January 22, 2016
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…
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I’ve been a big fan of author Becca Fitzpatrick ever since I read her Hush, Hush series a few years ago. Everything about the Hush, Hush series was what a series should be: compelling, intriguing, suspenseful. Just the other year I had the opportunity to read her novel Black Ice and won’t lie when I say that it wasn’t at all what I expected. Getting to read Dangerous Lies, I was ready to give Fitzpatrick’s work a second shot and see if this novel would be as stellar as the Hush, Hush novels.
Caught up with the law as a witness against a notorious drug dealer in a dangerous case, Stella is placed in the Witness Protection Program with a fake name, in a fake home, in a town she could care less about. Separated from the boy she loves, Stella is forced to accept new responsibilities that have been thrusted upon her, and forced to embrace the lifestyle that comes with her miserable stay in the town of Thunder Basin, Nebraska.
Nobody knows who she is. Especially not Chet, a boy who has caught her interest and has left her wondering if she should or shouldn’t tell him the truth about who she is—even though she knows the dangers it might bring. But the criminals of the world have a way of finding people and it’s only a matter of time before Stella’s seemingly safe haven is violated as Stella’s past attempts to come back and haunt her.
I enjoyed the concept behind Dangerous Lies a lot. I thought that it was an interesting idea, having a character placed in the Witness Protection Program who is in danger of being tracked down by criminals definitely sounds like the makings of a great thriller. I found that Dangerous Lies had a lot of promising concepts and plots that could appeal to a certain audience considering how they were delivered, but fell short of my high expectations.
Don’t get me wrong, there were a lot of enjoyable moments when it came to Dangerous Lies. And I definitely think that there are aspects of the novel that certain readers will fall in love with, but there was something about the novel that had me lacking connection to it. I attribute this to my inability to connect with Stella Gordon, a character who is my own age, whose thought processes and mentality were incredibly difficult to relate to and tolerate. I think that younger readers will love her character, but I, however, found it very hard to.
The romance between Stella and Chet was one that I also couldn’t connect with, but again I think that younger readers would have an easier time getting into it. I think that there are readers who will love Chet and his country boy charm. While he wasn’t my type of love interest, he could certainly be the type to steal the hearts of multiple readers.
I would recommend Dangerous Lies to readers who are looking for a novel that deals with the struggle of the protagonist as opposed to the overall progression of the plot. Any readers who are looking for a novel that would be a good introduction to the YA genre should give Dangerous Lies a read. Any readers who want a novel that contains easy-to-read prose and a simple storyline should also give it a go.