Last fall, sixteen-year-old Camelia fell for Ben, a new boy at school who had a very mysterious gift – psychometry, the ability to sense the future through touch. But just as Camelia and Ben's romance began to heat up, he abruptly left town. Brokenhearted, Camelia has spent the last few months studying everything she can about psychometry and experiencing strange brushes with premonition. Camelia wonders if Ben's abilities have somehow been transferred to her.
Ben returns to school, but he remains aloof, and Camelia can't get close enough to share her secret with him. Camelia makes the painful decision to let him go and move on. Adam, the hot new guy at Knead, seems good for her in ways Ben wasn't. But when Camelia and Adam start dating, a surprising love triangle results. A chilling sequence of events uncovers secrets from Ben’s past – and Adam's. Someone is lying, and it's up to Camelia to figure out who – before it's too late.
Once again Laurie Faria Stolarz has delivered a spine-chilling tale full of suspense and mystery.
This second chapter in Camelia’s story was a great improvement from the previous novel, which was already great. Her life and relationship with Ben were perfectly balanced with the thriller portions of the novel. I especially liked how she toned the eeriness of the novel down and focused more on Camelia’s hobbies and relationships.
My big issue with the previous book had been Camelia’s friends, Kimmie specifically. In the midst of all of the horrors that were occurring in Camelia’s life, all her so-called best friend had cared about was ranting about how her father was being difficult. In Deadly Little Lies, however, Stolarz explored the relationship between the two and the issues with Kimmie’s family. This development not only fixed my previous issues, it also made Camelia and Kimmie’s relationship much more real.
In summary, the book was a quick, thrilling read and a great exploration of Camelia’s life, relationships, and psyche. Not only is it a great novel in and of itself, it also has all of the necessary loose ends to lead into an equally wonderful third novel.