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Review of Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

by - May 20, 2014

Format: Paperback
Genres: Mystery, Horror, Murder,
Pages: 388
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: 01/08/2013
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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...

This book was so freaking intense, it's been 10 days and I still can't get my head around it. This book was just... so... I can't even. It wasn't perfect but it kept me reading until the very last page and then blew my mind with the last two pages. Two pages!

I originally picked up this book because I love court cases. I follow a few, more notably the Jodi Arias case and I think they're really interesting. Every case is different because you have different people each time - different judges, different lawyers, different motives.

With this case, we follow a person, Anna. She's locked up in prison for the murder her her best friend, Elise. Elise was stabbed to death on holiday and now Anna is stuck in a foreign country while her friends are back home, discussing if they think she did it or not and why she might have done it.

We get to read what happened on holiday and before the holiday from Anna's point of view and for me, this is where it gets a bit confusing. The chapters are clearly labelled as to where they are so you know the time frame, but the constant jumping back and forth wasn't pleasant, particularly as I never knew where we were going to go. Sometimes we went to the first time Anna met Elise, sometimes to a party and sometimes to after a murder.

I really, really liked Elise so it was kinda a shame that she, you know, got brutally stabbed to death. Her and Anna's relationship was clearly not a healthy one and I do think they made each other worse in the end.

However, I was left questioning everything I'd previously read by the end of the book. There's such a perfect twist to the tale that I was left half wanting to praise the author and half wanting to strangle the author for leaving it like that. I want more! I guess I'll have to settle for reading more of her books.

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  1. I love court cases too!! I followed Jodi Arias and Scott Peterson and a few others. And I used to read a lot of true crime (before I got swamped with YA books on my TBR). I just bought this book last week and I'm hoping to read it soon. I've heard that it is a good mystery. And now I'm glad to know that it's intense. I need an intense good mystery! Great review :)

  2. Anonymous3:51 pm BST

    I absolutely loved this book. Like you, my mind was completely blown by it! I still think about it months after finishing it!


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