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Deadly Little Secret: A Touch Novel

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Deadly Little Secret: A Touch Novel

Sixteen-year-old Camelia Hammond leads an average life, going to
school and working at the pottery shop in town. She hangs with her
friends, the boy-crazy and outlandish style designer Kimmie, and
the socially challenged Wes. There’s even an ex-boyfriend
named Matt and the popular John, who seems to be interested in
Camelia, though it’s not mutual. This all sounds rather
uneventful. But then someone new comes into the picture, and all of
the rules change: an accused murderer transfers to Camelia’s
school!

His name is Ben Carter, and it’s only a matter of hours
before the rumors are flying around school about Ben, who went on
trial for killing his girlfriend. Even though the charges were
dropped, that doesn’t prevent students from feasting on this
juicy chunk of gossip. However, Camelia doesn’t believe what
she’s hearing. How on earth could Ben do something like that?
After all, he saved her life by pushing her out of the way of a
car. Then there’s the way she feels when he touches her,
almost like an electric shock. And even though there is something
Ben refuses to tell her, some big secret that obviously frightens
him, she just doesn’t feel Ben is a threat to anybody. But
someone is.

Someone is watching Camelia, taking pictures of her, following
her, and leaving her notes, gifts and phone calls. And not in a
good way. He even breaks into her room and leaves a horrid message
on her mirror. Camelia confides in her friends but hesitates to
tell her parents, who are overwhelmed with other problems. But then
the threats grow worse, and Camelia is very frightened. The
mysterious stalker is dangerous, and if he can’t have
Camelia, he’ll make sure no one else can either. 

Laurie Faria Stolarz has written many exciting books for young
people, and DEADLY LITTLE SECRET fits perfectly into that category.
Fast-paced and attention grabbing, the tension and mystery here
builds quickly and is deliciously creepy. Stolarz cleverly packs
her plot with lots of dubious suspects, keeping the reader guessing
as to who the mysterious stalker is. Yet at the same time, she
keeps each character distinct and memorable; there’s no
forgetting who’s who in this book. Stolarz also skillfully
alternates the chapters from Camelia’s point of view to
spotlight the thoughts of the stalker. She adds in some humor with
her boy-crazy and outlandish style designer best friend, her health
nut and Yoga instructor mom, and an interesting side view into the
world of pottery.

Fans will be happy to know that there is another book scheduled
in the Touch series, titled DEADLY LITTLE LIES, which will
be released later this year.

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Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman on October 18, 2011

Deadly Little Secret: A Touch Novel
by Laurie Faria Stolarz

  • Publication Date: December 23, 2008
  • Genres: Paranormal, Romance
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
  • ISBN-10: 1423111443
  • ISBN-13: 9781423111443