YOU NEVER KNOW WHERE A LIE MIGHT LEAD - While driving to a charming village tucked away deep in the Cascade Mountains of eastern Washington, where she is to begin a new job teaching high school English, Katrina Burton picks up a young hitchhiker who turns out to be a drunken creep. Fearful for her safety, she lies about her destination in order to get him out of the car. But when she later discovers that he is a teacher at the same school, she finds herself feeding that initial lie with more lies.
Then Katrina meets Jack Reeves. Handsome, charismatic and strong, he is exactly what she needs to extricate her from the expanding network of lies. She falls fast and hard for him. But when Jack lands himself in the middle of a grisly murder, she must decide whether to turn him in--or tell yet another lie.
The tangled web that Katrina Burton weaves starts with a seemingly innocent white lie. Driving from Seattle to the mountain town of Leavenworth to start a new teaching job and a new lease on life two years after the death of her fiancé, she picks up a young man hitchhiking. When his behavior makes her uncomfortable, she lies about where she's going to get him out of her car. But when the hitchhiker turns out to be her fellow high-school teacher Zach Marshall, Katrina--reluctant to admit her initial lie to Zach in front of her new colleagues--is embarrassed into hosting a party at a lakeside cabin she's forced to rent. Here events--largely precipitated by her exciting new lover, Jack Reeves--snowball out of control, leading to violence and cover-ups requiring more and bigger lies. Bates takes an intriguing premise to shocking lengths, revealing the outcome only in an epilogue. A graphically violent story with building suspense and a moral about where weaving such a web may lead.
Praise for Jeremy Bates and his books:
"Bates' approach to the story is surprisingly restrained, cultivating impressive frights in the unnerving environment...an understated horror story that will remind readers what chattering teeth sound like."
- Kirkus Reviews on Suicide Forest
"Bates takes an intriguing premise to shocking lengths, revealing the outcome only in an epilogue. A graphically violent story with building suspense and a moral about where weaving such a web may lead."
- Booklist on White Lies
"The Catacombs is easy to consume whole, like a shocking, but delicious, pint of ice cream, as Bates never shies away from the bad or the ugly. If you are looking for something to give you chills before you go to bed or make you think twice about turning off your light, then The Catacombs is the book for you."
- San Francisco Book Review on The Catacombs
"[A] short, sharp shocker...Bates (The Taste of Fear) writes persuasively from [the protagonist's] adolescent point of view, making the horror of his youthful reminiscences that much more intense."
- Publishers Weekly on Black Canyon
"Here's an enjoyable book to lose yourself in. Jeremy Bates doesn't miss a trick, teasing and misleading, ratcheting up the tension as the heroine...loses traction on a slippery slope of deceptions."
- Glenn Kleier, New York Times bestselling author on White Lies
"A horror story like none other...makes for a read that will delight horror fans who want their novels steeped in psychological suspense as well as action."
- Midwest Book Review on The Catacombs