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
Veronica is suddenly in the spotlight when her husband, Johnny, finds a missing toddler. Johnny is enjoying being a hero and all the media attention, but Veronica is afraid her secrets may be revealed. When Veronica learns there was more to the toddler's disappearance, she realizes her secrets are the least of her worries.
A combination of family drama and suspense. Veronica is unhappy with her life, primarily with her marriage. When Johnny is the local hero and in all the news, Veronica feels even more overwhelmed. Add in the mystery surrounding the toddler's disappearance, and Veronica life is completely turned upside down.
A fast-paced and entertaining domestic suspense. This is a fairly predictable story, especially for avid readers of thrillers. Still, I found it to be an enjoyable summer read. Dark, fun, and compelling.
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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*Review copy furnished via the publisher.
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: 7/1/19
Published to Goodreads: 4/2/19
2.5 Veronica was a tough character for me to root for during the entire book. She was whiny, selfish, immature and full of excuses. Johnny is a douchy, gym rat who is dumb and gullible. Together they make a match made in “I hate these people” heaven. If you are like me, and characters and character development can make or break it, than this one could be a bit problematic. BUT I think that people who don’t read a lot of twisty thrillers or someone looking to read a quick read could really like this book. I basically read it in a day, I liked the pacing and the story had some murdery bits, which I like, but I just hated all of the people. Maybe that won’t be a big issue for you, so give it a try.