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...
This book... oh my god this book! I don't even know how to start, all my blogging skills have disappeared in light of this incredible and unspeakably amazing book.
Dangerous Girls tells of Anna and her gang of friends on holiday, when one of them, Elise, is found murdered in her room. It dove right in with a transcript of the emergency call when they found her and this use of other prose continued with interview transcripts, courtroom arguments and texts. I love this style of writing because, especially in first person perspective, because it adds to the story. And while I'm on the subject, Haas also wrote in past, present and future, intertwining their school years, the holiday and the developing court case against Anna. I loved this because it added to the mystery and the reader had to work hard to piece together everything.
The horrible thing of this genre is that you can't trust anyone, not even the narrator. I accused pretty much everyone of Elise's murder at some point and the final reveal... holy moly! Let's just say I was not prepared for it and it gave me chills. Teach me to read a thriller before bed.
Throughout the novel, you begin to realise that Anna is pretty much screwed. I was so angry at Dekker, the horrible prosecutor determined to make Anna his scapegoat, I was actually yelling at the book! I could not see a way out for Anna and the whole roller coaster of emotions that is this book practically exploded at that ending. Just... That Ending.
It was addictive and thrilling and all sorts of other positive but creepy adjectives! Seriously, stop reading this and go get this book, I cannot stress this enough: read it now!
Published 16th July by Simon and Schuster.