Rating: 3.5 Stars ★★★☆☆
An American teenager has been found dead in Aruba, authorities there have confirmed.
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…
Dangerous Girls jumps in time between when Anna first met Elise, their first days on the island and the trial. And all the while, the question: Who killed Elise?
It sounds bad, I know, but the truth is, we made each other, like we learned about in class. Symbiosis. I was the partner-in-crime she’d been waiting for: a hand to hold as she ran, laughing, away from the ivy-covered gates she’d been gazing over her entire life. And Elise… she was my catalyst. The glint in my eye, the giddy thrill in my stomach, the voice urging me to be louder, bolder, to blend into the background no more.
It makes for a highly readable book. Also, the chapters are really short so I just kept turning the pages, thinking: just one more chapter.
And the more you read, the more you realize that there is something seriously wrong with all the characters. Their relationships are really dysfunctional.
The lawyers and witnesses are all actors; the judge is our audience, and whoever can sell their version of the script – make you believe it, whether it’s fiction or fact – they’re the one who wins. It’s that simple. Evidence is just a prop; you can ignore it and look the other way, and even the script doesn’t matter when some supporting actor can improvise their scenes and steal the whole show.
It was a great read, but in the end, it’s only 3 Stars because of the final twist. Not because I guessed it but because it just really does not make any sense when you consider the rest of the book.
Extremely readable, tension-filled, thriller