Tittle: Dangerous Girls
Author: Abigail Haas
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery/Thriller
Publication date: July 16th, 2013
My ranting: 🌟🌟🌟🌟.7
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…
“Wouldn’t we all look guilty, if someone searched hard enough?”
HOLY GUACAMOLE THIS BOOK WAS FANTASTIC AND I FREAKING LOVE IT AND EVERYONE SHOULD READ IT! Yes guys, that’s how much I adored this book.
When I started I didn’t know it was going to leave this big mark on me but hey, I’m glad it did! I literally couldn’t put it down and didn’t stop reading until I finished it and even then I needed more. It was incredible and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Oh my my.
First of all let me start by saying I read this book in one sitting. That’s a huge fact because I usually take my time and read a novel in two days but I could not put it down! It was incredible because I was so engrosed in the story I finished it in three hours.
“After so many years drifting, not connected to anything, I’m finally tethered. Safe and loved, in the middle.
We start senior year like kings, like nothing can ever tear us apart.
The characters at the beginning were your typical american teens who go on vacation and someone ended up dying, but the way the story it’s written and the background of those characters made the story more real.
I love reading from Anna’s point of view, and being written in first perspective added that mystery vibe to the story. Because of that you don’t really know what happened to Elise.
The story alternated between past and present so as the time you were figuring out who the murderer was you were also knowing how they got to be friends and each character back story. But it was not confusing at all, or at least it wasn’t confusing to me (I believe at the beginning of each chapter it says ‘THEN‘ or ‘NOW‘).
It also had like little interviews and messages which reminded me a lot to the book This is Our Story that I previously read this year and loved.
And boy, oh boy wasn’t it entrilling! It really messed with my mind in ways I did not expect and it kept me at the edge of my seat wanting to know EVERYTHING. I think I took one break to get some water or to eat something and I COULDN’T STOP THINKING ABOUT IT. Not even after I finished it! And that’s how much I enjoyed it.
“Any one of us could be made to look a monster, with selective readings of our history.”
And now you’re probably thinking: “well if you loved it so much then why didn’t you give it 5 stars?“. Lemme tell you why.
Even though I adored this story and the characters and how it messed up with your mind, the thing is it didn’t messed up with mine. Now I get why would it have, but I knew from the very beginning EVERYTHING. It was because a little detail I read that I made a theory and turns out that theory was completely right. But, that’s just me. I know it’s a really well done psycological thriller and that’s why I haven’t lower my ranting. It was just that teeny tiny detail.
And because I really want to get out everything I need to say I’ll leave a tiny spoiler-y part because I really need to discuss this with someone. If you’ve not read this book, just skip the pink paragraph and you’re good. Here we go.
I would have loved to see a prologue or a chapter from the point of view of Mel, because there are some things I needed to know. For example I would like to know if it was true what everyone said about Anna (we all know the media really exaggerates everything but killing your best friend because shebetrayed you is not on everyone’s minds). And I would have loved to see at least a chapter about Elise and Anna’s relationship. I guess I just need more full stop.
END OF SPOILERS
So yeah, I adored this book and I totally recommend if you’re looking for a book that makes you zoom out and get engrossed in the story. Also let me know if you’ve read this book and if you did enjoy it as well!