Oceanview Publishing, 2012, 280 Pages
ISBN No. 978-1-60809-043-3
Reviewed by Patricia E. Reid
Katrina Burton is traveling to a new job teaching high school English at Cascade High School in Leavenworth, Washington. The last thing that ever occurred to Katrina was that this new life would start out with a white lie leading to another lie and another lie up to the point where Katrina finds herself lying to protect a murderer.
It all starts innocently enough when Katrina picks up a strange man on her way to Leavenworth. Katrina was well aware of the dangers of picking up strangers but the weather was bad and there wasn’t any traffic and Katrina felt guilty passing up the man. Once he got in the car with her and her dog, Bandit, Katrina began to have second thoughts. When she spotted a sign leading to a turnoff to Lake Wenatchee she told her first lie and said she had a place at the lake and dropped the man off at the turn. Katrina was relieved to be rid of the hitchhiker named Zach and felt sure she had seen the end of him.
Katrina and Bandit settled in the place that Katrina had rented and Katrina prepared for the first day of school. It turns out Zach Marshall not only lives in town but teaches in the high school where Katrina is going to begin her new career. To Katrina’s horror, Zach announces to the other teachers that Katrina owns a cottage at the Lake and suggest she host a party for her new coworkers. Katrina is beside herself trying to figure out how to get out of the one little lie she told.
Jack Reeves is a man Katrina met at the local hardware store and she confides in Jack the problem about the party and the lake house. Jack comes up with a solution for Katrina to save face with her fellow workers. Though Katrina realizes it is not the best solution, she goes along with his suggestion.
Zach is a strange character. I disliked Zach at times but other times felt sympathy for him. Jack Reeves also has many sides to his personality. Katrina soon begins to realize that Jack may not be the person that originally caught her eye.
As the pages turn the reader soon realizes that with Reeves influence Katrina is digging herself a hole with half-truths and new lies. The characters in White Lies are strong and the suspense builds and builds. This is a book that leaves the reader wanting more. I will be looking for future books by this author.