Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Book Review: Dangerous Girls by Abigail (Haas) McDonald

I rated it 4 out of 5 stars.

Overview: 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...

Review: Normally I'm not into the thriller YA, because honestly, I'm a big fat baby, and just about anything scares me. However, I'm not completely opposed to the genre since I love watching crime shows like 'Law and Order: SVU,' and 'Luther.' I picked up Dangerous Girls after someone mentioned Dangerous Boys on twitter. I looked it up and thought, hmm this is interesting, but since Dangerous Girls was published first, I thought to give that a read first.

The crime that occurs in this book reminded me a lot of the Amanda Knox case where she found her roommate murdered when she was abroad in Italy. I didn't mind it much since I was curious to see how Haas would handle the ending. I thought the way the novel was written was very superb, flashing from past to present, so that we only get bits and pieces, yet they all fit collectively together. The pacing was very well done. It kept me guessing the whole time as I tried to figure out motives and the murderer.

Let me just say, it did not end the way I thought! Which is reason enough for you to give this a read! It'll keep you guessing and the minds of dangerous girls will shock you.


  1. I was thinking about that Amanda Knox as I read this. It sounds really interesting. I haven't read too many thrillers. I'm so impatient, but I kind of love being on the edge of my seat about as much as I find it frustrating! Now I want to know how this ends. I LOVE shocking endings!

    1. Me too I'm so impatient. This one was paced really well, though. Such a quick read too. It's only like 325 pages.