13 March 2010

Deadly Little Secret by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Some secrets shouldn't be kept...

Up until three months ago, everything in sixteen-year-old Camelia's life had been fairly ordinary: decent grades; an okay relationship with her parents; and a pretty cool part-time job at the art studio downtown. But when Ben, the mysterious new guy, starts junior year at her high school, Camelia's life becomes anything but ordinary.

Rumored to be somehow responsible for his ex-girlfriend's accidental death, Ben is immediately ostracized by everyone on campus. Except for Camelia. She's reluctant to believe the rumors, even when her friends try to convince her otherwise. She's inexplicably drawn to Ben...and to his touch. But soon, Camelia is receiving eerie phone calls and strange packages with threatening notes. Ben insists she is in danger, and that he can help--but can he be trusted? She knows he's hiding something... but he's not the only one with a secret.

From the best-selling author of Blue is for Nightmares comes a story of paranormal romance that's sure to be a thrilling and chilling teen favorite.

My opinion:  Never before have I come across a book that has thrown me off as much as "Deadly Little Secret" did.  It was to where at the end of the book I was just like, "Holy crap, I so should have seen that coming!  Like, duh."  Also a first is a book that has officially crept me out.

My favorite part of this book was the humor brought in by Camelia's best friends, Wes and Kimmie.  They were an absolutely riot, Kimmie especially.  It was enough for me to realize that it was not a book I should have been reading in a dead-silent classroom with a national writing test in session.  I had a hard time concealing my laughter.  So, be advised.  

I am aware of how powerful obsession can be, but I am surprised at how well it can be masked.  The whole time I was suspecting a character that was hardly involved in the end of the plot, though he had come off as a little "stalker-ish", effectively filling the role of the creep who was going after Camelia.

For all those who love huge plot twists at the end and a resolution that has you going, "Holy crap" the whole time while having a firm grip on your favorite blanket, this is a good book to get a hold of. 

I can't wait to get the sequel, "Deadly Little Lies".  I want to see how the author resolves this huge chasm she left at the end.

An intense read, but wholly satisfying.  L.F. Stolarz is a genius at her craft.

Book Info:

  • pages - hardcover, 252
  • published - December 2008
  • publisher - Hyperion
  • genre - fantasy
  • received via - library :)
  • rating - 5/5
  • series - Touch
    • Deadly Little Secret
    • Deadly Little Lies
    • Deadly Little Games
    • Deadly Little Voices
    • Deadly Little Lessons