Thursday, July 28, 2016

Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick

Published: November 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 400
Copy Provided by: Library
Summary: Goodreads

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…

I was so excited for this one because I really enjoyed the Hush Hush series and it is great to see Becca Fitzpatrick take on another genre.  Black Ice was enjoyable and I liked the thrill factor as well.  Plus, I liked these stand alone titles.  Being committed to a series relationship is a nice change.

So Stella...she has no idea who to trust and there are so many people who seem to be reaching out to her so that they can help.  When she starts to live with her new guardian, she is totally disrespectful but she eventually comes around and begins to see what living with a proper adult is like. As for her real mom...Wow!  With a parental figure like that, it is hard to believe that Stella wasn't headed down the wrong tracks.

The entire novel takes you down a very suspenseful road into a witness protection program where you think the witness is safe...but is she really? I felt like I was on a high speed train but unfortunately, it braked a little bit too quickly for me.  I liked it but didn't love it.  It was a good read but not worth taking up my precious bookshelf space. 

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