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.
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.