Title: Dangerous Girls
Author: Abigail Haas
Date Started: March 13
Date Finished: March 17
Format: Hardcover from local library
Spring break of senior year in Aruba with all your friends and your boyfriend. It should be a good time right? That’s what Anna Chevalier thinks too, but then things go horribly wrong. Elise – Anna’s best friend – is found murdered in her room and the police think that it was one of the friends that did it. They are scared and don’t know what to think. They were in Aruba to have a good time not to be interrogated by the police. Then Anna and her boyfriend Tate are arrested on suspicion of Elise’s murder and get arraigned for the crime. Well, at least, Anna is. Tate made a deal with the prosecution and the only one on trial is Anna and everyone starts to abandon her as it becomes clearer and clearer that she might have done it.
Dangerous Girls is told in a very strange way. Anna is your narrator and you go back and forth between what is happening presently with the trial, to when Elise and Anna first met and became friends, and to the days leading up to the murder. I usually don’t like books that do that because it confuses the hell out of me. But, with this one it kind of worked for the overall plot. When something crucial happened in the trial, the next chapter was a flash to that exact event from Anna’s perspective and it helped connect the dots in the case. This kind of reminded me a lot of the Pretty Little Liars series where no one believes that Anna didn’t do it and that her close friendship with Elise was actually suffocating and not healthy. The characters are well developed and you really feel for Anna as the book progresses and the evidence against her begins to mount.
However, that ending kind of blew my mind. Usually in a mystery book like this I pick up on clues and start connecting the dots near the end of who really did it. In this book, I didn’t and when the killer was revealed I kind sat there for ten minutes flabbergasted and reviewed anything I might have missed. And the weird thing was except for that one scene I don’t think there was anything there that gave it away. I could be wrong though who knows?
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. It reminded me a lot of the later Pretty Little Liars books, where the cops were prejudiced against the main character and tried everything in their power to make the case find them guilty. Especially the media presentation. The characters were wonderful and the ending totally blew me away.
Bookshelf worthy? Support your local library!