Deadly Little Secret by Laurie Faria Stolarz

July 3, 2009 at 11:26 pm Leave a comment

deadly little secret
Greatness:  4/5 stars

Summary:

16-year-old Camelia leads a pretty ordinary life.  She goes to school, hangs out with her best friends, Kimmie and Wes, and works part-time at the pottery store.   But everything changes when Camelia is pushed out of the path of a speeding car by a mysterious boy, thereby saving her life.  Since then, she hasn’t been able to get the boy or his touch out of her mind.   Things get even weirder when she swears the new transfer student who is rumored to have killed his ex-girlfriend, Ben, is the guy who saved her even though he stubbornly states that it’s not him.  Tensions start to rise as Camelia finds herself being watched by someone as she starts to receive photos of herself and threatening phone calls.  She must, with the help of Ben, deal with the danger of her stalker— before her time is up.

Review:

Deadly Little Secret is the first of the Touch series by Laurie Faria Stolarz.  Stolarz writes a suspenseful  novel  for the readers, and the secrets she webs into the plot keep the readers entranced in finding what is to happen to Camelia.  There is never a dry spell in all of the 252 pages of the book, each chapter reads quickly with the witty dialogue of the characters.

The novel is reminiscent of another well known young adult vampire novel, Twilight, in how Camelia and Ben first meet and their growing relationship.  However, it can stand its own as the plots and characters differ significantly.  And Stolarz weaves in the perspective of the unknown stalker after every chapter in Camelia’s perspective giving the novel a darker and more dangerous feel from the beginning.

Stolarz’s characters are witty and entertaining and give an extra punch to keep the interest in everyday conversation.  Camelia is a relatable and likeable heroine, the readers will be able to understand her perspective and feel her fear seeping through the pages.  I recommend this to young adult readers interested in chilling thrillers without any of the blood and gore.  You’ll pick up the book and not be able to set it down.

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