Author(s): Abigail HaasDownload
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…
Some Reviews: 824 in Goodreads.com
ALL THE STARS. ALL OF THEM.
If you didn’t know, Celine and I did a discussion review on this way back in August and we spent pretty much the entire time fangirling and flailing about Abigail Haas’ amazing skills. You can check that out here. Many thanks to Abigail herself for offering us the review copies!
Run down on what we discussed (if you cannot be stuffed clicking on that link)
– Despite how high our expectations were, Haas still managed to blow us off our feet
– We were hooked from page one
– AND IT WAS ABSOLUTELY INTENSE AND THRILLING TO THE VERY END
– All the characters were so twisted and we despised many of them, in fact. But only more the reason to love this book
– The plot was delightfully twisted too
– We also tried to think of criticisms for this book but it soon became apparent that there weren’t any
If you haven’t read Dangerous Girls or Dangerous Boys, you have to go and fix that because these are possibly the best YA mystery thrillers, EVER.
Dangerous Squirrels. Dangerous Babies. Dangerous Half-Eaten Corn on the Cob. I do not care what the hell Abigail Haas writes next – if it has her name on it, I’ll be reading it. I’m already evangelical about Dangerous Girls, and beyond excited that her newest psychological thriller maintains the same thoughtful, slow-building creepiness combined with intriguing character development told through creative non-linear structure.
Chloe is a girl caught between two brothers, both of whom ultimately want to be the good in her rapidly worsening life. The marked difference is that Ethan provides respite in the more traditional sense of being a sweet, attentive, loving boyfriend, while Oliver encourages her to embrace the true, dark nature he sees within her.
What I love about Dangerous Boys is that even as you watch Chloe’s moral code shift further and further under Oliver’s influence, you can’t help understanding and empathizing (or at least sympathizing) with every step of her change – how her life circumstances necessitate an overhaul; how his charisma and fearlessness speak to exactly what she needs; the effects of the exposure of power on someone who’s dependent on a failed support system. And even as you know you’re effectively observing the evolution of a sociopath, you’re left with the unsettling feeling that you understand her…and wonder if that kinda makes you one too.
Somehow, it’s not the worst feeling.
As with Dangerous Girls, the closing left me with a huge, admittedly rather twisted smile on my face. I don’t know how Haas manages to turn me into such a gleefully evil creature every time, but when you find an author who makes you embrace your inner sociopath, you become a fan for life.
Update 6/9: Have ARC. Suddenly feel need to take a sick day and refuse to re-emerge until I have read this book in its amazing entirety.
Need it. Don’t have it. Don’t understand this. *weeps*
I sort of put this down for a while, when I get back in the mood… I find it more fast paced and it put me on the edge of my seat and after finishing it….
Holy. Crap. Abigail Haas did it again!
Goodness, this is BLOODY GENIUS.
The woman who wrote this book is FREAKING GENIUS. I can’t believe this.
Dangerous Boys may not be as unpredictable as Dangerous Girls but the story is way darker than I thought. I sort of got it right.. I knew there was something off with one of the characters but I got carried away just like Chloe. It’s more intense, psychotic and gruesome. I really enjoyed this and it still shocked me with its twist and turns.
Well done Abigail Haas!
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I first read Dangerous Girls and although it’s not as mind blowing as the other book, this one WILL ABSOLUTELY MIND-FUCK with your brain and emotions.
If you’ve ever read Sidney Sheldon’s Tell Me Your Dreams, you’ll feel exactly the same way with ending with both books. Abigail Haas is the type of author that will make you rip your hair out and gnash your teeth just because she can.
Wow. Was this that good or have I just read too many disappointing fantasy books lately?
Me from the future:
I’ve been thinking about this book so much and I’m hovering between 4 and 4.5 stars. I didn’t love it quite as much as Dangerous Girls but it was pretty damn close and I expected to like it less anyway.
There isn’t much I can say without spoiling anything but I can say this: Abigail Haas is an actual wizard when it comes to time jumps. This novel alternates between three timelines instead of two, yet it’s thrilling without being the least bit confusing. One tells the story linearly from the beginning, one takes place during the house fire, and the third is set at the hospital after the fire. The way it weaves together has you turning the pages like a beast hungry for answers.
Abigail writes these amazing flawed characters, and you never know if they are good or bad until the end. But she does it in a manner that makes you want them to be bad, and also hope that they get away with it too. She is without a doubt my favorite YA mystery/thriller author and I know I will immediately devour any novel she puts out in the future.