Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas Review: Brilliant, shocking, addictive murder trial

May 22, 2014 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | 5 stars, Books, Reviews

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas Review: Brilliant, shocking, addictive murder trialDangerous Girls by Abigail Haas
Published by Simon and Schuster on August 1, 2013
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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

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76 responses to “Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas Review: Brilliant, shocking, addictive murder trial

  1. Jessica

    I just finished this book like right now?!?! i don't really get the ending please explain!!!!!

  2. The last time I read anything that totally screwed my mind over, was Stolen. It's just been THAT long. This sounds incredible. I definitely have to grab a copy. It just sounds like a tangled web of lies, guilt and awesomeness. I actually had to double take, I'd heard of Dangerous Boys coming out, but had no idea about this one being already out. Awesome review. I've sooooo gotta stop spending money.
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  3. I recently read and reviewed this book and ended up wanting to give it a million stars, such a brilliant and mind-blowing read. This was one of my favourite reads of the year so far. I got it in a 3 for £5 deal and didn't have high expectations, I hadn't heard or seen anything about this book before. It blew me away and I am sad it hasn't got more recognition. I am so happy to see another blogger reviewing it and raving about it. I actually guessed the killer straight away because of how it linked to real life murder, but the author really got me to doubt my instincts the whole time I was reading it. She honestly made me question myself and suspect everyone. I was so pleased with how it ended, such a brilliant ending.
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    • Wow, you got a really good deal for this book! I just wish this was raved about or hyped up more because it really is fantastic. The author did brilliantly with turning everyone into a suspect! That ending still has me gobsmacked.

  4. I'm always in the mood for a mystery, and this sounds like a REALLY GOOD one! I'm loving the sound of the twists and the constant 2nd guessing of the culprit – that's always the sign of a good mystery! I picked this one up from the library, and can't wait to start it! 😀

    Thanks so much for sharing Jeann, and, as always, BRILLIANT review! <3
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  5. Eek! I'm so glad you loved this too Jeann! I read this a few months ago and it bothered me for days! I agree, the book is a total mind fuck and all the characters made me so angry, even the heroine. I felt sorry for her during the trial but at the same time, I was so angry with her actions…well, everyone's actions in the group actually. I hated this book but I loved it. Total bloody mind fuck! This is the best description that I can think of. Awesome review!
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    • You are so right, everyone just throws each other under the bus! That shock was so good. That's an awesome description, think everyone whose read it says pretty much the same thing!

  6. I can't wait to read this one! It's so hard for me to find a good thriller that I genuinely have no idea how it will turn out. I've had it on my wishlist since I first heard about it, and 5 stars–SOON, Jeann! Soon 😉

  7. I've never heard of this one before but it sounds so good. I want an intense thriller that will stop me from bring it down even for a second!! Definitely adding this in my tbr list and hopefully I can get it soon~
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  8. This baby is getting read for sure!! How can a girl resist the magic words "mindfuck"? I know I can't xDDD

    Awesome review & I highly appreciate the recommendation! I've been itching for a good mindfuck-vibe read ever since I read Alice Close Your Eyes by Averil Dean (which wasn't too MF factor, I think, but had deliciously effing up effect too, haha!)

    Have a great weekend!
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  9. Whenever I pick a books that should be spooky and creepy I never get that, but it seems that this one delivers. I'm so glad you enjoyed it and everything about it seems so appealing to me. I love the idea and the sound of it. Great review, Jeann 🙂
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  10. I have seen so many 5 star reviews for this book saying how awesome it is and I am feeling really guilty for not getting around to it yet (even though I own a copy and it's sitting on my bookshelf staring at me as I write this…) I love a good mystery/thriller and after reading your excellent review it's just made me want to read it even more!
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  11. I am not really into mystery books (I haven't read Gone Girl too! I know, loser alert!) but you might have just convinced me to try this one. You make it sound so awesome and based on your high ratings I am now curious. Definitely adding this to my TBR list now. Great review Jeann! 😀
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  12. Oh it's the first time I hear about this one but now I'm curious! The creepy aspect is appealing lol. It's great to know you had such a great time with it. Thanks for the lovely review and the discovery!

  13. YES!!! I read this one just 2 weeks ago and I really enjoyed it, too! I freaking LOVED the ending the most. The graveside scene was just awesome! Though I was not especially surprised I had suspected that __ was guilty for a while. Still, I freaking loved how brilliantly this plot was written!! If you find more YA mysteries like this let me know, k!? >.< We Were Liars is another great mind-fuck read that I'd recommend if you haven't read it!
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    • Omg once I read that particular scene my mouth just dropped open and I was like wooooaaahhh! I did suspect but quickly disregarded it. Will definitely be reading we were Liars, thanks Giselle!

  14. I really really really want this book! It sounds SO good and the synopsis sounds majorly kickass and your review makes me want to read it more! I'm so glad the character relationships are complex because complexity is like my favourite thing, EVER.! Great review Jeann!
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  15. Yup, I was totally in denial at the end. I kept thinking 'maybe she just won because she made it back home' or 'maybe she only saw the bedroom and didn't do the rest', I swear to you, I was denial for around an hour afterwards, and I'd finished it at 2am in the morning, so that wasn't good at all. But I so agree, this book was a mind fuck in so many ways and I really didn't see it coming, even when my read-a-long buddy gave the guess, I was all 'nooooo, it wouldn't be'. Great review though Jeann! It's been a week for Dangerous Girls! 🙂
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  16. Omg okay Jeann, you have 100% sold me. I need this book in my life. Like I don't usually even use my TBR list on Goodreads anymore. I just keep a mental note. But this one needs to be on the list! Just to solidify my need to read this. I haven't read an intense murder mystery in so extremely long!
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  17. This sounds AWESOME. One of the main reason I love Jodi Picoult books is because of the courtroom drama – I can rarely find books like this in YA. But this one sounds awesome! And I'd love to read more thrillers in general, because they really intrigue me.

    Tops review (oh goodness, I have never said "tops" unironically before. This is weird). Have I mentioned before that I love your epilogues? Because I do.
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    • Thanks Emily, I'm glad you enjoy them! I actually do remember quite a lot of courtroom drama in those books! Possibly a bit too much for me though. This was an awesome read, I wish there was more like that.