Review: Deadly Little Secret by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Summary:

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 (Source:Goodreads).

My Review:

I could have died three months ago. Ever since then things haven’t been quite the same for me

That is the opening line of what turns out to be a pretty decent book. I was very wary when I started, because the first couple of chapters were a major flashback to Twilight, and I was hoping the entire book wasn’t going to remind me of something else.

I was quickly encouraged though, because the characters were surprisingly funny. None of them had much depth, but that didn’t stop the plot from constantly moving forward. The star of the show here is the suspense, definitely not the characters. There is something very sinister going on in Camelia’s life, and you can never tell for certain who is behind it until the end. Although I also have to say that I thought all three contenders were pretty creepy.

Ben, one of the main characters, was described as having “dark gray eyes flecked with gold.” Is that supposed to be attractive? It doesn’t sound very appealing to me. What is really appealing to me is the cover, that is what made me pick it up in the first place. Isn’t it pretty?

Anyway, overall I recommend this. It is a quick read with a very satisfying suspense plot.

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