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…
Published: 10th November 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Series or Stand-Alone: Stand-Alone
Source: Review Copy from Publisher
PLOT/STORYLINE: I have to admit that this story got me hooked from the beginning and it certainly didn't take me long to finish this one. This had one of those storylines that just kept me hooked throughout and not for the reason you might be expecting. The main story is the story of Seller Gordon who goes into witness protection as she witnesses a lethal crime. She is sent to Thunder Basin, without her mother who is undergoing drug rehabilitation but will join Stella when she is done so, initially, Stella is on her own in a strange town. I thought when starting this book that this would be the plot line that I would concentrate on but surprisingly it wasn't. It was the potential romance between her and Chet Falconer that kept me reading. Even thought she has a lot of secrets, which we know about, Chet has his own which Stella has to find out. There is also another small plot line that I enjoyed and that is with a character called Trigger who is an 'up and coming sports star' who has definitely let it go to his head and ends up being really nasty. Even though I disliked the character for his personality it did add a bit of fire to the story.
CHARACTERS: Chet and Stella by far were my favourite characters in this story. You have Stella who has her guard up, as she should be given the situation she has found herself to be in, and you have Chet who has been left with being the sole guardian to his teenager brother. We don't know much about his past to start with but is something you find out more of as the story goes in.
SUMMARY: A really great suspense/drama that definitely had me guessing what was going on throughout the book for various reasons. Just when I thought I had the story sussed there is a really great twist at the end that really surprised me!