Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick

Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick
Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Romance, Suspense
​Length: Full length (400 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 14+
Rated: 4.5 stars
Review by Lupine

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’s life is a lie.

She does not belong in Thunder Basin, Nebraska. As the star witness in a murder trial against a drug dealer, Stella is now in the Witness Protection Program. The small town locals can never know who she really is. Not even Chet Falconer, the one boy who makes her want to reveal her true self. She knows that telling the truth will only bring violence to this safe haven.

Despite how hard Stella tries to stay under the radar, danger is fast-approaching. Criminals have a way of getting rid of witnesses, and Stella may have made the one mistake that could lead the cold-blooded men hunting for her right to her doorstep.

A nonstop page turner with a great plot and endless excitement–what else could you want​?

This book was one of the best books I have read this year, and considering I nearly marked Becca Fitzpatrick’s books off my TBR list forever after Black Ice, I’m excited to say I think she has outdone many authors with this particular book.

The heroine is smart, strong, independent, and stubborn, and she can take care of herself and make rational choices on her own, which I don’t always see in YA books. The plot is excellently crafted and keeps the reader engrossed, the “love triangle” is actually interesting, which is odd because I usually hate them, and the book can snap from heart-pounding suspense to carefree life in a few seconds.

Really, I can’t say enough about the protagonist. I think she is in my top five list of people I aspire to be like because of her personality, her heart, and her intelligence. She makes good choices and I applaud her for it, yet it doesn’t take away from the reality of her humanity and she still struggles with some choices. The love interest isn’t sketchy and controlling and obnoxious, which is a relief because I can’t stand that, and he’s actually quite respectable in terms of teenage boy. The plot never takes a break, and right when you think everything’s okay, it’s not.

The only thing i disliked were the few plot holes (if this is going to be a series, that would be forgivable, but I’m not sure it is). The author left a few things unanswered which I didn’t appreciate, and is the only reason this didn’t rate higher.

Overall, though, it was a great book and I can guarantee that I’ll reread it and recommend it to my friends.

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