by Abigail Haas
Original Publication Date: July 16, 2014
Length: 388 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Obtained Via: Bought
Format Read In: Ebook
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Paradise quickly gets gruesome in this thrilling page-turner with a plot that’s ripped from the headlines and a twist that defies the imagination.
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 harsh revelations about her friendships, the slippery nature of truth, and the ache of young love.
Awaiting the judge’s decree, it becomes clear to Anna that everyone around her thinks she is not only guilty, but also dangerous. And when the whole story comes out, reality is more shocking than anyone ever imagined…
Well, that was something. I hate Dangerous Girls because it played with my mind. I love Dangerous Girls for the same reason. I don’t know how I feel about Dangerous Girls. . . the books OR the girls in the story. A group of friends, a bad spring break trip, and then one girl ends up dead, another ends up standing trial for her murder, and there’s all these other characters and suspicious people coming in between.
I don’t know how she did it, but Haas made me suspicious of EVERYONE in this novel. EVERYONE. The entire time I was reading, there wasn’t a single character I didn’t consider(except maybe the parents). Even the American ambassador who wasn’t in the country when Elise, the murdered girl, was killed? I thought he was suspicious for awhile too. The entire time, Dangerous Girls kept me guessing, though all along there was a feeling in my gut that told me a particular thing. All I have to say is, CALLED IT. Despite that, Dangerous Girls still took me for an incredible ride.
Even by my standards, Dangerous Girls is a dark story. There’s your average teenage betrayals, of course–mean things said behind each other’s backs, hooking up with other people’s boyfriends, and the murder that’s at the heart of the story. There’s also scary stalker guys, some pretty intense and violent descriptions, and terrible people. Everyone is suspicious because everyone seems like the kind of person you’d want to avoid on the street. What’s perhaps the darker theme of all, though, is the court proceedings.
While most of Dangerous Girls is told in a first person perspective, in between chapters there are things you would actually expect in a high-profile murder investigation, like police transcripts and media coverage. It becomes evident early on that the evidence is secondary to the narrative the police are telling about Anna. They pull pictures off her Facebook page, trying to convince the public she’s prone to violent outbursts and was a time bomb waiting to go off. The trial in Dangerous Girls is anything but fair, and it is as fascinating as the plot points that led there.
Ultimately, I can’t say too much about Dangerous Girls without spoiling it, but just know that it was fast-paced, intense, and had me at the edge of my seat despite having a gut feeling. In light of the ending, I had wish there had been more in the book about a certain aspect of the plot, but it still left me with plenty to think about. If you enjoy having your mind twisted, Dangerous Girls might be a good book to pick up.
Dangerous Girls was quite intense, and it’s not exactly fun by any means, but it’s good. Really good, despite my one vague complaint(for fear of spoilers). Mysteries aren’t always my thing, but considering this one took place actually within a court of law, in a foreign country. . . it was definitely different enough to set it apart. 4/5 cupcakes.