This is a spoiler free review. (I tried very hard to not say anything spoilery!)
WHOA THIS BOOK WAS LIKE WTF! O_O
This book messed with my head so bad.
Before I get into the review, this book is sounds like it was inspired by the Natalee Holloway and Amanda Knox case. It is about Anna, Tate, her best friend Elise and a group of friends going to Aruba for Spring Break but their paradise turns into a nightmare when Elise is brutally murdered. Anna finds herself fighting her for freedom as she goes on trial for murder.
This story is written from the past to the present. There are past scenes where Anna meets Elise and their friendship development and their wild partying. There are the present scenes where Anna describes her experiences in prison. However it isn’t just about Anna throughout the book, as there are transcripts, interviews and interrogations included, which makes it all interesting. There were also police evidence to make this story realistic, such as the phone calls and the texts. There was even TV coverage from the Clara Rose show.
It was very well researched and written and how carefully structured it was. It was like watching a very intense crime TV drama where I am anticipating for the truth to unfold.
Anna and Elise’s friendship is incredibly unhealthy. I don’t know if Elise understands what a normal friendship even means. They are so obsessed with each other. Especially Elise when she implied Anna was ‘hers,’ like you know when a boyfriend says you are mine. It is quite scary. It went from an innocent friendship to a possessive one. There is this one scene when Elise goes mental because Anna was spending time with Tate. I mean why wouldn’t she? But Elise, like a big f***ing drama queen is she, just loses her mind! Saying that Anna loves Tate more than she loves her and starts calling her a sl.ut. That’s rich, coming from a girl who flirts and hooks up with every guy. Hypocrite.
I think everyone has met an Elise. You know the kind of girl who is outgoing, loves to party hard, took drugs, hook up with hot guys and skipped classes. To be honest, she is a bit of a sl.ut. Anna was a good girl who got straight-A grades but once she met Elise, she became an awful influence on Anna but Anna allowed herself to be manipulated by her. The funny thing is that all these character are so terribly unlikeable! They were so spoiled. It made me angry that everyone was a bunch of b!tches. I hated everyone, apart from Gates and Lee who were decent. The parents were very absent in the story. This makes me think...what kind of parents allows their 17-year-old teenagers to go off to Aruba on their own? They’re not even adults.
Everyone was right about the last two chapters! When I read the ending, my mind was like: what, what, WHAT?! Words cannot fathom how deceived I felt. This book betrayed me. Anna betrayed me. What an unreliable narrator. I knew that it had to be girl because the significance of the title. I felt really creeped out. I suspected everyone but eff me. I did not see that one coming! Part of me does not understand why but the other part says the signs were all there. It was right under my nose the whole time! I did kind of suspect this character because of her behaviour, as it didn’t sound normal but then thought no it couldn’t be...could it? Argh, it was so cleverly played out but I still can’t believe it. For the first time ever, my mind is absolutely blown.
This is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. The ending sort of disappointed me in a way because there were so many questions that weren’t answered! I was left hanging like an anti-climatic, so my rating was between 3.5 or 4 stars. I went for 4 stars because I literally could not put it down. I really don’t want to say too much because of spoilers but during that final verdict of the trial, it skipped to 3 months later and I wanted to read that scene. It would have been good if Abigail Haas wrote that murder scene. That would be the icing on the cake.
I highly highly HIGHLY recommend this! Especially if you like mysteries and thrillers, but even if mysteries aren’t your kind of books, I say still read it! Another thing: I wouldn’t read it if you are under sixteen because this book feels more directed towards Mature Young Adult and it has dark themes. I haven’t been in the reading mood lately but reading this has gotten me back into the reading mood and that I should read more thrillers.
If you have read Dangerous Girls, I would love to discuss it with you.
This book has been on my TBR list for a while, but whilst I was in town with some friends, I saw it was selling for £2 at the Works and I had to get it! What a bargain! :) I tend to read ebooks now because I don’t reread books but I have missed the feel of a real paperback!
About this set: I was actually going to use the UK cover because I really like the shattered glass with the black background but I decided to use the US cover with the sand as I wanted to make a beachy summer set, rather than a dark edgy outfit. But, doesn’t the US cover look like some kinky chick-lit? Book covers can be deceiving! The UK cover fits the story so much better.
Dangerous Girls should be opted for film!
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