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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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, ...more
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.
Stone proves again that her writing style is easy to read and keeps you turning the pages. This one is a domestic suspense/thril ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. 😕
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 ...more
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' ...more
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.
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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.