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Deadly Little Secret (Touch, Book 1) Hardcover – December 23, 2008
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Part of the story telling strategy is filling in chapters with journal entries, which works incredible well in setting up the suspense and the whodunit. The progression of the entries from thoughtful to scary creates a curiosity of who exactly is stalking Camelia. And just when you think you know who, you start questioning it.
Some people may compare this book with the Twilight series but please, read it as a stand alone. While there are scenes that seem familiar, like a near fatal car accident and Ben and Camelia being Chem partner's, the plot and storyline are different. The road that it starts to create as a series will lead down a different path. Not to mention the characters are not like Bella and Edward. I am a Twilight fan, but as characters, Edward is near perfect and Bella is a damsel is distress.Read more ›
Oh, and the Twilight-ish part is this:
-Ben and Camelia meet when he saves her from being hit by a car.
-they are lab partners in chemistry class.
-the whole "I don't want to hurt you, but I love you" thing.
Anyway, it's really good!
This is a good premise for a paranormal mystery series. The characters are fun and bubbly and this lighthearted aspect is mixed in with a darker language and theme in the book. I agree with the other reviewers that this novel is somewhat similar to the Twilight series. There aren't any vampires in this book, but there is plenty of romantic tension between the two main characters as well as a paranormal subplot. I give this three stars because I was disappointed with the mystery aspect. The stalker is the person I suspected all along, which made the ending somewhat anticlimactic for me. Other than that, I enjoyed the romance and mystique surrounding the Ben character. I don't know if I'll give the second book a whirl, but this is worth looking into if you're in the bargain for a series similar to the Twilight saga.
I've read Laurie Faria Stolarz' "Blue is for Nightmares" series and, while I didn't find it a fantabulous, can't-put-it-down-for-one-second-must-read, the series was an engrossing and entertaining escape. I expected more of the same from her new Touch series and got just that.
In Deadly Little Secret we meet Camelia, a well-adjusted teen whose life is pretty ordinary. But after Ben, the mysterious boy who rescued her from a car accident returns to town as the new guy with a dangerous reputation, Camelia's life takes a darker turn. In short order, she is feeling threatened and is left wondering who to trust and who to fear. Since Ben, on the surface, seems to fit into the "someone to fear" category - or at least a "someone to be wary of" category - her attraction to him complicates her life and affects her decision-making abilities.
I found Deadly Little Secret to be a mostly satisfying read, but it wasn't perfect.
While I liked Camelia, I did get annoyed with her from time to time, feeling that she occasionally acted foolishly or in ways that might have endangered her. Because of the overwhelming evidence that she was being stalked - and by someone who was growing increasingly aggressive and threatening - she shouldn't have been seeing ANYONE alone. But, of course, if she would have behaved in a completely rational manner, going to her parents or the police, we probably wouldn't have had much of a story. :-)
I really liked the relationship between Camelia and her friends, Kimmie and Wes. They obviously knew each other well and I felt there was a believable, long-time friend mix of being alternately supportive of and almost completed oblivious to one another.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's a story of a girl, oblivious to how attractive she is, living on the fringes of social circle in high school. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amanda Morcomb
Okay so this was the absolute best book ever, I can relate to camellia ♥️ I feel like I'm literally her 💕 I love it, I can't wait to read the other 4 books I bought all of them,... Read morePublished 3 months ago
It was good. The touch aspect is a little weird and feels somewhat farfetched to me. I didn't completely catch on to that bit. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ang
Such a great read and I was surprised by it being signed by the author!Published 8 months ago by Mackenzie Lucas
This clever book by Laurie Stolarz is a fantastic book. It is captivating from page 1, and keeps you on your toes all the way to the end. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
I bought this book because I accidentally bought the third book in the series and was eager to read it. That was one of the best decisions I've made this summer! Read morePublished 11 months ago by Leena
This book was a great read. After I started it I really didn't want to put it down. Every chapter ended with another mystery making you want to read more!Published 12 months ago by Koolgirl 546
Even after reading the synopsis, I still wasn't sure what to expect from Deadly Little Secret. I mistakenly thought it would lean more toward supernatural, with the emphasis on her... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jamie Kline (Lucky Devil Reviews)