Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Publication Date: August 1st 2013
Dangerous Girls has been sitting on my bookcase for well over a year now. I kept meaning to get around to it, but other books/things kept getting in the way. So when I was looking for something to read the other night, I went straight for this one. I can't believe I waited so long to read Dangerous Girls, it was fantastic!
Dangerous Girls follows a group of friends who head off to Aruba for Spring Break. But one of the friends - Elise - is brutally murdered, and the group are the main suspects. Anna finds herself the prime suspect in the investigation and it seems like everyone has already decided she's guilty. But as the court case begins, the secrets and lies revealed have you questioning what happened and who actually did it.
I was hooked the second I picked up Dangerous Girls. The phone call to the police at the beginning reporting Elise's murder completely sucked me in. I was dying to know what had happened to Elise, find out more about her to see why someone would kill her. Dangerous Girls flicks between before Aruba, Aruba and after Elise's death. We find out the relationship between the characters and try to figure out if any of them could possibly have killed her. This book is intense, and I mean really intense. Throughout the whole book I was on edge. I had no idea who killed Elise, and the trial was completely focused on pinning it on Anna. It was a psychological thriller. I was constantly questioning all of the characters, wondering whether they were lying to cover their own asses, or lying to cover someone else's.
I felt so bad for Anna the whole way through her trial. The detective seemed to have it in for her and was doing everything he could to make her look guilty. Anna couldn't even grieve properly for her friend because she had to stay strong and together for her trial or everything could fall apart. The lengths the detective went to to pin the murder on Anna was unbelievable. He was unstoppable. Nothing could deter him from putting Anna behind bars. All of Anna's friends eventually abandoned her, so she was all alone in a foreign country and had a detective gunning for her arrest - it was hard not to feel extremely bad for her. Especially since she's only in that position because she covered for her boyfriend Tate and he sold her out.
The crazy twists, lies and extreme cover ups that went on in Anna's trial were jaw dropping. I couldn't believe half of the stuff that was being thrown at Anna, and the fact that people were blatantly lying on the witness stand was shocking. The detective went to any lengths necessary to make sure Anna wouldn't see the outside of a prison for a long time. He was obsessed. The trial was so messed up.
That ending. THAT. ENDING. Holy shit, that ending. It left me speechless. Abigail Haas deserves a round of applause for that ending, because wow. I'm still in shock after finishing the book because that ending was amazing!
Overall, Dangerous Girls was a dark, psychological thriller full of twists, lies and cover-ups that left me speechless. It kept me on my toes the whole way through, constantly questioning the characters and trying to work out who did it. It's probably the best psychological thriller/murder mystery that I've ever read, it was fantastic. If you haven't read Dangerous Girls yet, please do. You won't be disappointed.