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 being forced to interact with her lover’s wife, and serves as confidante for his family as they reveal their secrets. Will she go to prison for the crimes? Or will she be declared righteous, protected and redeemed? A mystery man with eyes of two different colors stalks her throughout the story, always leaving a rose 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 and more are answered in the pages of Between the Lies by Joy DeKok.
I very much enjoyed this book but found that Olivia’s character was not as strong as I would have liked. She experienced frequent nausea over deadly and stressful situations when she did not seem shocked or dismayed by her own lifestyle. Perhaps as she gains self-esteem in the next book in the series this will develop. Also, for a “bad girl,” her guarded attempts at not cursing were humorous. I don’t appreciate cursing any more than the author, but it might be more realistic not to have any cursing than to sugar coat it.
DeKok is a master at crafting a story and keeping it suspenseful. I look forward to the rest of the series.
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