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Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication date: November 10, 2015
Pages: 400Source: ARC
I am a big Becca Fitzpatrick fan - ever since her Hush, Hush series. I read Black Ice last Fall and enjoyed it. So, when I managed to snag Dangerous Lies in a #BooksFortrade I was completely stoked . . .
Stella Gordon's life is a lie.
An angry rap shook the motel room door.
The premise of Dangerous Lies sucked me in -- that and the fact the story was written by Becca Fitzpatrick. Teen girl witnesses a murder by a notorious drug dealer and must enter the Witness Protection Program, restarting in Nebraska with an entirely new identity. And learn to adjust to life without privilege, her druggy mother and her boyfriend, Reed.
The pacing was a little slow for a thriller, I think. But it would not have been so bad if there were more action. I expected more doors kicked down, guns blazing, bullets flying, on the run action with some more steamy, double-faced love triangle drama. Now that would have sped along the plot. Seriously, what is a thriller without, well, suspense? Not to mention the ending. All of a sudden the story was over.
“I couldn’t shake the picture of Danny Balando’s dark eyes as I slipped into restless sleep.”Simple but intriguing, I always enjoyed Fitzpatrick's writing. And with Dangerous Lies that still stood. What I appreciated most about Fitzpatrick's writing in this story -- compared to her other books -- is the higher notches of spicy. In Dangerous Lies, Fitzpatrick was not as conservative with her willingness to have heated scenes between her characters as she was before. While she did not completely let it all hang out, I can acknowledge her opening a few top buttons of the story.
The overall character dynamic was strong. There was growth, and solidity between the characters. A highlight of Dangerous Lies was the dynamic between Stella and WITSEC guardian, ex-cop Carmina.
Stella Gordon - Her character was real, believable and not pure, not a goody-too-shoes. Stella had spunk, real problems which she responded to in a real way -- ways I would have done myself.
Becca Fitzpatrick is the author of Black Ice, Dangerous Lies, and the Hush, Hush saga, including Hush, Hush; Crescendo; Silence; and Finale—all of which debuted as New York Timesbestsellers. She graduated college with a degree in health, which she promptly abandoned for storytelling. When not writing, she’s most likely running, prowling sales racks for shoes, or watching crime drams on TV. She lives in Colorado with her family. Find out more at BeccaFitzpatrick.com.
***Check out Becca Fitzpatrick's website for more information about her and Dangerous Lies: HERE