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3.61  ·  Rating details ·  2,651 ratings  ·  210 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.

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Hardcover, 280 pages
Expected publication: 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.
    Chelsea Humphrey
    Review to come.

    *Review copy furnished via the publisher.
    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 still d ...more
    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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    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.
    Kerry
    Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Dark, chilling, sexy, and intensely thrilling. Loved it!
    Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: arc
    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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    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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    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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    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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    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. 😕
    Cassie-Traveling Sister-
    May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I was so excited when I got asked to join the TLC book tours for this book!! Jane Doe was one of my favorite books! I do want to let my fellow readers know before reading that False Step is different but it’s still a dark twisted tale that has you questioning every person in this books motive!! Tanner Holcomb is the young son of a wealthy family in Denver. He’s been missing now for days and everyone in the police department and the community have been frantically searching for him. When Johnny B ...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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    Liz Fenton
    Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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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.
    Lynda Kelly
    Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    This is the fourth book I've read by this author though my favourite remains Jane Doe. It was my Kindle First choice this month; her books often feature there, so I knew I wasn't picking a dud this time out !
    I did like this one, too, and she does very well on the presentation front as well but I didn't like her main character much. I'm probably not supposed to but she irritated me a great deal and I thought all she needed was a good slap now and then and to get a bloody grip !! She clearly didn'
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    Alayne Emmett
    Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Oh wow this was such a great book. It had so many twists and turns in it that it kept you guessing until the very end.
    I thought I knew who did what to whom but, I was still surprised at the end.
    I got this book free from Prime first reads.
    Debbie
    May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
    'Stay calm, keep smiling, and watch your step. In this marriage of secrets and lies, nothing is what it seems.'

    The story involves little boy who goes missing, Tanner Holcomb. Search parties are out looking for him, then one day, Johnny Bradley finds him on a hiking trail miles away. Overnight, Johnny becomes the town hero and the child is returned to their family safely. But Johnny's wife Veronica isn't happy with the media attention and doesn't want any of their family secrets exposed.

    Despite
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    Lauren
    Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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 fa ...more
    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
    Cassidy (Cassidys.Bookshelf)
    **3/5**
    Just okay. Didn't care for any of the characters, but not a horrible thriller.
    Marc Bougharios
    Jun 18, 2019 rated it liked it
    This novel is released on July 1st, 2019

    3.5 stars

    This is a first by Stone for me and I'm very glad that I discovered her. I say this a lot in my reviews but I just love reading books from new authors because it's so refreshing to see a different voice in the thriller world. I've heard so much about her previous novel, Jane Doe, and I will be looking out for it in bookstores.

    False Step is a story about a couple, Johnny and Veronica, and what happens when one of them turns instantly turns into a
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    Cynema
    APPEARANCES ARE DECEIVING

    FALSE STEP was my first read by this author, but it won’t be the last. There were so many false steps in this marriage. The unfolding mystery was told with a deft sleight of hand that kept me off-balance and questioning what was actually happening. But, appearances can be deceptive. On surface, the ordinary existence of physical therapist Veronica would seem to follow a rather mundane and uneventful cycle. As the family breadwinner, her marriage to fitness trainer Johnny
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    RedRedtheycallmeRed
    3.5 STARS

    To an outsider, Veronica probably seems like she has it all: her husband Johnny is a very handsome personal trainer, she has a great daughter, and she has a physical therapy job that actually makes a difference in people's lives. A closer inspection reveals that Johnny doesn't make much money and doesn't seem to have a lot of ambition, they live in a run down house and have maxed out credit cards. Victoria and Johnny have had marriage problems in the past, and if it weren't for their da
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    Amy
    May 27, 2019 rated it liked it
    Thank you to @lakeunionauthors for a copy of False Step which releases on July 1, 2019 in exchange for my honest review.

    This is the second book I’ve read by Victoria Helen Stone, the first being Jane Doe (which I absolutely loved!). However, if you’ve read Jane Doe and are expecting something similar, fair warning that these two books are nothing alike.

    Veronica and her husband Johnny live in Denver with their 10-year old daughter Sydney. One afternoon while on a hike, Johnny finds a 3-year old
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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
    Jenny Jordan
    Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    False Steps is an engaging story with a few unexpected twists. While I soon thought I knew what had happened, I was not entirely correct, and I enjoyed seeing how Stone wrapped up the storyline. Veronica is a likable, flawed main character, and the interaction with her family members draws the reader into the crisis' that V is facing in her daily life. The difficulties in her marriage, the challenges in her work, the estrangement in her family can seem a bit too much in places in the story, but ...more
    Stephanie Sudderth
    Good story, but no one to root for

    This was a good read...well-written and interesting plot. But I couldn't find anything to like or root for in any of the characters except the little girl...because she was an innocent little girl. Everytime the main character made such an obviously stupid choice, I wanted to reach through my tablet and smack her upside the head. And using her daughter's happiness as an excuse just made me want to smack her more. This is the second book I've read by this author,
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    Linda A.
    Cheating, Mistrust, Starting Over

    It is hard to like or respect a woman who blames her parents for how she behaves as a parent, wife, and an adult. Having an affair as a way to get back at an inept husband and staying with him for the good of her daughter will only perpetuate the idea that it is okay to blame others for personal failures. The plot itself is interesting, but to create a great suspense story, characters need more traits developed so the reader can root for him/her.
    Debbie
    Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
    I have started working on a theory that I should only read books rated 4 stars or better. I make the occasional exception if a story sounds unusual or especially my type, but even then it needs to be in the high-3's (stars). So far that has worked pretty well in finding books I truly enjoy. But this one was available free through Prime Reading, I was in search of reading material, so thought I'd give it a try. It was OK, but too predictable, readable in 1 day because you can speed read through s ...more
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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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    “It turned out that frantically gluing the broken pieces of a marriage back together didn’t make for the tightest hold. The seams had eventually given way and left her sitting in a giant, messy pile of hurt and anger and memories.” 0 likes
    “It was Johnny’s big night. Veronica wouldn’t cause trouble. She wouldn’t kick Trey out. But God, how had this become her crowd?” 0 likes
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