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. Review to come Review copy furnished via the publisher. 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 NOW It s a different realm of reality, but still delivers the entertainment value that you ve come to expect from the author.Tanner Holcomb has been missing for a few days now, and the entire suburban Denver community is freaking out They are all worried about the boy s whereabouts, and it s been heavily featured all over the local media However, Johnny Bradley ends up stumbling across the boy while on a run in the local park The boy is disheveled, but unharmed, and Johnny becomes the local hero Johnny is a handsome, attractive, personal trainer he is the perfect fit for celebrity fodder The local news stations have painted Johnny as the town s newfound celebrity His wife Veronica is having issues with Johnny s notoriety and is apprehensive about engaging with the media Veronica s marriage to Johnny isn t perfect nobody s marriage is but will this intense media scrutiny be too much to handle for her family The best thing about False Step is the mystery behind the marriage of Johnny and Veronica, so I won t divulge any information about it Go into this story with no suspicions or expectations Throw everything you know about mystery novels out the window, and get ready for a surprise treat At first, none of the characters are particularly likable or redeeming, but as the novel grew in intensity, I started seeing myself falling deeply connected to them Why do I care about these characters so much They are so vulnerable, and they are battling demons that can resonate with anyone As Johnny s fame grew within the community, I felt so personally connected to Veronica s family Veronica, Johnny, their daughter Sydney, Veronica s parents, everybody It s been a day since I ve read False Step , and I m still thinking about them.This book is very fast paced, and at under 300 pages you can definitely read this in one sitting like me There s no moments of sedimentary boredom new phrase that I just made up, do you like it within the story, and there s no slow burn type of moments during the narrative to try to keep the momentum from burning out too fast The story starts immediately in the first chapter, and the pacing is light speed fast from there on out It starts full speed ahead, and grips you from the first chapter I ve noticed a certain charm or wit when it comes to Stone s writing, and I m completely addicted to it Keep these stories coming, Victoria False Step is smart, wild, sexy, and dark it s definitely been one of the best books I ve read this year. I definitely want to read Jane Doe now Tanner Holcomb is a missing child He s been lost for days Then the best thing happens He s found by Johnny Bradley on a hiking trail miles away from home Johnny was a fitness trainer working hard to make ends meet and now is a hero on every news channel Johnny s wife, Veronica, is tiring of the spotlight, though She s also worried this focus will cause some secrets about their marriage to be unearthed Veronica will do anything to keep that from happening And then something occurs that causes Veronica to question everything she thought she knew, and it involves Tanner s disappearance at its core Edgy, smoothly written, well paced, gripping I loved my first Victoria Helen Stone book False Step was pure entertainment You should know going in it centers on the mystery of the marriage between Johnny and Veronica There is a big backstory there I found the characters in False Step to be complex and fallible, which made them relatable, even though I didn t necessarily like them I still cared about them because of their vulnerability This is a brisk read, addictive, smart, and oh so dark Grab this book when you are looking for a fun and wild ride I received a complimentary copy All opinions are my own My reviews can also be found on my blog www.jennifertarheelreader.com Veronica is suddenly in the spotlight when her husband, Johnny, finds a missing toddler Johnny is enjoying being a hero and all the media attention, but Veronica is afraid her secrets may be revealed When Veronica learns there was to the toddler s disappearance, she realizes her secrets are the least of her worries.A combination of family drama and suspense Veronica is unhappy with her life, primarily with her marriage When Johnny is the local hero and in all the news, Veronica feels even overwhelmed Add in the mystery surrounding the toddler s disappearance, and Veronica life is completely turned upside down.A fast paced and entertaining domestic suspense This is a fairly predictable story, especially for avid readers of thrillers Still, I found it to be an enjoyable summer read Dark, fun, and compelling. Favorite Quotes Her job was to help people regain remedial skills, and very few clients were thrilled to have that opportunity She d suspected Johnny of cheating plenty of times, but as far as she knew, it had only happened once Just once As for that one time Well, she d forgiven him Or she thought she had It turned out that frantically gluing the broken pieces of a marriage back together didn t make for the tightest hold Her daughter didn t notice or didn t care, and that was a blessing Children were naturally selfish Their selfishness protected them from noticing the rough currents of life that pulled in all directions But they noticed the rapids They knew when they were being sucked under.There were crimes anyone might commit, like jaywalking or smuggling a really cool rock home from a national park Then there were certain crimes you could assign to people you knew well Trish, for instance, might steal a campaign sign from a bigoted school board candidate and throw it in the trash if no one was looking Mom, though I swear to God, Veronica, I think she imagined that Fatima and I would have twice as many grandkids because we have two wombs It s the clear benefit of having a lesbian daughter, Trish Extra incubation space My Review I m a bit conflicted on how to rate and feel about this one The characters were not at all likable or trustworthy as they were actually quite selfish and contemptible, yet my curiosity was tipped and I wanted to know how their story would shake out The intriguing storylines and subplots were slowly exposed with steadily rising levels of angst and uncertainty over a variety of stressors Suspected serial spousal infidelities, as well as her own current cheating, were but one of many concerns the highly anxious and deeply resentful main character of Veronica was constantly obsessing over Her husband s heroics of finding a lost child brought immediate media attention as well as police scrutiny to her home, resulting in additional complications and spirals of anxiety, and for good reason The writing and storylines were taut with tension, tragedy, unexpected twists and turns, and an occasional greatly appreciated glimpse of wit. 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. 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 frightened the entire town of in Denver By a miracle, Veronica s husband Johnny was hiking one morning and discovered the little boy Tanner unharmed on his hike Although, NOTHING is what it appears to be behind the disappearance of Tanner Johnny is enjoying the spotlight and being the hero for finding this little boy Veronica on the other hand is feeling anxious with all the spotlight and is afraid that her secrets behind their marriage will come out.Well let me tell you Veronica s fears come to light with the amount of secrets.lies and deception that are spilled to the core.This was a solid 3 star for me I wasn t that impressed in all honesty.I saw the story play out in my mind and unfortunately I saw it coming a mile away I have seen this plot before and it wasn t anything new for me I was rolling my eyes a bit towards the end and just wanted to finish the story in all honesty.Stone definitely has talent behind her writing but was lacking a unique plot with twists.which is very hard for authors to do with thrillers lately.Thank you so much to Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for the arc in exchange for an honest review.Publication date 7 1 19Published to Goodreads 4 2 19 s Victoria Helen Stone has crafted an entertaining fast paced Addictive story Johnny and Veronica were college sweethearts the perfect couple BUT as all avid thriller Readers know no couple is perfect and this one wasn t even close So many secrets, so many lies, all that threaten to come out when Johnny earns hero status after rescuing a young boy SO even though Johnny s newfound status leads to an increase in Business for his personal training, it also puts this family in a vulnerable position What happens when you can t hide from the truth any When all it takes is one falls step And all the lies and secrets will come crumbling down Where to start with this one Well first off I disliked all the major characters in this book None of them had many if any redeeming qualities and they all had a lot to hide I did however have compassion for Johnny and Veronica s 11 year old daughter Sydney, the poor girl was caught in the crossfire of all this nonsense I also had a lot of sympathy for Veronica s mother, sister and her sisters wife Innocent bystanders I seriously do not think Johnny or Veronica considered how any of their actions impacted anyone but themselves At times I have to admit this did get frustrating and a little tiring, but then something would happen and I was just hooked Miss Stone definitely has an addictive writing style that kept me engaged the entire time I figured out the who and the Y pretty early I just didn t completely no the how However this did not detract from the story at all, because at the end I was seriously on the edge of my seat just waiting to see how this all was going to play out Sometimes it s not all about the twist, it is about the getting there If you re looking for a quick absorbing thriller then this is the book Big thanks to Lake Union for my gifted copy of this book 2.5 Veronica was a tough character for me to root for during the entire book She was whiny, selfish, immature and full of excuses Johnny is a douchy, gym rat who is dumb and gullible Together they make a match made in I hate these people heaven If you are like me, and characters and character development can make or break it, than this one could be a bit problematic BUT I think that people who don t read a lot of twisty thrillers or someone looking to read a quick read could really like this book I basically read it in a day, I liked the pacing and the story had some murdery bits, which I like, but I just hated all of the people Maybe that won t be a big issue for you, so give it a try.