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Almost four years after Laney Matthews survived a brush with death at the hands of Robbie Jameson, she has finally picked up the pieces of her life and started over. She's made new friends, began dating again, attended countless therapy sessions, and is about to graduate in the spring from Blackburn University. Ever since that fateful night, Laney has tried to surround herself with ...
Almost four years after Laney Matthews survived a brush with death at the hands of Robbie Jameson, she has finally picked up the pieces of her life and started over. She's made new friends, began dating again, attended countless therapy sessions, and is about to graduate in the spring from Blackburn University. Ever since that fateful night, Laney has tried to surround herself with positivity, and so far it's been successful ... but that's all about to come crashing down.
When Laney receives news of Robbie's release from prison, her bubble of security bursts and she begins to withdraw from everyday life. Her friends come to the rescue with a fun winter break getaway in order to clear their heads and shake off the end of semester finals. It's here that Laney comes face to face again with Brent Lyles, the one true love that got away, and she begins to realize maybe he's the exact thing that's been missing in her crazy life.
Something's amiss at the sprawling rental property though, and when things take a deadly turn, Laney and her friends are forced to fight for their lives. Has Robbie returned to finish what he started years ago? And is Laney prepared to stand up to her past demons once and for all?
The key to her survival this time though will be trust-a feeling she hasn't embraced in quite some time.
Posted July 28, 2014
Two Little Lies is a heartpounding psychological thriller by the ever talented T.A. Kunz; one you seriously don’t want to miss. This novel pulled me in from the very first page and left me breathless at the end. Juxtaposing lighthearted banter with deadly intent, this mystery novel will leave you on the edge of your seat, waiting for the shoe to drop as Laney and her friends seclude themselves on a rental property in the dead of winter. Not all are going to survive the weekend...
I really enjoyed this novel! Kunz’s characterization was spot on, and I found myself seeing a bit of myself in Laney. Although I’ve never experienced anything to the extent that she has, the connection was there as I read of her insecurities and fear that the past might come back to haunt her. A survivor by nature, Laney is a strong-willed character that is forced to face her demons head on in a game of cat and mouse as the weekend unfolds, and as she learns through the many harrowing trials and tribulations, not everyone is who they profess to be.
I loved the characters, and the climax of the story really did have me on the edge of my seat, fretting about the characters and what would happen next. Kunz has created an extremely realistic and, therefore, scary world where evil pursues good, and I loved not knowing who to trust and waiting on pins and needles for the climax and the revelation that I never saw coming. This is a must read for sure. Five stars.
Posted June 5, 2014
I really enjoy reading a book which brings out thrills on my spine! Two Little Lies was like that. When I was reading it during one evening being alone at home, I really thought I started hearing how the floor was squeaking and doors were moving... It was horrific and terrifying, in a very good way!
Laney has survived a killer once and has since that day lost quite a lot. When the killer gets released from prison, Laney's nerves are starting to play tricks on her. Or are they tricks or is somebody really after hurting her again?
When Laney is taking a trip together with her friends to a quite deserted place, renting a holiday house, things start to happen. She meets a friend from her past and the body count starts to increase. Will Laney and her friends survive and can Laney run away from the killer and her past?
What I liked about the book:
I had to get out of bed, switch on few more lamps because Two Little Lies creeped me out. It gave a feeling, that you know something isn't right, that there is somebody right behind you and you have to peak to see, who it is. You know, this little paranoid feeling of being watched... Just like the main character Laney felt. That feeling was described in a way it caught you. T.A. Kunz is incredibly good at writing the suspense, increasing the tension until you almost can't take it anymore. It was well-written!
There are also many well-written likable characters. Even though you get some ideas who might be the bad guy, I was still surprised by the author. You know that somebody will die, but it seemed that the author (and I as a reader as well) genuinely enjoyed killing the characters off!
I also liked that the romance was in the background and that it didn't overwhelm the suspense and the thrill, but it was nicely combined with the horrors of the story.
Very good and well-written thriller filled with well-developed characters. I definitely recommend Two Little Lies!
Posted April 27, 2014
Bloody Hell – this was an amazingly terrifying book! Poor Laney, it’s amazing that she hasn't locked herself in bubble after what she went through with psycho-Robbie in the past. She may have been innocent and helpless but she kept her wits about her and had just enough luck to pull through the horrid attack. But she’s definitely damaged. You can feel her fear and paranoia on almost every page. She has some amazing friends and a couple of hotties that try to take her mind off the past but something always seem to spark a memory that shuts her down again. Then as soon as she starts to heal a little bit, she ends up having to fight for her life again, along with her friends this time! Seriously, I don’t know if I was more scared to keep reading or stop reading! I buzzed through this because I couldn't bear to not know what horrible thing was going to happen next. So to say it is addicting is a huge understatement. Unless you have a heart condition, I DEFINITELY recommend this book – just maybe don’t read it at night when you’re home alone.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 27, 2014
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Author Adam Kunz has surprised the crap out of me. When I read his first solo book, One Tiny Secret, I fell in love. I thought it was great. It had everything it needed to be a really good book that could be enjoyed to the fullest. I thought One Tiny Secret was exactly what I was looking for in an NA Thriller book. Boy, was I WRONG. Two Little Lies blew me (and One Tiny Secret) right out of the water. It actually scared the hell out of me! Do you have ANY idea how long it’s been since I’ve been able to say that??
While the writing itself was good in OTS, I thought it was great in TLL. Adam’s growth as an author is obvious and he is definitely an author to keep an eye on. It’s not that the writing in OTS was bad by any means, or even mediocre; I just thought the writing was more mature and descriptive in TLL. Was it perfect, no, but was it written better than OTS? Absolutely. You know how many readers will say reading is like watching a movie in their head (I know I do!)? This was somehow MORE than that. I could see every. Single. Scene. I could see every piece of every picture Adam painted with his words. While I do normally see books in my head as movies, I don’t normally see them this vividly. TLL would make an amazing movie. If Hollywood didn't muck it up that is lol. I would absolutely go see it, and I DESPISE going to the movies!
Two Little Lies has twists, turns, action, humor, love, lust, conflict, and the kind of intensity that really makes for a great thriller. I know I damn sure didn’t see the ending coming. I was just in shock when I finished reading. Which, by the way did not take nearly long enough because once I started, I absolutely couldn’t put it down! Even though I was upset that it was over, it really was the perfect length in my opinion. It was long enough to give a good back story on the main characters and set the scene, but short enough where I didn’t get bored or find myself skimming paragraphs full of unnecessary content that was there for the sole purpose of increasing the word count. Everything Adam wrote was relevant to the story in one way or another.
In my opinion, it’s really hard to come up with a unique storyline for anything anymore. Most books and movies seem to follow a pattern of sorts, and in some ways, TLL follows this pattern as well. There is NOTHING wrong with that. What makes it ok for me is that despite the fact that Adam is following a basic pattern, it still comes out as fresh and unique. It didn’t feel stale or recycled. Though I do have to say that the opening chapter very much reminded me of the opening scene in the movie, Scream, where Drew Barrymore is babysitting and that guy shows up with the mask and knife and does his thing. I was a little bit worried after reading this scene that the rest of the book would be just like that, but luckily, I was wrong.
Two Little Lies would be a perfect read for anyone who loves a classic style slasher type of thriller. Adam has created some really psychotic characters who have a perfect home on the pages of this book. I would recommend it to pretty much anyone who likes thrillers that don’t mind the characters being college aged. Even though they are college aged, they are fairly mature for their age group and weren’t annoying. I would let my 13 year old read it except there is some mild sexy type talk, and I don’t want her to be afraid to stay home alone and babysit anymore!
Posted April 21, 2014
I generally stay away from this genre because I worry that it will get to graphically violent or freak me out for days on end, but I know this author and their awesomeness, so I figured I would give it a try. I am so beyond glad I did, even if it did freak me out for days ;). It was fabtabulous! I seriously could not close my kindle. I like the characters, even those I apparently should not have. I absolutely loved the premise. Yes, we see Laney at a weak point in her life, but watching the book open the way it did, we see her strength and that drew me to her even more. To say it was suspenseful would be an understatement. I felt like I never knew when the next shoe was going to fall. Plus the author is a bit like Joss Whedon in the fact that you never know who will make it to the end adding to the suspense and anticipation. Oh and he added heat. Seriously, how can he weave such a suspenseful serial killer tale and still manage to include heat?
I can not remember the last time I said this, but I really think this needs to be a movie. Usually, I am all about books keeping their sacred little place in my heart with the characters looking just like what I had pictured, but this one screams to be a movie. I can hear the suspenseful music now. Speaking of hearing, I read this while I was out of town so all the noises were new to me. Not the best choice for reading this kind of suspense. I spooked myself more than once.
This NA Thriller wowed me!!!!
Posted April 21, 2014
This winter break/weekend away is exactly what Laney Matthews needs. Even if it does fall on the anniversary of her horrific attack. Even if her almost killer is now out of prison thanks to the stupidity of our justice system. Even if her hallucinations have her seeing Robbie’s face at every turn. Yep, this weekend is about letting go and letting loose of the past. As if things are ever that easy.
From the get go this book had me on the edge of my seat and ready to burst. It was so freakin’ intense the whole way through. How does an author do that? How can they give this sense of impending doom the whole time without letting up? I don' know either, but Kunz does it and does it well. Not for one second did I feel there was a lull in his book. It was that good. And fans of Kunz’s first book, ONE TINY SECRET, will catch a glimpse of Dani in this one.
And Kunz is not one for keeping characters around either. Dude is seriously all about plucking them out when needed. Oh yeah, no one is safe with him. No one. Well besides the MC of the story. But even that was questionable at times.
I might be telling my age here, but if you are a fan of the SCREAM movies, then this is the book for you. I try to make note of every single occurrence so that I can try and figure out who is the killer. Did I guess right with this one? Hell no. Kunz being the masterful story teller he is totally pulled one over on me. Well done, Kunz. Well done.
Absolutely suspenseful, thrilling, and demanding of your attention, this book had me from the gory start and never released its hold until the very end. This book will pull you in and leave you checking your windows and locks the minute you are through. 5 Fantastic, yet Creepy Stars.