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Saturday, June 8, 2019

REVIEW: False Step by Victoria Helen Stone @tlcbooktours @luauthors @VictoriaDahl

 False Step
by Victoria Helen Stone

Thanks so much to both TLC Book Tours and Little Bird Publicity for providing me copies of this book. I am excited to see what else this author has for me as I LOVED Jane Doe and am looking forward to the sequel for that.  Until then, I'm SO HAPPY she has one for the in between.

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Publish Date: July 1, 2019
280 Pages
Genres: Domestic Drama, Psychological Thriller, Suspense

Stay calm, keep smiling, and watch your step. In this marriage of secrets and lies, nothing is what it seems.

For days, all of Denver, Colorado, has worried over the fate of a missing child, little Tanner Holcomb. Then, a miracle: handsome, athletic Johnny Bradley finds him, frightened but unharmed, on a hiking trail miles from his wealthy family’s mountain home.

In a heartbeat, his rescuer goes from financially strapped fitness trainer to celebrated hero. The heat of the spotlight may prove too much for Johnny’s picture-perfect family, however. His wife, Veronica, despises the pressure of the sudden fame, afraid that secrets and bitter resentments of her marriage may come to light. And she’s willing to do anything to keep them hidden.

But when a shocking revelation exposes an even darker side to Tanner’s disappearance, Veronica realizes that nothing in her life can be trusted. And everything should be feared.

My Review:

If you haven't read Victoria Helen Stone's Jane Doe yet, stop everything and pick that book up immediately.  I did last year and it was one of my favorites for 2018.  I've been anxiously awaiting the next Jane Doe book but in the mean time, Stone has given us False Step.  Keep in mind, Jane Doe lovers, that this book is different than Jane Doe so walk in with an open mind.

Stone proves again that her writing style is easy to read and keeps you turning the pages.  This one is a domestic suspense/thriller and while it's predictable, it was a lot of fun to read.  (I've also spent a week of reading legal documents for work so this was the perfect lighter read that I needed to relax and be entertained).  The relationship between Veronica and Johnny felt very real - the issues they have.. the reasons they stay together anyways.  The things they do to make it ok to continue to DO THE THINGS THEY DO.  And then there's the twisty plot that was thrown in.  I could've just read about their relationship, their dog (Old Man) and their daughter without the other story and have been just fine.  I've also learned never to trust any men with biblical names (ha - just kidding).

Combine and unhappy marriage with a kidnapping that brings out secrets best left in the dark meshed with a twisty ending then you get an entertaining read.  At under 300 pages, this is an easy one sit read.  I can tell this will be a little divisive - especially for those who have read Jane Doe and expected something similar.

At the end of the day, if Victoria Helen Stone writes it, I'm gonna read it.


1 comment:

  1. This sounds like a really fascinating book- I'm adding it to my fall TBR (because I seem read thrillers in the fall, ha!) Thanks for being on this tour! Sara @ TLC Book Tours