Estalla Goodwin is no more. After she witnessed a brutal murder at her house in Philadelphia, Estella is placed into the witness protection program. Now she is Stella Gordon, an orphan who has moved from foster home to foster home for years. Stella Gordon is being fostered by a retired police officer named Carmina in a small town in Nebraska.
At first, Stella hates Thunder Basin, and everything to do with it; Carmina is too strict, the townspeople all hate jer, there is no nightlife… but worst of all? She can’t talk to her boyfriend, Reed Winslow ever again, because it might send the henchmen of the drug lord she’s testifying against right to her doorstep.
But then, Stella meets a boy named Chet, and as their friendship grows, Stella starts to feel at home in the one place she never thought she would belong. Despite feeling feeling like an impostor in her own skin, Chet is the only one who can make her feel like Stella Gordon — or Estella Goodwin, or whoever the heck she is — is worth fighting for.
It only takes one little mistake, though, to send the new life Stella has worked so hard to build crashing down, and lead the bloodthirsty criminals chasing after her.
This book is a well-written, fast-paced thriller. I enjoyed the other aspects of the story as well, like Carmina’s relationship with Stella, and Stella’s trying to find her place in the world. I didn’t enjoy the mystery part quite as much, because most things were already established and there was no guessing who the ‘bad guy’ was, except for in the subplot (that’s as much as I can say without spoiling, sorry). There was also far too much romance in the book (sigh). It wasn’t necessarily a badly-written romance, but Dangerous Lies is, or at least claims it is, a thriller/mystery novel, not a love story. For that, this book gets a 8/10. Too much time was spent on the romantic aspect of the story, and I would’ve liked more action scenes. Nevertheless, Dangerous Lies is a unique novel with an intricate plot, and it was enjoyable read that I would recommend to all thriller fans.