UK Publishing Date: 10 Nov 2015. 400 pages.
Becca Fitzpatrick likes to write about troubled teens and Stella Gibson in “Dangerous Lies” is no exception. After witnessing a murder she is uplifted from her comfortable home in Philadelphia and placed in the Witness Protection Programme for her own safety. Suddenly she finds herself living with a retired cop called Carmina in Thunder Basin, Nebraska. Three months away from her eighteenth birthday Stella isn’t old enough to fend for herself and is resentful of the structure and rules that Carmina attempts to impose upon her.
The first half of the book can be a little hard going with Stella being quite unlikeable. When she starts to settle in Stella reaches an uneasy truce with Carmina and makes friends with the locals and the book becomes a bit more enjoyable. We start to realise that there are reasons why the prickly Stella has ended up this way and Thunder Basin helps her to come to terms with her unconventional family and the lies that she was running from.
Her hot and enigmatic neighbour Chet starts to get under her skin and suddenly Stella has to start questioning all her previous relationships and everything that she thought she wanted.
Dangerous Lies has a good mix of intrigue and mystery and while it is a little predictable it’s a good story and the redemption of Stella and her relationship with Carmina is believable and quite sweet. If you’re looking for a YA novel to while away a cold and rainy weekend then this is a good choice.
Supplied by Net Galley and Simon & Schuster in exchange for an honest review.
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