Title: False Step
Author: Victoria Helen Stone
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Publication Date: July 1, 2019
Rating: 3.5 / 5 Stars
Source: physical ARC/final copy provided by Little Bird Publicity & TLC Book Tours
False Step is a thriller that centers around a marriage and a missing child. Tanner Holcomb is a three year old boy who went missing while playing at his family’s sprawling estate. After being missing for days, Johnny Bradley finds the boy while he is out for a run with his dog. This brings both he and his family into the spotlight. Johnny’s wife Veronica has her own secrets and as the police probe further into how Johnny came upon this missing boy, all the the family’s secrets threaten to spill out.
I don’t want to say too much about the plot because it’s a thriller and that would be spoilery! But, this was the fun, quick read thriller that I adore to jump into feet first. I can fly through these types of books as long as the story hooks me and False Step was no exception. I did find the storyline a bit predictable, but that didn’t lessen my enjoyment. I’m sure that’s more a reflection of the number of thrillers I read rather than on the author. If you’re looking for a dark, twisty thriller to add to your summer TBR, definitely grab this book.
Thank you so much to TLC Book Tours, Lake Union Publishing, and Little Bird Publicity for the chance to read and review this book!
“How had she fallen so far, so quickly? She’d started shedding threads of herself somewhere along the way and now she was willingly unraveling, tossing off tendrils and strings until they tangled around her like some warped aurora.”
-Victoria Helen Stone, False Step
*Please note, this quote is from an ARC copy, so it may change in the final copy.
Synopsis: 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.
Victoria Helen Stone, formerly writing as USA Today bestselling novelist Victoria Dahl, was born and raised in the flattest parts of the Midwest. Now that she’s escaped the plains of her youth, she writes dark suspense from an upstairs office high in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah. She enjoys summer trail hikes with her family almost as much as she enjoys staying inside during the winter. Since leaving the lighter side of fiction, she has written the critically acclaimed, bestselling novels Evelyn, After; Half Past; and Jane Doe. For more on the author and her work, visit www.VictoriaHelenStone.com and www.VictoriaDahl.com.
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