Stella Gordon is not her real name. Thunder Basin, Nebraska, is not her real home. This is not her real life.
After witnessing a deadly 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.
Thunder Basin is not where she wants to spend her summer, she doesn’t realise the danger that she is in. 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 am a ginormous fan of Becca Fitzpatrick’s work. I loved the Hush Hush series and Black Ice was a thrilling pageturner, so when Dangerous Lies was released I bought it and read it as soon as I got home.
When I first started reading Dangerous Lies, I loved the words and the settings but I hated the character of Stella. She turned her nose up at the police force – the people who were risking their lives to keep her safe in the Witness Protection programme. I also hated how she treated Carmina, the woman who was sheltering Stella in her house for the summer in Thunder Basin. Stella would treat Carmina like trash, she was so rude it was unpleasant to read. Carmina too, was a rude character to begin with and I didn’t understand why she had been created to be that type of character.
As the story progresses, Carmina and Stella’s relationship softens and the reader uncovers truths about both characters that make the character development in Dangerous Lies absolutely brilliant.
I loved the romance between Chet and Stella as through this relationship, we also saw character development for Chet which was very interesting but at times, I found his character came across as very two-dimensional. He didn’t seem to have the same emotional depth as Carmina which was slightly disappointing but like I said, this wasn’t all throughout the book, only at a few times.
What disappointed me the most was the ending. It was very very quick and almost seemed rushed; it also seemed like that’s where all the action was. This book is classed as a crime/thriller book but all of the ‘crime’ and ‘thrills’ were at the end and it was crushed into a couple of chapters. I wanted there to be big crime events all throughout the book, not just towards the end.
However, I did really like reading this book and it just proved to me that if Fitzpatrick keeps working on her crime books, she’ll write one soon that is perfect. She’s not quite there yet, but Dangerous Lies was still brilliant and a book that I 100% recommend.