Publisher: Simon and Schuster Australia
Release Date: August 1, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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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.
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...
Even as I say it, I can hear how cliché it sounds, like I’m stuck in the nightmare of one of those trashy soaps I would watch with my mom as a kid. I swallow back hysterics, try to sound calm and collected. “You believe me, don’t you? You have to make them see.”
Dangerous Girls made me feel something I have never felt so strongly before. It’s a complicated mass of jumbled words, exclamation marks and splatters of tears. Being in a book trauma now, I can be easily placed off as someone with multiple personality disorder. I’ve been in a cycle of rage, utter shock and sobs after completing this novel. Yes, I cried and only people who have read this novel would understand. Well I may have over-reacted more than fellow readers, but betrayal burns more than seething fires here. It burns holes in my heart which blisters into rage. Then it cracks into sobs of defeat. Dangerous Girls in a new type of mind fuck, it plays with your brain, and it knows what you think. And as surreal as it seems, Dangerous Girls can read minds. When you feel like you have it figured all out, something shifts and we’re back to step one again.
Ever since her best friend- Elise’s death, Anna is stranded on a foreign country battling for her freedom against a murder that she clearly could not commit. Complex does not even begin to cover Anna’s personality. She’s a highly sophisticated-ly obscure human labyrinth. Even though Anna had the temperament of a slug, I could whole heartedly sympathise for her. Who would want such denunciatory accusations thrown at her when her best friend was just brutally murdered? Anna’s urgency and rage was understandable and I felt her emotions flowing to myself as I progressed through Dangerous Girls. Per contra, there is something about Anna that I never really comprehended, and I don’t think I’ll ever really know. Like I mentioned before, it’s like she’s a human labyrinth, if you decide to follow one path- one aspect of her- that’s the only aspect you’ll see to her forever. Because in a labyrinth, it’s so so hard to backtrack before you get lost in a mind fuck again.
The majority of Dangerous Girls was enraging. I absolutely hated every character. The interrogators. The friends. The boyfriend. Elise. And at surprising times, Anna. The whole cast pissed me off. And that is why I loved Dangerous Girls so damn much. And know you’re thinking, “Oop! There she goes, crazy land again.” However that’s what I liked, the characters were horrible to me; somehow they made so much sense in the end though. That labyrinth effect really is delusional. This is what I’ve always imagined a close to flawless murder mystery to be like, thoroughly frustrating. And that’s what Abigail Haas excelled at, pissing me off. To the very end.
I honestly deem that I could go on forever about Dangerous Girls. Nevertheless, I’ll try to get this straight forward. The research in this novel is carelessly highlighted. I don’t know much about police investigations as such but after reading this- I feel like I do. Abigail Haas’ writing skills only make the story more convincing and effective. It’s intense, authentic and so evoking. Evoking things such as angry outbursts and puffs of rage. Furthermore, something worthy of pointing out here (heck, this book should just be advertise everywhere, even toilets) is that Dangerous Girls- what makes it another step more attentive is the order in which the story unfolds. There are flashbacks- past excerpts slipped in between the lines of the story which aid us readers into discovering the murderer of Elise.
While Dangerous Girls was found predictable to some people, I find it at times still mind-boggling to know who the culprit was, and how it was revealed. That ending left a scar in my heart. This book trauma will never end. And I’ve learned this, “Betrayal is a domino effect, everyone is a domino piece. Everyone.
~Thank you Simon and Schuster Australia this copy!~
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