June 17, 2019

Book Review: False Step by Victoria Helen Stone

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.

So I did not like Veronica much.  If a book is well-written enough, I can overlook a character's unlikeability. What False Step had going for are a strong, immediately gripping start and a compelling enough plot that propelled me to the finish. Not to say that I couldn't guess the big twists - I did and yet I had to keep going, mostly because I just was hoping that Veronica would smarten up.  She is a bit on the TSTL spectrum for much of the book - I dearly wanted to shake her.  She should have been someone I would have aligned myself with immediately - a very maternal book nerd.  But her terrible choices and whiny personality turned me off.  However, I want to state that she does redeem herself in the end.  The last 3 chapters turned everything around for this reader with a satisfying denouement.

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