Review: Deadly Little Lies by Laurie Faria Stolarz

June 11, 2017 Review 10 ★★

Review: Deadly Little Lies by Laurie Faria Stolarz
Deadly Little Lies by Laurie Faria Stolarz
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Source: Purchased
Pages: 304
Release Date: November 11th 2009
Series: Touch #2
Genres: Action & Adventure, General, Love & Romance, Social Themes, Young Adult
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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.
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When I read DEADLY LITTLE SECRET, I had a number of issues with it that stopped me from fully enjoying the book. Because everything had been set up in the first, I had higher hopes for the second book in the series, DEADLY LITTLE LIES. Unfortunately, the issues I found in the first book were just amplified.

For a majority of the book, not much happens. There is a lot of high school and romantic angst that happened while the plot just sort of sat there unattended. Camelia longs for Ben, Camelia and her friends go out for ice cream, Camelia longs for Ben again, etc.

The mystery aspect doesn’t start until about the middle of the book, and when it does I’m expecting Camelia to act this time instead of foolishly trying to investigate on her own again (because that worked out so well last time). But nope, Camelia again does not contact the police or her parents and continues making dumb decisions. Her parents, of course, are still conveniently caught up in their own drama from the last book still.

In addition to pining for Ben constantly, a new love interest emerges. It felt unnecessary to add a love triangle because all it contributed was more drama and a sort of odd twist. Not to mention whenever she was with him she was generally thinking about Ben anyway.

While I liked the resolution of the mystery aspect in the first book, it totally let me down this time. It was unexpected and kind of anticlimactic. Still, I will be continuing with this series because I own all of the books.

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Overall: 2.2

10 Responses to “Review: Deadly Little Lies by Laurie Faria Stolarz”

  1. Julie Wright

    such as shame whe nyou read a book and you so want to like it, but it just doesnt work out that way, I am reading ‘Ghost Talker’ for my book club and I was so excited to start it, but now, I am struggling.
    As weird as it seems, i like to see blogs with posts written about books they did not like, as it shows diversity of te blogger, that they can not only rave about looks they love but also be constructive about ones they did not.
    Julie Wright recently posted…Girl with the Pearl Earring | my passion

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