Format: E-Galley | 400 pages
Release Date: November 10, 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster BYR
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
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…
Becca Fitzpatrick's DANGEROUS LIES is a young adult, contemporary romance/mystery that is set mostly in Thunder Basin, Nebraska. 17-year old Stella Gordon (not her real name) is a key witness in a federal criminal case against a major figure in an east coast cartel. She agreed to go into Witness Protection (WITSEC) and testify against the man after she saw her mothers drug dealer lying dead on her kitchen floor.
Stella is flown to Nebraska, but without her boyfriend Reed, or her drug addled mother Savannah, and without her estranged father. Arriving in the place where the Children of the Corn was made famous, Stella must become someone totally different, and put her past behind if she is to last until she turns EIGHTEEN. Three months. That is the time she has until she can leave Nebraska behind and make her own way in life along with Reed.
Stella must learn to live with her sponsor Carmina Songster, an ex-police officer who volunteered to take her in and has her own crosses to bear. Carmina and Stella don't have a STELLAR relationship when they first meet, but eventually the two become compatible. Carmina wants Stella to find a job, and make her own money. Something she is totally not used to since her family was fairly well off. Stella isn't the most enjoyable character once you first meet her.
In fact, I would dare call her prickly, arrogant, entitled, bitchy, and in need of a major attitude adjustment. Thankfully, her time in Nebraska gives her a new attitude, and a new leash on life. It is a place where she becomes friends with people like Dixie-Jo, and Inny who open themselves up for her. It is also the place where the truth will finally set her free of the baggage that she has carried ever since finding a dead body in her home.
But, the most intriguing aspect of Stella's stay in Nebraska is the next door neighbor, 19-year old Chet Falconer, who Carmina warns her to stay away from. I haven't exactly had a stellar past with author Fitzpatrick's Rush Rush series, but I did enjoy Black Ice. Black Ice was much more of a thrill ride than DANGEROUS LIES. Thankfully, Fitzpatrick left behind the need for a love triangle, and just stuck to the brass facts that eventually lead to romance between Stella and Chet Falconer.
I like when Fitzpatrick writes about contemporary issues, and mysteries. I liked the setting of this book. I loved that it felt realistic, and not something out of a Norman Rockwell painting. I love visiting small towns in the Midwest, but wouldn't want to live there. I appreciated that almost ever single character in this book has issues. Issues that can't be resolved by ignoring them, or hoping they will go away. I loved the chemistry between Stella and Chet after a rocky start due to Stella being faithful to Reed.
We spend our whole lives running from our past, never realizing its hitched to us-we can't ever outrun it.
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