10 February 2015

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas
Series: No
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Publication Date: August 1st 2013
Source: Bought

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...

Dangerous Girls has been sitting on my bookcase for well over a year now. I kept meaning to get around to it, but other books/things kept getting in the way. So when I was looking for something to read the other night, I went straight for this one. I can't believe I waited so long to read Dangerous Girls, it was fantastic!

Dangerous Girls follows a group of friends who head off to Aruba for Spring Break. But one of the friends - Elise - is brutally murdered, and the group are the main suspects. Anna finds herself the prime suspect in the investigation and it seems like everyone has already decided she's guilty. But as the court case begins, the secrets and lies revealed have you questioning what happened and who actually did it.

I was hooked the second I picked up Dangerous Girls. The phone call to the police at the beginning reporting Elise's murder completely sucked me in. I was dying to know what had happened to Elise, find out more about her to see why someone would kill her. Dangerous Girls flicks between before Aruba, Aruba and after Elise's death. We find out the relationship between the characters and try to figure out if any of them could possibly have killed her. This book is intense, and I mean really intense. Throughout the whole book I was on edge. I had no idea who killed Elise, and the trial was completely focused on pinning it on Anna. It was a psychological thriller. I was constantly questioning all of the characters, wondering whether they were lying to cover their own asses, or lying to cover someone else's. 

I felt so bad for Anna the whole way through her trial. The detective seemed to have it in for her and was doing everything he could to make her look guilty. Anna couldn't even grieve properly for her friend because she had to stay strong and together for her trial or everything could fall apart. The lengths the detective went to to pin the murder on Anna was unbelievable. He was unstoppable. Nothing could deter him from putting Anna behind bars. All of Anna's friends eventually abandoned her, so she was all alone in a foreign country and had a detective gunning for her arrest - it was hard not to feel extremely bad for her. Especially since she's only in that position because she covered for her boyfriend Tate and he sold her out. 

The crazy twists, lies and extreme cover ups that went on in Anna's trial were jaw dropping. I couldn't believe half of the stuff that was being thrown at Anna, and the fact that people were blatantly lying on the witness stand was shocking. The detective went to any lengths necessary to make sure Anna wouldn't see the outside of a prison for a long time. He was obsessed. The trial was so messed up.

That ending. THAT. ENDING. Holy shit, that ending. It left me speechless. Abigail Haas deserves a round of applause for that ending, because wow. I'm still in shock after finishing the book because that ending was amazing! 

Overall, Dangerous Girls was a dark, psychological thriller full of twists, lies and cover-ups that left me speechless. It kept me on my toes the whole way through, constantly questioning the characters and trying to work out who did it. It's probably the best psychological thriller/murder mystery that I've ever read, it was fantastic. If you haven't read Dangerous Girls yet, please do. You won't be disappointed.


  1. Spring break, WOOHOO!
    Lol! I love Aruba. I want to go back. Right now. Make it happen for me, Samantha. Please.
    I've had this one on my shelf since sometime last year, too. I keep hearing awesome things and your review is totally making me need to pick it up asap. Especially because I'm scared I'm going to be spoiled one day. :P

    1. Hahaha! I would if I could!
      It's FANTASTIC Brittany! I would definitely recommend picking it up ASAP because the story is just so craaaaaaaaazy!!

  2. I agree, Samantha, this is SO BLOODY BRILLIANT!! I absolutely loved this one and once I reached the ending I had to read it like twice and then be in absolute shock trying to process it!

    1. IT IS! I couldn't believe it! I think I re-read it too because I just couldn't believe it! Haas is a genius.

  3. The ending blew me away! This book was crazy good. Even more people should read Dangerous Girls. There are just not that many really freaking good young adult mystery type books in my opinion.

    1. YES! I totally agree! This is definitely one of the best YA mystery/thriller, we need more like this!