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I Belong


Review: Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick

Dangerous LiesTitleDangerous Lies

AuthorBecca Fitzpatrick

Genre: YA Thriller

Series: N/A

Publication Date: November 10, 2015

Format: Hardcover, 384 Pages

ISBN-10: 1481424912 (Simon & Schuster)

ISBN-13: 978-1481424912 (Simon & Schuster)

Reviewed by: Kaitlin

Synopsis:

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.

Quick & DirtyA gripping thriller infused in romance! Though the main character began bratty and ungrateful, her development was worth watching.

Opening Sentence: An angry rap shook the hotel room door.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Estella is forced to give up her life, her home, and her boyfriend after agreeing to testify against her mother’s drug dealer in a murder case. She goes into witness protection to avoid the dealer’s powerful cartel who will be out to silence her before she testifies, and ends up in Thunder Basin, Nebraska in a deep cover story. Now named Stella Gordon and pretending to be a foster child, she must navigate her terrifying position, her guardian the former cop, and an unsettling attraction to a boy named Chet.

I’ve read some of Becca Fitzpatrick’s work in the past. As far as the Hush, Hush series goes, I enjoyed it and read the first three books, but sometimes grew irritated with the hazy plot structure and confusing characters. So I went into this story slightly wary but excited for another chance to read this author – despite the previous series’s shortcomings, I found the writing style lovely. And it was a completely different premise, a thriller and not a paranormal. From the beginning I found myself enjoying it – the constant action, emotion, and romance ensnared me.

The main character was hilarious in her witty one-liners. When the novel began, I found her bratty, definitely entitled, and ungrateful, but I loved watching her progress throughout the story. She developed into a much more empathetic and honest person, even living within a thick web of lies, and I appreciated the way the author handled her. Despite her character flaws in the beginning, I still loved her unwillingness to back down. She was a very strong, determined girl even in the situation she found herself in. I could compare her to Tess from The Fixer, which as far as I’m concerned is a high compliment. Others that reviewed it had more of a problem with her character than I did, so others might not be okay with her, but I was willing to overlook the original snottiness and eventually appreciate how she changes.

The romance was much more sticky and complex than your usual love story. To start off, Stella has a boyfriend at the beginning of the story, one that she is deeply in love with. Usually as a reader, you immediately see a problem with their current relationship that would discredit it and allow the character to fall in love with another, but with Reed, at least at first, he seemed committed and kind. So Stella is falling in love with Chet when she’s still very committed to Reed – whom witness protection has shipped off somewhere completely different and she’s not allowed to contact him. In Stella’s defense, she worked hard to keep things platonic because she didn’t want to cheat, but as new info comes to light, the lines blur. Speaking of – we never got a concrete look at where Reed ended up!

Altogether, an amazing novel that I really did enjoy. There were a couple plot twists I definitely didn’t see coming and a good cast of characters that I loved in their own ways, Chet was the love interest and I kind of loved him – he had a good mix of masculinity, humor, and a sensitive side. Dangerous Lies was a super good read for me and I liked it more than the Hush, Hush saga by far, which is strange, because the series can be revered in the book world. Anyway, a recommendation from me!

Notable Scene:

“Yes.”

“I’ll touch base with him on that. Meanwhile, any other details from the attack that stood out to you? Did the attacker say anything else?”

“He laughed.” I shuddered unexpectedly as the snarling timbre of (spoiler)’s voice drifted through me. “He though what he did what funny. That I deserved it.”

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FTC Advisory: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers provided me with a copy of Dangerous Lies. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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