Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

Elise is dead.
And someone must pay.

Anna, her boyfriend Tate, best friend Elise and a group of close friends set off on a debaucherous Spring Break trip to Aruba. But paradise soon turns into a living nightmare when Elise is brutally murdered.

Soon Anna finds herself trapped in a foreign country and fighting for her freedom. As she awaits the judge’s decree, it becomes clear that everyone is questioning her innocence. To the rest of the world, Anna isn’t just guilty, but dangerous. As the court case unfolds the truth is about to come out, and it’s more shocking than you could ever imagine…

First Impression: Dangerous Girls completely and utterly messed with my head. A serious mind-fuck. I actually did not see that VERY SHOCKING plot twist coming. Dangerous Girls is such an awesome book and I would, rather forcefully, encourage you give it a go. I’ll be reading Dangerous Boys soon. 

Review: Anna’s best friend Elise is brutally murdered whilst they’re on a spring break trip to Aruba with a group of close friends. Anna becomes the prime suspect and is soon locked up in a foreign prison, fighting for her freedom. Both family and friends, along with the rest of the world, is questioning Anna’s innocence and thinks she’s a dangerous psychopath. 

I went into Dangerous Girls with high expectations and it met them ALL. Suspense and mystery, romance and MURDER.Dangerous Girls is so cleverly plotted and very well executed that it’s a definite mind-fuck of a book. By the end, you throw away ALL of your assumptions you had throughout the book — throw them out the window, then go burn them — because it turns everything on its head and it something that you probably didn’t see coming. Or did. I suspected it but quickly discarded it. A very entertaining and addictive book, I must say.

Now, I’ll talk about the ever complex, mysterious characters. Firstly, Elise. Whilst I wasn’t a fan of her at times, I deeply admired the relationship she had with Anna. They were the bestest of friends and that I really enjoyed. I don’t really know what to say about Anna, other than she is a really complex character who you really do empathise with and also, I LOVE UNRELIABLE NARRATORS. I don’t want to spoil it so just go read it for yourself. 

I disliked Tate from the start, to be quite honest, and knew he wasn’t the nicest of guys. The supporting character were irritating, but necessary, and still very much well developed.

Overall, a really awesome book that I plan on reading again. It’s a dark and twisted psychological thriller, so don’t brush it off as some other clichéd YA contemporary because it’s SO MUCH MORE. It’s so multi-layered and developed and clever and shocking. It’s a book you’ll continue to think about days after you’ve read it. It’s so under appreciated. Please, go do yourself a favour and go read it.

RATING: ★★★★★

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A++++ Character Development