How did I get it?:
Edelweiss, thanks to Simon Pulse
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…
I usually attempt to write my reviews straight after reading a book, so my thoughts are pretty fresh. With Dangerous Girls, I needed some more time to process what I had read. I had seen several of my book blogging friend’s statuses when they were reading this book, most of them raving about how good it is, but also how much it messes with your mind. It truly does! I still can’t decide whether the ending was genius or annoying. It’s torn me completely. However, I digress, let me talk about more about the book first, before I try to explain my reasons (without spoiling) for being confused by the ending.
Like all good thrillers, what makes Dangerous Girls so compelling is the mystery around it. We don’t really know who the killer is. I felt like it was written in a way that either character could’ve committed the murder. It certainly wasn’t easy to guess. I had inklings about it, but then Abigail Haas would throw something else into the mix.
I liked that the story was told in various different forms. It uses television transcripts and recordings of police interviews. Most of the story is told from Anna’s point of view. The story does jump from the present day, to the time of the crime, and before the crime. It’s so clear what time frame you’re reading though, so it doesn’t get confusing. It’s so effective, as you slowly begin to piece together everything that has happened. Because everything is revealed to the reader so slowly, I didn’t find it too obvious who the killer was. I wasn’t sure who to trust.
Dangerous Girls highlights how things said in the moment can actually make us look bad. This was so believable. I’m pretty sure all of us has had something completely taken out of context and used against us at some point in our lives. Lots of normal things our protagonist Anna had done, typical teenager actions, had been used against her in court. It’s scary how this could actually happen.
I couldn’t put Dangerous Girls down. I think it’s because the pieces of the puzzle were revealed so slowly, I just wanted to find out who had done it and why. I seriously had several suspects lined up. There were several complex characters that could’ve done it, which made it more compelling for me.
I really did race towards the ending, it got closer and closer to the verdict and I was literally covering the words on the pages, so my eyes didn’t cheekily scan the page and see what the verdict was. Then, the verdict came and… I don’t know what I felt about it. I’m not going to say what it was, I’m not one for spoiling books, especially ones like this. It just stunned me. The whole book built up to an ending that was revealed in a few pages. Wow.
Dangerous Girls really messes with your mind. I’d definitely recommend it to fans of thrillers. Just be ready to be taken along for a ride.
Would I recommend it?:
Without a doubt!
Insurgent- Veronica Roth