ARC REVIEW: What Lies Within – by James Morris


Title: What Lies Within
Author: James Morris
Genre: YA, Thriller, Mystery
First published: June 2nd 2015
Finished reading: June 24th 2015
Pages: 226
Rating 4,5

“She recalled Matthew’s warning to her, seemingly so long ago. “You’re in danger,” he’d said. And she realized with horrifying clarity: I’m not in danger. I am the danger.”

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***


I have been seriously neglecting the whole mystery/thriller genre lately, so when I was asked to read and review What Lies Within I immediately said yes. I was intrigued by the cover and blurb and now I’ve read it I can say this novel by James Morris exceeded my expectations. I was drawn into the story from the beginning. The fast pace combined with a delightfully creepy game of hide and seek made it hard to stop reading before reaching the last page… I do not agree with everything the main character Shelley does and the love triangle was a minor setback. But since the focus in What Lies Within doesn’t lay on the romance and it is actually full of sometimes horrifying action scenes, I still really enjoyed this read. I personally wasn’t all that bothered that there weren’t many scientific details included to explain the experiment, because most answers can be guessed quite easily anyway. All in all a very entertaining thriller read with a touch of horror and genetics experiments. Recommended!


Shelley Marano lives with her father after her mother died in an accident. She is a high school senior and helps her father out in his auto body shop, but as soon as she graduates she wants to go to college. Everything changes after she received a mysterious text message. Apparently, she doesn’t only have a brother she doesn’t know about, she also is adopted and in mortal danger. Shelley and twelve others are involved in a genetics experiment than went wrong, and they are busy killing off the test subjects to hide the evidence. Shelley soon has to run for her life… But she also wants to find out who she really is.


What Lies Within is a truly entertaining read that will keep you on the edge of your seat. It’s full of action and even creepy at times, and the only drawback would be the few not so credible romance scenes and a love triangle. The rest of the story made up for it though and I would definitely recommend this read if you like a good and scary mystery/thriller read.

WWW Wednesdays #45 – June 24th

wwwwednesdaysOriginally featured at Should Be Reading and now hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words, WWW WEDNESDAYS is still about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

cinderwhatlieswithinI started Cinder by Marissa Meyer the other day and I while I love Cinder, Iko and their story so far, I wasn’t really in the mood for a fantasy read. So I decided to read What Lies Within by James Morris first; a mystery/thriller read about a girl who finds out she is adopted, has a brother who then dies just after repeating various times she is in danger. Really good so far!

  • What did you recently finish reading?

trustmeimlyingthedivinersI finished Trust Me, I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer the other day and I was really disappointed by it. It started off as an awesome read but things soon went downhill from there and I ended up being seriously frustrated by it. With The Diviners by Libba Bray it was the other way around; it started off a bit slow, but it actually turned out to be an exciting read and I loved the 1920s setting!

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

the5thwavethekingsofcoolMy next TBR jar pick is The Kings Of Cool by Don Winslow. It sounds like an interesting read, but I’m not sure I will be in the mood for it. I might read The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey first; I have been wanting to read this one for ages and it sounds like such a good read! 

Teaser Tuesdays #48 – June 23rd: What Lies Within


TEASER TUESDAYS is a weekly book meme originally featured at Should Be Reading. To participate, just open the book you are currently reading to a random page, and choose two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page. (no spoilers!)

I was sent a review copy of What Lies Within by the author James Morris the other day, and since I was in the mood for a good mystery/thriller read I decided to start reading it straight away. I’m not too far into the story yet, but so far it is definitely interesting!


My teaser (18%):

“She wondered what kind of life he led, his taste in music and movies, what his dreams were – dreams that would never come true. And to think, all her life he’d been so close. Just a care ride away, a few hours; that’s all that had separated them.”


What are you reading right now?