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Released: 1 August 2013
Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Romance, Mystery
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
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At the Other End:
Elise is dead.
And someone must pay.
Anna, her boyfriend Tate, best friend Elise and a group of close friends set off on a debaucherous Spring Break trip to Aruba. But paradise soon turns into a living nightmare when Elise is brutally murdered.
Soon Anna finds herself trapped in a foreign country and fighting for her freedom. As she awaits the judge's decree, it becomes clear that everyone is questioning her innocence. To the rest of the world, Anna isn't just guilty, but dangerous. As the court case unfolds the truth is about to come out, and it's more shocking than you could ever imagine..
Other books by Abigail Haas:
Abigail Haas has written two adult novels and four young adult contemporary novels under the name Abby McDonald. Dangerous Girls is her first young adult thriller. She grew up in Sussex, England, and studied Politics, Philosophy & Economics at Oxford University. She lives in Los Angeles.
Welcome to the second part of our discussion review of Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas!
View the first part of the discussion with Kelly at Diva Booknerd.
________________________________________________________________________Gina: I think it was on both parts, not just Elise's with the emotional attachment. Elise was more into the physical of their relationship and started all of that while Anna went along with it, but loved it anyway. These two were just unhealthy overall haha sharing everything, and Elise's reason to want to sleep with Tate as well just emphasized it more.
I agree with you there, she just let Elise go off and didn't worry about what might happen to her. Melanie was good to worry about her, but she was one-sided obsessed with Elise. Seriously, I don't get why everyone just LOVES Elise. Anna just pushed herself and Elise too far over the edge and Elise's death was all in the cards for the way that they were acting.
Ahhh ok, I see what you mean about the similarities between the two.
I suspected Juan or Nik. Sometimes I questioned Anna, but that was only for a few minutes and dismissed it completely because of how close the two were, I never actually thought that she was the murderer, or could be.
I think that was the most fucked up thing about it, that Anna was some crazy psychopathic bitch and killed her friend despite how close they were. Not even my sisters and I are as close as those two were.
What about you? did you have any other suspects or even suspect the real murderer at any stage?
kelly: Apart from
Tate, no actually. I was pretty much convinced it was him.
What about Tate and
leaving her to rot in that prison cell while he cut a deal with the authorities!
I still can't get over that ending!
I was the same, but I still had my suspicions towards others, but it was always Tate that stuck with me. I was so angry throughout the whole book because of how no one tries to pin it on him, even though they know that he went back to the house and saw Elise last. Ohh, and I was so angry when they revealed that he was actually having an affair with Elise, the chapter straight after that was a flashback of Anna being all cuddly to Tate, it was making me sick I literally wanted to tear the pages out of the book.
Yeah, the detective was very narrow minded. But he didn't once come across to me as if he killed her. Whenever I thought about why he had a grudge against Anna, I was convinced that it was only because this kind of serious crime never happens on their island, and it would be a bad rep for the island if someone from the island actually murdered Elise, yet if it was one of her friends, then it would just be a coincidence and no harm done to his home. Did you get that vibe from him as well?
Oh I absolutely hated it, that was another reason why I hated him
I so wanted Anna to go off at him when he finally visited her. (Where he was probably hoping to be the last time he heard from her again) and he tried to blame it on his parents! What? You don't do that when you go and tear up your image and not care about what they think about it (pre-murder). I wanted him to know in some way that she will always be there to screw up his image for when he tried to make it big, that would have been good!
I don't know why Anna couldn't see through him, like, look at his past relationships, they never lasted more than a few weeks, he always had girls to screw around with and he was KNOWN for just the one offs. Do you need big flashing warning lights? Seriously, it's all right there.
and how I was convinced that it was he who murdered her
I KNOW!! I'm still reeling over the ending of this book!!!!
I want to know how she kills Elise!! I just... I can't..... those last chapters.... the way the book ended.......
kelly: The ending left me reeling. I had to reread it quite a few times to actually grasp what had happened. I was shocked, but then found myself skimming back through to see what I'd missed. It felt so left field. What was your initial reaction, and am I the only one who can't stop thinking about it?
Gina: You're definitely not the only one. I still can't stop thinking about it even now. Yep, I re-read the last chapter and skimmed the last few to make sure I read it all right. I still can't believe it all though. I'm just.... I don't even have words to properly explain this ending. It was mind blowing. When I first read it, I was stunned. I didn't know what to do with myself and I swear, I was sitting on that last page just staring at the end of the book for about 15 minutes.
kelly: It was brilliant to say the least.
Seeing it was so good, do you have the same expectations for Dangerous Boys? Which is apparently good, but not as great as this one.
Gina: Exactly. Hmm, I'm trying not to I guess. But when you have a book like Dangerous Girls, you just can't really help to expect to be blown away and torn apart by another book by the same author. What about you?
kelly: I'm hesitant, especially since I know what Abigail Haas is capable of.
But on the flip side, super excited.
There's still a few people out there that event read Dangerous Girls
though, can you believe it? What would you say to convince them to
pick up a copy? Besides screaming READ IT of course.
Gina: hahaha that makes complete sense!
WHAT!! Definitely unbelievable, yet a sad truth.
I convinced Kristy (Book Nerd Reviews) to read it, and have told Joy (Thoughts by J) to read it as well!
Hmmm, maybe throw it in their faces? I know it was free on iTunes a while ago, so if it's free or on sale then we can promo the shit out of it and force people to read it :D This sounds like an evil plan in the works *shifty eyes*
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Released: 14 August 2014
Thriller, Suspense, Romance, Mystery
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
At the Other End:
It all comes down to this.
Oliver, Ethan, and I.
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