Published by Simon and Schuster on August 1, 2013
Genres: Mysteries & Detective Stories, Thriller, Young Adult
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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 hard truths about her friendships, the slippery nature of truth, and the ache of young love.
As she awaits the judge's decree, it becomes clear that everyone around her thinks she is not just guilty, but dangerous. When the truth comes out, it is more shocking than one could ever imagine...
Dangerous Girls officially takes the cake for the biggest mind fuck ever, packing a punch in the last few pages that will leave you breathless, clenching pieces of your heart and picking your jaw off the floor. Some people will feel betrayed, others will wonder why they never saw it coming, yet others will be in denial. The common reaction will be WHHHHAATTT!!!??, while you try and recollect the pieces of the ending. It’s not often a thriller has this sort of an impact, and that’s what makes Dangerous Girls brilliant in its severity.
Written in a sweeping, addictive manner, Dangerous Girls has an air of creepiness about it, as Anna is put on trial for the murder of her best friend Elise. These two girls are so close that they are almost like sisters, but everyone she knows points the finger at her in harsh betrayal. Placed under intense scrutiny from Aruba’s toughest prosecutor, Anna seems to have no recourse as he drives home everything that could make her seem guilty.
Wouldn’t we all look guilty, if someone searched hard enough?
Dangerous Girls is told through Anna’s perspective, as she experiences the intense courtroom drama, the one-sided media scrutiny and memories of Anna’s happier times with Elise. Much of the book is centered on the trial which is nail biting and relentless. The frenzied prosecutor, the cheating boyfriend, the backstabbing friends called as witnesses and the tough as nails reporter, you will hate all of these characters for how nasty and unsympathetic they seem. As you see people throw Anna under the bus one by one, and see her break down in desperation, you will begin sympathising with Anna and hoping she will get some justice.
As the story unfolds, newspaper clippings and interview excerpts will paint a very different story to what Anna is telling us.
We were both responsible for what we became, which I guess means we both have to share the blame. If Elise is the cause of everything that’s happened to me, then I’m to blame for her fate too. It’s both of our faults, equally.
The relationship between Anna and Elise was incredibly complex. It is so close and clutching that it spirals out of control, as they start partying, taking drugs and playing around with random men. These two love each other so much that they spend every waking moment together, and there is also a hint of deeper attraction and bond between the two.
Dangerous Girls is a gripping, chilling, intense and addictive thriller that will have you speeding through its pages wanting to find out the truth. Throughout the book, you’ll be kept guessing who the murderer is, and your suspicions will turn on everyone. It’s extremely fast paced filled with twists and turns that will leave your emotions reeling, on a whirlwind spiral to its shocking conclusion. Be prepared to throw all your conceptions out of the window and be taken on a chilling journey as you pick up this YA murder thriller. I only wish there were more books like this, that makes me immediately want to pick it up again to see what I missed.
Thank you to Simon and Schuster Australia for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.
Rating: 5 out of 5