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A high school ruled by small-town politics.
A rural community ruled by rumors.
The truth may set them free. But are they ready for it?

The residents of West Lake are resistant to change and afraid of confrontation. They’re happy to punch in and punch out and complain about the boss man. They’re friendly to your face but spiteful behind your back. They have their farms and their football, but, underneath that small-town veneer, there’s envy and self-hatred and greed. 

Principal Janet Wilcox is a modern-day Machiavelli of small-town politics, playing the school board and the community like a banjo. Coach Rick Barnett finds himself squarely in her sights when an up-and-coming quarterback challenges her son’s starting position. 

Gwen Townsend’s the new teacher in town. She’s a beautiful woman with a secret. She picked the wrong place to hide from her past. Caleb Miles is her star pupil, a brilliant young writer, questioning his sexuality in a town lacking tolerance. Gwen needs to hide who she was, and Caleb needs to hide who he is. 

In a town run on rumors, nobody’s secret is safe.

Adult content and language.

©2018 Phil M. Williams (P)2019 Phil M. Williams

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Another great book from Phil M. Williams

Another great book from Phil M. Williams who is rapidly becoming one of my favorite authors. The characters were so realistic, as they are in all of his books, that I became invested in them and truly cared what happened to them. I really like that his audio books have both male and female narration, which makes the characters even more realistic. Events in the story correlated with human behavior in the world today making for a very thought provoking listen/read. Another book by Phil M. Williams I didn't want to end. I can't wait to listen to / read more of his work.

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Absorbing Contemporary Fiction

This audiobook captured my attention throughout the story. Phil M. Williams is an amazing writer and when I start one of his audiobooks, I have a hard time stopping until the end of the story, and this audiobook was no different. When the story opened, it brought to mind that old song titled, "Harper Valley PTA", written by Tom T. Hall and sung by Jeannie C. Riley, but the tale does morph into more as it unfolded. I recommend this novel to others who enjoy contemporary fiction at its finest. Tristan Wright's and Sarah Grace Wright's narrations were emotive and added to the entertainment of the story. I was given a free copy of the audiobook and I have voluntarily posted this review.

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JUSTICE

I really enjoyed this novel. I always like to see the good guys triumph. I follow this author's work. I am starting my next one now.

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Interesting read

This book kept me decently interested throughout. It is one of the few books that grab your attention early on, which I alway appreciate. The ending wasn’t super satisfying, but overall...I don’t regret the purchase

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Enjoyed this book so much it held my attention & kept me listening & had a very relatable story

I would definitely listen to more books by this author. The narration of this story was excellent

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Political Agendas, Lies & Rumour Twisted Together.

Phil M Williams weaves many characters into this book and some are good honest people and some are, well... they’re just not. This is a story about small minded people twisting the truth for their own gain. A story about how people are all too willing to believe what they’re told rather than find out the truth for themselves. A story that shows one of modern societies greatest failings: being willing to believe the worst of people no matter the truth. What happens when people are told outright lies? These are the themes the author weaves together with seeming ease. It’s clever writing that highlights some of the darker aspects to modern life but it also makes you think about how we’d all behave in similar situations. As with a lot of Phil M. Williams writing he takes the story through many different stages. The story is told from many different perspectives each character having their own struggles. Other writers may have taken one aspect for their focus but this book is all the better for the author's ambition. I always feel like I get much more than with other writers. Recommended.
Tristan and Sarah Grace Wright, who narrate this book, have become the ‘sound of Phil M Williams’ Books’ for me as I’ve enjoyed their readings of many of them. As always they deliver a great performance sharing the duties between them as they give life to the author’s characters. A high quality production with first rate performances.