Saturday, October 3, 2009
Deadly Little Lies by Laurie Faria Stolarz
Release Date: November 2009
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.
Since this is my second time reading one of Stolarz's books, I was pretty acquainted with her type of writing. Yet, she continues to amaze me with her use of adjectives and creative writing style--descriptive, but not too detailed. The tale was alluring. I couldn't get enough.
The writing was unbelievable--as was the plot line. Stolarz adds her own special touch to the often used love triangle, throwing secretive pasts and mysterious lies into play. I was captivated throughout. The characters were prominently unique and stayed true to themselves, which is always important to the story. The plot itself was spectacular and moved along quite quickly. After reading one page, I couldn't get to the next one fast enough. It was purely stunning. I enjoyed every minute of reading this book.
However, the most attracting addition to the novel, for me, was the romance. I loved the romance. Camelia's ever-changing emotion toward Ben was riveting to read about. In this book, their relationship could easily be compared to a rollercoaster. One minute, they're cherishing what is supposed to be their last moments together and the next, they're giving in, cracking under the pressure of their hardly ignorable love. It nearly drove me insane. And when Camelia finally let Ben go and moved on to another guy, Adam, she began to have this feeling in her gut that told her that there might be something he’s keeping from her. This problematic triangle sure was a nail-biter, and I loved it.
A breath-taking book--filled with suspenseful whispers, romantic confusion, and lingering touch. Deadly Little Lies is simply stunning. I'm anxiously awaiting the next in the Touch series, Deadly Little Game.