Book Review: What Lies Within by: James Morris


Publisher: Kindle Press

Publication Date: June 2, 2015

Origins:  From Author for Review

Synopsis: "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.

Review: Nature versus Nurture is at the heart of WHAT LIES WITHIN. Shelley Marano is an only child and is closest to her dad and her best friend, Winston. Things have been tough for Shelley since her mom died, but she’s looking forward to going away to college in the fall. However, Shelley’s life is forever changed with she received a text message from a man claiming to be her brother telling her she’s marked for death. When Shelley confronts her father about her parentage, she gets another shock as he tells her she’s adopted. Now she’s trying to find out about her birth parents and things just aren’t adding up. WHAT LIES WITHIN has an interesting premise and reminds me a little bit of an NA version of Follett’s 'The Third Twin'. The characters are solid and the plot moves along quickly as there is revelation after twisted revelation. It is clear by the ending there is room for sequels, if the author chooses to go in that direction. WHAT LIES WITHIN asks the fundamental question of “Who am I?” and sometimes the answers aren’t what you’d expect.

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