[595]: Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick

20909906 Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick
Stand-Alone
Simon & Schuster Canada | ARC Paperback, 385 pp.
Publication Date: November 10th, 2015
Young Adult | Suspense | Romance
Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars


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…


It’s been a while since I’ve read a book by this author.  I don’t remember what it’s like, but after a few chapters, I was quickly reminded of the kind of writing I was in for. Take that with a grain of salt.

STELLA GORDON IS AN ACQUIRED TASTE

Picture this:  You’re chilling with your buddies one Saturday night. In walks your buddy and his insufferable girlfriend, who, by the way, was on his case again because they were supposed to go see an art show instead of hanging out. An hour of her pestering him and ordering him around was starting to get on your nerves. Everyone in the room was eye rolling at her antics. Because one more bullcrap about them missing out on a once in a lifetime showing and you’re going to projectile vomit (it was melted jelly beans on canvass. Give me a fucking break). Now, you’re trying to resist. You’re trying your best to show support for your buddy and the woman he loves. But good God Almighty, you want to cut a bitch.

THAT is how I felt about Stella. She was petulant, somewhat ungrateful with a huge chip on her shoulders. The way she went on and on about how much her life sucks being in WitSec makes it seemed like she’s been on it for years. In the meantime, it’s only been a few weeks. It may sound like I was a little bit short on patience with her, but she did her best to inspire dislike. She has a problem with authority. You would think witnessing a brutal murder would change her, but nooo. She was awful. Now I know everyone is saying that she goes through a character development throughout the novel, but for me, her attitude left a lasting impression. And that is a shame because I felt like the plot was good. Unfortunately, Stella’s antics took away the spotlight.

IN RETROSPECT

Sometimes, I can already tell when a book wasn’t going to workout in as little as a few pages. It’s the way it’s written and how the character sounds like. I thought Stella acted like an intolerable brat and I couldn’t get past that.  The majority of the novel was focused on Stella adapting to the quiet country life; trying to establish a semblance of normalcy amidst fear of being killed.  Fitzpatrick took some of the stereotypes in farm living and ran with it. The twist was a little off field if a little convenient. I feel awful because, at the end of it all, I was just happy it was over.

  • I definitely won’t be reading this one. I have to like the main character I am reading about. Good, honest review, thanks!

  • I can’t stop laughing Joy Even though I enjoyed this one, I knew you wouldn’t. Why oh why would you do this to yourself you banana. Couldn’t agree more, she really WAS an acquired taste. I can imagine most readers would be at least mildly irritated by her. The storyline was pretty good, but if you can’t stand the main character, then it doesn’t matter how awesome the plot is, it’ll never work. Such a shame too because in terms of writing, this has been her best one to date. So sorry you couldn’t have enjoyed this more Joy, no doubt your next read will knocks your socks off <3 <3

  • Blergh omigosh. Stella sounds like a character I would be yelling at throughout the book. SO not my type. 😛 Thanks for this warning review! I will definitely be staying away from this book (and the author’s others). Because this does NOT sound cool.

    – Aila @ Happy Indulgence

  • Hush, Hush is one of my most hated books of all time. I tried to give her other standalone a go, but hated that as well so I think it’s safe to say I will staying far, far away from this book. Stella sounds so annoying as well.

  • A shame that you couldn’t really enjoy this one. Stella sounds like a difficult girl to read about, and very ungrateful.

  • I haven’t seen a single positive review for this book, which sucks because the plot sounded so good! I LOL’d at your description of Stella. Hahaha I commend you for finishing this because I do not possess the patience to get through it.

    • They do exist. Lol. Stella was as comforting as hugging a cactus, that’s all. 🙂 Thanks, Marianne!

  • I’ve seen reviews of this author’s books which have pretty much convinced me that I’m not going to enjoy them very much. Eh.

    • I’m a glutton for punishment. Next time, I will not be so quick to jump on the bandwagon.

  • Jasprit

    I don’t think that Stella would be the sort of character I could deal with at all, its been a while since I picked up a book by Fitzpatrick and after reading your review, I think I won’t be for a little while longer 🙁 Thank you for your honest review Joy!

    • No problem, Jas. Have you read her Black Ice book? I heard it’s worlds better than this one.

  • Sorry to hear that you and Stella didn’t click

  • I’ve never read anything by Becca Fitzpatrick… and while I’ve read disappointed reviews for Black Ice, I was really eyeing this one but it sounds like it wasn’t really worth the time as well. on to the next book then!

    • Read at your own peril! Hahah! Kidding. You might just enjoy it more, czai. 🙂

  • Oh man, I remember reading Black Ice which was another thriller by Becca Fitzpatrick and I just HATED both of the female characters as well sadly. I don’t think I’ll be picking this up!

    • That sucks. I was actually going to try that one because I was under the impression it would be better. To no avail.

  • Such a shame you didn’t like this one because I actually did. I almost DNFed it at the beginning because you’re right, Stella is insufferable. I hated her >> But she developed well enough and sometimes Chet made it worth it. I did like the plot twist at the end and all of that was done well, but I wish it wasn’t so crammed at the end?

    • I know! i really liked the plot, but I just couldn’t get offer how distasteful her attitude was.

  • I think I can deal with Stella. Have you read Luckiest Girl Alive? I do love abrasive characters hahaha

    • Ah well. I guess you’ll enjoy Stella more than I did. Lol.

  • Wow, Stella sounds like a difficult character to love. I read Black Ice last year and really enjoyed the mystery, but it’s so hard to enjoy a story if you don’t mesh with the heroine. Thanks for the heads up and honest review, Joy!! 🙂

    • I think i’m going to read Black Ice just to see if I’ll like it better than this one.

  • Jazmen

    Awww man! I hate to hear that because I’ve been wanting to read that so that’s a huge disappointment. Oh well, they all can’t be winners. Thanks for this review!

    • I hope you’ll try it anyway, Jaz. Happy reading!

  • I haven’t read anything by Becca Fitzpatrick but this book doesn’t make me want to start. I deeply dislike it when characters act like total brats just because they’re going through an unwanted change. I mean, I understand that it’s not ideal but DO YOU WANT TO DIE INSTEAD?

    • THAT is exactly what I was thinking the whole time, Jenna.

  • Bec

    I haven’t read anything by Becca Fitzpatick in ages. I remember liking Hush, Hush BUT I was 14 at the time and I dare say if I went back and reread it my views would be dramatically different… (that or I’d still like it as a guilty pleasure or something haha)

    Shame this one didn’t work for you 🙁 I don’t think I’ll be checking it out anytime soon. Stella sounds so irritating

    • I, too, enjoyed Hush Hush back in the day. I don’t know, maybe Stella caught me in a bad mood or something. Lol.

  • Yeah, I’ve been hearing some pretty negative things about this from other bloggers as well, so seeing your review really solidifies that I don’t think I’m going to read this one. Sorry you didn’t enjoy it as much as you hoped you would and, as always, fabulous review! <3

    • Thanks, Zoe. It’s been getting some polarizing reviews for sure.

  • I don’t think I could stand that character! I admit to her Hush Hush series being one of my biggest guilty pleasure reads (it’s crap, but…I don’t know, it’s like book junk food), but I think I’ll pass on this one.

    • Sign of bad things to come if I can barely stand the main character.

  • Nicole Hewitt

    I haven’t read anything by this author and I’m guessing I shouldn’t run out and find one of her books now. Sorry you hated it! 🙂

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    • Thanks, Nicole. I hope you’ll try Black Ice. I hear it’s better than this one.

  • I’ve only read one other Fitzpatrick and it was abysmal. I won’t be picking this one up. One thing you said really struck true for me. About how a character’s sucky behavior at the beginning of his/her character arc can spoil them even though they are later redeemed to some degree. In the hands of a masterful wordsmith I can see a redemption arc going well, but in the hands of a less talented writer……..

    • So true. I’ve also read a few books where everybody else hated the character while I didn’t mind them so much. I suppose it all depends.

  • We’ll agree that you took the hit for us both. I appreciate it, Joy.

  • Ugh. This girl sounds bad 🙁 I’m so sorry you didn’t like this book Joy. I had been curious about it, but never planned on reading it, lol. And now I’m not going to at all 🙂 Thank you for sharing your thoughts about it sweetie. <3

    • No problem, Carina. I always feel doubly bad when a book was sent to my by the publisher for review. It makes me think they’re not going to send me books in the future. Lol.

  • I loved this, sorry you didn’t enjoy it more. I hated her at the beginning, but I grew to like her by the end

    • Aw. It’s all right. I guess Stella caught me at a time when I was less forgiving. Lol.

  • kindlemom1

    Stella is definitely a required taste, especially in the beginning where you have to roll your eyes at her and want to smack her just a bit.

    I did like this more than you though I think but I can see why this wouldn’t be for everyone. I like I liked Carmina and Chet more than anyone else.

    • I’m glad, Ali. She just left a bad taste in my mouth and I should also mentioned that I didn’t quite like the romance in here as well.

  • Oh no…sorry you didn’t enjoy this one. It seemed like such an interesting read from the blurb, and I like suspense so I was looking forward to it. But I get frustrated with bratty characters who complain and aren’t appreciative, so I don’t know if I want to pick it up now that I’ve learned this. Thanks for your honest review.

    • It had such an interesting story arc. But it just wasn’t developed as well as I’d hoped.

  • Melliane

    I didn’t see a lot of good reviews about this one so I don’t really know I confess

    • The reactions has been 50-50, to be honest.

  • Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    I had a bit more luck with this overall, but I agree with you about Stella 100%. She was insufferable and she really got on my last nerve with all the whining and self-pity. I loved Black Ice, however, so that helped me be more tolerant.

    • I should read that one. Hopefully, that book would have more redeemable characteristics.

  • I will try one more book by her one day, but, hopes are not high

  • Oh jeez. I’ve been extremely reluctant to read another book of hers after the Hush, Hush books.