Difficult Lies

Fiction - General
452 Pages
Reviewed on 11/06/2015
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Author Biography

Christopher T. Werkman completed a thirty year career as a high school art teacher in 2000. He still paints, but he has been writing fiction furiously ever since. His short stories have appeared in numerous literary magazines and anthologies, and his first novel, Difficult Lies, was released September 1st 2015 by Rogue Phoenix Press. He lives on a few acres outside Haskins, Ohio, with his partner Karen and too many cats. Werkman plays golf in the summer, indoor tennis all winter, and rides his motorcycle whenever there is sufficient traction.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite

Difficult Lies by Christopher T. Werkman drops readers into the life of Allan Vickery, although when we first meet him he is not overly sure if he is alive or dead. Vic took a hard hit to the head with a golf ball; he slipped into a coma, and things begin suddenly changing soon after he wakes up. Upon waking, he dives back into the struggle of keeping his marriage alive, becoming a successful painter, and teaching high school art in a successful manner, but things have to change. Vic takes a lover who sets his passions ablaze, and plays golf like never before, and all of this while dealing with things that were shown to him while he was in the coma.

I initially decided to read this book because it had golf in it. My dad golfs and I remember many fun weekends with him, walking along the lush green grass as he and his friends played and I tagged along and handed them clubs. I am glad I picked this one up because it is so much more than just a golf book. This is a story like an onion in that it has so many layers you may not get all of them on the first read through. Vic is a pretty decent guy who, like any of us, has his struggles in life, and after a big trauma knows he has to change. He wants things to be different in his life.

This a page turner that keeps you interested and makes it hard to set the book down as you ride the emotional roller coaster right along with Vic. I even found myself in tears when he gets a phone call from an uncle he clearly has not talked to in a long time about his father with whom he really had little relationship. I don't want to give anything away, but I must say you will feel emotions and connections with this very human set of characters. I recommend this book for a good and interesting read.