Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Deadly Little Secrets by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Deadly Little Secret
By: Laurie Faria Stolarz
Review by: Lauren

Camelia ended last year with a mysterious boy saving her life. As school is about to start once more, all she can think about is this boy and the way his touch made her feel. Her friends, Kimmie and Wes, think she should simply get it over it and move on with her life, but when Camelia finally meets Ben, she becomes too wrapped up in his world to let go.

Ben is a new student, having been homeschooled after his girlfriend died and everyone blamed him. But if he's so dangerous, why is he intent on making Camelia see she's in trouble herself? Camelia has been getting pictures taken of herself around town shoved in her mailbox and soon realizes that whoever this is is watching her closely.

The mystery of Ben's touch is finally explained to Camelia, who still isn't sure whether to trust him or not. Everyone in their town believes Ben to be a bad guy, but something inside Camelia wants to believe that they are all wrong. Ben insists he's trying to help and uses all his strength to prove he can save her.

Deadly Little Secret takes hold of you as soon as you start reading and doesn't let go until you finish the last page. As a fan of Stolarz, I was quite excited to read her latest work and I was not disappointed. Some people might complain that there wasn't enough mystery, but I honestly feel that it keeps you guessing until the climax.

Camelia's life is real and well-rounded, with parents and friends that are quirky, yet have troubles of their own. The one complaint that I would have is that the end seemded to wrap up a little too quickly and Camelia's reactions after the fact were a bit unrealistic...I would have thought she'd have taken more time to adjust back into everyday life. However, it's still a great story and I'm very excited for the sequel, Deadly Little Lies, to be released.

Deadly Little Secrets out TODAY!


Shalonda said...

Yay! Glad you liked the book. Can't wait to read it.

YA Book Realm said...

I enjoyed this book a lot as well. And I agree about how the book kept you guessing. Throughout the book I was guessing all the wrong people.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Shalonda: It's definitely good! I hope you enjoy it as well.

YA Book Realm: Me too! I love it when that happens though.


robin_titan said...

I agree, I kept guessing and guessing and all the wrong people, I honestly thought it was *SPOILER WARNING* her boss, Spencer.

I also thought the ending was a bit rushed but either way I can't wait for the sequel. :)