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  • Publisher: Love-Based Publishing
  • Available in: Paperback, Kindle, Audio
  • ISBN: 978-1945363986
  • Published: September 10, 2018
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Book 1 of the award-winning Secrets of Redemption series.

A fresh start. That’s what Becca hoped the move from New York to Redemption, Wisconsin would be for her troubled family. A way to get her crumbling marriage back on track, and to bond with her difficult 16-year-old stepdaughter.

But instead of a new beginning, Becca is thrust into a mysterious past she barely remembers. A past that includes the complications of interacting with her old teenage crush, Daniel, as well as living in her aunt’s old house.

A house with a violent past. A house the locals swear is haunted.

But there’s no such thing as ghosts. Right?

So, could there be something even more sinister out to destroy them?

And can Becca discover the truth before it’s too late?

2020 Voice Award–January LaVoy, who narrated the Secrets of Redemption series, won a 2020 Voice Arts Awards Best Mystery Audiobook Narration for her work on “It Began With a Lie.”

2018 PRG Reviewers’ Choice Winner (First Place)

2018 PRG Reviewers’ Choice Winner for Book Series (Second Place)
This book grabs your attention slowly and then ramps up the intensity until your spine tingles and you aren’t sure what to tell Becca – run or stay? Who can she trust?”
Paranormal Romance Guild

Michele Pariza Wacek carries the reader along on this journey, which has twists and turns to the very last page. Her characters become friends, some you want to spend more time with and some you come to despise. She casts a spell that will keep you enthralled. A can’t miss novel from a dynamic author. 5 stars! 

The International Review of Books

On the surface, Wacek employs all the devices of a standard haunted-house story full of ghosts and supernatural possessions. But her principal plot is also entangled with a mystery, family secrets, and a character study of a woman reconciling with her past that unveils before her eyes. Wacek’s ambitious story is made more complex with layers of subplots that subtly build up the overall suspense. … The different storylines working together make sense, since not all is fully resolved, and this is the first of a planned series of books. As you read, waiting to see what happens next, you may be surprised by how it ends.

The US Review of Books

Want a sneak peek? You can check out an excerpt here or, if you’re looking for a little more meat,  grab a preview here. You can also read the story behind the story here.

For more on how all three series fit together, start here.

And don’t forget to check out all the short stories, snippets, unpublished excerpts and more in the Secrets of Redemption universe.

In a book club? You can download book discussion questions here.


It Began With a Lie