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White Lies Paperback – May 7, 2012
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"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
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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.Read more ›
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!
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!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The one star is for effort on the part of the author, but this book was very predictable from page 1. Not what I would call a "thriller" or "mystery" by any means. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dwight S. Harvey
It wasn't bad. A bit unbelievable at times but the story was interesting enough.Published 5 months ago by Rachelle
This story grabs you from the beginning with it's innocent 'white lie' and sucks you into deeper and deeper trouble . A great suspense read....Published 7 months ago by joyinHawaii
Suspensful read, not as good as some of his others but still great.
Kept me reading and on the edge of my seat.
This was a very good book.I had read 2 other books by Jeremy Bates that were completely different then this book was. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Dayna Vanover
Possibly the worst book I've evet read. Characters are lame, dialog is ridiculous and plot is absurd. Even at .99 I feel ripped off. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Karen Diane
I gave this book a five star rating because from beginning to end it kept me guessing. I never in a million reads would have thought that the characters would end up where they... Read morePublished 9 months ago by nadiaj1980
This is an awful read, don't waste your time! The premise of the book is ludicrous, all of the decisions the main character makes are laughable and the writing is horrendous.Published 11 months ago by CGB