Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas
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...
Wouldn’t we all look guilty, if someone searched hard enough?
How is it possible to review something so brilliant yet so twisted and mind-blowing? Frankly, it’s a near impossible feat, but Dangerous Girls is so amazing that I at least have to try to express its brilliance.
It’s spring break of senior year, and that undoubtedly calls for celebration. Anna, her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise, along with a few other friends, are ready for the time of their lives as they hop on a plane headed for Aruba. But not long into the trip, suddenly Elise is found murdered. And Anna is the prime suspect.
Dealing with prejudice, false accusations, and no one to rely on as her friends – one by one – leave her, Anna is forced to stand her own ground in a foreign country and prove to everyone that she is innocent.
One moment. One picture. One glimpse – that’s all it takes to make someone think they know the truth.
Dangerous Girls is set in multiple timeframes – the day of the murder, present-day as Anna awaits her trial, and in the past as we get the story of Anna and Elise’s friendship. Usually, this wouldn’t work for me as I find whenever books are written in multiple timeframes that the writing tends to become a bit sloppy, but Abigal Haas impressed me by writing in this style and and still managing to keep her writing crisp and fresh.
The characters in Dangerous Girls have the potential to really annoy you – each and every one of them – in some capacity. Even so, Haas has a way of developing her characters – likeable or not – that you can’t deny. She masterfully crafts each character and their motivations, personalities, and different ways of thinking and viewing the world.
All in all, this was absolutely wonderful. The twists and turns were fascinating, and I had to constantly wrap my mind around the constant realizations and discoveries. And, of course, the ending was absolutely fabulous and mind-boggling.