Deadly Little Lies by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Book summary from Deadly Little Lies bookjacket

Last fall, sixteen-year-old Camelia fell for Ben, a new boy at school who had a very mysterious gift – psychometry, the ability to sense the future through touch. But just as Camelia and Ben's romance began to heat up, he abruptly left town. Brokenhearted, Camelia has spent the last few months studying everything she can about psychometry and experiencing strange brushes with premonition. Camelia wonders if Ben's abilities have somehow been transferred to her.

Ben returns to school, but he remains aloof, and Camelia can't get close enough to share her secret with him. Camelia makes the painful decision to let him go and move on. Adam, the hot new guy at Knead, seems good for her in ways Ben wasn't. But when Camelia and Adam start dating, a surprising love triangle results. A chilling sequence of events uncovers secrets from Ben’s past – and Adam's. Someone is lying, and it's up to Camelia to figure out who – before it's too late.

I was anxious to read Laurie Faria Stolarz’s second book in her Touch novel,  Deadly Little Lies because I enjoyed her first book, Deadly Little Secrets (see review). However, I was disappointed with with the book’s pace and with the story in general. The first book grabbed me within the first two sentences and kept me edgy throughout.  It also kept me guessing, trying to predict, who would turn out to be the antagonist. In Deadly Little Lies, Stolarz once again uses diary entries allegorically to create suspense, and like the first book, the diary entries kept me actively reading and predicting; however, this time the clues were a tad too obvious. Another problem I had with this book was the on again off again romance between Camelia and Ben became tedious. The introduction of Adam, “the hot new guy at Knead,” the pottery shop where Camelia and sculpts, seemed transparently staged. One thing I will say that made this book palatable is that Stolarz peaked my curiosity about the connection between Camelia’s aunt and Camelia’s ability to sculpt ominous objects. It is for this reason that when the third Touch novel comes out I will read it simply because I feel Stolarz has the ability to sustain a heighten mood of apprehension. I just hope that the conclusion to book number three is more satisfying than Deadly Little Lies turned out to be.

Rating: 3 Cherries

2 Delicious Comments:

Anonymous said...

I saw this the other day and didn't pick it up...guess I might should rethink that move.

breezy1234 said...

i read this for a project and got a "A" i was a page turner. its a good book for any teenage girl to read.

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