Dangerous Lies (Review)

Dangerous Lies (Review)
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Title: Dangerous Lies
Author:  Becca
Publisher:  Simon & Schuster
Published Date: 10th November 2015
Rating: 4 stars
*Thank you to the publisher for the review copy* 
Synopsis: 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, theNew 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…

Review: Wow,
this book was a bit of everything. A bit of great, good and not so good. I
would really love to give this one five stars, but I simply can’t because of
the beginning.
This was my first book by Becca Fitzpatrick. I’d heard a
lot of good things about her Hush, Hush series and a lot of bad things about
her book called Black Ice. But I wanted to read this one because of such a cool
premise! It’s not every day you read a book which features the Witness
Protection Program.
We first get to meet Stella (Estella) as she is being
forced to leave her old life, everything she knows, and gets hidden in Thunder
Basin which is basically a country kind of place. I really REALLY didn’t like
Stella at the beginning, and that is the not so good part of this book. She was
mean, rude, and incredibly selfish. She didn’t even want to try and get along
with the people in this new place or even the guardian who was taking care of
her, when she was the one who volunteered for the program anyway and it was
keeping her safe. I wanted to give her a good slap sometimes. All I can say is
not to give up on the book and keep going! Once you get past all that, it
becomes a really good book.
There was a bit of cliché in this book as well. We get
introduced to Chet who Carmina (her guardian) deems as the bad boy who she
should stay away from who is incredibly good looking as well. I rolled my eyes
at this, but again, this cliché changes. Once we get to meet Chet we can
actually see he is a guy who has made mistakes in the past but is trying to
change who he is. He goes to church, he’s good and is continually making
sacrifices to keep his little brother out of trouble. He’s sensitive and really
caring. Honestly, he was my favourite character.
This book did become a bit romance based in the middle,
but man did I love it. It gets a bit heated at times, but when it comes to
Chet, it was lovely. I mean, he was so devoted to Stella and stood by her side
even if it was likely she was in the wrong. He was protective and basically,
one of the best book boyfriends out there!
The character development starts hitting us halfway
through the book and we find that Stella is judgment sometimes and mean, but
she is throwing up walls to protect herself. Her mother has been a drug addict
who continually chose drugs over her daughter, and Stella had to learn to fend
for herself from a young age. As being in Thunder Basin starts to lower those
barriers we can come to like her, and she becomes a much nicer character to
read from!
I really liked the country and cowboy-ish feel to this
one. It seemed to show a bit of culture in that little place of America, and it
was so well done. We went to places like Bible studies, fairs, rodeos and so
on. It wasn’t a strong feature of the book but I could really appreciate it
being there.
Even though the premise of this is about a mystery case
and the program, that doesn’t run so strongly through the book until the
ending. AND THAT ENDING. It was intense. Majorly intense. First of all, there
were some tough decisions that needed to be made and I could feel the tension
rising. But then the action and plot twists came all at once. All through the
book I was labelling this as predictable, but I was only predicting one of the
minor plot twists. There were two huge ones that I never saw coming and whoa,
the emotions were running high. It was so intense that if you read this one you
must get to the end. I don’t say must often, but I do here!
I am definitely
going to be reading another Becca Fitzpatrick book after this.
Links: Goodreads and Amazon!
Olivia’s Question: Do you think you could leave your old
life behind and start again under a disguise if it meant bring a dangerous
criminal to justice?
Olivia-Savannah x

26 thoughts on “Dangerous Lies (Review)”

  • 1. Nice converses! I have the same pair in low cut. Converses are my favourite.
    2. Hmm. Well very neat review, but I'd say this book likely wouldn't be for me. The romance and themes aren't really my cup of tea and I really have a feeling it wouldn't be something I'd enjoy, although hey- we can all surprise ourselves. Those surprises sound killer! I'm glad you were taken off guard and shocked by what happened.

  • Fantastic review Olivia and the topic sounds great enough but I don't think I could read a Becca Fitzpatrick book at my age. I've heard such mixed things about her books and I believe her books are just not for me. That being said, I don't think I would get used to easily when it came to start a new life if it involves leaving everything behind. I don't even want to imagine it

  • I read Black Ice and that put me off reading anymore of her books because it was awful, well it wasn't awful, the plot was just unbelievable but this could redeem her, will check it out!

  • Character connection is so important (for me). "She was mean, rude, and incredibly selfish." <– I don't know if I could like a book if I didn't like the protagonist. But, Chet sounds pretty amazing. Plus, I love a good plot twist, or in this case twists. What would be your next Becca Fitzpatrick read?

  • This sounds like a great one, I added it to my TBR. Great review! I would definitely go into Witness Protection to help bring a criminal to justice..I've always thought being in Witness Protection is kind of interesting!

  • I've heard TERRIBLE things about Black Ice, so when I started seeing Dangerous Lies floating around, I ignored it. Then reviews started rolling in, and they were great, people were actually liking it, so now my ears are perked up again, and I am ready to read this.

    • Yep – everything I heard about Black Ice was horrible so I am likely not gonna be ever picking that one up and am going on to read the Hush, Hush series instead. I have always wanted to try a book of hers which is why I looked to this one. I am glad you are giving it a shot 🙂

  • I'm not a huge Fitzpatrick fan, but I've read Hush Hush and Black Ice; which were both okay reads for me. I do want to finish her HH series, or at least read the 2nd book, one day. To answer your question, yes I would.

  • I probably would not have given it 5 stars either. When I read, it's very important to me to actually 'like' the protagonist. If they are not likable or if their character is not developed enough, I find I have a difficult time liking the book. 🙂
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  • Such a great review! I've been wanting to read this book but hadn't heard anything about what other people thought of it. The Hush, Hush saga is really good, though a guilty pleasure of mine 😉
    And I think it'd be very hard to leave my old life behind at first but I think I could do so if it meant bringing a criminal to justice.

  • This is a great review. I am not the biggest fan of a main character that is mean and hard to relate too, but I like it when they are done well or if they change throughout the book.

    I am not sure I could leave my old life. I don't want to!! But I could go under a disguise.

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