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Dangerous Girls

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  23,509 ratings  ·  3,686 reviews
Spring break. Aruba. Swimming, sunshine, and drinks. Lots of drinks.

It’s supposed to be the best time of Anna’s life. Perfect.

But then Anna’s best friend is found brutally murdered.

And as the local police begin to investigate the gruesome crime, suspicion and evidence unfathomably point to one person—Anna.

Now trapped in a country not her own, Anna must fight for her freedo
Paperback, 400 pages
Published May 6th 2014 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published July 16th 2013)
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Emily May
Sep 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Emily May by: B
"Wouldn't we all look guilty, if someone searched hard enough?"

Why, hello there, awesome book. You managed to take me straight out of this whole Goodreads censorship/deleting reviews fiasco and plant me right inside another time and place; many brave books have tried and failed this past week to do what you have done. So, thank you.

Dangerous Girls is in danger. It's in danger of being underread. It's in danger of being given a quick once over and then dismissed as something vapid, senseless and
chai ♡
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to chai ♡ by: ♛ may
I’ve regretted every display of emotion I had throughout this book about two minutes after it was over, because I had barely taken into myself the knowledge that I’ve reached the last page before I realized that this book had a knife so deep in my side I didn’t feel it until it twisted.

I still am not certain what emotion I most strongly associate with Dangerous Girls but that ending made me want to immediately disconnect from all social media and go herd sheep and sell berries and mushrooms and
Wow!!! That was one heck of a book....

Apparently I am really late in reading this. I can't believe I missed the hype (maybe that's a good thing?). I came across it a few weeks ago and it peaked my interest. I thought it sounded interesting but I was very surprised by how much I liked it.

I was hooked right from the start.

A group of friends are excited for their senior year Spring Break trip to Aruba. Anna and her best friend Elise are especially excited for the trip. Anna is also happy her boyfr
Steph Sinclair
This is one of the best YA novels I've read in a long time. I read the entire thing in one sitting... which is EXTREMELY rare for me.


I loved it overall, but there's something about it that I can't put my finger on that didn't completely wow me. I think it was the final twist and how I expected to be shocked. But I'm thinking that's a fail on my part more than the book because Haas clearly gave me all the clues I needed from the beginning. She simply planted enough doubt to make me ques
“How much do you love me?”


The actual review is here.
And, in case you're wondering, no, I don't feel any better, today.

Consider this book as a twisty mystery novel, consider it a YA psychological thriller, consider it what you want, but

I mean it. Don't.


Abigail Haas apparently likes to screw up with people's head. And, be careful, because she's really good at it.

To be honest, I jumped into this after a series of disappointing n
Kristin (KC)
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, suspenseful
*5 Stars*

A fantastic, twisty little read!

Ever since becoming utterly blown away by Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, I've been on a psychological thriller kick, relentlessly searching for my next suspenseful, twisted, yet still plausible read. 

I believe I have finally found that in Dangerous girls. I think what makes books like this one, Gone Girl, and We Were Liars a bit more difficult to embrace for some readers is the fact that many of its characters aren't very likable. And I don't believe they
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

Dangerous Girls scared the hell out of me. For real. And that's saying something, because I'm not easily frightened except for clowns - and freakin' dolls with blank eyes who stare - but who wouldn't? What do you mean, everybody isn't afraid of dolls and clowns? Are you kidding me? They're so fucking weird and unnerving that I shiver when I think about them. Anyway, the fact is, I can read about almost anything without being scared at all, either serial killers or ghosts, yet this book reaches m
WOW, I LOVE WHEN BOOKS COPY REAL LIFE. Especially when it's totally uncredited! The murder case in this book just is the Amanda Knox case. Here are all the similarities I noted (some spoilers of case specifics but basically just details of what the synopsis already reveals):

- white, pretty, Western female students living together in a foreign vacation spot

- one roommate/friend is murdered (Meredith, I think, in Amanda’s case, and Elise in the book)

- the other roommate/friend is the prime suspe
EDIT: Okay I really fucking hate myself a little for doing this but I'm taking a star off bc I predicted something huge. It was still such an amazing read for me and I want to thank Abigail Haas for giving me the biggest mindfuck of a thriller in my life.

Initial reaction: Shit mother fucking fuckballs ass bitch, I did not sign up for this. Pls excuse me, I'm just slowly dying.
What the fucking hell did I just read?
What the fuck is that?
What the fuck is this?
What the fuck is anything?
What the fuck
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Apr 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Megan Abbott/Gillian Flynn/Thrillers Full of Mindf*&^ery
Recommended to Kelly (and the Book Boar) by: Lola
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“Why was I so happy? My friend was dead. I should be sad. Was I happy she was dead? Did I secretly hate her? Did I have something to do with it? Did I do it myself? I did it. I had to. Maybe he did it too. Together. A pact. A game. Something sexual, fucked-up. Drugs and alcohol. Kids today. Where were our parents? Aren’t they to blame? Did he pressure me? Did I force him? I was happy. Why was I so happy?”

Those are t
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Recommended by: shady boots


The functioning of my brain is completely (pardon my language)  f##ked up. I swear as little as possible but honestly I can't stop doing it after reading this book. This book should come with the warning  labels and I seriously think if one can handle a tornado of mixed emotions, then there's no problem reading it. I don't know what to make of my emotions after reading this book. It's been a ver
Aj the Ravenous Reader
Sometimes, David doesn’t beat Goliath- not when they’ve got an army at their disposal.

If bad things happen to good people, then Anna Chevalier must be a very wonderful person for such terrible things (including the alleged murder of her best friend) to happen to her in just a flick of the finger. To endure betrayal, lies, and accusations and suffer for all these things unjustly seem a fate no better than death.

But Anna is such a strong character to go through all the worst things that could
Wendy Darling
Well crafted, well written, and extremely readable, even though I guessed the twist. Possibly the best YA thriller I've read in recent years, though. ...more
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Sex, drugs, lies & murder.

update note : 6 hours later and I'm still thinking about Dangerous Girls. I can't stop debating whether my rating should be a 3 or 4. Even though I had issues with the characters, this book's ending has me continuing to dwell on it, which must count for something. I need a person who's read this to discuss it with!

3.5 stars. I just finished this book and I feel physically ill. If you took shades of the Natalee Holloway and Amanda Knox cases and added in a fe
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Holy crap! This book was amazing. I picked it up yesterday because my son had confiscated my kindle and I wanted something to read. I never imagined I would get so wrapped up in a book so quickly.
Dangerous girls tells the story of a group of friends on vacation in Aruba when one of the girls is brutally murdered and another of the girls Anna is accused. The story evolves by going back through the girls friendship and the court case. I know how powerless you feel in a court case. The lawyers tell
Jennifer Kyle

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An exciting teen mystery that grabs a reader from the very first page. A group of high school friends staying in Aruba on vacation find one of their group murdered. There is an investigation, arrest and a trial. All the while the author establishes the relationship between the deceased and the accused.

”Wouldn’t we all look guilty, if someone searched hard enough.”

I found the story exciting as there is boyfriend and two strangers thrown into the mix. Money, power, law enforcem
shady boots
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Every person in the universe
Recommended to shady boots by: Emily May
Update (04/08/2018): More than three years later and I'm still so awed by this book. What I wouldn't give to erase my memory of it so I can read it for the first time again. Those of you who haven't read it actually WOULD be reading it for the first time, so you have no idea how lucky you are. I urge you to get this book into your hands immediately and get your mind fucked.


Initial Reaction: I'll write more coherent thoughts in a while. For now though holy fucki
Jennifer Masterson
Loved it! I'm late for the party here on this book, but what I will say is if you like thrillers try this one even if you're not into YA fiction. I sometimes have trouble with YA books, but I didn't with this one. It read like any other thriller.

Highly recommend!
Mary Beth
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one crazy book, a YA psychological thriller that honestly will leave you mentally and emotionally damaged by the end.

The story follows Anna and her best friends while they are on spring break in Aruba *oooh fancy* but when one of her best friends turn up dead Anna finds herself trapped in a foreign country where everyone including her friends and family are questioning her innocence. As the court case develops, it is only a matter of time before the truth comes out… and the truth is muc
DON'T READ THE SHELF NAMES OF THE SHELVES THAT I SHELVED THIS BOOK ON. There's one shelf near the end that stumbling upon could be slightly spoiler-ish. And if you don't want to be spoiled for this book, don't even waste your time on reading this review because it is not spoiler-free.

OK, where do I start with this review? That is the question that I ask myself most of the time and probably write down in a lot of my reviews as well. Sorry I'm not sorry.

Anyway, Dangerous Girls is what I'm trying t
Wow. Dangerous Girls was...quite far from what I had initially expected it to be, honestly. I had planned on bringing this one on the beach with me for vacation, expecting it to be an easy, breezy YA murder mystery that would be entertaining enough to hold me over for a few hours.

Now? Now I'm glad I chose to start this earlier and didn't save it for the beach, because I'm certain my screams of many expletives would have alarmed quite a few other beach-goers. Don't get me wrong--Dangerous Girls
Skyler Autumn
3 Stars

“Wouldn't we all look guilty, if someone searched hard enough?”

Anna is in prison waiting for trial after being convicted of the murder of her best friend Elise in Aruba. What started out as a fun Spring Break vacation between a group of friends has left one of them murdered and two of them behind bars.

Abigail Haas flips back and forth between present, future, and the past interweaving interview transcripts, text messages, and recorded phone conversations so the reader feels as if they
C.G. Drews
Ohhh, this book. THIS BOOK. All I could think the whole time was WHO DUNNIT. JUST WHO DUNNIT BEFORE I EXPLODE. I was dragged away midway through it and just thought about it the whole time I was gone. This book is mind consuming. It's mind flattening. OH MY GOSH THAT ENDING, YOU GUYS.

I. wanted. answers. asap.

And then I got them and they weren't the answers I was looking for. BUT WHATEVER. I'm attempting to review this normally. I'm trying okay?! It's hard. I have tears.

The writing was brill

I was a sheltered teen in the 80s. I wasn't allowed to date until I was 16, and even then they were group dates, no one on one. I also had to call my parents throughout my evenings-which at times was difficult because there were...*GASP* cell phones! I had a little bit more freedom by the time I was heading into my last year of high school, but let me tell you-if I had asked to go to Aruba for Spring break, I would have had to pick my parents up off the floor after they both finished having
Trina (Between Chapters)
This was an addictive mystery told in a format that jumps around in the timeline to reveal things at the perfect time (I loved this format!). This is the brand and amount of suspense that I need in mysteries so I adored the build up and all the theorizing it allowed me to do. The ending was a bit anticlimactic to me and left some things unanswered but it was only the last 5 or so pages that I didn't like about this book, the rest had me absolutely hooked and got me out of a reading slump.

One thi
prag ♻
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to prag ♻ by: мαүғℓσωεя

Actual rating: 1 star

(moral of the story: please don't read this kids it's fucked up)
Aug 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
THAT WAS CRAZY AND DARK AND I LOVED EVERY SECOND OF IT. holy shit and i had about three theories going for the ending and I GUESSED IT RIGHT Y'ALL. my endless hours of watching law and order svu and csi have paid off. 4.5 stars. ...more
Apr 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommended to Nicole by: ♛ may
BR with Annie

So I saw the twist at the end coming and that's only because I read a similar book not so long ago. This book is good but I'm honestly a bit disappointed, I expected more. (view spoiler). It might be also because I couldn't relate to any character. Anyway, fun read not the best but enjoyable nonetheless.
Kathe L
Sep 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book broke my heart in a thousand pieces. I should have trusted you, brain.


When I finished this book, I kept repeating over and over that I couldn't believe it. I just kept reading the last chapter over and over. Here's the thing: a group of friends go to an island to celebrate the end of high school. One of their friends though, Elise, is found dead one morning, and so the investigations begin. The surprising thing, is that they accuse her best friend, Anna, of killing her and she goes to
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that has gone seriously under-noticed and that's a shame because it's brilliant! And even though it's a tad predictable, I would have disappointed if it would have ended differently. It was a daring and manipulative story - and I'm a sucker for those!

This is the story of Elise's murder, told in the perspective of the prime suspect - her best friend. In a way, this reminded me of a YA Jodi Picoult novel. You have the murder, followed by the trial - which lasts for most of the book,
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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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