Dangerous GirlsAuthor: Abigail Haas
Genre: YA Contemporary, Mystery
Published: July 16th 2013 by Simon Pulse
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It's Spring Break of senior year. Anna, her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise, and a few other close friends are off to 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.
I've read a few YA mystery before but Dangerous Girls is a different kind of unique. It's intense and clever and twisted and oh so hard to put down. Now, those words can also be applied to a lot of books, but believe me, Dangerous Girls is different.
BAM! THIS BOOK!
Dangerous Girls played games with my head with its intricate plot, effective red herrings and complex characterization. As I've said, I've read a few YA mystery before so I was fairly suspicious of EVERYONE. But just when I thought I had the killer nailed down, something would pop out that would make me question everything.
BAM! THIS BOOK!
Haas managed to create a compelling story of friendship, murder, lies and betrayal. I loved the switching narration – from Anna's POV to interrogation and TV interview transcripts – and the timeline that seemed confusing at first but was in fact very effective in maintaining the suspense and cementing the plot. The writing is also brilliant. This book hooked me from page one up until the very last page.
Elise and Anna's friendship was a huge part of the story and I liked the complexity of their relationship. It started really okay: Elise drew Anna out her shell; Anna was also a good friend to Elise. They were like sisters! But then it became toxic and destructive, it's only a matter of time before something bad happens. And boy, did it happen.
The events that lead to and came after the murder of Elise were tragic and dreadful. The betrayal, the trial, and all the lying left a bitter taste in my mouth. It was so intense and suspenseful that I couldn't look away. (Heck, I was even reading this at school.) I was totally gripped. There were times when I would be tempted to skip to the end because I wanted to know who the killer is, but yay for self-control! Darn, it wasn't easy, ya know.
I suspected everyone, including the killer, but I was in denial. I mean, there was no hard evidence! There were more plausible suspects. And really, who would have thought that [killer's name] could do that? When I got to the ending, I was mind-fucked! And that is a testament to how creative and good Haas' writing is. To really pull off a crime like this and get away with it, that's something admirable in a sick, insane way.
Me at the end of the book:
Seriously, that "I win" line gave me the chills.
This book is a remarkable and engaging mystery/thriller. It kept me guessing right up to the end. And even now, I still can't wrap my head around that ending. A page-turner! Highly compelling! Dangerous Girls is so SO good in that scary, messed-up way.