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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. Ben is not perfect, he's not rich, he's got problems and conflicts that are along a totally different wave length and you love him more because of that. Camelia is not weak, she's independent and curious.
Stolarz is an incredible writer who has a way of setting up and unfolding the plot. After finishing this book, I was definitely left wanting more. I can't wait to uncover more of this world, and these characters.
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.