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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
From the Author
A note from Joy:
When I started writing Between the Lies, I didn't know it would be a sesries and when I realized it was, I didn't have any idea what to call the series. I was leaning toward "The Olivia Morgan Series." Yeah. I know.
While talking to a potential reader about Between the Lies she said, "This story sounds like a murder mystery with a boatload of suspense." She was right. As important as that is to the story it's also 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. That's the way it is sometimes for writers. We don't know some stuff until we get there.
Book is listed as a suspense although it reads more like a cozy mystery thus far as someone is shadowing the protagonist leaving her puzzling notes along with a red rose. Seems like the book is generally well-written including passages like "When he came home from being with you, your perfume lingered on his clothes and you joined us at our dining room table' and "When I opened it, I smelled glue, colored paper, and color crayons, as fragrant as any expensive perfume to my shattered heart." Kind of a shame that I'm not really clicking with any of the main characters 1/4th of the way through as that's generally the juncture at which I decide whether I want to continue. I will update my review later if I choose to finish it, best I can say currently is that it has been an ok book.
First, let me say that I really liked this book. There were only a couple things that kept this from being a 5 star review. I felt that the talks, to Jillian and Mickey, at the cemetery were used to relate some history. I would have preferred that she simply remembered, rather than using the talks to do so. It felt contrived. The other problem I had was with the "neat" wrap-up. I don't want to say anything specific about it, because I don't want to spoil it for others. Overall, it was a very good book and I would read others by this author.
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.
"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.
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.
I give Between the Lies my very highest recommendation. Kudos!
Ugh. You are supposed to like the lead character - a doormat of the first caliber. Mistress to a rich man, living off his wife's wealth and totally subsuming her humanity to said cheater. Yes, I am sorry for you that your daughter by the creep died, but the whole story was twisted beyond belief, and I couldn't find anything at all to like about the lead character - or anyone else who surrounded her. It's a shame... it could have been so much better - the potential for a good storyline was there, with some really tough issues to be addressed, but it simply didn't work.