found the following review helpful By P.L. Craig on July 27, 2012
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White Lies is, quite possibly, one of the top fifty books I've read in this genre. Top fifty sounds like a large grouping, but its less years than my unrevealed age, and I am a compulsive reader of the genre. Put that together, and Jeremy Bates' White Lies has rocketed to the top over thousands of others.

There are enough reviewers here who have given you snippets of the book in their own word's or Bates', so I'll just go straight to it: You need to buy this book. The tension builds from an entirely peaceful ride to a place where stress can be left behind. From there, it rapidly increases to a white knuckled ride through scenes that weave together as solidly as a well-tied noose. The characters, regardless of age and gender, are multi-dimensional, well-conceived and completely believable; that's rare. Even more rare, I give White Lies, and Jeremy Bates, a solid five stars!

But be warned: If anyone had disturbed me during the last several chapters, they'd have had things thrown at them. Luckily for them, I'd have missed, since I certainly wouldn't have stopped reading long enough to aim!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth on May 17, 2012
Format: Paperback
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.
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