Thursday, February 26, 2015

Review: Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

Firstly, thanks to Simon & Schuster Australia for this review copy <3

Date Read: February 7 - 8 2015
Date Published: August 1st 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Source: Review copy via publisher
Genre: Mystery/thriller
My Rating: 

"Elise is dead.And someone must pay.

Anna, her boyfriend Tate, best friend Elise and a group of close friends set off on a debaucherous Spring Break trip to Aruba. But paradise soon turns into a living nightmare when Elise is brutally murdered.

Soon Anna finds herself trapped in a foreign country and fighting for her freedom. As she awaits the judge's decree, it becomes clear that everyone is questioning her innocence. To the rest of the world, Anna isn't just guilty, but dangerous. As the court case unfolds the truth is about to come out, and it's more shocking than you could ever imagine..."


Sadly, I was the black sheep with regards to this book. It’s meant to have a mind blowing plot twist but I just didn’t feel it.

A spring break vacation gone wrong, Anna and her friends had planned on an amazing trip to the Caribbean island of Aruba when her best friend is murdered the first week they’re there. Anna and her boyfriend Tate are the prime suspects.

The story is told in a very unique fashion – there’s Anna’s current point of views in the aftermath of Elise’s murder as she’s held in custody but also flashbacks to Anna’s developing friendship with Elise and the others in the group. There’s also TV scripts and mobile phone transcripts to display how the case is going and to reveal evidence. As much as I liked the original way the plot was relayed, I grew restless after a while. I thought a lot of the stuff seemed to drag on – the court case, some of the flashbacks and I thought things could have moved a lot faster.

The evidence presented against Anna as the main suspect just wasn’t believable for me. The prosecutor Dekker is obviously grasping at straws and the way he presents the evidence against the accused just had me scoffing. The way the crime scene was presented for one, then using Anna’s social media against her, it was all so melodramatic and for a minor too? I just couldn’t believe it. Compared to all the crime shows I’ve watched I just didn’t feel that this was realistic or believable – it felt like an episode of Pretty Little Liars with less twists.

I didn’t like ANY of the characters in this book. Anna’s friends were all shallow and it seemed everybody was against her or everybody was a suspect and nobody was genuine. I got so exhausted reading about these shallow teenagers with their money thinking they could play God with someone’s life in the court room.

In terms of the plot twist at the end I just wasn’t shocked. By that point I’d run through so many scenarios in my head that the plot twist had been considered at some point and another one of the major plot points I’d already guessed from the very beginning.

I expected a lot more with the plot twist as well. After the revelation I thought some questions would be answered – did the stab wounds show signs of a struggle? Did Elise die from blood loss or did she die directly from a stab wound to the heart or stomach or neck? These would have indicated if Elise had been surprised by her attacker and hence signified if she may have known them or not. Stabs to fatal areas first may have indicated that her killer was merciful rather than stabbing her elsewhere to inflict as much pain as possible. What could they glean from the contaminated crime scene? I’m sure they could have gotten SOME facts. I just wanted more of these things.

I’ve yet to read a YA mystery that manages to leave me awestruck and mind blown (Ellie Marney’s Every Breath was close but the culprit was too easily identifiable for me so that’s where it fell flat). I’m waiting for a YA that mind fucks me the way Dan Brown does.


  1. Ah! Such a shame that you didn't much like that plot twists! This was one of my favourites I read last year, but I can see why it might not be for some people. Have you read We Were Liars? EVERYONE seemed to be blown away by that ending, but I was SUCH a black sheep when it came to that book. xD

    1. Ahhh I absolutely loved We Were Liars! I read it extremely early on when there was barely any hype so I got such a shock.

  2. Nooooooo it's so saddening that you didn't enjoy this more Jaz, I absolutely LOVED it! I think the characters were meant to be unlikable too, but yeah it was definitely melodramatic. Great honest review!

  3. It always sucks being a black sheep :/ This was me for We Were Liars. I guessed the ending but I still loved it hahaha.

  4. I'm so sorry you weren't able to enjoy this book as much as everyone does! This was one of my favorite books last year, and I think the only mystery to this day that really blew my mind. That is besides We Were Liars but that's a bit different. I do agree with you on that some things just didn't make sense but I still loved this book a lot. Hope you're next read will be better. :)
    Veronika @ Reading Is Dreaming With Open Eyes

  5. Aww... :( I'm sorry you didn't like this as much as everyone else seemed to. It's always difficult being a black sheep. I personally loved this one, but I suppose I can see where you're coming from. Watching the teenagers being able to have charges dropped simply because they had money to spare was definitely aggravating. I do, however, agree about the characters. They were definitely all unlikeable for one reason or another; and I think they were portrayed that way for a reason. *shrugs* I hope you find a YA mystery that ends up really shocking you Jaz. Thanks for sharing, and fabulous review!

    ~ Zoe @ Stories on Stage

  6. Aww, I'm sorry you didn't quite enjoy this one! Dangerous Girls was a very different read for me (as in I haven't read many books like it), so I thought it was so interesting and found myself sucked in. While I don't think I'd read it again, I admired the way it was pieced together for sure!

  7. Awh I'm sorry that this one didn't end up working for you, Jaz :( I didn't like any of the characters in this book either haha but it was in a good way, in my case because I was just pissed at how they were accusing Anna and how annoying they all were in general.

    Lovely review, Jaz <33