by Becca Fitzpatrick
Published on November 10th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Crime, Mystery, Romance, Suspense, Thriller, Young Adult
Buy on Amazon--Buy on B&N--Buy on Audible--Buy on iBooks
Add to Goodreads
A teen is forced to make a fresh start after witnessing a violent crime—but love and danger find her anyway in this novel from Becca Fitzpatrick, the New York Times bestselling author of the Hush, Hush saga.
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…
So this was my first Becca Fitzpatrick book. I was actually really excited to get into it because I’ve been on a big thriller kick lately. I love the page turning quality of a good thriller, and I’m a sucker for things involving the Witness Protection Program (WITSEC) because of all the opportunities it presents.
To be completely honest, this book did not live up to its blurb at all.
I did not connect to the main character, Stella. She actually really irritated me, and maybe that was by design, I’m not sure. We’ve seen a big increase in flawed protagonists lately, so maybe Stella was selfish and immature on purpose.
That aside, my biggest gripe with this read was the absolute and total lack of thrill in this thriller. Suspense? Hardly. The most thrilling/suspenseful thing in the entire book occurred over the course of about ten pages near the very end. Other than that, it was the story of a selfish teenage girl living in Nebraska for the summer, fighting her feelings for the boy next door and reminiscing about her terrible life with her drug-addicted mother back in Philadelphia. While there were a couple of unexpected revelations from various characters along the way, none of them really impacted me.
I would say that perhaps this would be more suspenseful/thrilling for younger YA readers, but then I would have to warn you that there are a LOT of heavy drug references (pills, heroin) and examples of the terrible things that come with having an addict parent. Also View Spoiler »there is a very PG13 sex scene near the end of the book. The event is described without naming body parts but definitely well enough to paint a CLEAR picture. « Hide Spoiler
I’ll give this one 3 stars.
While I really struggle to consider it a “thriller,” I can still appreciate it for the world it created. The setting and the cast of characters were tangible, and when I think of this book it takes me straight to summer, small towns, and corn fields.
I would recommend this as a lazy summer read for younger (but not too young) readers.
Latest posts by Juliet (see all)
- Review: The Cage, By Megan Shepard (The Cage #1) - May 21, 2016
- Review: Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick - January 21, 2016
- Juliet’s Early Review: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys - January 2, 2016