Living Lies is more than just gripping fiction. The story drew me in before I had finished the first chapter, and didn’t let go until I had reached the end. Though the plot reached a stopping point, I wasn’t quite ready for the story to end.
The characters are well developed, and you can connect with their fears and frustrations. Lane wants to conceal her weakness, afraid that it will lead to others getting hurt. Charlie wants to prove that he has made the right decision. Besides that, the descriptions of both the people and events let you easily imagine what they look like and what happens.
That aspect alone made it hard to put down, but the underlying messages in Living Lies made it so much better. Lives in the story are built on keeping a public facade intact and worrying too much about what others think. Over the course of the book, people learn that outward appearances are not the most important thing. Being who God created you to be is where your focus should be. A good summary is provided by the quote, “If all you see when you look in the mirror are your flaws, then you’ll believe that’s all anyone else will see. You are not broken.”
People learn about trust and sharing each other’s burdens. Stories with these aspects remind us that we are to do the same.
I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.