It’s Spring Break of senior year. Anna, her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise, and a few other close friends are off on a debaucherous trip to Aruba that promises to be the time of their lives. But when Elise is found brutally murdered, Anna finds herself trapped in a country not her own, fighting against vile and contemptuous accusations.
As Anna sets out to find her friend’s killer, she discovers hard truths about her friendships, the slippery nature of truth, and the ache of young love.
As she awaits the judge’s decree, it becomes clear that everyone around her thinks she is not just guilty, but dangerous. When the truth comes out, it is more shocking than one could ever imagine…
You know that feeling when you finish a book and you just sit there thinking “what just happened?” That was me and this book. It’s been just over two days since I finished it and I still cannot stop thinking about how much it screwed me up. Sure, I’ve read a lot of books that messed with me but nothing really on this level before. And I honestly don’t even know how I’m gonna review this without ruining the entire book because I would never forgive myself if I spoiled the book for you all. So it’s possible this might be my shortest and worst review yet because I can barely say anything about it but it’s for a good cause. Trust me, ok?
- There were two things that not only drew me to this book but that define what this book is: it being a murder mystery and overall being a thriller. The latter isn’t as strong as I wished it would’ve been but I think that’s because it’s something that you get at the very end and when you experience that thrill, it changes your entire perspective of the book. I’ll get back to that in a little bit but the mystery that unfolded in this book was your classic murder mystery and you become invested from the very beginning. I liked that we were thrown right into the murder in the first chapter and then watch it all unfold, trying to figure out how it went down and who could’ve possibly been involved. Obviously the biggest question is who actually killed Elise and it’s fun picking out all the possible suspects and seeing who would’ve had the motive to kill her versus who wouldn’t. And then there’s the mystery of the trial and figuring out what kind of evidence is admissible or if what the lawyers and defendants are saying are actually true. I loved how this grabbed me immediately and ultimately motivated me to keep reading so I could find out what actually happened. And let me tell you, it is a humdinger.
- Usually I complain when timelines are jumbled or you’re constantly jumping from the past to the present but I think this is the only genre where that actually works. It was both smart and clever to structure the story both in the past and in Anna’s present so you can see what led up to the murder or how all of these friendships and relationships started, and then fastforwarding to the trial or how she spent time in prison thinking about all of this. It’s a good way to set up clues and insight as to how to solve the mystery. This will probably be the one and only time that I compliment an author for such a jumbled timeline because I really don’t think the book would’ve been the same without it. This isn’t the kind of story that needs a straight timeline but really requires the jumps between past and present.
- When the synopsis says that the truth is more shocking than you could imagine, it’s not wrong. I was BEYOND shocked when I found out who did it and it put the entire book into perspective. I was honestly sitting closer to a 3.5 star rating but the ending was a total game changer. And it’s because of this ending that I say that this is a very good thriller because once you find out the truth, the entire book becomes that much more terrifying. I can’t even begin to describe what I mean because this is really something you have to read for yourself. I was both shocked and terrified. I’m shockified.
- The writing was pretty good and there wasn’t much that separated it from other books, but one thing that kind of bothered me was the transcripts of that TV show the author used. I don’t think the inclusion of the show was bad itself, since it was something I’d never seen in this way before, but part of me felt like it was too over the top and I rolled my eyes a lot. The other transcripts were fine as well but it wasn’t my favourite thing here.
- The trial felt a little weird to me and not really like a legitimate criminal trial that I’m either used to or would expect but I suppose it could’ve been embellished for the drama of the book. There were times where I’d cringe at some of the happenings but I guess it could’ve been worse.
THE BOTTOM LINE
- This is the type of book that you just need to read for yourself to understand what I mean. It’s a really intriguing premise with such a complex mystery that’ll suck you in right off the bat. And with an ending like this one, you’ll be shocked and have chills for days. I know I did.
BONUS: how this book made me feel in a GIF
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: Dangerous Girls
Author: Abigail Haas
Release Date: July 16, 2013
Pages: 400 (Paperback)
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