Publisher: Simon & Schuster (November 10th 2015)
Hardcover: 400 pages
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Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
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…
Becca Fitzpatrick’s books are just one of those books that you try resisting to read, but can’t after the first book. I think I enjoyed Dangerous Lies a lot better than Black Ice. There were a couple of gripes I had about it, but can I first mention that I love Chet’s and Stella’s chemistry? Seriously. They tease each other since the first day they meet and it’s nothing but snark and sass between them. I think one of the best things I liked about this novel was the development between Stella and Carminia. They didn’t get along at first, but they ended up having more things in common than either of them realize they have.
I liked that Carminia became the mother that Stella never had but always wanted. She’s strict, but un-judgmental even though she seems kind of cold around not only Stella at first but also at Chet (she has her reasons for this). Her personality softens as the book progressed. I enjoyed the suspense of the novel. The minor gripes that didn’t seem to work for me was Reed. We end up not knowing what happen to him. Sure we find out his role, but we never actually see him after chapter 1 again and even though Stella claims that he’s her boyfriend shouldn’t they have communicated at some point?
The guy never even leaves a message after Stella wrote the first one. In his letters, though, Reed seemed like a whole different person and I kept getting confused if those were his answers to the drafts that Stella sends him or the mementos he left behind. I was hoping that he’d made a grand entrance at the end, but that didn’t happen. It was kind of a bummer.