Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary
Published: November 10, 2015 by: Simon and Schuster
Rating: 4/5 stars
After being the prime witness in a brutal crime surrounding her mother's drug dealer, Stella Gordon is whisked into the witness protection program and sent to live in small Thunder Basin, Nebraska. Living with a retired cop, Stella must stay on guard for any of her mother's dealer's hit men, who she's sure will be sent to kill her. As Stella makes new friends and develops an interest in charming cowboy Chet, she must make sure to keep her true identity as secret. Or else, they'll be after her.
This book was suspenseful and mysterious that kept me wanting to read more. Stella's story was as heartbreaking as it was scary, and the plot kept me fully hooked and worrisome as to who would be after Stella next. While I did have some issues with the romance in this book, it was a great, thrilling read.
I loved how this book was as much of a mystery-thriller than it was a contemporary. Even though I would mainly classify it as contemporary due to the real-life scenarios, it still had a very suspenseful feel to it that was similar to that of a classic mystery novel. I loved how the author was able to incorporate both genres in a way that worked in harmony.
The plot of this book was OUT OF THIS WORLD! It was kind of scary to read to be honest, about this people being after Stella, but it kept me wanting more and it hooked me through the book's entirety. There was never a dull moment in this book, let me tell you.
Romance was a key factor in this book, with Stella having to let go of her old boyfriend for her safety and trying to trust Chet. However I think in this element was where it went flat. Chet was just SO TYPICAL of any contemporary love interest, I could just picture him in my head, and he was just like all the rest. He was so overprotective, always saving the day, which I guess was helpful for Stella considering her situation but it was nothing special at all.
There was definitely insta-love in this book. You knew as soon as she first mentioned Chet that these two were going to fall in love, and there was no hesitation to make her be swooped up by him. I'd just like something new and fresh every once in a while.
Overall, even if the romance lacked this book was still thoroughly engaging and shocking. It was a huge thrill-ride.
Have you read Dangerous Lies? What did you think?
Emily @ Paperback Princess