by Becca Fitzpatrick
Published by Simon & Schuster
on November 10, 2015
Synopsis from Goodreads: 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 take: I'm a huge fan of thrillers and very happy that they seem to be more of a thing now in YA. That said, I almost didn't read this. I read Fitzpatrick's prior thriller last year and had my issues with it. I thought Black Ice had an excellent premise, plus good suspense and plotting, but really unlikeable characters and Stockholm-syndrome-creepily-masquerading-as-romance.
Weirdly, I though Dangerous Lies had the exact opposite strengths and weaknesses: likeable characters (Stella starts out a little bratty but goes through a lot of growth) and a sweet romance, but was seriously lacking in the suspense department for a book that was supposed to be a thriller.
Overall, I preferred Dangerous Lies to Black Ice because, to me, connection to the characters trumps plot. But as I lay on the couch flipping pages, I wished Dangerous Lies had been a little more thrilling. Stella, who is in witness protection because a scary drug dealer wants to kill her, seems in danger for about 5% of the book. The rest of the time, she's working as a carhop, playing softball, and going to church. There's technically a love triangle, but for some reason it didn't bother me. At the opening of the book, Stella and her boyfriend are sent to different witness protection locations and I guess in my mind, that was the equivalent of a break-up. But if you have love triangle issues, be forewarned. The plotting wasn't bad, but wasn't as twisty as Black Ice. I guessed one of the two main plot twist but did think they were well set-up.
All in all, I thought Dangerous Lies was a pretty good read, but I'd call it romantic suspense rather than a thriller.