Deadly Little Voices: A Touch Novel
Camelia Hammond has mixed feelings about her mentally ill aunt moving in with the family, but she hopes they can help each other deal with their shared gift. At least Camelia is trying to view her extra sense of psychometry --- the ability to see the future through touch --- as a gift. More specifically, in both their situations, they see the future in their art: her aunt with her paintings, and she with her sculpting. However, Camelia fears that she’ll follow in the footsteps of her aunt, whose mental instability has led to hospital visits and suicide attempts.
"Laurie Faria Stolarz just oozes talent, delivering another fascinating winner."
Camelia’s symptoms are getting worse; lately she’s been hearing cruel voices full of insult and hate. She tries to confide in her best pals, Kimmie and Wes, and their friendship helps immensely. But they have their own problems to deal with, resulting in some mysterious behavior from Wes and a huge fight between Camelia and Kimmie. After attracting some unwanted attention in pottery class, including a trance-like vision and shouting out words, the school counselor suggests Camelia talk to a therapist. Visiting Dr. Tylyn actually seems to help somewhat as she’s had experience with other psychic talents. She urges Camelia to view life as a series of choices. Regarding her latest visions, Camelia needs to respond fast.
It’s not just Camelia who is having visions of torment and taunting; her aunt is also drawing pictures of the same things. But even with the help of her aunt, her therapist and her friends, including her ex-boyfriend, Ben, and her new interest, Adam, the clues just aren’t adding up to a clear answer. All Camelia knows is that someone is in grave danger. If only she can figure out the mystery in time.
Laurie Faria Stolarz just oozes talent, delivering another fascinating winner. She begins the story with a creepy version of the Jack and Jill poem, and then dives right into the first paragraph with electrifying results. Once hooked, readers won’t be able to stop, eager for Camelia to solve the mystery of the horrid visions and voices she’s receiving. Stolarz is a master at building up suspense, like when she alternates chapters with letters written between a creepy young man named Jack and the teen he admires/stalks and calls Jill. Once again, as in the previous Touch books, Wes and Kimmie offer a humorous respite from the delicious suspense. Plus, Ben and Adam add lots of romantic tension, as Camelia is attracted to both of them.
Now for a bittersweet announcement: DEADLY LITTLE LESSONS is coming soon, but it will be the final book in this exciting series.
Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman on December 17, 2011