I am so excited to be part of the Australian blog tour for Becca Fitzpatrick’s latest thriller, Dangerous Lies. It’s dangerous, peoples. IT LIES. But I am not lying ” when I tell you it’s stupendous. SO! I’m kicking off the Aussie tour (!!) and I shall be reviewing and throwing lots of bookphotography at you.
Because throwing scary books is a good way to deal with them, as you can see above.
Whilst snacking on Dangerous Lies, I felt like I could describe it in four words: “THE GRAND PENDULUM SWING.”
“But why, Cait?” you ask. And I shall answer. See, for the first few chapters I didn’t like it at all. I was growling and frothing at the mouth because of stuck-up, immature characters. But by the end? I absolutely adored the book an extraordinary amount. This hasn’t happened to me before! Hoooow do I handle all my feels for this?!?
This is my 4th Becca Fitzpatrick book, and this is BY FAR my favourite. It took me a while to warm up to the Dangerous Lies characters. Stella starts off an incredibly UNLIKEABLE brat. To the point where I cared 3% if the baddies got her. She had a bad attitude, she was spoiled and snobby and deluded. She was in witness protect for goodness sakes, but still trying to get secret messages through to her boyfriend? NO. She was rude for no reason to her protector. Althoooough…the lady she stayed with in witness protection — a cranky ex-cop named Carmina — was just about as sour.
I found it hard to read about two unlikeable characters….until…they suddenly WEREN’T so unlikeable anymore. The character development is A+ here, peoples!! At the end I literally wanted to scoop Carmina and Stella up and make them be a family forever and feed them warm pretzels and happiness. The brat and the crusty cracker had marshmallow insides. ADORABLE.
I also loved the family themes!! SO MUCH FAMILY. Family in books is my favourite, by the way, and I adored how Dangerous Lies was all about “family” not just meaning the humans related to you.
And it touched on forgiveness, too. But I like that it was fair about it. It wasn’t a mindless “forgive everyone and let yourself be walked over”, it was about forgiving AND living for yourself. Gah. I swear the book is not goopy, per se, but I got goopy feels.
Plus it’s SERIOUSLY American. Like all, outback American. (Oh forgive me Americans…what do you call yourselves? Rednecks? Country hicks? Pardon my Australianness here, but I want to say “YER ALL BOGANS”.) I really enjoyed the dusty country feel and the ya’lls (which I think is a hilarious word and makes me giggle) and the names like Chet, Dixie-Jo, Trigger, and Inny, etc. There was iced tea on the porch and cattle ranches and cowboys. I LIKED IT, YA’LL.
While it’s about witness protection, there’s not actually a lot of action. It reads more like a summery book with plenty of romance — ya know, summer with a dash of drugs, abandonment, MUUUUURDER, and lies. SO MANY LIES. I was still 100% glued to the page, flipping as fast as I could chew words because ANSWERS. GIVE THEM TO ME NOW. And that’s what a good book should do.
The ending is SO INTENSE. It was fast and I was freaking out that there weren’t enough pages to tie it up nicely. But it did!! I’m pleased with the finale too, not that it’s happy per se — it was just really GOOD.
For me, Dangerous Lies wasn’t fast-paced, but it was uber addictive. It’s exciting and terrifying — and sweet (AWWW) and the author doesn’t spare her characters. Seriously. The character development is like my favourite thing. Also this book helpfully confirms to me how much I really don’t want to get shot. I ain’t ever going to America, ya’ll.
(I actually don’t know what “ya’ll” means exactly. Is it “hey you” or “you all” or “yes you, good sir, may I have your attention”. But it is kind of fun to say. So…Y’ALL YA’ALL Y’ALL.
THANK YOU TO SIMON & SCHUSTER AUSTRALIA FOR THE ARC! Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick is published 10th of November, 2015.
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…