Having read and LOVED Becca Fitzpatrick’s last book, Black Ice, I was really excited when Simon & Schuster Canada offered to send me a copy of her new YA thriller, Dangerous Lies. Full of suspense, mystery, and a hint of romance, Dangerous Lies was an entertaining read that kept me on my toes.
The story focuses on Stella Gordon, whose entire life is a lie. In the first place, her real name isn’t even Stella, and she certainly isn’t from Nebraska. After witnessing a horrible murder with ties to a dangerous mob, she is placed in the witness protection program for her own safety. On the verge of turning 18, Stella counts down the days until she can leave her new guardian in Nebraska, and return to her old life in Philadelphia where her boyfriend is still waiting.
As she begins to settle in, however, Stella realizes that Nebraska isn’t as bad as it seems. She’s found a part-time job, made new friends, and has caught the eye of the handsome boy next door. But Stella’s lies are starting to pile up, and despite her every attempt to stay out of trouble, she soon finds herself in terrible danger.
I’ll admit that I wasn’t the biggest fan of Stella in the beginning. To put it quite frankly she was a bit of a spoiled brat. Luckily, she seemed to mature pretty quickly, and I soon found myself cheering her on as she used her stubborn attitude for good by standing up to some pretty deserving sh**heads. I started looking forward to her confrontations with one jerk in particular to see what she would do next to put him in his place.
Unfortunately, while I enjoyed the romance and the mystery in the book, it wasn’t the gripping page-turner that I had been hoping for. I suppose I was expecting something as thrilling as Black Ice, but Dangerous Lies came up a just a little bit short. The plot for Black Ice just felt more original, and its intensity had me devouring it in a single sitting!
That isn’t to say that Dangerous Lies is boring, it was actually very entertaining, with lots of great suspense and plot twists! In fact, I’m usually pretty good at figuring out twists in a story, but this one caught even me by surprise! It’s clear that Becca Fitzpatrick really excels in this genre, and I can’t wait to read what she comes up with next! I’ll just have to make sure to go in with slightly lowered expectations next time to help prevent any minor disappointments.
The Bottom Line: Overall, if you are looking for an entertaining and suspenseful romance with a few surprises up its sleeves then Dangerous Lies is definitely for you! Just don’t expect it to be as gripping as Black Ice.