REVIEW: False Step by Victoria Helen Stone

Title: False Step
Series: Standalone
Author: Victoria Helen Stone
Publication Date: 
July 1, 2019
Physical ARC
TLC Book Tours
Pages: 280
Add It: Goodreads
Rating: 5 

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 celebrated hero. The heat of the spotlight may prove too much for Johnny’s picture-perfect family, however. His wife, Veronica, despises the pressure of the sudden fame, afraid that secrets and bitter resentments of her marriage may come to light. And she’s willing to do anything to keep them hidden.

But when a shocking revelation exposes an even darker side to Tanner’s disappearance, Veronica realizes that nothing in her life can be trusted. And everything should be feared.


False Steps revolves around the story of a lost boy named Tanner Holcomb. One day when out hiking, Johnny Bradley finds the young boy and becomes the celebrated hero of the community. His discovery brings huge media attention to Johnny, and his family making his wife Veronica, wholly uncomfortable. Scared that the attention will bring to light the cracks in her marriage, Veronica becomes more and more fearful of the things happening around her.

Once I started False Step, I couldn’t put it down. I had to know what was going to happen and who was behind all the mystery. The plot of this story was so completely gripping, and for me unpredictable. I’m going to be honest here and say I’m not a very good mystery solver, but I think anyone who enjoys thrillers would love this one!

The story centers around Veronica, who is insecure in her marriage. She’s extremely jealous of the woman who surround Johnny, and this jealousy is leading to even more cracks in her relationship. Add to that the realization that Johnny has stepped out on her before, and an entire web of lies begins to emerge. Veronica was a bit of a debby downer, but was written to be this way. Her characterization was a brilliant move on Victoria Helen Stone’s part, and really added to the story.

This was such a great story, and I’m so glad I was given the opportunity to read this one early!

Rating: 4.5 Stars

About the Author

Victoria Helen Stone is the nom de plume for USA Today bestselling author Victoria Dahl. After publishing more than twenty-five novels, she has taken a turn toward the darker side of genre fiction. Born and educated in the Midwest, she finished her first manuscript just after college. In 2016, the American Library Association awarded her the prestigious Reading List Award for outstanding genre fiction. Having escaped the plains of her youth, she now resides with her family in a small town high in the Rocky Mountains, where she enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, and not skiing (too dangerous).

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One thought

  1. Oooh… this sounds good! I’m adding this to my fall TBR (which oddly, is when I seem to read all of my thrillers!) Thanks for being on this tour! Sara @ TLC Book Tours


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