Author: Abigail Haas
Genre: YA thriller/mystery
Length: 388 pages
Published by: Simon and Schuster
Source: I bought it (how could I NOT with everyone raving about it?
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…
I GUESSED IT.
I’m so proud of myself. I’ve never guessed one of these things ever. BUT I DID. I’m not going to say anything about that, because I think you should read this book yourself, but seriously, even despite me being able to guess it, it STILL shocked me. And it was STILL a riveting read all the way through.
Those last few pages.
So if you haven’t already heard, I love Jodi Picoult books.
And while some people have said that the courtroom scenes in her books get a bit repetitive, that’s one of my FAVOURITE elements in her books. This one had a lot of that courtroom drama, and different revelations along the way. I love that. I don’t even know why, I just do.
I also really loved how disjointed it all was. It jumped back and forth quite a bit, going back to when Elise and Anna first became friends, then back to the interrogations and Anna being detained while she awaited trial. It could easily have gone wrong SO many ways – it could have felt disjointed, or lacking in clarity, or I might not have connected to the characters.
But I did.
Something I didn’t expect in this book was the amazing friendship between Elise and Anna. It was so easy to see how close they were, and how that started. And then there was Tate, who I wanted to PUNCH IN THE FACE several times, but he was believable, too.
Actually, this book took a surprisingly short time to read.
I guess part of that was because the excerpts are so short. And also because I really wanted to finish it and FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED.
I finished it in music class at school (shh, don’t tell!) and practically threw it across my room. My friends probably wondered what I was yelling about. But seriously. That ending. Crazy.
I also didn’t expect the depth and the cleverness of this book. Because that’s what it is: it’s clever. It takes its readers on a journey that is gripping, terrifying, dark and a little bit exhilarating. It made me think. In fact, I feel like reading it again…
It’s dark. It’s dangerous. You’ll be pointing fingers at everyone, accusing them of being the murderer.
And even if, like me, you guess who it is, you’ll still be shocked at the final reveal.
Bloggers, you have not let me down by recommending this book, and I can’t wait to get my hands on Dangerous Boys.