Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Reading Level: Young Adult
Released: November 10 2015
Review Source: Simon & Schuster
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…
Estella was a witness to a crime. Estella's life has now been uprooted as she's been placed in witness protection as she deals with testifying against one of the biggest men in the drug cartel ring. Adjusting to a new life she isn't familiar with, and learning to live with the lies she has to feed to those around her, isn't exactly how she wants to be spending her summer before she turns 18.
Becca Fitzpatrick has done it again. She has written a story that had me engrossed from the minute I picked it up. I admit that I feel a soft spot for Becca. When I first started reviewing for Once Upon A Twilight the first book I read that I thoroughly enjoyed was Black Ice by Becca. And since then I have read all of her books and I do love them all - so when I started Dangerous Lies I was worried that I wouldn't enjoy it, but I should've had faith and known that Becca would not let me down!
The premise of the story is great - I have a few qualms with how lenient she is about being in witness protection. I feel like there are certain things that happened in the book that a person really in witness protection would not have done. But who am I to judge - I've never been in witness protection so I can't say for sure if this is the case or not. I loved the fact that she was in witness protection though. For the character, it helped her grow. It forced her to let certain things go and it forced her to grow; she got to Thunder Basin and hated it, hated Carmina who took her in, hated everything. And slowly you see her grow, see her start to get attached. And it's nice to see Stella go from this person who has a hard exterior because of her hard past grow into a teenage girl with a sensitive side who allows people to get close to her.
Yet again Becca has written one of my favorite book boyfriends ever. Patch from her Hush, Hush series still holds my number 1 spot but Chet has now made it onto my top 10 at least. He's a gentleman while being resilient about certain things. He will do anything and everything to make sure that Stella is happy and protected. He understands that people have secrets, whether she can tell him things or not he's fine with that. As long as he gets to be with Stella, he's happy. He has his own tough life to deal with, but he is handling it and helping Stella to handle hers as well.
Every character, except clearly Danny and his men and Trigger, were so easy for me to love. I loved Inny and wish she had been in the story more than she was. She was the friend that Stella needed. From the inside thoughts to her previous friends that she had around, including her boyfriend Reed, I feel like Thunder Basin was a step-up. Of course Stella wasn't seeing it as that when she first got there because she felt ripped away from her life. She didn't want to start from scratch. But starting from scratch helped her to move on, sort things out, and get back on track with her life.
Wow, Dangerous Lies had me like:
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Yes that last one, you experience quite a bit during this book. Becca Fitzpatrick has outdone herself with this novel. My eyes were cemented to the pages from the beginning until the last word. I couldn't put it down, no matter how tired I was. I read it in the car, at my desk, in the shower and in bed. Everyone should read it, doesn't matter if your old, young, female or male.
Dangerous Lies seals the fact that Fitzpatrick not only can she write paranormal stories but thrillers as well. You have to pick up your own copy to know what happens to Stella Gordon when she is forced into the Witness Protection Program. Lives will be changed forever in more ways that one.
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