Genera(s): Contemporary Thriller/Romance
Subjects: witness protection, crime, identity, secrets, addiction, summer, small towns
Setting: Thunder Basin, Nebraska
POV/Tense: 1st person past tense: Estella Goodwin (Stella Gordan)
Age/Grade Level: Teen
Length: 384 pgs.
List Price: $18.99
Publisher: Simon & Schuster: BFYR
Summary/ product 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…
My Review: It’s not to often I read a book without any fantasy, paranormal or sci-fi elements, but when I do my go-to genera is mystery thrillers. This one didn’t really have a lot of crazy scary thrills, but it did have a hot cowboy. And all I could think of was Tucker from Unearthly, my favorite contemporary cowboy. Chet would now be my second favorite. Most of the book Stella didn’t want Chet romantically, but cowboys are hard to resist.
Dangerous Lies is about Estella Goodwin, who’s given the fake name Stella Gordon and put in witness protection after witnessing her mother’s drug dealer murdering a guy in her home. She ends up in Thunder Basin, Nebraska, which is a small rural town. Carmina, a retired policewoman is taking care of her during her stay. She’s a very tough no-nonsense woman. Stella’s not happy about her situation, but then she mets Chet, the cowboy next store who care for his younger teenage brother ever since their parents we killed by a drunk driver. Chet’s helpful and kind, but Carmina doesn’t seem to like him. Stella befriends him. She also gets a summer job at a diner and make friend with her coworker Inny.
This book was loads of fun, surprisingly. I love the setting. It’s awesome. Summer in Nebraska with country stuff. Sounds like the perfect escape. I love it when fun stuff happen in books, like picnics, rodeos, summer-y things. This is the perfect summer book and makes me wish it was still summer. I love country western stuff to. I imagined accents from the characters, but I’m not sure people in western Nebraska sound like Texans. Probably not. I’ve only been to Nebraska once on my way to Colorado in 2003. It’s pretty much like South Dakota, but less touristy.
There’s a jerk named Trigger in this book. He seems to recognize Stella but can’t place her. He plays baseball and he might even get into the majors. I figured out why her recognized her early on. It was pretty obvious. Stella’s boyfriend Reed was also put into witness protection, but she doesn’t know where. He used to play baseball also. Stella used to play basketball in high school, and Chet say he did too. Stella joins a coed softball team. So, lots of sport stuff mentioned. I’m not athletic, so I don’t care. I used to play basketball for fun, but I wasn’t that great.
I recommend this book to fans of YA thrillers by Cat Patrick, Romily Bernard, Michelle Gagnon, and other, and series like Becoming Mara Dyer (which I have not read, but I understand that Mara Dyer was a fake name). Also, Black Ice, another Becca-thriller I need to read.
Cover Art Review: Simple. Definitely says thriller. I love the raindrop embossment texture. I love stroking this cover.