Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Deadly Little Secret (A Touch Novel) by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Camelia drops her favorite hoop earring and while she’s bending to pick it up, a car comes out of nowhere at top speed and almost runs her over! Luckily a mysterious stranger on a motorcycle swoops in and pushes her out of the way just in the nick of time. He is gorgeous (of course). After ascertaining she’ll be ok, he touches her stomach, stares at her intensely, and then runs away.

Three months later hunky mystery boy begins attending Camelia’s school. He is followed by rumors of his dark and murderous past (he apparently offed his last girlfriend by pushing her off a cliff!?!). Camelia wants to give him the benefit of the doubt and strikes up a friendship. Immediately she begins to get threatening letters, messages written upon her bedroom mirror, and pictures of her begin to show up in her mailbox.

Honestly, I almost have no words. Its not that it was absolutely terrible, it wasn’t. There was even some great suspense and the author threw suspicion on several characters to good effect. I thought I knew who the stalker was (I was sure it wasn’t Ben. If this is "A Touch Novel" surely we need to keep our “toucher” in the picture so to speak…)

What bothered me most (and there were a few things that bothered me), however unfair this is to the author, was Camelia’s wise cracking best friend named Kimmie. A Kimmie that was startlingly, shockingly, frighteningly similar to the Kimmy Gibbler of Full House fame. This is the image I had in my mind the entire book. And seriously ya’ll it was disturbing.

There were other things that were strange about this book, but honestly Steph at Reviewer X does such a bang up hilarious job of reviewing it, I should have just kept my mouth shut! Her review is not to be missed.


Steph said...

Hahahah Patti, you know I'm a fan, right? Interesting Kimmy/Kimmie thing! I haven't watched Full House so I didn't pick up on that, but it only gets weirder and weirder, the similarities between this book and other works... Le sigh. I should keep my mouth shut.

(Thanks for linking to me!)


Jenn H. said...

NO! No Kimmie Gibler similarities. Even without the Twilight thing, that would turn me off right there. Couldn't stand that girl....

Amy said...

your review was really good:)
i have this on hold-hopefully it gets available, and soon.