Deadly Little Secrets By Laurie Faria Stolarz

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Camelia’s life definitely changes when a mysterious boy named Ben saves her life and then disappears only to reappear as the new kid at Camelia’s high school. Ben’s appearance sets the school’s population talking about the rumor that he killed his ex-girl friend. Despite the rumors and the advice of her friends, Camelia is drawn to Ben and his touch. When Camelia begins receiving strange packages, mysterious phone calls, and a warning from Ben that she is in danger, Camelia doesn’t know if she should trust Ben or give into the rumors. What she does know is that Ben is hiding something. The question is ... is he the only one?

I always enjoy a book that takes off within the first few pages, which is exactly what Deadly Little Secret by Laurie Faria Stolarz does. In fact, the first two sentences were enough to peak my interest, and the story’s pace never faltered until the end. However, Stolarz’s combination of first person point of view combined with the unknown diary entry of another character, kept me actively trying to unravel and predicting who the mysterious writer was. As I read about Camelia’s near death experience and her first encounter with Ben I was intrigued. The diary entries seemed, at first, to coincide with Ben’s first encounter with Camelia. However, as the plot progressed, the diary entry’s tone changes and, like Camelia, I began to question Ben’s motives. Stolarz seamlessly interjects doubt in the reader through these entries while building more and more suspense. I continued to play Sherlock Holmes managing to eliminate all but two of the characters as possible suspects, and I thoroughly enjoyed the mental challenge. If you enjoy fast paced mysteries, then I would recommend you give Deadly Little Secrets a read.

Laurie Faria Stolarz next book in the series Deadly Little Lies is currently available in hard copy.

Rating: 4 Cherries

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