False Step by Victoria Helen Stone

False Step

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 heartbeat, his rescuer goes from financially strapped fitness trainer to celebr...


Details False Step

TitleFalse Step
ISBN9781542093491
Author
Release DateJul 1st, 2019
PublisherLake Union Publishing
LanguageEnglish
GenreThriller, Mystery, Fiction
Rating

Reviews False Step

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    1970-01-01
    Review to come.*Review copy furnished via the publisher.
  • Dennis
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Kendall
    1970-01-01
    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 frigh...
  • Kerry
    1970-01-01
    Dark, chilling, sexy, and intensely thrilling. Loved it!
  • Liz Fenton
    1970-01-01
    Loved it! 💕💕😍😍
  • Cassie-Traveling Sister-
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Jenny
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • Debbie
    1970-01-01
    '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 ...
  • Amy
    1970-01-01
    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. On...
  • Jodi
    1970-01-01
    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. 😕
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    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 S...
  • Cynema
    1970-01-01
    APPEARANCES ARE DECEIVINGFALSE 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...
  • RedRedtheycallmeRed
    1970-01-01
    3.5 STARSTo 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 pr...
  • Lynda Kelly
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Bethany S
    1970-01-01
    Pros: - I read this book in one day, it was a very addicting and easy read. - The setting and characters all felt real and not forced to fit the genre conventions. This truly felt like a situation that could happen to anyone. - The protagonist felt like a real person with a real life, a past to connect her present identity and had actions that made sense. - The story/mystery was intriguing for the first 80% of the novel. Cons: - There was way too...
  • Jenny Jordan
    1970-01-01
    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 ca...
  • Lia
    1970-01-01
    Read via Kindle First ReadsNot my go-to genre, but I do enjoy a good thriller and of the First Reads option this month this had the synopsis that caught my interest the most. Unfortunately I found it rather bland and pedestrian. I got 70% of the way through and realised that I was not particularly engaged with either the plot or any of the characters and very little seemed to have actually happened. It's not always necessary for the main characte...
  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
    1970-01-01
    2.5 STARSI 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 inadeq...
  • Erssie
    1970-01-01
    Amusing main character with self deprecating humour almost saves the book as its a predictable plot. I enjoyed reading this and the plot gets 3*. It lost 2* for me because I guessed the twist near the beginning. However I think having the main character's inner POV and thoughts made it a bit of  black comedy. She made a good anti hero. Seeing her hubbie through her eyes was such a familiar feeling for any women in a strained relationship wonder...
  • Debbie
    1970-01-01
    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, read...
  • Suze
    1970-01-01
    More than one False StepFirst- this is my First Reads choice for June, none of the others seemed palatable for my taste. It is a very dark psychological thriller, usually something I would love. But I did not find one character I even remotely liked. Spoiler alert---- I did like Veronica in the beginning, she seemed to have things together and was trying to have a good life. But her affair turned me completely off to her,and influenced the way I ...
  • Jennifer Grunbeck
    1970-01-01
    Things are not as they appear This book leads you through the lives of Veronica and her husband Johnny and daughter Sydney. Both Johnny and Veronica come from troubled childhoods and are just getting by. Veronica keeps looking for something more and she finds it in Johnny’s best friend. What she mistakes as love is actually control, what she suspects as an affair turns into a nightmare. Fighting for her daughter and her survival is the bases of...
  • Shari Ring Wolf
    1970-01-01
    Great plotI wasn't prepared to like this book and I 'm not sure why. I did not like the main character at first, she seemed cold. As the character developed I had empathy for her and her situation. The plot was amazing, especially in how the author wove and blended the situation/plot with main character's mindset. Descriptions of settings and emotions were spot on. I "guessed" whodunit early on, which may have been the author's intention, but dev...
  • Tina Bailey
    1970-01-01
    Intriguing and suspenseful!This was not a disappointment. It was a very good book on the Kindle First Read list. Veronica is a bored wife trying to make life interesting for herself, then all the world seems to crumble around her. She needs to figure out if she can hold life together for her daughter, Sydney. Johnny, Veronica's husband is in the news for a rescue of a missing three year old. Was it rate that caused Johnny to find the little boy o...
  • Kathryn Holden
    1970-01-01
    I would give this 2.5 stars. I liked the overall story, but I wasn’t thrilled with the writing style. This is a case of, if it were a movie, I think it would be better than the book.Authors are always looking for that “big twist” and in doing so, I found it completely predictable, even as the story tried to lead in a different direction. Just commit to the story line and deliver, no need to work so hard at a twist that doesn’t surprise an...
  • Stephanie Sudderth
    1970-01-01
    Good story, but no one to root forThis 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....
  • Linda A.
    1970-01-01
    Cheating, Mistrust, Starting OverIt 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...
  • Cheryl
    1970-01-01
    Great storyI gave this story a five because it held my interest. I had no idea as to what was going to happen next. I was sorry that her husband was knocked off but then he was destin to leave early because he was so easily led. I will recommend this story to friends and family. All I can say is that I had no idea as to how it would end, and that I enjoyed it greatly. There is plenty of mayhem and mischief .
  • June
    1970-01-01
    It was not so much the author or the plot of the book but the characters!!! They were completely selfish and self serving that after awhile I could not stomach much more of Veronica's whining about her 'difficult' life, her husband Johnny and his total ego trip. Even their daughter just seemed so self absorbed in her life and her beloved' Dad. After a certain point I just did not really care anymore-
  • Diane Ploussard
    1970-01-01
    Enjoyed ItI enjoyed this book quite a bit. But toward the last third I had it figured out that it was Micah. However, being unfamiliar with this author, was not sure if that was intentional or not. So now find l must read more of her writings to see how she thinks. I think that this will be an interesting journey into her writings and her mind. Thank you, Victoria, for this interesting story. I will be reading more.