False Step
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.

False Step Details

TitleFalse Step
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 1st, 2019
PublisherLake Union Publishing
ISBN-139781542093491
Rating
GenreThriller, Mystery, Fiction

False Step Review

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come.*Review copy furnished via the publisher.
  • Dennis
    January 1, 1970
    I finished False Step in one sitting . I just need to say that before I start this review. Last summer, I read Victoria Helen Stone's Jane Doe and immediately became obsessed with this author, so when I was given the opportunity to read and review her upcoming romantic thriller, False Step , I was very excited. If you go into False Step thinking that it's going to be the same style as Jane Doe—PLEASE THROW THAT IDEA OUT OF YOUR HEAD RIGHT NOW. It's a different realm of reality, but still d I finished False Step in one sitting . I just need to say that before I start this review. Last summer, I read Victoria Helen Stone's Jane Doe and immediately became obsessed with this author, so when I was given the opportunity to read and review her upcoming romantic thriller, False Step , I was very excited. If you go into False Step thinking that it's going to be the same style as Jane Doe—PLEASE THROW THAT IDEA OUT OF YOUR HEAD RIGHT NOW. It's a different realm of reality, but still delivers the entertainment value that you've come to expect from the author.Tanner Holcomb has been missing for a few days now, and the entire suburban Denver community is freaking out. They are all worried about the boy's whereabouts, and it's been heavily featured all over the local media. However, Johnny Bradley ends up stumbling across the boy while on a run in the local park. The boy is disheveled, but unharmed, and Johnny becomes the local hero. Johnny is a handsome, attractive, personal trainer—he is the perfect fit for celebrity fodder. The local news stations have painted Johnny as the town's newfound celebrity. His wife Veronica is having issues with Johnny's notoriety and is apprehensive about engaging with the media. Veronica's marriage to Johnny isn't perfect—nobody's marriage is—but will this intense media scrutiny be too much to handle for her family? The best thing about False Step is the mystery behind the marriage of Johnny and Veronica, so I won't divulge anymore information about it. Go into this story with no suspicions or expectations. Throw everything you know about mystery novels out the window, and get ready for a surprise treat. At first, none of the characters are particularly likable or redeeming, but as the novel grew in intensity, I started seeing myself falling deeply connected to them. Why do I care about these characters so much? They are so vulnerable, and they are battling demons that can resonate with anyone. As Johnny's fame grew within the community, I felt so personally connected to Veronica's family. Veronica, Johnny, their daughter Sydney, Veronica's parents, everybody. It's been a day since I've read False Step , and I'm still thinking about them.This book is very fast-paced, and at under 300 pages you can definitely read this in one sitting (like me ;) ). There's no moments of sedimentary boredom (new phrase that I just made up, do you like it?) within the story, and there's no slow burn type of moments during the narrative to try to keep the momentum from burning out too fast. The story starts immediately in the first chapter, and the pacing is light-speed fast from there on out. It starts full speed ahead, and grips you from the first chapter. I've noticed a certain charm or wit when it comes to Stone's writing, and I'm completely addicted to it. Keep these stories coming, Victoria! False Step is smart, wild, sexy, and dark—it's definitely been one of the best books I've read this year.
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  • Kendall
    January 1, 1970
    I love the cover of this book! My goodness! I had raving reviews about this author with her previous book Jane Doe. I passed on reading it since I had a feeling it wouldn't live up to my expectations. But, decided to give False Step a try! :)Where do I start with this one? Well.. I have to say definitely to watch your step in this marriage. The story revolves around Johnny and his wife Veronica. There is a missing boy Tanner Holcomb who has frightened the entire town of in Denver. By a miracle, I love the cover of this book! My goodness! I had raving reviews about this author with her previous book Jane Doe. I passed on reading it since I had a feeling it wouldn't live up to my expectations. But, decided to give False Step a try! :)Where do I start with this one? Well.. I have to say definitely to watch your step in this marriage. The story revolves around Johnny and his wife Veronica. There is a missing boy Tanner Holcomb who has frightened the entire town of in Denver. By a miracle, Veronica's husband Johnny was hiking one morning and discovered the little boy Tanner unharmed on his hike. Although, NOTHING is what it appears to be behind the disappearance of Tanner. Johnny is enjoying the spotlight and being the "hero" for finding this little boy. Veronica on the other hand is feeling anxious with all the spotlight and is afraid that her secrets behind their marriage will come out.Well let me tell you.... Veronica's fears come to light with the amount of secrets.lies. and deception that are spilled to the core.This was a solid 3 star for me... I wasn't that impressed in all honesty.I saw the story play out in my mind and unfortunately I saw it coming a mile away. I have seen this plot before and it wasn't anything new for me. I was rolling my eyes a bit towards the end and just wanted to finish the story in all honesty.Stone definitely has talent behind her writing.... but was lacking a unique plot with twists....which is very hard for authors to do with thrillers lately.Thank you so much to Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for the arc in exchange for an honest review.Publication date: 7/1/19Published to Goodreads: 4/2/19
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  • Kerry
    January 1, 1970
    Dark, chilling, sexy, and intensely thrilling. Loved it!
  • Liz Fenton
    January 1, 1970
    Loved it! 💕💕😍😍
  • Cassie-Traveling Sister-
    January 1, 1970
    I was so excited when I got asked to join the TLC book tours for this book!! Jane Doe was one of my favorite books! I do want to let my fellow readers know before reading that False Step is different but it’s still a dark twisted tale that has you questioning every person in this books motive!! Tanner Holcomb is the young son of a wealthy family in Denver. He’s been missing now for days and everyone in the police department and the community have been frantically searching for him. When Johnny B I was so excited when I got asked to join the TLC book tours for this book!! Jane Doe was one of my favorite books! I do want to let my fellow readers know before reading that False Step is different but it’s still a dark twisted tale that has you questioning every person in this books motive!! Tanner Holcomb is the young son of a wealthy family in Denver. He’s been missing now for days and everyone in the police department and the community have been frantically searching for him. When Johnny Bradley who was out running with his dog on some trails finds him he’s quickly called a hero. Johnny is handsome and a personal trainer and also the husband of Veronica and they have an adorable daughter Sydney. Johnny is interviewed by every media outlet and has his face splashed on every newspaper and he’s soaking it in. Veronica immediately has issues with Johnny’s new fame and seems very apprehensive about being interviewed by the media. Right away you know there are cracks in Veronica’s and Johnny’s marriage. When the police start questioning Johnny’s story and pull Veronica in asking where their whereabouts were on the night that Tanner was kidnapped. Veronica starts to get nervous. Soon Veronica is wondering what part did Johnny play in Tanners disappearance and will the constant media in their lives be to much for their family? What secrets is Johnny hiding? This book sucked me and was seriously an amazing thriller/ mystery! The build up and mystery around Veronica’s and Johnny’s marriage had me turning he pages! I still find myself thinking about this book and putting myself in Veronica’s shoes asking myself what I would have done!! I give this five stars!! Available July 1st 2019!!
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  • Jenny
    January 1, 1970
    The big reveal in the end wasn't that exciting for me. I figured it out before all of the main characters did. And speaking of the main characters, they had no redeeming qualities. I didn't bond with them or feel any sort of connection to them because they were so pathetic.Not even sure why I finished this book. It should have easily been a short story considering most of the first half of the book is fluff.
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  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    'Stay calm, keep smiling, and watch your step. In this marriage of secrets and lies, nothing is what it seems.'The story involves little boy who goes missing, Tanner Holcomb. Search parties are out looking for him, then one day, Johnny Bradley finds him on a hiking trail miles away. Overnight, Johnny becomes the town hero and the child is returned to their family safely. But Johnny's wife Veronica isn't happy with the media attention and doesn't want any of their family secrets exposed. Despite 'Stay calm, keep smiling, and watch your step. In this marriage of secrets and lies, nothing is what it seems.'The story involves little boy who goes missing, Tanner Holcomb. Search parties are out looking for him, then one day, Johnny Bradley finds him on a hiking trail miles away. Overnight, Johnny becomes the town hero and the child is returned to their family safely. But Johnny's wife Veronica isn't happy with the media attention and doesn't want any of their family secrets exposed. Despite the fact this involved a missing little boy, he is found relatively quickly and the specific details of the child is not the focus of this novel. The plot really centres around Johnny and Veronica. The relationships, the betrayals and the fantastic twist are all aspects of this novel I thoroughly enjoyed. Although I did see one part coming, I didn't care and loved the turn the story took. This one was entirely different to Jane Doe, but still with Stone's signature writing style that I just adore.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to @lakeunionauthors for a copy of False Step which releases on July 1, 2019 in exchange for my honest review. This is the second book I’ve read by Victoria Helen Stone, the first being Jane Doe (which I absolutely loved!). However, if you’ve read Jane Doe and are expecting something similar, fair warning that these two books are nothing alike. Veronica and her husband Johnny live in Denver with their 10-year old daughter Sydney. One afternoon while on a hike, Johnny finds a 3-year old Thank you to @lakeunionauthors for a copy of False Step which releases on July 1, 2019 in exchange for my honest review. ⁣⁣This is the second book I’ve read by Victoria Helen Stone, the first being Jane Doe (which I absolutely loved!). However, if you’ve read Jane Doe and are expecting something similar, fair warning that these two books are nothing alike. ⁣⁣Veronica and her husband Johnny live in Denver with their 10-year old daughter Sydney. One afternoon while on a hike, Johnny finds a 3-year old boy who has been missing for days. After calling the police and safely returning the boy, Johnny becomes somewhat of a local celebrity. His already inflated ego surges as he bathes in the spotlight. Veronica, however, isn’t a fan of the attention. She’d rather their life stay hidden in the shadows, with no chance of anyone digging into their past. She knows that some secrets are best if they stay hidden for good...⁣⁣While I loved Jane Doe, this one fell flat for me. I disliked all of the characters and I figured out the plot twist easily (side effects of reading so many thrillers?!). I still really enjoy Stone’s writing style and I’m eager to check out some of her other works—she’s very descriptive! I breezed through this book in 24-hours so if you’re looking for a super fast mystery, this may be the book for you! ⁣⁣⁣
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  • Jodi
    January 1, 1970
    Not as riveting as described I figured out who the bad guys were VERY early on and frankly it was a little predictable. I was hopeful that Veronica would be a better character than she was and not so cliche’. Luckily, i only invested an afternoon reading this. 😕
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I couldn't put this book down and 24-hours later from picking it up and I am finished! It was brilliant and it feels like I have been pulled out of my reading slump, thanks to this offering from Stone. Not having encountered this author before, I won't hesitate to look out for her other books in future.The plot of this novel drew me in immediately. It was thrilling, immersive and gripping. I could not predict the final outcome and I enjoyed how Stone implicated other characters in the plot. The I couldn't put this book down and 24-hours later from picking it up and I am finished! It was brilliant and it feels like I have been pulled out of my reading slump, thanks to this offering from Stone. Not having encountered this author before, I won't hesitate to look out for her other books in future.The plot of this novel drew me in immediately. It was thrilling, immersive and gripping. I could not predict the final outcome and I enjoyed how Stone implicated other characters in the plot. The protagonist, Veronica, is quite woeful - literally! A bit like Eeyore, she finds her marriage to Johnny has completely lost its spark. If it wasn't for their daughter, Sydney, Veronica knows she would have left her husband years previous, especially as it is revealed that he cheated on Veronica and she, subsequently, has been harbouring jealous thoughts about many of the women that Johnny works with.However, an unexpected curve ball was thrown by the writer when it is eventually revealed that Veronica herself is not as innocent as we initially believe. The clues that the writer provides lead to a revelation about Veronica, which becomes one of the main driving forces behind the plot. Whilst the community is still reeling from Johnny's rescue of the missing toddler, we find that there is more to the story than initially presented. And with the police investigation drawing closer to her door, Veronica begins to feel even more pressure on her life.Veronica was quite a likeable character however, her pessimism was quite draining! All part of the characterisation, I really enjoyed how Stone creates such a claustrophobic environment surrounding Veronica, and how oppressed she appears, especially in contrast with her extroverted husband. She gradually grows in strength during the novel and soon learns that she needs to take control of her own life and its path.This novel had me guessing incorrectly all the way through. Some people have reviewed this story as predictable but for me, I just immersed myself into the plot and didn't worry too much about whether my guesses were correct or not. I enjoyed the read and the pace that this book offered; it was not too heavy and the subject matter, whilst it centralises on a missing toddler, is certainly not suffocating.A jolly good thriller that makes you realise that you need to appreciate what life has to offer, rather than wishing for an escape! I was a bit sad when this finished but I just could not put it down, eager to know the resolution. This is certainly one of the better reads I have encountered in the last few weeks.
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  • Cynema
    January 1, 1970
    APPEARANCES ARE DECEIVINGFALSE STEP was my first read by this author, but it won’t be the last. There were so many false steps in this marriage. The unfolding mystery was told with a deft sleight of hand that kept me off-balance and questioning what was actually happening. But, appearances can be deceptive. On surface, the ordinary existence of physical therapist Veronica would seem to follow a rather mundane and uneventful cycle. As the family breadwinner, her marriage to fitness trainer Johnny APPEARANCES ARE DECEIVINGFALSE STEP was my first read by this author, but it won’t be the last. There were so many false steps in this marriage. The unfolding mystery was told with a deft sleight of hand that kept me off-balance and questioning what was actually happening. But, appearances can be deceptive. On surface, the ordinary existence of physical therapist Veronica would seem to follow a rather mundane and uneventful cycle. As the family breadwinner, her marriage to fitness trainer Johnny is far from picture perfect. She no longer feels the same passion for him since a cheating incident left her gun-shy and mistrustful of his fidelity. Worse, their young daughter is drawn more to him than her. There’s only one bright spot in Veronica’s life each week that never comes soon enough and ends even sooner. A secret that no one knows, or can ever know. Then a chance miracle jeopardizes it all when Johnny miraculously finds a missing toddler in the woods and the rescue turns him into a local celebrity with a spotlight on their family, which causes odd behavior and panic in Veronica. There are more questions than answers that keep cropping up about the disappearance and apparent miracle rescue of the toddler, along with deceptions and secrets that are slowly uncovered and wreak havoc on Veronica’s life and psyche. What really happened and how it possibly relates to Veronica is a bit of a nail-biter. At first, she came across as timid and strange, even socially awkward, anxious, and paranoid … until all the hidden corners of her life are revealed. The story virtually drips with suspense and a palpable tension and uncertainty about Veronica and her emotional state that went unexpected places and took me by surprise. Curiosity had me immediately absorbed in the mystery, as well as twists and turns that expose hidden resentments, lies, secrets, and an explosive dark turn. The story was as deliriously and mystifyingly entertaining as it was suspenseful. A very satisfying read.
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  • RedRedtheycallmeRed
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 STARSTo an outsider, Veronica probably seems like she has it all: her husband Johnny is a very handsome personal trainer, she has a great daughter, and she has a physical therapy job that actually makes a difference in people's lives. A closer inspection reveals that Johnny doesn't make much money and doesn't seem to have a lot of ambition, they live in a run down house and have maxed out credit cards. Victoria and Johnny have had marriage problems in the past, and if it weren't for their da 3.5 STARSTo an outsider, Veronica probably seems like she has it all: her husband Johnny is a very handsome personal trainer, she has a great daughter, and she has a physical therapy job that actually makes a difference in people's lives. A closer inspection reveals that Johnny doesn't make much money and doesn't seem to have a lot of ambition, they live in a run down house and have maxed out credit cards. Victoria and Johnny have had marriage problems in the past, and if it weren't for their daughter, would probably have split up years before (at least that's how Victoria feels).When Johnny becomes a hero, their little family winds up on tv, and suddenly lots of people seem to know who they are. Veronica has good reason to want to remain anonymous, and maybe Johnny does too. There's lots of lying in this marriage, even more so now that they're in the spotlight. As more facts come to light about Johnny's heroics, he becomes more moody and secretive. Veronica finds herself questioning everything, and grappling with how much she really wants to know.Both Veronica and Johnny are selfish in their own ways, but I found myself liking Veronica in spite of her faults. I suspected what the big twist was, so I don't think Veronica was entirely to blame for her keeping secrets (not that she was blameless). She certainly didn't get a big happy ending, though I was cheering for her in the last chapter.This was a quick read, it only took a couple of hours and the plot moved right along. *Kindle First pick
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  • Lynda Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    This is the fourth book I've read by this author though my favourite remains Jane Doe. It was my Kindle First choice this month; her books often feature there, so I knew I wasn't picking a dud this time out !I did like this one, too, and she does very well on the presentation front as well but I didn't like her main character much. I'm probably not supposed to but she irritated me a great deal and I thought all she needed was a good slap now and then and to get a bloody grip !! She clearly didn' This is the fourth book I've read by this author though my favourite remains Jane Doe. It was my Kindle First choice this month; her books often feature there, so I knew I wasn't picking a dud this time out !I did like this one, too, and she does very well on the presentation front as well but I didn't like her main character much. I'm probably not supposed to but she irritated me a great deal and I thought all she needed was a good slap now and then and to get a bloody grip !! She clearly didn't know when she had it good so I had precious little sympathy for her. My favourite character was probably Micah.Not sure if she realises but on page 38 a whole passage is written out twice !! Thought that was a peculiar mistake. There was one apostrophe mistake and postdivorce needed a hyphen. However, that's pretty sterling work.(view spoiler)[There was a point at the beginning when Veronica seemed concerned about reporters to Johnny and I didn't really ever understand why. I thought there was going to be a reason behind it but it never materialised ! (hide spoiler)]All in all, it kept me interested as we uncovered what was going on as Veronica did herself. I'll be looking out for her next one, too.
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  • Bethany S
    January 1, 1970
    Pros: - I read this book in one day, it was a very addicting and easy read. - The setting and characters all felt real and not forced to fit the genre conventions. This truly felt like a situation that could happen to anyone. - The protagonist felt like a real person with a real life, a past to connect her present identity and had actions that made sense. - The story/mystery was intriguing for the first 80% of the novel. Cons: - There was way too much musing and exposition by the protagonist. I Pros: - I read this book in one day, it was a very addicting and easy read. - The setting and characters all felt real and not forced to fit the genre conventions. This truly felt like a situation that could happen to anyone. - The protagonist felt like a real person with a real life, a past to connect her present identity and had actions that made sense. - The story/mystery was intriguing for the first 80% of the novel. Cons: - There was way too much musing and exposition by the protagonist. I got bored every time she wondered about why we get goosebumps, described her father's apartment complex in detail or pondered every single boring thing she came across. - The ending abruptly turned into some unrealistic action movie with sudden gore in the scene at the cabin. It was jarring and shattered the tone in the novel. A few chapters ago we were at a brewpub with her daughter and now her husband and liver have their faces blown off?- The main character, while realistic, was very unlikeable to me. Not in a fun antihero way, but in more of a "just shut up and make a decision" way. Overall, this story had me hooked and left me relatively satisfied. But I also found myself criticizing something every chapter. The ending was unsatisfactory, but the journey was fun.
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  • Jenny Jordan
    January 1, 1970
    False Steps is an engaging story with a few unexpected twists. While I soon thought I knew what had happened, I was not entirely correct, and I enjoyed seeing how Stone wrapped up the storyline. Veronica is a likable, flawed main character, and the interaction with her family members draws the reader into the crisis' that V is facing in her daily life. The difficulties in her marriage, the challenges in her work, the estrangement in her family can seem a bit too much in places in the story, but False Steps is an engaging story with a few unexpected twists. While I soon thought I knew what had happened, I was not entirely correct, and I enjoyed seeing how Stone wrapped up the storyline. Veronica is a likable, flawed main character, and the interaction with her family members draws the reader into the crisis' that V is facing in her daily life. The difficulties in her marriage, the challenges in her work, the estrangement in her family can seem a bit too much in places in the story, but by the end, it ties well together and makes for a nice plot movement.Without spoiling the ending, I will add that I found the final chapters the most difficult. Not in what had occurred but in the sadness for those who were affected in the story. I quickly plowed through Stone's novel and enjoyed the time spent with the Bradley family and friends.
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  • Lia
    January 1, 1970
    Read via Kindle First ReadsNot my go-to genre, but I do enjoy a good thriller and of the First Reads option this month this had the synopsis that caught my interest the most. Unfortunately I found it rather bland and pedestrian. I got 70% of the way through and realised that I was not particularly engaged with either the plot or any of the characters and very little seemed to have actually happened. It's not always necessary for the main character to be likeable, but I found Veronica two-dimensi Read via Kindle First ReadsNot my go-to genre, but I do enjoy a good thriller and of the First Reads option this month this had the synopsis that caught my interest the most. Unfortunately I found it rather bland and pedestrian. I got 70% of the way through and realised that I was not particularly engaged with either the plot or any of the characters and very little seemed to have actually happened. It's not always necessary for the main character to be likeable, but I found Veronica two-dimensional and cliche. I hate to leave books unfinished (with the notable exception of Anna Karenina) so I did keep going to the end, but the 'twist' was rather obvious early on given the limited cast of characters. There were also a couple of editing errors including a duplicated paragraph.Overall an ok read, but not paticularly memorable.
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  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 STARSI haven’t had a lot of luck choosing Amazon Prime Read books and FALSE STEP by Victoria Helen Stone is no exception.Stone initially drew me in as Veronica learns her husband has found a missing boy. Suddenly a hero, Johnny ate up the spotlight, which draws police attention. What ensues is a convoluted plot where most everyone, except Veronica’s sister and her wife, is a villain, some more than others. FALSE STEP is filled with inadequate parents, bad marriages, dishonest characters and 2.5 STARSI haven’t had a lot of luck choosing Amazon Prime Read books and FALSE STEP by Victoria Helen Stone is no exception.Stone initially drew me in as Veronica learns her husband has found a missing boy. Suddenly a hero, Johnny ate up the spotlight, which draws police attention. What ensues is a convoluted plot where most everyone, except Veronica’s sister and her wife, is a villain, some more than others. FALSE STEP is filled with inadequate parents, bad marriages, dishonest characters and dysfunctional relationships. Stone’s writing did keep me engaged enough to read until the end, only to see if my theories, which I guessed early in were correct and they were. The ending was the low point of FALSE STEP and left me feeling disappointed.
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  • Erssie
    January 1, 1970
    Amusing main character with self deprecating humour almost saves the book as its a predictable plot. I enjoyed reading this and the plot gets 3*. It lost 2* for me because I guessed the twist near the beginning. However I think having the main character's inner POV and thoughts made it a bit of  black comedy. She made a good anti hero. Seeing her hubbie through her eyes was such a familiar feeling for any women in a strained relationship wondering if they could have a better life. I knew where t Amusing main character with self deprecating humour almost saves the book as its a predictable plot. I enjoyed reading this and the plot gets 3*. It lost 2* for me because I guessed the twist near the beginning. However I think having the main character's inner POV and thoughts made it a bit of  black comedy. She made a good anti hero. Seeing her hubbie through her eyes was such a familiar feeling for any women in a strained relationship wondering if they could have a better life. I knew where this was going to end 100% but quite enjoyed the journey enough to finish. This book does well as a domestic Noir holiday read  but don't expect it to be any deeper or more educational. It's entertainment.
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  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    I have started working on a theory that I should only read books rated 4 stars or better. I make the occasional exception if a story sounds unusual or especially my type, but even then it needs to be in the high-3's (stars). So far that has worked pretty well in finding books I truly enjoy. But this one was available free through Prime Reading, I was in search of reading material, so thought I'd give it a try. It was OK, but too predictable, readable in 1 day because you can speed read through s I have started working on a theory that I should only read books rated 4 stars or better. I make the occasional exception if a story sounds unusual or especially my type, but even then it needs to be in the high-3's (stars). So far that has worked pretty well in finding books I truly enjoy. But this one was available free through Prime Reading, I was in search of reading material, so thought I'd give it a try. It was OK, but too predictable, readable in 1 day because you can speed read through so much of it, which are the types of books I'm trying to move on from and find the really great ones that make you think, and feel, where you don't want to skip one word.
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  • Suze
    January 1, 1970
    More than one False StepFirst- this is my First Reads choice for June, none of the others seemed palatable for my taste. It is a very dark psychological thriller, usually something I would love. But I did not find one character I even remotely liked. Spoiler alert---- I did like Veronica in the beginning, she seemed to have things together and was trying to have a good life. But her affair turned me completely off to her,and influenced the way I read the rest of the book. The book is well writte More than one False StepFirst- this is my First Reads choice for June, none of the others seemed palatable for my taste. It is a very dark psychological thriller, usually something I would love. But I did not find one character I even remotely liked. Spoiler alert---- I did like Veronica in the beginning, she seemed to have things together and was trying to have a good life. But her affair turned me completely off to her,and influenced the way I read the rest of the book. The book is well written, this is just about my personal taste.
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  • Jennifer Grunbeck
    January 1, 1970
    Things are not as they appear This book leads you through the lives of Veronica and her husband Johnny and daughter Sydney. Both Johnny and Veronica come from troubled childhoods and are just getting by. Veronica keeps looking for something more and she finds it in Johnny’s best friend. What she mistakes as love is actually control, what she suspects as an affair turns into a nightmare. Fighting for her daughter and her survival is the bases of the story through twists and turns. Fairly predicta Things are not as they appear This book leads you through the lives of Veronica and her husband Johnny and daughter Sydney. Both Johnny and Veronica come from troubled childhoods and are just getting by. Veronica keeps looking for something more and she finds it in Johnny’s best friend. What she mistakes as love is actually control, what she suspects as an affair turns into a nightmare. Fighting for her daughter and her survival is the bases of the story through twists and turns. Fairly predictable but still a quick read.
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  • Shari Ring Wolf
    January 1, 1970
    Great plotI wasn't prepared to like this book and I 'm not sure why. I did not like the main character at first, she seemed cold. As the character developed I had empathy for her and her situation. The plot was amazing, especially in how the author wove and blended the situation/plot with main character's mindset. Descriptions of settings and emotions were spot on. I "guessed" whodunit early on, which may have been the author's intention, but devoured the rest of the book to see if/how she would Great plotI wasn't prepared to like this book and I 'm not sure why. I did not like the main character at first, she seemed cold. As the character developed I had empathy for her and her situation. The plot was amazing, especially in how the author wove and blended the situation/plot with main character's mindset. Descriptions of settings and emotions were spot on. I "guessed" whodunit early on, which may have been the author's intention, but devoured the rest of the book to see if/how she would get out of it. I got this book as a First Read and I highly recommend it.
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  • Tina Bailey
    January 1, 1970
    Intriguing and suspenseful!This was not a disappointment. It was a very good book on the Kindle First Read list. Veronica is a bored wife trying to make life interesting for herself, then all the world seems to crumble around her. She needs to figure out if she can hold life together for her daughter, Sydney. Johnny, Veronica's husband is in the news for a rescue of a missing three year old. Was it rate that caused Johnny to find the little boy or something more sinister? I read it in one day be Intriguing and suspenseful!This was not a disappointment. It was a very good book on the Kindle First Read list. Veronica is a bored wife trying to make life interesting for herself, then all the world seems to crumble around her. She needs to figure out if she can hold life together for her daughter, Sydney. Johnny, Veronica's husband is in the news for a rescue of a missing three year old. Was it rate that caused Johnny to find the little boy or something more sinister? I read it in one day because it kept me turning pages.
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  • Kathryn Holden
    January 1, 1970
    I would give this 2.5 stars. I liked the overall story, but I wasn’t thrilled with the writing style. This is a case of, if it were a movie, I think it would be better than the book.Authors are always looking for that “big twist” and in doing so, I found it completely predictable, even as the story tried to lead in a different direction. Just commit to the story line and deliver, no need to work so hard at a twist that doesn’t surprise anyone.Not a fan of the lead character, found no redeeming q I would give this 2.5 stars. I liked the overall story, but I wasn’t thrilled with the writing style. This is a case of, if it were a movie, I think it would be better than the book.Authors are always looking for that “big twist” and in doing so, I found it completely predictable, even as the story tried to lead in a different direction. Just commit to the story line and deliver, no need to work so hard at a twist that doesn’t surprise anyone.Not a fan of the lead character, found no redeeming qualities in her.
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  • Stephanie Sudderth
    January 1, 1970
    Good story, but no one to root forThis was a good read...well-written and interesting plot. But I couldn't find anything to like or root for in any of the characters except the little girl...because she was an innocent little girl. Everytime the main character made such an obviously stupid choice, I wanted to reach through my tablet and smack her upside the head. And using her daughter's happiness as an excuse just made me want to smack her more. This is the second book I've read by this author, Good story, but no one to root forThis was a good read...well-written and interesting plot. But I couldn't find anything to like or root for in any of the characters except the little girl...because she was an innocent little girl. Everytime the main character made such an obviously stupid choice, I wanted to reach through my tablet and smack her upside the head. And using her daughter's happiness as an excuse just made me want to smack her more. This is the second book I've read by this author, and I did enjoy it in spite of the characters unlikability.
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  • Linda A.
    January 1, 1970
    Cheating, Mistrust, Starting OverIt is hard to like or respect a woman who blames her parents for how she behaves as a parent, wife, and an adult. Having an affair as a way to get back at an inept husband and staying with him for the good of her daughter will only perpetuate the idea that it is okay to blame others for personal failures. The plot itself is interesting, but to create a great suspense story, characters need more traits developed so the reader can root for him/her.
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  • Cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    Great storyI gave this story a five because it held my interest. I had no idea as to what was going to happen next. I was sorry that her husband was knocked off but then he was destin to leave early because he was so easily led. I will recommend this story to friends and family. All I can say is that I had no idea as to how it would end, and that I enjoyed it greatly. There is plenty of mayhem and mischief .
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  • June
    January 1, 1970
    It was not so much the author or the plot of the book but the characters!!! They were completely selfish and self serving that after awhile I could not stomach much more of Veronica's whining about her 'difficult' life, her husband Johnny and his total ego trip. Even their daughter just seemed so self absorbed in her life and her beloved' Dad. After a certain point I just did not really care anymore-
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  • Diane Ploussard
    January 1, 1970
    Enjoyed ItI enjoyed this book quite a bit. But toward the last third I had it figured out that it was Micah. However, being unfamiliar with this author, was not sure if that was intentional or not. So now find l must read more of her writings to see how she thinks. I think that this will be an interesting journey into her writings and her mind. Thank you, Victoria, for this interesting story. I will be reading more.
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