Release Date: August 14th, 2014
Source: Received in exchange for review
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Three teens venture into the abandoned lake house one night; hours later, only two emerge from the burning wreckage. Chloe drags one Reznick brother to safety, unconscious and bleeding; the other is left to burn, dead in the fire. But which brother survives? And is his death a tragic accident? Desperate self-defense?
Chloe is the only one with the answers. As the fire rages, and police and parents demand the truth, she struggles to piece together the story of how they got there-a story of jealousy, twisted passion, and the darkness that lurks behind even the most beautiful of faces…
Discussion by Melanie and Celine
*This review is spoiler-free*
Melanie: Abigail Haas doesn’t fail us yet again. This is a piece of perfection. YES YES YES. *flails* It was everything I expected plus more.
Celine: I have to admit, my expectations were sky high after the masterpiece that was Dangerous Girls. I was a bit worried, because high expectations usually lead to disappointment. But of course I shouldn’t have worried. This is Abigail Haas, after all. Dangerous Boys blew me away.
Melanie: Yeah, I had this little niggling feeling that this wouldn’t be anywhere as amazing as Dangerous Girls but both of these thrillers are both equally as brilliant, in my opinion. Each stand out in their own way.
Celine: I definitely agree with that! It’s funny because they’re both so similar yet so different, in my opinion. But Dangerous Girls and Dangerous Boys were most alike in how brilliant they are. Haas definitely knows how to open with a bang, though. The first page was SO INTENSE already and immediately had me hooked!
Melanie: YES. I love how she gave us the ending first, it worked well by making me want to continue and see what the heck had just happened. I mean, I wanted to know which brother made it out of the fire with the MC. Why there was a fire in the first place and what the hell happened between this trio.
Celine: Yes! I was so curious and couldn’t read fast enough. I just HAD to know! I also love the many twists and the way Haas keeps playing with your feelings. Which brother will you root for? Who is the real villain here? When the book starts off we only know one of the brothers, but we slowly get insight into both’s characters – and damm, some characters it were. I thought Haas created such complex characters, and I was really amazed by her skill.
Melanie: I love her characters. All of them, every time. Like I know I’m not making any sense when I say this but I despise her characters so much that I love them. I mean, some of them are so twisted and just nuts which makes me feel disgusted but I cannot help but be like ERHMAGERD YOU ARE SO FULL OF DEPTH LET ME LOVE YOU
Celine: I know EXACTLY what you mean. I hated all of them, ALL of them, but they were so skilfully crafted and so layered, I HAD to love them. Especially Oliver. He’s my favourite person to love/hate. And I also loved the way these characters influence each other! Often, characters just exist alongside each other, but each character imoacted the other in both subtle amd noticeable ways. I was just so amazed by it all. How does Abigail Haas DO this!?
Melanie: It’s absolutely crazy but everything is so realistically developed- like you said, especially under Oliver’s influence. If you had to make me say who the most twisted character here was, I wouldn’t be able to have an answer even if you gave me forever. Like seriously, I loved it. It was twisted, in all the brilliant ways.
Celine: Making me pick the most twisted character is like making me pick my favourite book – I just can’t do it. And it was all just so gloriously brilliant. Seriously, I am awed.
Basically, I love everything about this book. The atmosphere, the characters, the plot. And I also loved how besides the obvious problems – the fire, the brothers – there were also more relatable, everyday ones. Chloe, for example, has always wanted to go to college and get out of her little town but her mother has her own problems and needs Chloe to care for her. Though you could argue that this, too, was part of the bigger plot (let’s face it, EVERYTHING was), I just really loved how Haas included something closer to the problems most people go through, something that could be relatable for the reader amd still influence the bigger plot.
Melanie: Right? It’s not just a mystery thriller, there’s still quite a lot about coming to understand and finding out who you are in this novel too.
Also, Oliver was a manipulative baaastard. (Excuzes-moi French)
Celine: Oh, Oliver was SO manipulative. And yet, I loved him so much. He was just so complex and unique, he’s actually my favourite of them all. He’s a massive jerk, though.
Melanie: I think I didn’t love him as much as you did because he got on my nerves like nearly all the time but he was such a well fleshed out character.
Ooh, did you have any critisms towards this book? Because I have none. Zilch.
Celine: Critisms? *thinks long and hard* Err… Well, I thought it was slightly more predictable than Dangerous Girls but that’s not much of a critism at all. So… No. Which makes sense, because this book is brilliant, mind blowing and everything I hoped for.
SO EVERYONE BETETR RUN OFF TO BUY THIS RIGHT NOW.
Melanie: I SECOND THIS.
~Thank you, Abigail Haas, for the review copies!~
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