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What Lies Within Paperback – June 2, 2015
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"Shelley Marano is a great, complicated character, and her relationships (especially with Winston!) are interesting and complex, even as she's discovering that she's not quite like everyone else. A great thriller-adventure!" -- NYT Bestselling author Lani Diane Rich
"Once I opened the page, I couldn't put it down. It's a coming of age suspense novel and kept me involved with what I was reading." -- A_TiffyFit, Book Devourer
"A fast-paced story with unpredictable twists and a strong female lead character." -- Katherine's Bookcase
"What Lies Within is a unique story that will captivate you until the very last word...the plot was really what held the WOW factor...it was just so unique... it just shocked me and it was positively addicting. It's something that every single reader has to witness." -- Teen YA Book Nerd
"This is an impressive debut..Highly recommended." -- Lucy Literati
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I could bet there will be a Hollywood remake soon. It's ripe for a film adaptation. There's very few people who can write strong feminine characters while not pandering to that audience - - and this writer nailed it.
I think I would've liked a little more interaction with her dad as I felt really bad for him. And she shows emotion there, so I was kinda wishing she did a little more throughout the book. But she had SO much going on, it's easy to see why she just didn't have time.
The way it ends is satisfying while leaving the possibility for more in the future. I vote for more!
Shelley Marano as the story opens is a senior trying to decide what she wants to do after graduation, when her Dad shows her a sign he has made, Marano and Daughter’s Auto Body. Oh no is this to be her destiny?
Shelley is suffering from nightmares; these had started after her mother was killed in a car accident on the same day as 9/11. Her best friend Winston tries as he can to help her, but he is the school strange person. Enter her day dreams of classmate Remy Chastain. So when the text messages, “you’re going to die” Shelley is shocked to learn she has a brother and was adopted. Of course it doesn’t help that her Mom and Dad had never told her this. Then we learn that when getting a copy of her birth certificate, her birth mother is Sandra Lauer, who committed suicide while attend UCLA and birth father is sperm donor. While the text messages continue and her refusal to believe the things she is discovering, Shelley is spiraling out of control. Breaking into the lab of Dr. Warner Gibson the professor at UCLE, what will the lab show, who is her father, and when her brother “Matthew” continues to warn her will see listen. You will find yourself turning pages well into the night and even early morning.
That is what happened to me. And I am glad I kept reading because this story really grabs your imagination of what could 'really' happen if this was actually done. A mystery, a thriller, a story of a theory that couldn't really happen...or could it?
Shelly Morano discovers that question is not so simple and, without giving away any of the tightly woven plot, dives into a world she may not be ready for. Both a coming of age story and a thriller, Morris writes with a confident voice, creating characters that breathe with purpose and poignancy. This is one series I'll be sticking around for to see where it ends up.
Finding out that she was adopted, Shelley feels like her whole life was a lie, some kind of cover-up. What happens, though, when she finds out that her birth parents' lives aren't anything she could have imagined? Or when she finds out that her genetics could have made her something to be feared? Suddenly, which school she is accepted into or the monotony of life don't really concern her anymore.
Reading "What Lies Within" takes you on a fast paced ride along with Shelley as she tries to discover about her past and how it will impact her future, if she gets to have one that is.
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: James Morris
The listener will be drawn into an intriguing story of Shelley Marano a somewhat normal seventeen year old girl: who discovers in a...Read more