Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Deadly Little Secret by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Until three months ago, everything about 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 an art studio downtown. But when Ben, the mysterious new guy, starts junior year at her high school, Camelia's life becomes far from ordinary.

Deadly Little Secret is the first book I've read by Laurie Faria Stolarz, having previously only read her short story in the Love Is Hell anthology. I have to say, I like her.

This book kept me guessing right until the end, and I couldn't put it down until I'd finished it.

The main protagonists, Ben and Camelia, were believeable and likeable (especially Ben), and I loved the ambiguity surrounding his character. I also liked the banter between Kimmie and Wes - Camelia's two best friends. For secondary characters, they were extremely well developed.

I'd never really heard of psychometry until I read Deadly Little Secret, and I now want to find out more about it. I like that this added an almost supernatural element to the story, and it was a great twist to explain Ben's touch.

The only problem I have with this book is that it was too short - I want more! I look forward to reading the sequel, Deadly Little Liars, and I have my fingers crossed that Ben and Camelia will return.


robin_titan said...

I also really liked this book, I can't wait for the sequel either :D

KB said...

My daughter is so wanting to read this book. We haven't read any of Stolarz' books and your review was very helpful!