What Lies Within by James Morris

25562383 (1)Published June 2nd 2015 by Kindle Press

Young-Adult, Thriller, Science-Fiction(?)

Kindle copy gifted by the author for review

My rating 3 Stars

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*I initially rated this 3.5-4 stars, but after pondering, I decided to go with just 3. There are just too many unknowns and the ending was just that, the end*

My Thoughts This book was thrilling in it’s own sort of unique way. It’s fast paced and keeps up the momentum from beginning to end. The problem for me was the lack of scientific details that are needed to make this whole tale somewhat plausible. There are way too many questions that need answers. The science was explained in a few sentences and that is all there is. But, there’s the BIG question. If the MC’s DNA is of the Doctor’s and not the death row inmates, why was she having blackouts and nightmares of doing heinous crimes? There were 12 babies born from the “monsters” DNA, only 1 had the DNA of a supposedly straight-laced human being – and that was Shelley. So, in his own way, the Doc was like the others – satanic and without remorse for the things that they did. Well, I guess I just answered my own question.


“You’re going to die”

A single text message and Shelley Marano’s world is upended. A normal high school senior, Shelley discovers she is adopted. She goes on a journey to uncover her past, only to find she was part of a horrific experiment to test the theory of nature versus nurture. In a culture of violence committed by young people, she may be one of these killers. With the lives of her and her friends in the balance, one thing is certain: she will never be the same.

Final Thoughts While I liked this story, it kind of left me with mixed feelings. Shelley, for one, was not my favorite character. She made stupid decisions and was just too self absorbed for my liking. It was all about “Who am I?” I guess finding out that you’re adopted gives you the right to freak out, but it doesn’t warrant the lack of respect that she showed towards her father. Ask questions, but don’t get all defensive about the situation. One, he didn’t lie to her, he just never brought it up. Two, she’s about to graduate high school and leave for college, so the man has the right to feel a little haughty. Forgive him for trying to hold on and keep you a little longer.

Shelley’s friendship with Winston was very awkward. She knew how he felt about her, but she was too afraid of ruining a good thing. In the beginning, I liked Winston – rooted for him even. After her little rendezvous with Remy, and the subsequent ignoring, I just thought that maybe Remy is the douche that Winston claimed him to be. Then Winston said what he did to cause the cold-shoulder attitude from Remy, and my rooting for him went out the window. Like, why? He acted just like a teen boy and I had pegged him as somewhat mature for his age, but he does that and I see he’s just a jealous boy in love with his best friend.

A lot happened leading up to the point that I started to have doubts about this book. The beginning had me all hyped and ready to find out what was going on. The scenes were just so chaotic!! Her brief interaction with Nireem was overly done. I understand that she was trying to save the girl, like Matthew tried to save her, but she had no clue. Just dumbness. I really wanted to grab a hold of her and give her a good shaking to knock her out of it. I literally thought to myself, what was that about?. This book is addictive until about 65% into it, then you realize that you may not get all the answers. They just weren’t there for me, and I’m beginning to think that I missed something. It ended abruptly, and maybe there could be another book? I just don’t know what to expect, but I’d really like a followup or something to give me answers. What was the aftermath of the Remy situtation? Where did Shelley go? How will she find out who is behind this? Where are the others that the Doc muttered about? So many questions!! This is one of those books that will drive you crazy with the need for a resolution. I need one. Like, right now. Somewhat recommended.


6 thoughts on “What Lies Within by James Morris

  1. I’ve read a couple books where the science was off or just not touched on. It really throws the validity off of what’s going on. I don’t need every little detail, but c’mon. 🙂


  2. This seems like a pretty good read. I love the cover and the black and red effect that is going on here ❤ Although it seems like a great thriller that you couldn't get enough of, it seems like the ending was a bit too stumped and well, sudden and the book was lacking some explanations. It seems like a shame, but the book still sounds pretty promising to me.


    • I liked it, but I need answers. I’m aware of books that just end, but it seems like key plot points were just washed over and that is not how I want I read. Why bring this and that up, if you aren’t going to delve deeper?


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