Published by Simon & Schuster UK
Published on August 14th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Dark, Romance, Thriller, Young Adult
Source: Review Copy
From the critically-acclaimed author of DANGEROUS GIRLS comes a new dark, twisted thriller…
"It all comes down to this: Oliver, Ethan, and I."
Three teens venture into an abandoned lake house 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?
Chloe is the only one with the answers. As the fire rages, and police and parents demand the truth, she struggles to piece the story together - a story of jealousy, twisted passion and the darkness that lurks behind even the most beautiful faces.
Our lives are made up of choices, you see. Big ones, small ones, strung together by the thin air of good intentions; a line of dominos, ready to fall. Which shirt to wear on a cold winter’s morning, what crappy junk food to eat for lunch. It starts out so innocently, you don’t even notice: go to this party or that movie, listen to this song, or read that book, and then, somehow, you’ve chosen your college, and career; your boyfriend or wife.
Like I said before, Dangerous Girls pulled me off my epic reading slump. It is one of those books that everyone should read. And I mean that. That’s why I even had a giveaway for it! So when I learned that there’s Dangerous Boys coming out, how could I not want to read it, too?
We are going to be thrown smack dab in the middle of the ‘incident’ called ‘The End’. Two brothers, Ethan and Oliver, and Chloe are inside an empty house. A fight broke out. Fire was started. One brother ends up dead, the other is unconscious in the hospital. Which brother lived, and did the other deserve to die? What was Chloe’s role in the incident?
Just like in Dangerous Girls, we are sent to different timelines to better understand what’s going on in the story. At first, I thought the narrator is male. But when I learned that the narrator’s name is Chloe, I was quite surprised. I was really hoping for a male perspective. I am a huge fan of Dexter, the TV series, so I was expecting a male voice. However, it did not deter me from reading this book. We get inside the mind of a sociopath who just woke up.
Imagine living in a small town where most of everyone wants to get out after finishing high school. This is how Chloe felt. Finishing high school means freedom. She knows that her life will only start when she’s freed from the small town. But this posed a dilemma. With her dad leaving, her mom fell into a deep depression. On top of that, her mother lost her job, and so she had no choice but to make ends meet, and take care of her mom.
Chloe’s character is realistically relatable. I admired her love for her mother. I understood that there are times that a person would feel like giving up, but she did make a sound choice in the end.
She also made me hate some of her choices, specially with her relationships with Ethan and Oliver. There was a point when she said :
“I know, you’re judging me”
YES! Totally judging you. But when I set aside my own feelings, that’s when everything just fell into place. I understood why her actions had to be that way. And I was meant to hate her character because that’s not the kind of person that I admire. There were moments when I just had to exclaim, WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?! With that said, her reactions to situations were expected from her, but as a reader, I was still surprised.
The brothers, Ethan and Oliver. Let’s just say that people have their own breaking points. A person whose character has always been positive and docile, could turn into someone who can actually pick up a sharp knife and kill you. We all go a little mad sometimes. Then there are people who’s always been sick in the head from the day they were born.
To be honest, I loved Dangerous Girls more. If I had read Dangerous Boys first, I would definitely be giving it 5-stars, and if I compare the two, Dangerous Girls was more thrilling. Now, I am not saying that Dangerous Boys doesn’t have its own merits. It was definitely a compelling read! The puzzle was just easier to guess this time. Still, you couldn’t help but turn page after page after page to find out what really happened in that empty house. You would ask yourself why would a person do that? How could a person think that way?
When you decide to, and I am telling you, do decide, to read this book, you have to have an open mind. I had to rid myself of my prejudices to truly appreciate the genius that is this book. Abigail Haas definitely knows how to write a damn psychological mystery thriller! Any book that she will release from this genré, I will pick up!
A lot of people are anticipating its release on August 14th, so before you all go and buy it, here are some early praises for the book!
“Dangerous Boys is a taut, compelling thriller balanced on the razor’s edge of suspense. I could not put it down, and could not stop grinning wickedly as I raced through the pages.” — Leah Raeder, USA Today bestselling author of Unteachable
“Abigail Hass is a master at her craft! This is a special book and a special author. This is the kind of storytelling and writing that stick with you no matter how much time passes.” — The Book Geek Blog
“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.” — Dahlia Adler, blogger.
“Dangerous Boys was an intense, psychological read which was full of suspense and drama,…Abigail Haas has a way of writing books which reel you in and keep you there, hooked and addicted until the very last page.” — Goodreads.com
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