Friday, February 26, 2010

Deadly Little Secret by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Title: Deadly Little Secret
Series: The Touch Novels
Book #: One
Author: Laurie Faria Stolarz
: 272

Published: 2009
Reading Level: Young Adult

Some secrets shouldn't be kept...

Until three months ago, everything in sixteen-year-old Camelia's life had been fairly ordinary: decent grades, an okay relationship with her parents, and a pretty cool part-time job at the art studio downtown.  But when a mysterious boy named Ben starts junior year at her high school, Camelia's life becomes anything but ordinary.

Rumored to be somehow responsible for his ex-girlfriend's accidental death, Ben is immediately ostracized by everyone on campus. Except for Camelia. She's reluctant to believe he's trouble, even when her friends try to convince her otherwise.  Instead, she's inexplicably drawn to Ben.and to his touch.  But soon, Camelia is receiving eerie phone calls and strange packages with threatening notes. Ben insists she is in danger, and that he can help-but can he be trusted? She knows he's hiding something... but he's not the only one with a secret.

Amber's thoughts: 

Stolarz definitely didn't disappoint in her latest series. I read the Blue Is for Nightmares series about a year ago, and I was instantly reminded of how much I enjoy the suspense and chills that come with a Stolarz novel. This is the book you want to grab and curl up with in a dimly lit room during a thunderstorm. 

Stolarz is a master of mystery. She knows just how to frame every character and keep you guessing until the end.  This is one mystery that I just couldn't crack. While I enjoyed the familiar feel of her writing, some of the BIFN readers might find it a bit repetitive. Even I found myself thinking haven't we done this before? That's how similar the plot and writing style is to Stolarz's previous novels. I love this type of novel, so I didn't mind. 

All of the characters are the best friends you always wished you had. Camelia is a likable and relatable protagonist, and although she wasn't incredibly deep, she was never annoying. Her friends and fellow students will have you laughing out loud throughout the novel. 

This stalker story really sent chills up my spine. In a good way. Mysterious notes, creepy suspects, and thrilling escapes made for an addicting story. My heart was really pumping at some points. Not only does Stolarz give you the classic, bad boy suspect, but she also throws in a couple of twists that make you wonder whom Camelia can really trust. I have to admit, I never saw the ending coming. Hehehe. 

In the end, I can definitely say that I will be recommending this book. This one is just too good for you to ignore. If you love drama and suspense, not to mention totally crush-worthy guys, then this is the book for you.

To see my interview with Lisa Faria Stolarz, click here.
To see the Deadly Little Secret book trailer, click here


Ashley said...

AMAZING book!!!!!!!!! Loved it. You'll love the second one!

Dahlia (TheBookShopaholic) said...

I;m glad you liked it. I gave it 5 stars.

Adriana said...

This book sounds really cool and creepy.