Published by Simon & Schuster UK on 10th November 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Suspense, Thriller, Young Adult
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A teen is forced to make a fresh start after witnessing a violent crime—but love and danger find her anyway in this novel from Becca Fitzpatrick, the New York Times bestselling author of the Hush, Hush saga.
Stella Gordon is not her real name. Thunder Basin, Nebraska, is not her real home. This is not her real life.
After witnessing a lethal crime, Stella Gordon is sent to the middle of nowhere for her own safety before she testifies against the man she saw kill her mother’s drug dealer.
But Stella was about to start her senior year with the boyfriend she loves. How can she be pulled away from the only life she knows and expected to start a new one in Nebraska? Stella chafes at her protection and is rude to everyone she meets. She’s not planning on staying long, so why be friendly? Then she meets Chet Falconer and it becomes harder to keep her guard up, even as her guilt about having to lie to him grows.
As Stella starts to feel safer, the real threat to her life increases—because her enemies are actually closer than she thinks…
Reviewed by Kelly
*I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for a review*
Dangerous Lies threw me straight in to the sh*t storm that was Stella Gordon’s life. She had 10 minutes to say goodbye to her boyfriend before they were both whisked off to separate places and put under the witness protection programme because of, well, what they’d witnessed. Pretty dramatic, huh?
As I read a little further I could feel myself getting a little p*ssed off with Stella, she was acting like such a precious b*tch and I found it so hard to like her, but at the same time I couldn’t stop reading because I needed to know more. As the story went on and I learnt more about Stella, I could appreciate why she was acting the way she was – she’d had to give up a pretty sweet life through no fault of her own – but I still couldn’t bring myself to like her until she started being nice to Carmina, the lady who had agreed to take her in to her home in Thunder Basin, Nebraska. *That’s* when she grew on me!
I loved reading about the witness protection programme element in the story, that was pretty intriguing, even if Stella didn’t exactly adhere to the rules like she should’ve. I was mentally shouting at Stella as she broke rule after rule and increased the danger potential each time. Hellllllo, you’re in witness protection because your life is in danger so can you just behave yourself?!
Dangerous Lies was full of heart-stopping moments, moments that I wasn’t always convinced Stella could get herself out of. There were so many times when I needed to put the book down because real life was calling but I just couldn’t, I needed to know more so that my heart could stop racing!
There were a couple of issues I had with the story but they didn’t detract from the overall enjoyment of the story. When I learned Stella’s real name I was like WHAT?! We’re supposed to think that changing her name from that to Stella will throw the bad guys off the scent?! I also felt like the story finished with some questions left unanswered, they weren’t major things, which is why it didn’t affect my enjoyment, but nonetheless I would have liked answers since this is a standalone story.
Dangerous Lies was a suspenseful young adult thriller with a good helping of romance thrown in too, so if you’re a fan of those elements in your books then you should definitely pick this one up.