Author: Abigail Haas
Genre: YA thriller
Length: 336 pages
Published by: Simon and Schuster
Source: gifted by Sarah Epps – thanks so much, Sarah!!
Three teens venture into the abandoned Monroe estate one night; hours later, only two emerge from the burning wreckage. Chloe drags one Reznick brother to safety, unconscious and bleeding; the other is left to burn, dead in the fire. But which brother survives? And is his death a tragic accident? Desperate self-defense? Or murder?
Chloe is the only one with the answers. As the fire rages, and police and parents demand the truth, she struggles to piece together the story of how they got there-a story of jealousy, twisted passion, and the darkness that lurks behind even the most beautiful of faces…
In many ways Dangerous Boys was even more disturbing than Dangerous Girls.
So I read this in a day. It’s just as addictive and frightening and exhilarating as Dangerous Girls in that way. It’s more disturbing – it has some quite dark scenes, and for me at least, it made me question the nature of people. The darkest parts of people that are invisible until…well, until they’re not.
Some parts are similar to Dangerous Girls – for example, there’s the same technique where Abigail Haas gives us snippets of both the beginning and the ending. Figuring out the middle, of course, is the most exciting part – it’s the journey.
And what a journey.
So we have three characters: Chloe, Ethan and Oliver.
Chloe is our narrator. Ethan is her boyfriend. And Oliver’s the one who shakes things up. Oliver reminded me of Cadence from Breaking Butterflies in that he was…um, possibly a sociopath. But I’ll let you decide that for yourself.
Yep, there’s a love triangle. But believe me, you’ve never read a more messed-up love triangle. Or…I don’t know, maybe you have. BUT IT’S MESSED UP. And there are parts when you will doubt the narrator, question her. And you will think about this book for a long time.
You may not want to. But you will.
(and then you’ll want to read Dangerous Girls again)
I also really liked the element of Chloe’s mum’s depression.
It added a very real element to the story – since Chloe’s mum has such all-encompassing depression she can barely get out of bed, Chloe has to defer college in order to Be An Adult and pay the bills. So she’s trapped, basically, and because of that I really felt for her. Ethan is so nice to her. And then Oliver…Oliver is just something else altogether.
But you guys want to know what I thought of the ending, don’t you?
I have a few thoughts. It’s been known to happen. Okay, so…this is going to be difficult without giving anything away. AND I WILL NOT. You guys deserve to read it without spoilers. But basically, I wanted more. I expected there to be some other element that blew my mind and…well, it didn’t. Unfortunately. There were a few things that I thought were going to be important but weren’t. It was a bit predictable.
So I didn’t like it AS MUCH as Dangerous Girls.
But that would be pretty impossible given how much I loved Dangerous Girls. Like seriously LOVED IT. In fact, you can read my review here.
What these two books HAVE shown me is that I love YA thrillers, and I think there should be more of them. So if there’s a YA thriller you absolutely loved, let me know in comments! Because, you know, my TBR is NEVER high enough 😉
If you haven’t read either of these books yet, you really need to. You really do.
Rating: 4/5 Wonderkitties