What Lies Within by James Morris

October 29, 2015
Book Review, What Lies Within, James Morris, InToriLex
THREE POINT FIVE STARS
What Lies Within
You’re going to die”

Shelley Marano is an ordinary, unexceptional high school senior…until the day she receives a cryptic text message, and her world tilts sideways. Now she’s in real danger, although she doesn’t know who would want her dead, or why. As she starts to unravel the mystery, the truth about who she really is proves to be more frightening than she ever imagined. With the lives of her and her friends hanging in the balance, one thing is certain:

Nothing will ever be the same.

Packed with suspense, What Lies Within is a page-turning, plot-driven rollercoaster ride that fans of Stephen King, James Patterson and Rick Yancey will be sure to enjoy.
 

REVIEW:

What Lies Within, James Morris, Book Review, InToriLex
I enjoyed this book, however this short fast paced novel was not without it's flaws. The mystery and science fiction elements were interesting and explained well. However I wanted to know these characters more than the author developed them in the story. Shelley is faced with a literal identity crisis, where she questions who she will be and who she is. We get to know her as she's thrust into danger and faced with growing up faster then she can cope with. Shelley's best friend Winston brings some much needed rational thinking to Shelley's decisions and the dynamic works well.
"She was frightened and confused and no matter how she tried to present herself to the outside world, that's what shone through."
This book includes action, death and danger in healthy doses. But the disbelief and actions of the people who love Shelley brings the story back into the realistic fiction realm. This novel dealt with relationships and the non-fairy tale endings they often take in our lives. Shelley can't wish her way into a new reality, and has to slowly learn to move forward. But the way she moves forward involves violence, inner turmoil and memory lapses, which made this story engaging the whole way through.

If your a fan of thrillers, that can squeeze a little bit in about love and the hard parts of life, definitely give this book a try. At times I was grossed out by some gory descriptions, while other times cheering on violence but for the right reasons. There's also some humor and good visual cues, which keeps it lighthearted. If this book was a bit longer it would have probably been able to focus on the characters more, but the writing with more development could go far.

This ebook was provided to me from the Author in exchange for a honest review. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


James Morris is a former television writer who now works in digital media. When not writing, you can find him scoping out the latest sushi spot, watching 'House Hunters Renovation', or trying new recipes in the kitchen. He lives with his wife and dog in Los Angeles.

4 comments:

  1. I think with shorter reads we sometimes lose stuff whether that is plot, world building, or in this case, characters development. Sometimes it can still be pulled off and sometimes not but it does sound like this wasn't so bad and you still liked it, which is great!

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    1. Thanks for commenting that was definitely the case!!

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  2. I read this earlier this year and rated it 3 stars. It was just an okay read for me, simply because the science made no sense. Those blackouts that the MC experiences were contradictory to the science because, at the end, Shelley questions the Dr. before she kills him, and he admits to using his DNA for her part in the experiment. Nature vs nurture is only plausible if the tests and research is done right. I think the author relied on young adult book lovers to overlook the science and focus on the other aspects; which didn't work for me. I want to know why she had blackouts and where will she finds answers and others like herself of she doesn't know where to start. It was just not enough for me, but it held my attention throughout.

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    1. I agree I definitely think this was far more character driven, but because it was still good, that worked for me

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