False Stepby Published 01 Jul 2019
|Publisher||Lake Union Publishing|
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 Reviews
I definitely want to read Jane Doe now! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Tanner Holcomb is a missing child. He’s been lost for days. Then the best thing happens. He’s found by Johnny Bradley on a hiking trail miles away from home.
Johnny was a fitness trainer working hard to make ends meet and now is a hero on every news channel. Johnny’s wife, Veronica, is tiring of the spotlight, though. She’s also worried this focus will cause some secrets about their marriage to be unearthed. Veronica will do anything to keep that from happening.
And then something occurs that causes Veronica to question everything she thought she knew, and it involves Tanner’s disappearance at its core.
Edgy, smoothly-written, well-paced, gripping: I loved my first Victoria Helen Stone book! False Step was pure entertainment. You should know going in it centers on the mystery of the marriage between Johnny and Veronica. There is a big backstory there.
I found the characters in False Step to be complex and fallible, which made them more relatable, even though I didn’t necessarily like them. I still cared about them because of their vulnerability. This is a brisk read, addictive, smart, and oh-so-dark! Grab this book when you are looking for a fun and wild ride!
I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.
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Victoria Helen Stone has crafted an entertaining fast-paced Addictive story. Johnny and Veronica were college sweethearts the perfect couple. BUT as all avid thriller Readers know... no couple is perfect and this one wasn’t even close! So many secrets, so many lies, all that threaten to come out when Johnny earns hero status after rescuing a young boy. SO even though Johnny’s newfound status leads to an increase in Business for his personal training, it also puts this family in a vulnerable position. What happens when you can’t hide from the truth anymore? When all it takes is one falls step? And all the lies and secrets will come crumbling down?
Where to start with this one? Well first off I disliked all the major characters in this book. None of them had many if any redeeming qualities and they all had a lot to hide. I did however have compassion for Johnny and Veronica’s 11-year-old daughter Sydney, the poor girl was caught in the crossfire of all this nonsense. I also had a lot of sympathy for Veronica‘s mother, sister and her sisters wife. Innocent bystanders... I seriously do not think Johnny or Veronica considered how any of their actions impacted anyone but themselves? At times I have to admit this did get frustrating and a little tiring, but then something would happen and I was just hooked! Miss Stone definitely has an addictive writing style that kept me engaged the entire time. I figured out the who and the Y pretty early I just didn’t completely no the how. However this did not detract from the story at all, because at the end I was seriously on the edge of my seat just waiting to see how this all was going to play out! Sometimes it’s not all about the twist, it is about the getting there!If you’re looking for a quick absorbing thriller then this is the book!
*** Big thanks to Lake Union for my gifted copy of this book ***
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.
Review to come.
*Review copy furnished via the publisher.
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.