Dangerous Girls

Dangerous Girls

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by Abigail Haas
     
 

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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

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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...

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
02/01/2014
Gr 9 Up—Anna, her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise, and other friends are off to celebrate spring break in Aruba. What promises to be an amazing vacation partying and drinking with no parents in sight turns into a nightmare when Elise is brutally murdered. Even more shocking is that Anna finds herself being accused of her murder. Anna is trapped in a foreign jail trying to fight the awful accusations against her. As her friends and the media turn against her, she sets out to find Elise's true killer. What she finds instead are revelations about her friendships, her boyfriend, and the awful truth. Told in alternating chapters that take place before and after the trial, this suspenseful novel is a good choice for teens who like mysteries and thrillers.—Shannon Seglin, San Antonio Public Library
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"Ein packender Thriller über Liebe, Freundschaft und Eifersucht."
Kirkus Reviews
In a ripped-from-the-headlines thriller that is more than it seems, an American teen languishes in an Aruba jail, charged with the brutal murder of her best friend. When Anna Chevalier's on-the-rise father moves her from her Boston public school to tony Hillcrest Prep, she quickly makes friends with the charismatic Elise, daughter of a powerful Massachusetts politician. They and their posse of rich and beautiful teens party hard and often; the centerpiece of their senior year is their unsupervised trip to Aruba--where Elise's stabbing death brings their perpetual celebration to a grinding halt. Haas (who writes lighter fare as Abby McDonald) meticulously constructs the legal proceedings, the events leading up to the murder and the development of the girls' friendship as well as Anna's romance with golden-boy Tate. Anna relates them concurrently in a taut braid, splicing occasional deposition and TV-newscast transcripts into her present-tense narration. The zealously prosecuted and sensationally publicized trial spotlights the teens' booze-soaked, sex-filled high life; social media postings and witness accounts put a public face on Anna that her anguished interior monologue contradicts. "Wouldn't we all look guilty, if someone searched hard enough?" she reflects. The technique masterfully sustains an ambiguity that fuels tension to the very last page. Occasional geographical errors will pull readers familiar with the Boston area out of the story but only for brief moments. A compulsively readable, hair-raising snapshot of 21st-century legal spectacle. (Thriller. 14 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442486614
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Publication date:
07/16/2013
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
43,607
Lexile:
HL740L (what's this?)
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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Dangerous Girls

BEFORE


“Shots! Shots! Shots!”

We yell it together, slamming our hands on the sticky wooden table. The dreadlocked waiter pours a row of something lurid, neon blue. It’s our first night on the island, and the music is almost too loud for me to think; some European dance-pop thing that shakes the crowded beach club, making the glasses quiver and the blood vibrate in my chest.

“Aruba, bitches!” Elise raises her shot in a toast, lights splintering off the glass, golden in her hair.

“Spring break!” The group whoops, and then I’m gulping down the drink, shuddering at the sickly bittersweet taste and the familiar burn that snakes down my throat. Melanie screws her face up, gagging; Max and AK pump the air and howl, but Elise is already reaching for another, plain tequila this time, with a side of salt and lime.

“Easy, girl,” Tate says, and laughs to Elise, one arm slung around my shoulder.

She ignores him, turning to me with a wicked smile. “Bottoms up, babe.” Elise grins, but instead of shaking the salt out on her hand, she sprinkles it on my neck, leaning in to lick up along my collarbone before downing the shot.

I shiver at the touch and playfully shove her away. “You’re drunk.”

“And you need to loosen up!” Elise shimmies, blond hair flying out around her bare shoulders. “We’re on vacation. Time to party!”

She grabs Mel and Chelsea and heads for the dance floor, her hips already moving to the thunder of bass. They dance and whirl, swallowed up into the tight press of sweaty bodies.

I search for the rest of our group. Chelsea’s twin brother, Max, is already off bro-ing it up with AK by the bar, trying their luck with a pair of Swedish-looking blondes. Max’s fair hair and AK’s black curls are bent close, to hear the girls or check out their cleavage, I don’t even have to guess. Lamar sprawls on the other side of the booth, the lights hitting blue and deep indigo against his dark skin. He peels the label from his beer bottle as Chelsea, who left the dance floor, tries to tempt him out. She grinds above him like a lap dancer, laughing, until he finally catches her around the waist and follows her into the dark, one hand draped possessively across her shoulder.

I’m left alone in the corner with Tate. I slide closer, kissing him until I feel the tension in his shoulders. “What’s wrong?”

“Nothing.” He shakes it off. “I guess I’m still stressed from finals. Everyone said Yale would get back to me before—”

“They will,” I tell him firmly. His blond hair is mussed, so I reach up to push it out of his eyes. I let my hand stay there, resting against his cheek. “They have to take you.” I grin, teasing, “You’re the chosen one. I mean, if you don’t get in, what hope is there for the rest of us? I’ll be sweeping floors at Boston Community College.” I laugh, but Tate still looks distracted. “It’ll be fine,” I reassure him again. “And even if it’s not, there’s nothing you can do now. You might as well have fun.”

Tate exhales, finally smiling. “You’re right. I’m sorry.” He leans to drop a kiss on my forehead. “I guess I just need to destress.”

“Lucky for you, we’re in the right place for that.” I lace my fingers in his. “A whole week, no parents, no rules . . .” I reach up to kiss him, and this time, there’s no tension, just a familiar low heat building, and Tate’s hands sliding along the edge of my shirt—

Arms suddenly encircle me from behind, dragging me away. Elise. She squeezes tighter, kissing my cheek.

“What are you sitting around for?” She yanks me to my feet. “Come! Dance!” Elise grabs Tate with her other hand; we exchange a look as she drags us deeper into the crowd.

The music shifts to some dirty hip-hop beats, and soon I’m surrounded by skin and sweat and heat, a mass of bodies moving in a slow, grinding pulse. Elise keeps hold of me, dancing and posing, pulling me into it, until my self-consciousness drifts away and I’m as lost in the music as she is. Every party, every dance floor, every illegal warehouse rave is the same: Once I’m past that first, awkward moment, once Elise has dragged me into it—out of myself—it’s like nothing else. I’m not Anna, I’m not me anymore; I’m something beyond, my heart racing as the songs melt into each other, and all that matters is the beat and their bodies, and that bass, pounding on.

Breathless, I let my body go, let it move and sway, caught up. Tate brings me tight against him, and then it’s the three of us, me and Elise dancing up close to him and spinning away; green strobe lights cutting through the dark. Tate laughs between us, his hands lingering on Elise’s waist as she grinds against him. The spotlights strobe across his face, the beautiful angles of his jaw, and suddenly I want him with a fierce ache in my chest. Mine. I grab his hand away from her, pulling him wordlessly to the edge of the dance floor, my back finding some solid surface, his hands finding the curve of my hips, his lips finding mine.

He leans in to kiss me, pushing me hard up against the wall. I wrap my arms around his neck, pulling him down, locking him against me as our mouths hungrily roam over lips and skin and shoulders. I wish I could stay like this forever—the tightrope wire between drunk and sober, between flesh-and-blood and free. Then the music changes again, something pulsating and euphoric, and we’re back on the floor, dancing. I don’t know how long we’ve been out there when Elise yanks me away. “Bathroom break!” she orders, collecting Chelsea and Mel from their spot by the DJ booth.

We girls spill into the tiny bathroom, scattering lip gloss and mascara on the countertop, crowding around the cracked mirror. “So, who’s in for some skinny-dipping?” Elise hops up by the sink and swings her heels against the cabinet. She fixes me with a mischievous grin. “What do you say, like that time in Walden Pond?”

I laugh. “Yeah, and we nearly died of hypothermia.”

Elise shrugs, unconcerned. “So it’s a good thing we’re in the Caribbean now.”

“You’re not serious?” Mel blinks from under her blunt-cut black bangs, “It’s pitch-black out there; you’d drown.”

“Maybe I’ll find a cute Aruba lifeguard to come protect me.” Elise carefully pouts, applying another layer of pink lip stain.

“Or cut you into tiny pieces and feed you to the sharks,” Mel mutters. She tugs at the hem of the skirt we had to talk her into, trying in vain to yank it an extra inch down over her pale thighs. I feel a stab of irritation at her whining. Typical Mel—always acting like a chaperone even when the rest of us are having fun. Straight A’s, future med student: She wants everything to run on a strict plan. Her plan.

“Lighten up.” I sigh. “You’re not still pissed about the room thing?”

“It’s not a room,” Mel complains. “It’s, like, a closet with a pullout bed.”

“You could share with AK and my brother,” Chelsea calls from inside the tiny cubicle. There’s a flush, and she emerges, finger-combing her long, salt-bleached hair. She barely glances at her reflection, bare-faced with her dusting of freckles. But then, she doesn’t need to. Chelsea has that whole natural, beach beauty thing down cold. Even during icy Boston winters, she always manages to look like she just strolled in from a surfing session in the sun. “Although,” she adds with a smirk, “you’ll have to deal with all their gross boy underwear lying around.”

“That’s not the only thing they’re trying to lay,” I quip. Elise laughs, and high-fives me.

“Maybe they’ll let you watch,” she adds to Mel. “You might learn something.”

“La, la, la!” Chelsea protests, covering her ears. “What’s the rule?”

“No talking about your brother and his sex life.” Elise sighs.

“Or his lack of one.” I grin, but Mel is still sulking. She turns to Elise.

“I don’t know why I can’t just share with you.”

“Because I plan on having fun,” Elise grins, “Like with that dark-haired guy, the one in the VIP booth.”

“They have a VIP booth here?” Chelsea laughs, trying to rinse her hands under the sputtering tap. Her wrists are full of knotted yarn bracelets and exotic beads, fraying until they’re barely hanging on. “They don’t even have running water.”

Elise just applies a coat of gloss red lip balm. “He’s cute, I’m telling you. I think I’ll have him come back to see the house. The view from my bedroom . . .” She winks.

“Elise!” Mel protests, like clockwork, “You don’t even know him. He could be a rapist, or murderer, or—”

“Stop with all the buzzkill,” I interrupt.

“You need a drink,” Elise agrees. She hops down and links her arm with Mel’s, giving me an exasperated look over her head. “Two drinks. And a hot, sweaty local guy.”

“I’m not—”

“Interested, we know.” Elise steers her out, back into the club.

We chorus in unison, “You’re not that kind of girl.”

Melanie pouts. “You say it like it’s a bad thing.”

Elise rolls her eyes. “No, we say it like it’s a dull thing.”

Back on the floor, Elise points out her target for the night. He’s lounging with some buddies in the corner: he’s handsome, in his early twenties maybe, with a bored nonchalance that just screams rich kid.

“Cute, right?” She grinds against me, flashing flirtatious looks over at the guy; pulling me in to nuzzle at my neck.

I laugh. “He looks like trouble.”

She grins back. “Just the way I like them.” And then she’s gone, ducking through the crowd toward the guy. I watch her go. Within seconds, she’s smiling and laughing with the group, that one guy giving her an approving grin.

Tate reappears next to me. “Where’s Elise?” he yells to be heard.

I shrug vaguely, but Tate looks across the floor to where she’s already angled, cross-legged in the booth with them, leaning in to talk to her prospective conquest. Her hair glows purple and red under the lights, tanned legs long and bare under her skirt. I smile, watching her at work. She’s gorgeous; no man would stand a chance of resisting.

“I don’t like this. We should stick together,” he yells again, frowning.

“Relax!” I slide my arms around him, pulling his lips down to mine. “Elise is a big girl. She can take care of herself.”

Meet the Author

Abigail Haas has written two adult novels and four young adult contemporary novels under the name Abby McDonald. Dangerous Girls is her first young adult thriller. She grew up in Sussex, England, and studied Politics, Philosophy & Economics at Oxford University. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Dangerous Girls 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really good and has a good storyline.
Anonymous 12 months ago
A great story! A little too emotiinless chairacter wise, but great writing and great detail.
Katie_breathofbooks More than 1 year ago
** spoiler alert ** Dangerous Girls is an absolutely amazing mystery that I kept turning the pages of because I wanted to know who the killer was. At the end of this book, you do find out who killed Elise, and it is shocking. This ending was completely brilliant, just like the rest of this book. The book leads you to believe one thing, and then the ending changes all of that. POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD There are so many things I want to say about Anna, but many of them spoil the ending. If you highlight the next part, there will be MAJOR spoilers, so don't highlight unless you want to know how the book ends. Anna is a great liar, and that is not a compliment of her character. She is extremely good at making the reader, and the judge of the trial, believe she is innocent. That is why finding out that she was guilty came as such a major shock. Anna is clearly messed up, since she would murder her best friend for sleeping with her boyfriend. When she was on the Clara Rose show, she said she thought about Elise every day and that she missed her so much. After reading the end, I don't think Anna deserves to mourn Elise's death since she was the one who murdered her. Essentially, I don't really know what to think of Anna's character since the ending changed my opinion. I liked the way that this story was told. It took place through scenes from many different timelines. There were scenes with Anna and Elise before the trip, scenes on the vacation, scenes directly after the murder, scenes when Anna is in jail awaiting the trial, scenes during the trial, some scenes that showed TV coverage of the murder and trial, and a scene after the trial. By showing all these different scenes, Haas allows readers to discover the full story. This also makes Elise become a fully developed character, despite the fact that she is already dead when the book begins. The friendship between Anna and Elise is intense, and not necessarily a healthy relationship. The two of them were rather obsessed with each other. They would tell each other how much they loved each other, and they took each other away from other people quite a bit. Elise got jealous when Anna started dating Tate because Anna had to divide her time between Elise and Tate. This was the first strain on their relationship. They had some fights, but the fights weren't bad enough to cause Anna to murder Elise. It was obvious how much they cared about each other. The courtroom scenes were done really well. This book showed how so many things could be taken out of context and used as evidence in a case. Dekker, the prosecuting detective, did whatever he could to make Anna look bad in court. He even hid some evidence about another guy who was following Elise on the day of the murder. He was determined to bring Anna down. Anna's lawyer had to work hard to counteract that evidence. Dekker had photos, and he had the testimony of Anna's own friends against her. The TV show excerpts of the Clara Rose Show showed that the people in America didn't think she was innocent either. No one was protesting her arrest. When Anna watched the show in jail, she was surprised that it had such a one-sided view against her. Clara Rose brought pyschologists on the show to explain how Anna's behavior matched the behavior of a killer. She also brought on Anna's friend, AK, so he could tell about times that she had seemed violent in the past. Basically, the TV show made Anna look bad. If you like dark YA murder mysteries, read th
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down! It kept me guessing and hooked.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept me guessing the entire time in who I thought it was. I can usually predict what happens and who did it pretty fast . Definitely not the case with this one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic Read. Kept me on my toes and wanting more...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was absolutely amazing. It had me hooked from the very beginning. This author sure knows to get you. Every moment I thought I knew who the killer was but then...BAM! The ending was great. I most definitely recommend this book.
jesdoit7 More than 1 year ago
I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I just felt this book could have been better.  It is hard to give this a fair review after reading other dark psychological thrillers recently, such as "Dark Places" and "Sharp Objects", so I will do my best to review this book for what it is, a YA novel, not a dark and twisty thriller.  This book was one that just kept popping up in several blogs and I have been on the lookout for a good mystery so I thought I would give this a try. I was really hoping for a page-turner based on all the gleaming recommendations.  The synopsis of this book held a great deal of potential. A group of kids go on a vacation to Aruba, where they find that one of their friends has been brutally murdered. Anna finds herself being accused of the murder of her best friend.  The book skips between the past and the present, which I thought at first was a bit confusing, but I ended up actually enjoying this style of writing. This element kept me perplexed and is the main reason I give this book 3 stars, even though I was inclined to give it 2.  I felt very disconnected from the characters.  I did not really find any of them to be relatable or likeable, so I had a hard time feeling for them.  I thought Anna’s response to the death of her best friend was very disconnected, so it made their friendship seem a little unrealistic.  The book spends a great deal of time describing their close bond, but Anna’s actions are disjointed.  I do realize why the author chose to do this, but her lack of emotion made their friendship not as believable, which made it hard for me to believe she could be found innocent. I also was hoping for a little more description.  I realize this book is intended for the YA audience, but I think they should have given a little more detail about the crime.  They also should have built up the killer a bit, made us understand the forces behind such a terrible betrayal. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I just felt this book could have been better. The ending was not as shocking as I hoped.  The big “twist” did not really follow along with the details in the book.  I found myself left with so many questions.  I almost feel like if I went back and re-read it, I could prove the ending doesn’t make a lot of sense.  If you are squeamish and are looking for a nice YA “whodunit” book, this might be the one for you. If you are looking for a captivating thriller, you might keep it moving.  
KDH_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Well, that was unexpected. Would it be cool if that was the end of my review? No? Well, that was my exact reaction after finishing the book. After a few minutes that turned into, "Really? That just happened? You mean... that's the ending!?" Dangerous Girls was so much more than I expected. It was great. So, so great. It was very readable and hard to put down. The entire time I was reading it, I wanted answers. I needed to know! I just love it when a book draws you in and forces you to read it. And that's exactly what was happening here. I need more books like this in my life. We all do. You can read all of my reviews on my blog, KDH Reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was genius & left me wanting more even after it was over. It was a page turner that will take you no time at all to finish. Recommend this book to any & all who appreciate twist after twist.
Kolts18 More than 1 year ago
Dangerous Girls takes you on a roller coaster ride through high school, the anatomy of best friends, boys and an of course, a murder trial. Told from the point of view of the prime suspect, Anna, we are thrown into her world and the universal search for justice in the murder of her best friend, Elise. There is toxicity to their friendship, and this plays a vital role throughout. Dangerous Girls has so many layers and twists that even when you think you've figured out who did it, new details emerge and you are left questioning everything. Furthermore, this book has you reexamining all you see and hear on TV in regards to real life cases. As Anna says, "Wouldn't we all look guilty, if someone searched hard enough?" The story is not told in chronological order, but I found the switches between past and present to be seamless and perfect for the narrative at hand. Haas writes a great book, full of suspense and psychological thrills.
BlondeLibrarian More than 1 year ago
'Wouldn't we all look guilty if someone searched hard enough?' I had heard SO many great reviews of this book, and after leaving it sat on my TBR pile for way too long, I finally picked it up - and I was NOT disappointed! Almost every review I have read of Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas states that this messes with your mind....and that is exactly what reading this will leave you feeling. The story centres around a girl called Anna, who, with a group of friends (including her boyfriend Tate and best friend Elise) embarks on a wild, parent-free holiday in Aruba. Drink, drugs, sex and all that jazz obviously ensues....and so does murder. When Elise is found brutally murdered, all fingers of suspicion point at Anna. We follow her journey through the trial ordeal as she is persecuted by one of Aruba's toughest lawyers, and victimised by the media. We see snippets of the past, and all of the tiny little moments that led up to Elise being murdered in cold blood. But who really killed her? And why? I enjoyed the writing style of this book. Haas jumps between timelines and formats to keep everything interesting. We see scenes from the present day, with Anna in jail....scenes from the past and witness how Elise and Anna's turbulent friendship started and developed....we see interview transcripts....television show scripts.....there is alot in there that keeps the story from becoming boring, whilst still keeping it on a linear path towards the shocking finale. The characters were very interesting too. Each of the friends was so different. Everyone had their virtues...everyone had their sins. At times you wonder how this group even got thrown together as they seem so different at times, but the dynamics between them all was great and the dialogue was natural and easy to read. Each characters was developed just enough to be relevant to the plot. There isn't too much backstory to each one - just things we need to know to form our judgements. I also really liked the outside characters too, including the ruthless prosecutor Dekker, the eerie and threating Juan....and the media was represented in a cutthroat way too. I don't want to say too much about the main character Anna, as I don't want to give anything away - but for the most part it is easy to relate and sympathise with her. The overall mystery of what happened to Elise is the main plot driver, and will keep you flipping pages right to the end. At times I found myself getting a little frustrated at various flashback scenes as I just wanted to carry on with the trial and find out who killed her. But every. single. one of those scenes is necessary in building a picture of the dangerous friendship between the group, and particularly Anna and Elise. You are thrown straight into the story too, it grips your attention from the very first page! The way the book is written, it's almost like you are presented the evidence yourself piece-by-piece and encouraged to work it out. Your suscpicions will turn on everyone, until you deem them innocent.....only to suspect them once again! I honestly thought that each person was guilty at different times and I was racking over everything trying to solve the mystery. The plot is intricate. It could be anyone! It could be you..... I will advise you not to overthink though and just go with the flow as this book might actually drive you mad as you try and put together clues that might not even be clues! I had alot of theories - and pretty much all of them were way wrong ha! It also makes you think about every little thing you do. If you were on trial for murder....what would make you look guilty? A facebook photo showing you jokingly pushing a friend? The books you read? The films you watch? Everything is can be twisted into pinpointing you as guilty if someone tries hard enough....and that is scary. The ending was definitely unexpected for me. I didn't guess the outcome...and to be honest I still don't know how I feel about it. There were some things that confused me, and everything wasn't explained or wrapped up how I would've liked it to be, but overall it was a great conclusion with alot of impact to round off such a tense and thrilling story. I wanted to go right back to the beginning and hunt for clues all over again! Overall, I really did enjoy this book. It kept my attention from the very first page, and I found it very difficult to put down. It's very well written and a great read. I did have a few little issues, which kept me from giving it the full five stars but I 100% recommend this book and I can't wait to get my hands on Dangerous Boys.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty good book. Different from the many young adult mystery crime books. The story and how it is put in flashbacks makes you keep wondering who is the killer, even after finishing the book. The murder does reminds me of current real life news like when you hear some Americans teenagers or 20s get involved of a murder in other countries when they are on vacation, always wondering what always happens there and how they are treated in different countries. Def. recommend this book! 
Dazzlamb More than 1 year ago
Murder in paradise. That's what Anna and her friends' vacation on Aruba ends with. The group of teens was only set out for a fun time and now Anna's best friend is dead and Anna herself is in jail, treated as the island's police's prime suspect. The entire novel was strategically well-structured, scenes of Anna's trial alternating with scenes from the past and the previous nights on Aruba, doing some explaining and offering insight on how the characters play together, how they met each other and what ultimately led to the murder. Anna and Tate have a sweet romantic love story and Elise is the best friend Anna had been needing for so long. While some short scenes of Anna's present days in prison, in dialogue with her lawyer or in the court room sometimes lack tension, sequences of Anna and Tate's as Anna and Elise's past can balance them out with their mixture of tropical romantic nights, parties, sex, drugs and deadly games. Anna is a character one immediately feels sorry for, considering her current situation, caught in a foreign prison, without support, her friends or her family. While I felt strong sympathy for her, I even suspected her to be involved in Elise's murder as the prosecution is throwing evidence into the game that looks real bad for her. 3,5/5 ***/* DANGEROUS GIRLS – A paradisic concoction of sweet romantic and all the same murderous feelings! While DANGEROUS GIRLS offered a tropical dream of a murder case and I just flew through the story, the ending to the book left me disappointed in its vagueness.We are left with too flimsy a solution for the entire story that at first sight appeared to be complex in background, and with that many friends being possible suspects. Out of all the possible ways to end the story, the one Abigail Haas picked was also the reason for a perfectly engaging story to leave me unsatisfied in the end. So in the end I wished Abigail Haas would have presented us with much more details and actions on actual crimes than the ways of law.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not put this book down once. It was utterly absorbing, and although it felt like the "twist" was obvious, particularly given certain widespread comparisons to another well-known novel, it didn't affect my enjoyment, and I still managed to be blown away by the ending. HIGHLY rec.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im stuck who killed her.? I thought it was Tate the wjole time.! I couldnt put the book down. I love the wqy see goes back and forth from past to present. I kept guessing and guessing. I still cant believe it. Cant wait to read another book by Haas again.!
sjziegler More than 1 year ago
booksbysteph says "Nail Biting To the Very End" A group of high school seniors decide to vacation in Aruba over spring break. A beach paradise with a lower drinking age requirement. A perfect place for these eight friends to blow off steam and have a lot of fun.  An all day dive trip is planned but not everyone leaves the house. After another night of partying, Elise Warren stays locked in her room, sleeping it off. Couple Anna Shevalier and Tate Dempsey, hung over as well, go to the beach to relax. In the evening, when the group forms together again, they realize that no one has heard from or seen Elise. Since her bedroom door was locked, one of the boys climbed up to her balcony. He finds the balcony doors smashed and Elise - dead on the floor, having been stabbed thirteen times. Aruba is not a place with a lot of murder scenes. The police were unsure of what to do. Some cops even vomited when they first entered the room. They question the group for hours. After a few days, the police arrest Anna and Tate on suspicion of the murder of Elise. Tate comes from an extremely wealthy family and made a deal in order to get out on bond and eventually the charges dropped. Everyone turned against Anna; they left her alone. Alone to face the accusations, the media, the prosecutor and the judge.  I GIVE THIS BOOK: 5 Stars If I could give more than 5 stars, this book would get extra. I could not put this book down. It has been a long time since I read a real nail biter!  The format of this book plays out as you follow Anna through the trial with flashbacks, starting from when she first met Elise. The flashbacks give you context. You are able to play detective along side of Anna, who is trying to prove her innocence. The twists and turns come out of no where and leave you thinking you know who killed Elise...at least until a new, surprising twist. Each flashback will leave you changing your mind about who really killed Elise, but you have no idea! This book is a must read! Until next time, live life one page at a time!
WhatDanielleDidNext More than 1 year ago
It's taken me three weeks to calm down enough to write this review and then I had to go and open the book up and the panic and crazy eyes are back people! This book is just the most epic mind meddle ever and I LOVED every minute! I love to read but I also love my sleep so even if the book is THE BEST BOOK EVER, you can pretty much guarantee that when the clock chimes 11.30pm this chica is looking for her sleep mask and getting snuggly - NO exceptions. So when I was on twitter freaking out at 2.3o in the morning about the fact that I may be a bit of a psychopath because of how much I adored this book then people...that is what we call a winner! We may also need to call a therapist...just sayin' O_O I now get why Joey puts his books in the freezer and while I'm aching to get my hands on a physical copy of this, it won't live on my night-stand. It's going in the freezer. Seriously I can't wake up and have it looking at me. It's already given me too many ideas...Watch out enemies! Danger Dani is about! So there are 3 major players in this book, Anna, her boyfriend Tate and her best friend Elise. Anna wasn't the most popular girl around when she transferred to a posh new private school. When Elise takes notice and befriends her, Anna's life changes. Suddenly she's part of the IT group at school and hottest guy on campus, Tate is courting her something fierce. Anna and Elise quickly fall into that deep, all consuming, straight girl love...you've probably experienced it at some point if you're a chick, where you are joined at the hip, feel like no-one knows you better, get crazy jealous when you find out she went to the movies with that girl you hate! Sound familiar? No...Oh so maybe I AM the only psychopath in the room! Let me tell you about the extreme awkwardness when me and my girlfriends went to see that Jessica Alba movie "Honey" and we forgot to text...never mind! Back to spiralling over this book. Anyway if you've ever seen that movie "Heavenly Creatures" with Kate Winslet then you have an idea of Anna and Elise's friendship. Throw a boy into the mix and things are going to get cray cray! When Elise turns up bludgeoned to death - (It's so wrong that it gave me a happy isn't it? WAIT...Who are those men in white coats outside my door?? Did you sell me out? What do you mean who am I talking to? YOU! Right there! I'm looking at you! Am I scaring you? Please don't take me away!) Anna and Tate are prime suspects. Haas played this story beautifully. She kept me guessing from page one to well I'm still guessing because the ending is just utter brilliance! The FEELS, the myriad of emotion that shot through me, my pulse raced, I got that feeling of extreme heat throbbing through my head as I thought I would pass out from twist after twist after twist. There are not enough adjectives to describe the feelings and reactions this book will stir in you. Utterly compelling, intense, fascinating, DANGEROUS GIRLS is one amazing novel and a must-read! Just make sure you take your crazy pills before hand!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Calm the hell down. Never read the book but you sound like you belong in an insane asylum. CALM. THE. HELL. DOWN. Okay? Jesus Christ. O_O