Monday, April 16, 2012

Deadly Little Secret: A Touch Novel

Camelia is saved from a potentially deadly accident by Ben, the hot new boy at school.  He is surrounded by dark rumors, though, that he was responsible for the death of his girlfriend.  Camelia doesn't want to believe those rumors, because she is so drawn to him, particularly how he makes her feel whenever he happens to touch her.  When she discovers that she is being stalked, all her friends think that it must be Ben.  But she can't bring herself to believe it.

This YA novel weaves romance, mystery, and suspense, and while it bears more than a slight resemblance to the Twilight books in some respects, it does branch out in a different direction.

As I frequently mention in my blog, I have fallen pretty far behind in my book reviews.  I am currently working on the books I read in February, so it's been a couple of months since I read this book.  Still, I have to admit that when I saw it was next up on my list, I had nearly no recollection of the book at all - the premise, the characters, nada.  So I read some summaries, and gradually it came back to me.  That's not exactly a ringing endorsement, and it's why I doubt I'll be continuing with the series.  It was an entertaining read, though, and teens who are fans of supernatural fiction with romantic elements will probably enjoy it.

Books in the Touch series:
1. Deadly Little Secret
2. Deadly Little Lies
3. Deadly Little Games
4. Deadly Little Voices
5. Deadly Little Lessons

Deadly Little Secret (#1 in the Touch series) by Laurie Faria Stolarz (Hyperion, 2008)

Also reviewed at:
The Allure of Books:  "...the characters were surprisingly funny. None of them had much depth, but that didn’t stop the plot from constantly moving forward. The star of the show here is the suspense, definitely not the characters."
Reviewer X:  "Quick read and not mesmerizing enough for me to recommend purchasing, but I wouldn’t say it’s worth discarding the possibility of reading as a library loan, either."
Should Be Reading:  "This was a very suspenseful tale! It swept me up from the very first sentence, and wouldn’t let me put the book down until I had it finished!"


  1. You know I read the first two in this series and while it was interesting, you are right, nothing outstandingly compelling. I actually bought the two books in hardback and am now trying to find a worthy place to donate them...they are like brand new - let me know if you have any suggestions.

  2. VA Gal - My library branch doesn't own them. If you pass them on the next time I see you, I can have them added to the collection. I think lots of teens would really enjoy the series. Sometimes I feel like I'm a bit hard on books for which I'm not the intended audience. I don't mean to be!


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