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3.50  ·  Rating details ·  15,676 ratings  ·  982 reviews
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 heartb
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Hardcover, 269 pages
Published July 1st 2019 by Lake Union Publishing
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Felicia
DNF 69%

I'm sew board.

Bring on the next Jane Doe book.
Berit☀️✨
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ᴇɴᴛᴇʀᴛᴀɪɴɪɴɢ. ᴀᴅᴅɪᴄᴛɪᴠᴇ. ғᴀsᴛ-ᴘᴀᴄᴇᴅ.

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
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Dennis
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 ...more
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 t
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Jenny
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Chelsea Humphrey
Review to come.

*Review copy furnished via the publisher.
DJ Sakata
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Her job was to help people regain remedial skills, and very few clients were thrilled to have that opportunity.

She’d suspected Johnny of cheating plenty of times, but as far as she knew, it had only happened once. Just once… As for that one time? Well, she’d forgiven him. Or she thought she had. It turned out that frantically gluing the broken pieces of a marriage back together didn’t make for the tightest hold.

Her daughter didn’t notice or didn’t care, and that was a blessing.
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Darinda
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 ev
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Kendall
Apr 02, 2019 rated it liked it
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,
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Janine
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
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 t ...more
Frank Phillips
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.50 rounded up! I just finished it so need to think about it before I add any more to the review. I will say right now it's totally different than Jane Doe, and in my opinion, not as good. However, with that being said, I believe Ms. Stone is a stellar writer and a shining star talent, so her 'lesser' effort is still better than most others. The plot had so many twists I was entirely confused on what I thought was going on, and was completely shocked by the ending. I will say none of the charac ...more
Ceecee
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Amazon Kindle First Read - June

I chose this as I had read ‘Evelyn, After’ by this author and really rated it but oh boy, was I disappointed with this one. I didn’t feel that it was particularly well written, there was repetition especially of the main character’s thoughts which frankly were not that riveting anyway, the plot was predictable and rather dull. On the plus side it didn’t take that long to read which I’m sorry to say is about all the positives I can muster. Apologies, as this one was
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Michele
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
A book replete with completely unlikeable, pathetic, characters, and a plot I figured out before the halfway point. I DID finish it more quickly than usual, but I think that was more about me trying to plow through it vs actually caring about what happened. I give it 2 stars for the actual writing, but I found myself feeling disgusted with the characters and story from beginning to end.
Kerry
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dark, chilling, sexy, and intensely thrilling. Loved it!
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
2.5 STARS

I 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
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Jodi
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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. 😕
Amy
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Last year one of my favorite and most memorable reads was Jane Doe so of course False Step was high up on my list of most anticipated reads for this year. I loved how original and unique that one was and I adored Jane as a character even though I probably shouldn’t have loved a sociopath as much as I did. I’m so sad to say that this one just didn’t work for me at all.

While initially I was very interested to see where this one was going by about a quarter of the way in I had worked out exactly wh
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CD {Boulder Blvd}
1.5 stars rounded up. This story was so incredibly boring with unlikable characters that I had to skim read the first 160 some pages. It seemed to center on how everyone cheated. It picked up some the last 100 pages as it focused more on the plot but still I wasn't vested in the characters or the story.

Hard to recommend this one as I was simply glad it was over.
Darcia Helle
I'm sorry, but no.

This 280 page book could be condensed to a 25 page story, and you wouldn't miss a thing. Tedium abounds.

None of the characters have a single redeeming quality. Veronica stays in an unhappy marriage, her behavior spiraling from unscrupulous to unforgivable, all to "protect" her daughter from... divorce? Seriously, no. Johnny is a caricature of a stereotype, who does appalling things for personal gain, plays the roll of victim when caught, and then Veronica accepts his rationale
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Roberta
Jun 14, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book gets one star solely for providing an opportunity to say how angry I am that I wasted time reading it. The initial premise of the story seemed intriguing, but the plot became preposterous as the story unfolded. As other commentators have written, the characters were entirely unlikable, but worse than that, they were boring and utterly predictable. There are great novels where the main character is flawed, but this book had no redeeming qualities. I plowed through to see if my predictio ...more
Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
If you haven't read Victoria Helen Stone's Jane Doe yet, stop everything and pick that book up immediately. I did last year and it was one of my favorites for 2018. I've been anxiously awaiting the next Jane Doe book but in the mean time, Stone has given us False Step. Keep in mind, Jane Doe lovers, that this book is different than Jane Doe so walk in with an open mind.

Stone proves again that her writing style is easy to read and keeps you turning the pages. This one is a domestic suspense/thril
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Kevin Dowson
Around a year ago I picked up Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone, which turned out to be not only the best book I read all year, but one of the best I've read in a very, very long time. Judging by other reviews on this book, I'm not alone in thinking that.

Much excitement, then, when False Step appeared on the First Reads list, an instant no-brainer to choose it. This shows the difference expectation makes to the enjoyment of a book. When I read Jane Doe I had no expectations. To be honest, I chose
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Jamie Rosenblit
Jun 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
2.5 stars rounded up

Having been a huge fan of Jane Doe last year, I was really excited to get my hands on False Step, but this one was not as amazing as Jane Doe for me (they can't all be five stars)!

What worked for me:
-False Step is a quick read and the plot definitely moves along at a quick pace

What did not work for me:
-Protagonist was extremely unlikeable and it was hard to sympathize with her perils when you couldn't root for her - how do you love a woe is me character when she brings the w
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Sarah
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Amelia Strydom
Jun 21, 2019 rated it liked it
I adored Jane Doe - it was one of my favourite reads in 2018 - and really enjoyed the author's (vastly different) Evelyn, After. Although False Step kept me entertained, it didn't wow me.

It's very well-written, Ms. Stone is a skilled and talented writer, and the characters truly came alive. I just know that the protagonist, Veronica, and her husband, Johnny, will stay with me a long time. The opening scene hooked me and I eagerly turned the rest of the pages. Unfortunately the ending was a bit
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Liz Fenton
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Bettina
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is my second book by Victoria Helen Stone and I absolutely adore her writing style. It's a lot of "Show, don't tell" with witty and sarcastic comments here and there.

Regarding the story where we're following Veronica struggling with her marriage, I was a bit disappointed. From the book's summary I expected more thriller elements, more (and far more shocking) lies and betrayals. However, I think that the problems and secrets in this marriage are -for the most part- quite common and I like h
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Octavia (ReadsWithDogs)
This book was way too long for what it was. I feel like it would have packed more punch as a short story because so much of the beginning was just unnecessary and boring.

Veronica is bored as fuck in her loveless marriage to her high school sweetheart Johnny, who she married after finding out she was pregnant and then later found out Johnny is a narcissist. It's been ten years and she's literally counting the days until her daughter is old enough to "handle" them divorcing. *eye roll* As a child
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Lynn
Wasn't sure what all the secrets would be when I read the synopsis, but not disappointed at all. I fell in love with Victoria Helen Stone's writting when I read Jane Doe. Expecting the unexpected was a known assumption and she kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way. Every girl's dream or nightmare is marrying a man like your father and becoming your mother, but never has it been captured in a book so well.
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Victoria Helen Stone is the nom de plume for USA Today bestselling author Victoria Dahl. After publishing more than twenty-five novels, she has taken a turn toward the darker side of genre fiction. Born and educated in the Midwest, she finished her first manuscript just after college. In 2016, the American Library Association awarded her the prestigious Reading List Award for outstanding genre fic ...more

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