Sunday, 23 August 2020

Dangerous Lies - Becca Fitzpatrick

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Book: Dangerous Lies
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Genres: Suspense-ish, Romance, Young Adult
Format: Kindle e-Book
Publication Date: 10th November 2015

My Rating: 🌕🌕🌕
Date Finished: 22nd August 2020

Description:

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…

Review:

This has been on my Kindle since 2016 so it's about time I read this, I think.

It starts with Estella going into witness protection after seeing something at her old house involving a gangster. Her name is changed to Stella and she goes to a small town called Thunder Basin where she will live with retired cop, Carmina. Initially, she rebels against everything but she slowly comes around thanks to local boy, Chet Falconer, who shows her that the town isn't so bad.

I did find Stella to be a bit of a brat when I first started reading. I mean, how dare they keep her safe by parting her from her boyfriend? She did grow on me after a while, once she just let herself get to know the town and the people in it. She ended up with real friends and people who cared about her.

That brings me to Chet once more. I really liked the guy. He was sweet, protective and a bit of a joker at times. I loved the scene with the bike and the junkyard. I liked how their relationship progressed. It was slow but you knew it was going to happen eventually.

As for the whole witness protection program thing... It was over very quickly in the end. It took up about 2% of the book. I expected a few more attempts to find her and stuff, like strangers appearing in town, no one on the other end phone calls or something There was nothing to suspect they were looking for her or had found her. And the truth of what really happened that night didn't particularly shock me that much. Her story did have a few holes in it in my opinion. I guess I just expected more of a showdown with the bad guys. I found that bit a little disappointing.


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