Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Deadly Little Secret by Laurie Faria Stolarz - Book Review #64

Wednesday, August 11, 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.

Deadly Little Secret is a suspense, thriller, mystery, YA novel. I’m not only classifying this book as an YA because main characters are teenagers, but also because it is more suited for the early teens. It has a very easy straight forward plot. Deadly Little Secret is dialog driven novel, so it reads very fast. Unfortunately, some of these dialogs lead to nothing, not moving the plot forward. These dialogs leave you wondering why they were even included in the story.

My biggest disappointment was how undeveloped and cardboardish all of the characters were. You could see at some moments that author was trying to flesh out these characters, but, unfortunately, the job wasn’t finished. Camelia – the main character – is plain and boring to tears at times.

Even though I guessed who was the stalker guy pretty much at the beginning of the story, Laurie Faria Stolarz was doing not a bad job creating the suspense and driving it to the climax. At some points, even though I was more than sure how the events of the story are going to develop, I felt… no, not scared, but definitely uncomfortable.

The only thought that didn’t leave my mind after I was done with this book is what a sick and creepy High School Camelia is attending. Not only it is a home of supposed to be ex-murderer and a stalker who wants to be a murderer, but also god knows who is lurking down those hallways.

Deadly Little Secret is not a bad book. It is just probably not one of those YA books that not only teenagers, but also adults can enjoy. However, I would recommend this book to 12-14 years old teenagers.


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