|Release Date: November 10, 2015|
from Simon & Schuster
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"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 have to start with Stella, because I absolutely love Stella. That girl is made of steel and I adore her. What surprises me though is that so many people seem to hate Stella… and I don’t get it. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I just don’t see how you can hate Stella when she goes through hell and comes out stronger because of it. I’ll be honest… Stella starts off bratty and a bit of a bitch BUT the girl has been through hell. She has witnessed a horrific crime, had her entire life ripped out from under her, relocated to a new location with nobody she knows, neglected by her Mom for years, her Dad doesn’t want her, and her Mom has been shipped off to rehab. I think Stella has earned the right to be in a bad mood for a bit and to lash out. I mean, not only is she seventeen but she is seventeen and thrown into a situation adults would struggle with. The way she reacts is the way any normal person thrown into this situation would react. She also grows so much over the course of the book. Also I’m just going to say it, if Stella was a guy everyone would love him and feel sorry for him and cut him all the slack in the world because “he had a rough past”.
Alright moving on to Chet. Chet is the actual cutest and I absolutely adore him. Chet is a fantastic guy and he is so easy to love. He is good to his core and he always does the right thing, even when he has to sacrifice to do so. But he isn’t perfect. He has his flaws and he is real and that makes him even better. I just…. I love him to itty bitty bits and pieces.
Now one other thing I want to talk about is the cheating thing because I know it’s a touchy subject for some, but I really think it’s a unique situation here. The book opens up with Stella and her boyfriend (Reed) and they are being separated while they go into witness protection. So yes… Stella has a boyfriend when she meets Chet, but it genuinely starts out very innocent, other than her thinking he is hot (and if you’ve never thought someone else was hot while being in a relationship you are a dirty dirty liar). He is her friend and I don’t blame her for a second for latching on to the one friend she makes when her life is upended. The other thing is, it’s kinda hard to break up with someone when you literally have no way to contact him. So even as things changed with Chet, what is she expected to do? Be with Reed forever because she can’t contact him? So it’s a unique situation and I think Stella deserves some slack here.
What also makes Dangerous Lies great is the suspense. What I really liked was that it really read like a contemporary most of the time but it still had the suspense/thriller aspect that would pop into the story. It was a great read and the romance and the suspense kept me invested and on edge. I rooted for the characters. I got mad at villains. It was an all-around addictive read.
All in all, Dangerous Lies is a great read and one I would definitely recommend. I adored Chet and Stella and I could see myself reading this one again someday.