I finished both of these books a little while ago.
I hadn’t thought it necessary to write anything about them until I received an email that inferred I shouldn’t have read this type of “death and murder” book.
The email came from someone who had sought out details of them from a secular review site.
These two books, written by Christian authors and purchased from a Christian book shop, remained unread for some time after I’d bought them, and when I did read them it was to see whether they’d be suitable to give to an elderly disabled woman who had been struggling with the isolation of the current lock-down. She’d been unable to obtain any new reading material.
While having very different stories, Strands of Truth by Colleen Coble and Living Lies by Natalie Walters touch upon the importance of family, obsession, loss and mental illness.
Both do include a murder as part of their story background, but at the centre of the books are relationships with committed Christians who help the protagonists to overcome the difficulties they have been facing.
Here are the promotional details taken from the bookstore website.
Strands of Truth:
Harper Taylor is used to being alone-after all, she grew up in one foster home after another. Oliver Jackson finally took her under his wing when she was a runaway teenager, and now Harper pours her marine biology knowledge into Oliver’s pen shell research. But she’s never stopped wishing for a family of her own.
So when a DNA test reveals a half-sister living just two hours away, Harper is both hopeful and nervous. Over warm cinnamon rolls, Harper and Annabelle find striking similarities in their stories. Is it just a coincidence that both their mothers died tragically, without revealing Harper and Annabelle’s father’s name?
Oliver’s son Ridge still sees Harper as a troubled teen even all these years later. But when Oliver is attacked, Ridge and Harper find themselves working together to uncover dangerous secrets that threaten to destroy them all. They must unravel her past before they can have any hope for the future.
In the little town of Walton, Georgia, everybody knows your name–but no one knows your secret. At least that’s what Lane Kent is counting on when she returns to her hometown with her five-year-old son.
Dangerously depressed after the death of her husband, Lane is looking for hope. What she finds instead is a dead body.
Lane must work with Walton’s newest deputy, Charlie Lynch, to uncover the truth behind the murder. But when that truth hits too close to home, she’ll have to decide if saving the life of another is worth the cost of revealing her darkest secret.