Deadly Deceit is a skillfully executed suspense novel that could easily keep most readers on the edge of their seat until the very end. The second volume in Walters’ Harbored Secrets series, this book could easily stand on its own merits but what is the fun in that? With familiar characters and the setting of Walton, Georgia from the first installment, Living Lies, readers will find this suspense filled tale even more enjoyable if they have read the first.

The narrative begins with the death of a person close to Vivian Demarco, a dedicated journalist. Determined to use her unique skills to discover the truth behind the mysterious message on her friend’s dying lips, Vivian quickly runs up against Deputy Ryan Frost who discourages her from becoming involved. Naturally Vivian stubbornly refuses and as all good readers can quickly guess, the two are soon working together to solve a case that grows beyond their original suspicions.

Multiple suspects as well as victims keeps the pair and the entire police force on their toes as they work frantically to prevent more victims and to stay alive themselves. A touch of faith and a theme of forgiveness is woven throughout the story. I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend to all lovers of contemporary suspense.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by the author and Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.


Welcome back to Walton, Georgia, where everyone knows your name–but no one knows your secret.

Independent and tenacious journalist Vivian DeMarco is back in Walton, Georgia, for one reason–to do her job and get out. When her boss suddenly dies under suspicious circumstances, Vivian’s only hope for finding the truth–and the next big story–is small-town law enforcement’s lanky poster boy, Deputy Ryan Frost. But the deeper they dig, the more twisted the truth becomes. False leads, incriminating emails, and someone called the Watcher force Vivian to fight for answers–and her life.


Natalie Walters is the author of Living Lies and Deadly Deceit. A military wife of 22 years, she currently resides in Hawaii with her soldier husband and their three kids. She writes full-time and has been published in Proverbs 31 magazine and has blogged for Guideposts online. In addition to balancing life as a military spouse, mom, and writer, she loves connecting on social media, sharing her love of books, cooking, and traveling. Natalie comes from a long line of military and law enforcement veterans and is passionate about supporting them through volunteer work, races, and writing stories that affirm no one is defined by their past. Learn more at