Genres: contemporary, thriller
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: 14/08/2014
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Three teens venture
into the abandoned Monroe estate 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? Or murder?
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…
When I started reading Dangerous Boys, I had the impression that this book would be an action packed novel with lots of twists and turns and culprits, that's just the impression the description gave me. However, this book is really about how infatuation and obsession can be a dangerous thing, as Chloe becomes more and more obsessed with her boyfriend's older brother.
This story doesn't require a lot of attention to keep up, which was great because for the most part I was kind of bored. Most of the story is dedicated to fleshing out the characters and talking about Chloe's feelings for both brothers. Every so often we jump to future and try and leave us guessing as to which brother survived. I would have loved this if I didn't find the answer so blatantly obvious.
Chloe's the most interesting character, a small town girl with plans to go to college in the fall. This is quickly shot down, as she finds herself having to cope with her mother's crippling depression. She has a sweet, nice, normal boyfriend but when she meets his older brother Oliver, she suddenly wants something different, someone more dangerous. And wow, she picked a whopper.
This was an okay read for a lazy afternoon, but lacked the compulsive reading quality that Dangerous Girls did. Comparing it to Dangerous Girls was inevitable, and giving it a title that made it seem almost part of a series was guaranteed to make people compare it. Unfortunately, this novel just didn't live up to it's predecessor, but I'm hopeful that Abigail's next read will.