Title: Dangerous Lies
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Genre: Mystery, romance, thriller, YA, fiction
Publisher: Simon and Schuster UK Children’s
Pages: 400 pages
Publication Date: 10th November 2015
My Rating: 4/5
Here’s my review of Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick! I hope that you enjoy it.
I received a free copy of this book by the book’s publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
If you were given the opportunity to completely reinvent yourself and start somewhere else, what would you do? Estella/Stella is forced to do just that. Entering a witness protection programme (WITSEC), she is sent to Thunder Basic to completely start afresh. She is forced to leave her previous identity behind after witnessing a drug related murder in her home and has now moved in with Carmina, a retired cop. She has become used to an independent life as her mother was constantly absent with a drug addiction. How will she cope when suddenly she can’t be as independent and when nobody can know who she really is? Stella is forced to split from her boyfriend, one of the only sources of happiness in her previous life. Keeping secrets is never easy, especially not when there is the gorgeous Chet with plenty of secrets of his own…
I’ve read quite a few of Becca Fitzpatrick’s books previously, so before reading this I had set it pretty high expectations. I was not disappointed at all, in fact, I think it was almost as good as Black Ice which I’d say is my favourite of her books. The reason I always end up choosing to read her books is the amazing character development in all of them. She seamlessly takes you on a character’s journey and makes it feel as though you have known them all of their lives. This book was a rollercoaster for Stella and Fitzpatrick takes you along for every second of the ride.
Life for seventeen year old Stella certainly isn’t easy in the new town of Thunder Basin. Initially, as most teenagers would, she rebels and refuses to conform to her new surroundings or ‘foster parent’. She comes across as being a bit of a teenage brat, but in her circumstances I don’t think I would have responded any differently. Her character evolves throughout the novel and becomes much more mature after taking on a job and more responsibilities. However, she remains a feisty woman who doesn’t accept boundaries. As ever, the character development in Fitzpatrick’s books is second to none.
Chet is a brilliant character and is one of the reasons the book is so enjoyable. I was worried that he would become quite a background, boring love interest but he was far from that. He makes Stella question himself and has a huge back story and plenty of secrets of his own. He quickly becomes Stella’s only real friend in Thunder Basin and he distracts her from the terrors of her own past. Stella falls for him gradually throughout the book and he becomes far more than simply the man who mows their lawn.
I really enjoyed the thriller/mystery elements of the book and it was generally well written. The main reason for giving the book 4/5 is the fact it’s quite predictable. I like to be surprised with books, especially mysteries and it was just quite an obvious ending. Well, that and the fact Chet is one of the worst names I have ever heard for a guy, it sounds a lot more like a name for a dog.
Becca Fitzpatrick is a superb YA author and definitely someone to look out for. It’s a well-written and gripping story which you can’t help but be swept along by. A superb book which has kept my expectations of her work as high as ever. Highly recommended to fans of YA, romance, mystery and thriller – 4/5 stars.
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