Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas (Review)

18775628Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis: Paradise in Aruba quickly gets gruesome in this “ripped-from-the-headlines thriller (Kirkus Reviews)” with a twist that defies the imagination.

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 harsh revelations about her friendships, the slippery nature of truth, and the ache of young love.

Awaiting the judge’s decree, it becomes clear to Anna that everyone around her thinks she is not only guilty, but also dangerous. And when the whole story comes out, reality is more shocking than anyone could ever imagine…

Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary, Thriller

My thoughts: This is the type of novel that you don’t need a bookmark for because you’ll end up reading it in one sitting. Dangerous Girls is the mystery novel that I didn’t know I needed in my life, and it has successfully become one of my favorite novels of 2016. If I were to sum up this novel in one sentence, I’d say that this is a YA equivalent of Gone Girl (don’t worry the plot isn’t identical). This novel is addicting and will engross you from the first page until the very last. It is a novel full of twists and turns, taking you through different points in time in order to figure out not only who killed Elise, but why. 

Dangerous Girls follows Anna going through the investigation and brutal trial followint the murder of her best friend, Elise. The story also jumps back in time in order to show you past memories of Anna with Elise, her boyfriend, and her other friends spanning from years ago to days before the murder. It helps set the stage for the reader to realize that the relationships in this novel weren’t picture perfect. In fact, they had so many flaws that they were bound to crumble under the slightest tension. Haas expertly uses the scattered timeline of the novel in order to present the reader with important facts first and then unfolds secrets and twists along the way. It successfully kept me on the edge the entire time, wondering what had happened to lead up to Elise’s murder.