Plot Summary for Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas
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 harsh revelations about her friendships, the slippery nature of truth, and the ache of young love.
Awaiting the judge’s decree, it becomes clear to Anna that everyone around her thinks she is not only guilty, but also dangerous. And when the whole story comes out, reality is more shocking than anyone ever imagined...
Review of Dangerous Girls by Abigail HaasI probably would have passed on this book except that some fellow bloggers posted great reviews on Goodreads. And I agree with them -- Dangerous Girls is a suspenseful, creepy read that's one part psychological thriller and one part legal drama.
The story switches off between three different timelines: the night before Elise's murder, the legal aftermath, and flashbacks to Elise and Anna's relationship. Normally, that many different story threads might be too much, but in this case the time shifts are easy to follow and the flashbacks provide necessary insight into Anna and Elise's relationship.
If you read true crime or follow the news, you might see parallels between this story and two well-publicized cases: the disappearance of Natalee Holloway in Aruba in 2005, and the 2009 trial of American foreign exchange student Amanda Knox for the murder of her roommate in Italy.
Like Natalee Holloway, Elise is on vacation in Aruba when tragedy strikes. And, similar to Amanda Knox, Anna and her boyfriend are put on trial for Anna's best friend's murder.
As gripping as an episode of Dateline, Dangerous Girls squeezes out every bit of drama and suspense and delivers a tale with some crazy twists and turns.