Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Published: November 10, 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Buy Link: http://a.co/4zbtAHA
Blurb: 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 had two audible book credits when I picked up Dangerous Lies. I’m not sure how I found it, but I have previously really liked Becca Fitzgerald’s books, her Hush,Hush series, but more so Black Ice. The YA Thrillerish Romance is something I like a lot, actually, and hopefully I can find more of.
What I Loved: I loved the action scenes, and the moments when you know that the suspense is building. The knowledge that something is coming, but not exactly sure what it is just yet.
This is going to seem strange, but I was drawn to Stella a bit because I could relate to her on a small level. Her life is, by far, more dysfunctional than mine was, but I understood her struggle with authority and trust due to her mom being an addict. When you have a life full of empty promises, it is difficult to believe when people are being sincere. So even though I would get frustrated at her indignant attitude at times, I also could understand where she was coming from.
The twists of the stories, and especially the scene where Stella and Chet are revealing their secrets. I feel like this was the most exposed and sincere scene in the entire book. Though I did feel like Chet was sincere to the degree of being overly intense all the time – this scene sort of finally won me over.
Not So Much: First and foremost, and I think this is why I may have had a hard time getting into this book…because I did. I actually started it in October and put it down for a long time before deciding to finish it off this week; I really didn’t feel the chemistry like I wanted between Stella and Chet. All the right scenes were there and everything seemed like it should have been just right, but something was missing. I don’t know if it was Stella’s hold on Reed, or what it was – but the relationship kind of fell flat for me all the way up until the end when it finally came together. (And no, it wasn’t because of the fade to black scene – that wasn’t even that great to me, either.)
While I enjoyed all the side stories happening in this book, I also kind of felt it added a lot of unnecessary length. I really wanted more action and danger I think, when really only a small portion of the book was really thriller.
The Verdict: I did enjoy Dangerous Lies, but I was really hoping for another Black Ice, I think. That book was awesome in the ‘edge of your seat’ kind of way, and the blooming romance was a slow heat, while Dangerous Lies was kind of out there and open because of Chet’s nature. In real life, I would probably fall in love with Chet, hands down. This book was mostly clean, it had some intense kissing, and as I mentioned, a fade to black scene that was squeaky clean. I think there was mention of the top of the bathing suit, and that was as graphic as it got. YA-ok.