By: Becca Fizpatrick
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Source: ARC provided by Publisher
Synopsis (and cover image) courtesy of 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…
An enjoyable read!
Dangerous Lies is told from the first person point of view of Stella, and Stella does a great job as narrator. I wasn't sure if I would like Stella when I first began reading Dangerous Lies, as she is a bit rough around the edges (which she's more than entitled to given her upbringing), but as I continued to read on I found I quite liked Stella, I admired her ability to start over with no friends or family.
Readers will adore Chet, as he wears his heart on his sleeve where Stella is concerned. I really liked the way the romance grew between these two, it wasn't instant love, but there's a definite spark of attraction.
I think my favourite part of this book, was the pseudo-mother/daughter relationship that formed between Stella and her guardian- the way Fitzpatrick wrote the verbal jibes between these two was so believable and enjoyable.
I would recommend this read to fans of YA whom enjoy a bit of romance and suspense in their contemporary reads.