Title/Author: Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas (a.k.a Abby McDonald)
Publisher/Year: Simon Pulse on July, 2013
Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller
Other Books by Author: (Written under her real name: Abby McDonald) Getting Over Garrett Delaney, The Anti-Prom, Sophomore Switch
How I got this Book: From the publisher in exchange for an honest review – Thanks Simon and Schuster!
Summary From Goodreads: 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…
Dangerous Girls = WOW. Abigail Haas brings us a novel with a great plot reminiscent of the Natalee Holloway and the Amanda Knox cases, yet makes this story her own completely. Anna has gone with a group of her friends to Aruba for Spring Break of her senior year. Everything is running smoothly and they are all having the time of their lives until Elise (Anna’s best friend) is found brutally murdered in her room. And the main suspect? Anna.
Anna is now awaiting trial in a country that is not her own where the justice system is completely different. Abigail tells this story in such a unique way by including police records and interrogation transcripts, flashbacks to the beginning of Anna and Elise’s friendship and how it grew, and then flashing forward to the trial and Anna’s time in jail. The novel also really allows you to gain perspective on the role that media plays in a case such as this one. To them, it is all a game and they are just trying to paint the picture of the suspect that will get them the most views and high ratings. It’s disgusting really.
As I am having trouble forming coherent thoughts about this book, I’m going to keep the rest of this review short and sweet. About 3 or 4 times reading this book I thought I had it all figured out. I thought I knew what had happened and who had killed Elise. Every time I began to compose a new thought about MY suspect, there would be something new thrown at me from the plot that would change everything. AND THEN THERE IS THE ENDING. If you are anything like me, you will go back and read it about a bajillion times over to make sure that you read it right; that your eyes weren’t playing tricks on you. If you’re like me, you still won’t be able to comprehend the WTFery that occurred a full 24 hours after you finished the book and are sitting down to write the review. You will not be able to stop thinking about this book.
Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas is a truly amazing mystery, and it will keep you on your toes for the entire time that you are reading this book. If you have ever read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, this is definitely the YA equivalent in terms of suspense and the psychological thriller aspects of it. You will not be let down if you read that book, and I feel confident enough in this book to PROMISE you that.
Estelle says buy it!
Justine says WOW!
River gave it 5 stars!
Have you read Dangerous Girls? If you have: what did you think of the ending? If you haven’t: does it sound like something you might want to read?