Deadly Little Secret

Deadly Little Secret : A Touch Novel

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Until three months ago, everything in 16-year-old Camelia's life had been fairly ordinary. But when a mysterious boy named Ben joins her school, everything begins to change. Rumoured to be responsible for his ex-girlfriend's death, Ben is ostracised by everyone. But Camelia is inexplicable drawn to him - and to his touch.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 15.24mm | 306g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1423111982
  • 9781423111986
  • 142,365

About Laurie Faria Stolarz

Laurie Faria Stolarz is the author of "Deadly Little Secret" and "Bleed," as well as the highly popular young adult novels "Blue Is for Nightmares," "White Is for Magic," "Silver Is for Secrets," and "Red Is for Remembrance." Born and raised in Salem, Massachusetts, Stolarz attended Merrimack College and received an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College in Boston. For more information, please visit her Web site at
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21,187 ratings
3.86 out of 5 stars
5 35% (7,384)
4 30% (6,377)
3 24% (5,169)
2 8% (1,710)
1 3% (547)

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Favourite Quote: "Love isn't rational, it's instinctive" I've heard such good reviews about this book that I just had to pick it up. I have to admit I was disappointed plus it reminded me of twilight, so I only give this book a 3/5 stars. Things that disappointed me starts with the lack of creepiness. Every review I've read has spoken highly of the amount of creepiness, and although it is a little creepy it wasn't nearly as creepy as The Body Finder series by Kimberly Derting! And I think if they were more chapters from the stalker's p.o.v it might have made it more creepier! The stalker and the ending were very anti-climatic in my opinion. I didn't guess the stalker but to be honest I actually didn't care who it was. When the stalker is revealed I didn't gasp and go "NO WAY" in fact I wasn't even surprised. And the ending wrapped to nicely up, the whole stalker reveal and stuff was over in a couple of chapters. Like I said the whole book builds up to this ending which isn't even that good. The characters were okay. I felt the book was too short to get to know them well and connect with them. Maybe that'll change in the other books and we've slowly get to know them. Overall this book was just okay, not good or great, not bad or boring. I'd recommend to people interested in more
by brookexx
So ive been meaning to pick up more paranormal books (nonvampire relatred however) and the synopsis of this book interested me. Also ive been pining for the "Blue is for Nightmare" series a couple of years back (havent read them yet though). The setting is at a highschool and with a bit of romance, just the way i like it, so this seemed like a good way to dive into this paranormal genre. While i did end up finishing the book, i can't lie and say i couldn't put the book down or im dying to read the second book in the series. It wasn't bad to the point that i would stop reading it. I tend to do that sometimes; stop reading a book if i don't enjoy it. I actually have a long list of books ive stopped reading, i know this is shameful. I feel the paranormal elements of the book weren't deep enough. We didn't submerge in the paranormal elements enoguh. Yes i know Ben has supernatural powers, he touches and is engulfed in past memories, future predictions, etc. I would have really liked it if we ventured more into his power and his past. Something also confused me while reading the book. Ben can't seem to touch Camelia without it hurting or him losing control. However several instances (such as when she rides behind on his bike and wraps her arms around him) he doesn't seem to mind it or even feel the slightest discomfort. What i did love about this book is the twist in the book. After every couple of chapters, there is a small chapter (1 page) where they show us a small piece of a person's thoughts, and the person is always watching Camelia. Throughout the book i predicted who the person is, but at the end, boy was i surprised! it was such a pleasant surprise actually. My prediction was too easy, so im happy i was wrong. Overall i enjoyed the series, i WILL pick up the next book in the Touch series and read it, since i want to find out what happens next. But i do hope the second book is better than the first. Maji Bookshelf more
by Juhina & Farah
Three months ago, Camelia's life was saved by a mysterious boy. She doesn't see him again, until the first day of her junior year. His name is Ben Carter and everybody in school claims that he killed his girlfriend. Camelia doesn't know who or what to believe, but she does know one thing -- she is irresistibly drawn to him and his touch. But shortly after Ben's sudden appearance in her life, Camelia begins receiving chilling phone calls, various packages, and strange notes. Ben insists that her life is in grave danger and tells Camelia that he can help. Camelia is wary about his offer, especially with Ben's mysterious behavior and the new rumors buzzing around school involving him. Can she trust the new and handsome boy with the so-called "shady" past? DEADLY LITTLE SECRET, just like I suspected, did not disappoint. The book was amazing and an excellent start to the new TOUCH series by Laurie Faria Stolarz (author of the BLUE IS FOR NIGHTMARES series). The plot was mesmerizing; it kept me guessing who it was that posed a threat to Camelia's life. I loved reading about Camelia and her friends. Kimmie and Wess were a blast. I enjoyed the constant witty banter exchanged between them and their very distinct personalities. There were numerous laugh-out-loud moments whenever the trio were together. I really loved Ben's abilities, which gave him substance. Ben and Camelia's relationship was very compelling, making you fall in love with them both. The book was full of shocking surprises and revelations, earning the book five stars. This is a must-read for fans of romance, suspense, and mystery because it won't more
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