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Deadly Little Games: A Touch Novel

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Deadly Little Games: A Touch Novel

Sixteen-year-old Camelia Hammond is looking forward to some
downtime. After two intense situations involving kidnapping and
stalking, she’s ready to concentrate on her artwork and her
relationship with Ben Carter. Unfortunately, the extrasensory
perception of psychometry never takes a vacation, and both she and
Ben are blessed with this unique talent.

Psychometry is the ability to sense things through touch. Ben
can foresee the future just by touching a person or object.
Camelia’s talent works a little different in that her
psychometry comes through her pottery. And this time it’s an
image of Adam who pops up, along with the words “You deserve
to die.” When Adam begins receiving mysterious crossword
puzzles with threatening clues, Camelia feels impelled to try to
help Adam figure out what’s happening. Ben, however,
isn’t happy about the situation. For one, he’s worried
about Camelia’s safety. But he also senses something bad; he
won’t tell Camelia, which leads to an argument.

Camelia is also concerned about her aunt, who is in a mental
institution. From reading her aunt’s old journal, Camelia is
convinced she isn’t crazy, but that she has psychometry
through her artwork as well. Upon visiting her, Camelia is shocked
to see her drawing of Adam along with her muttering the words
“You deserve to die.” Camelia feels they are running
out of time but are no closer to finding the truth. What good is
having the gift of psychometry if Camelia can’t save her
friends in time?

Laurie Faria Stolarz cleverly alternates chapters of the main
characters with transcripts of the doctor/patient therapist
sessions, creating creepy “whodunit” drama. She also
includes the crossword puzzles in a series of stages, which offers
a good punch of foreboding with the twisted clues. The relationship
between Ben and Camelia adds some turbulent romantic tension to the
story, especially when Adam stumbles in the way. And once again, a
bit of humor lightens the ride with Camelia’s friend Kimmie
and her unique taste in fashion, and with Camelia’s mom and
her unique taste in cuisine.

Fans will be excited to learn that Stolarz is hard at work on
the fourth novel in the Touch series, DEADLY LITTLE
VOICES, to be released in November.

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Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman on October 18, 2011

Deadly Little Games: A Touch Novel
by Laurie Faria Stolarz

  • Publication Date: December 28, 2010
  • Genres: Paranormal, Romance
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
  • ISBN-10: 1423131606
  • ISBN-13: 9781423131601