Monday, 9 November 2015

Review: Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick

Dangerous Lies
by Becca Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: November 10th, 2015
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]
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…

*Note: Review might contain spoilers for those who have not read the novel*

There aren't many authors that thoroughly impress me to the point of following every single one of their titles from debut onward, but Becca Fitzpatrick is certainly one of them. I first fell for her Hush, Hush series about a fallen angel, romance, and a lot of crazy battles to the death. That series hooked me from beginning to end and I was thrilled to learn that her next endeavor would be into the world of mysteries and thrillers. In Black Ice (released last year and Becca's first novel outside the paranormal/fantasy genre), she showed that she was truly at home when it came to creating some crazy plot twists, suspenseful situations, and insanely addictive character building. With that said, I was excited and anxious to pick up Dangerous Lies, Becca's latest dive into the mystery/thriller realm.

"Sunlight stretched across the Nebraska miles, burning fiery pink-gold through a bank of clouds on the horizon."

Stella Gordon hasn't had an easy life. As the key witness of a high profile murder trial against a drug dealer, Stella is sent to Thunder Basin, Nebraska under the Witness Protection Program. There Stella expects to fall into a new boring norm until she's free to go back to her old life, until she meets Chet Falconer who begins to strip away the walls she's worked so hard to build. When she finally begins to feel that all is well, the criminals she plans to testify against find a way to track her down and put an end to it all.

Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick was a thrilling but even paced title perfect for a weekend away. As expected from Becca Fitzpatrick, her characters (including Stella, Chet, Carmina, and company) were easy characters to relate to, enjoy, and sympathize with. I especially sympathized with Stella's upbringing and struggles, although she wasn't quite a character I was initially fond of during the first few chapters of Dangerous Lies.

Furthermore, Dangerous Lies was significantly more detailed (ie; plot twists and sneaky lies) than her previous mystery/thriller Black Ice, and was essentially the novel's strongest selling point. The action, although not present for much of the novel, unlike her previous title, was surprisingly intense and severe - I was impressed with how easily Becca Fitzpatrick convinced me of how dire the circumstances were. I genuinely feared for her characters and their fates.

Overall, fans of Becca Fitzpatrick and readers with a passion for high-risk but even paced thrillers will absolutely adore Dangerous Lies.

4 / 5 Cupcakes

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  1. Excellent review!
    I've read her Hush, Hush series but haven't chosen to read Black Ice yet. I do love mysteries though!

  2. Thanks for sharing your review as always Wendy.

  3. I can't wait to read Dangerous Lies! So much hype for her books all the time and I absolutely must pick it up soon.

  4. I really like that she's doing thrillers now
    Dangerous Lies looks great!