Review of Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: bought
Publication date: July 16th, 2013
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genres & Themes: YA, Mystery, Thriller, Crime, Suspense, Romance, Contemporary, Holidays, Friendship.


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 can’t believe it.

Have you ever read a story that you completely, absolutely loved but that freaked you out so much you’re not even sure you can keep the book in your room anymore? This book is dangerous. It makes you feel joy, sadness, hope, betrayal and your heart will be on the edge at ever end of chapter. A massage would be perfect right now. Or lying on the beach…NO, not a beach. EVERYTHING but a beach, especially in a foreign country.

That’s how I felt (and still feel) about this book the whole time I was reading it. I’m not sure I could ever read it again but my reading experience has been one of a kind and I actually want you to experience it as well. This book will impress you, one way or another, I am sure of it. Abigail Haas is one talented author.

I’ll never forget this story. It probably will haunt me for some time, yes, but I will deal with it. It’s a thriller and you certainly will feel it. I only started reading this genre recently (same thing for comics) but I assure you that many other reads in that genre will follow.

When I look back, it’s crazy how much I felt connected to our main character, Anna, who was accused of killing her best friend, Elise. Oh, how much I despised Elise. She’s the kind of person that brings trouble everywhere she goes and steps. I know some people in real life like that and I even started thinking that maybe that’s just how they are, not necessarily doing it on purpose. But, DAMN, that girl is asking for it.

You will probably realize that Elise is a very very similar character to Alison from the Pretty Little Liars series because 1) she manipulates people, 2) constantly flirts with guys, 3) has that attitude as if nothing can get to her. Plus, hey, she was murdered.

The pacing was fast and, with that story, it just grips you and doesn’t let go until to HAVE to take a break because this is not a happy ‘rainbows and sunshine’ story and reading it in one sitting can be…overwhelming.

The writing? Perfect. I don’t give five stars often but I found nothing in this book that could have been a weakness to it or that I didn’t enjoy. Truth be told, I had doubts before starting this read. Was I going to enjoy it? What is it about anyway? Some people doing crazy stuff on Spring Break? Well, it’s more than that. Spring Break is not even the reason why all of ‘this’—meaning the crazy stuff—happened and I am eager for you to discover what the story contains. Its secrets.

There are also some (mild) similarities to the movie Spring Breakers which I enjoyed watching even though, when I look back, I realize that it had a very poor plot. This book is a masterpiece without a doubt and I am looking more than forward to reading Dangerous Boys.

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53 thoughts on “Review of Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

  1. I wasn’t totally sold on reading this book when I first heard about it, but I’m VERY curious now. It’s already on my TBR, but now it’s a MUST read! I love watching Thrillers but I never really read a lot of Thriller books, so it’ll be nice to finally get back into the genre. Oh, and I watch PLL so I can see why you wouldn’t like Elise. I need to see Spring Breakers, still, though. I’m glad you enjoyed this one so much!


    • Thank you!! You must read it…REALLY. I do like Alison in PLL since she’s such a mysterious character and Elise too. Really, there is NOTHING I didn’t enjoy in this book. 😀 I really hope you like it. I personally enjoyed the Spring Breakers movie only because many of actors I like are in it. ^^


  2. Gahhh I am so excited to read this book!! I’ve heard nothing but great things about it, and I LOVE thrillers! I seriously can not wait to read this. Wonderful review, Lola 🙂


  3. Abigail Haas’ Dangerous Boys is coming out on the 14th! Apparently it’s as brilliant as this one, though I have yet to read Dangerous Girls. I’ve heard so many good things about it!!
    I can’t wait to free some room on my TBR list and read this one. 🙂 Thanks for your review!


  4. I love Dangerous Girls. I’m so glad you enjoyed it so much. Fantastic review! My review of Dangerous Boys is coming up later today. Abigail is so talented!


  5. I’m so afraid and at the same time, looking forward to picking this up as well. I know I’ll eventually read it so I’m really happy that you loved this book! This is the first time I’ve seen you give 5 stars so this must be AMAZING. And I have to agree… the best stories are those you keep thinking about long after you read it. I hope Dangerous Boys is as good as this one :))


  6. wow I wouldn’t have expected to have a book that wonderful! But your enthousiasm is so interesting to see and I confess it intrigues me a lot now mainly because it sounds like a perfect read for me too. Fantastic review lady!


  7. I’ve heard that this book will blow my mind (like your gif said), and I really need to get my hands on it soon. I’ve seen it everywhere around the blogosphere lately, all with rave reviews, so obviously I must pick it up soon! Great review! 😉


  8. Wow, this sounds awesome! I admit to a certain fondness for PLL and can definitely see the similarities. Only with Dangerous Girls you actually get some real answers about whodunnit…right?! I’m not a big thriller person but any 5 star review definitely gets my attention!


  9. And (don’t kill me) I hated this book. HATED IT. The writing was great — fast paced and I kept turning the pages because I wanted to know what happened but I skimmed it super-fast. I despised Anna. I wanted her to be guilty and for them to throw away the key. But isn’t that why we love books? Because some we love and some we hate? 🙂


  10. This seems even better than I though it would be. I still haven’t read Dangerous Boys but I will have to read these soon enough. I love when a book freaks you out and it’s the only thing you can think about. This one seems to do just that. Also Abigail’s writing sounds so good. Great review, Lola 🙂


  11. I can tell I’m going to want to throw this book across the room in the hope that Elise will feel even the tiniest bit of my wrath. I so love to hate villainous characters though (even though she’s not a villain technically). I love that this book impressed you so much Lola, there are a couple books like this on my shelf – ones I absolutely loved but won’t pick up again because they’re so challenging or emotional:) Definitely adding this to the reading list!


  12. YAY! I am so glad you enjoyed this one. I totally fell in love with this book! I can’t believe how amazing it was. AND THAT PLOT TWIST BLEW MY MIND. I screamed. xD Great review! I still haven’t reviewed this one (even if I read it 2 months ago) because words don’t help me. XD



    I am SO glad to hear you enjoyed it as much as I did. I completely agree – Abigail Haas is an absolutely brilliant writer, and she definitely has a talent! The way she mixes psychology and the actual mystery elements into one is absolutely fascinating, and I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it too!

    AND OMG! THAT ENDING! Definitely a shocker, right?!

    Looking forward to seeing what you think of Damgerous Boys! Thanks for sharing, and BRILLIANT review Lola! Gah- I’m just so happy you loved it so much! ❤


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  15. Woot! Glad you loved this one–it’s at the top of my wishlist. Has been for awhile now actually . . . maybe I should see if my library has it . . . Great review, Lola! PS–I haven’t watched/read Pretty Little Liars . . .


  16. I just finished reviewing Dangerous Boys and let me tell you, IT WILL NOT DISAPPOINT. Abigail is such a genius! Glad you loved this one, Lola! Fantastic review, as ever!


  17. I’m so happy you loved this one, Lola. I’ve only heard good things about Dangerous Girls and I’m picking this up once Dangerous Boys is released here. Now I can read both back to back. Yay! There’s something to be said about books that linger even after you’re done with it. I hope I’ll love this as well. Fantastic review!


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