Title: Dangerous Boys
Author: Abigail Haas
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Released: August 14th 2014
Trigger Warnings: Violence against animals, depression, manipulation
Synopsis*: 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? 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 the story together – a story of jealousy, twisted passion and the darkness that lurks behind even the most beautiful faces …
Dangerous Boys is another dive into the psychology of humanity and how the darkness that lurks inside us will find a way of clawing itself out.
I’m used to secrets.
This year, I became an expert, accumulating them like rare butterflies in a delicate glass case. Mom’s illness; the money; Dad’s betrayal; my own illicit desires. I tucked each one away in turn and locked the door tight, hidden and silent, as secrets should be.
Now, they’re all escaping. Sharp wings and an angry flutter, beating louder in the silence of the empty hospital hallways. A crescendo, building to the most terrible truth of all.
The body I left in the burning building. The boy I didn’t love enough to save.
The wingbeats stalk me with every step. Soon, they promise.
Soon, you’ll have to tell.
Here’s the thing. I love suspense. I’m the kind of girl that likes all the flirting and yearning before the kiss. Don’t get me wrong, I get frustrated af if I never get the kiss but then the kiss happens and I miss the flirting and the yearning. It’s the case for my books, movies, TV shows, and real life.
Because of this, I have been known to be a bit of a tease and people would always expect me to be hurt by that word. I never was because being a tease can be so much fucking fun. I like the ups and downs, the will they, won’t they journey. I get too bored too quickly to ever really enjoy the destination.
So it makes absolutely no fucking sense that I have avoided YA thrillers in the past. I don’t know why, but I did and boy, do I regret it.
I read Abigail Haas’s first thriller, Dangerous Girls, earlier this year and fuck me, it was brilliant. When I finished it, I felt hollowed out but in a good way.
Is there a good way to feel hollowed out? That probably reflects badly on me. Oh well, it’s still true af.
Haas has become one of my favourite YA thriller authors and her second and only other Thriller did not disappoint. She captures the feeling of yearning, the hunger for more and leaves her readers feeling the same way through the whole book.
Also, she announced on Twitter that there is a special Dangerous Girls announcement to come and I AM SO FUCKING EXCITED!!!!!!
You can be a part of someone’s life for years, your parent or brother or friend, and then one day they turn around and do something so unconscionable, a crime so great, that suddenly, they’re a stranger to you. You think that their goodness is innate, embedded in their DNA, so you take it for granted, right up until the terrible moment when everything changes. Only then do you realize, those good deeds were actions. Actions that can stop, change on a dime at any time.
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⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⛈Dangerous Boys // Review⛈⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ 4.5⭐⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ Dangerous Boys is another dive into the psychology of humanity and how the darkness that lurks inside us will find a way of clawing itself out.⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “One survivor. One way out of this.⠀ History is told by those who win.”⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ Dangerous Boys follows Chloe as she finds herself stuck in her hometown past graduation to take care of her mother who has fallen into a deep depression since Chloe's father left without once looking back.⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ Chloe meets persistent Ethan Reznick, who loves his new good girlfriend with all his heart and Chloe has resigned herself to a life with her nice boyfriend, looking after her sick mother, and dying in the same town she was born in. Enter Ethan's mysterious brother, Oliver.⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ Chloe is captivated by Oliver. He claims to know the real her. He sees the darkness Chloe has always tried to hide and it seems to match his own darkness too.⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ Months later the three teenagers enter an abandoned lake house but only Chloe and one of the brothers make it out alive.⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ Haas understands the psychology of humanity and she uses that to her advantage. Her characters are dark and dirty things and yet I can always see parts of myself in them.⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ Haas holds up a mirror to us, reflecting the side of humanity we like to pretend doesn't exist. The side we choose to cut out because it is monstrous and humans aren't capable of being monsters. Because if we are; then the world will never be safe for us. We forget that it never was safe.⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ Humans have always been our own worst enemies.⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ❔: Have you read many YA psychological thrillers? Which one is your fave?⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ❕ : Mine is Abigail Haas’s first YA thriller, Dangerous Girls! It was bloody brilliant and I couldn’t get enough!⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ 💻If you want to check out more of my reviews, I post full reviews on my blog. Link Tree in bio💻⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ —⠀ #Bookstagramfeature #Bookstagrammer #Bibliophhile #Bookish #Bookblogger #Bookphotography #LibraryofBookstagram #IReadYA #Booksofinstagram #Instabooks #bookreview #dangerousboys #abigailhaas #fortheth
Dangerous Boys follows Chloe as she finds herself stuck in her hometown past graduation to take care of her mother who has fallen into a deep depression since Chloe’s father left without once looking back.
Chloe is sensible, sweet, responsible, good. She’s all sugar, no spice, and everything nice. Or is she?
Chloe meets persistent Ethan Reznick, who loves his new good girlfriend with all his heart and Chloe has resigned herself to a life with her nice boyfriend, looking after her sick mother, and dying in the same town she was born in. Enter Ethan’s mysterious brother, Oliver.
Chloe is captivated by Oliver. He claims to know the real her. He sees the darkness Chloe has always tried to hide and it seems to match his own darkness too.
Months later the three teenagers enter an abandoned lake house but only Chloe and one of the brothers make it out alive.
Who did Chloe leave behind? And what lead them to that fateful spot in the first place?
Some pieces couldn’t be glued back together. Some people weren’t for fixing.
Sometimes, the only thing to do was burn the whole fucking world down and start again.
There really isn’t a whole lot I can say without giving everything away. It’s best to go into this book completely blind.
At first, I came out of this book thinking I liked Dangerous Boys less than its predecessor but I’m not so sure now that I’m writing this review. It is different and yet the same. It has all the same parts but it’s put together differently.
Haas understands the psychology of humanity and she uses that to her advantage. She has a way of grabbing your attention and throwing you around until you are left wondering what the fuck is happening. Her characters are dark and dirty things and yet I can always see parts of myself in them.
She has a way of crafting characters that get under your skin because you relate to them, you see yourself in them. But soon she shows you just how fucking dark and terrible they are and the scary thing is you realize that still doesn’t change the fact that you see yourself in them.
Haas holds up a mirror to us, reflecting the side of humanity we like to pretend doesn’t exist. The side we choose to cut out because it is monstrous and humans aren’t capable of being monsters. Because if we are; then the world will never be safe for us. We forget that it never was safe.
Humans have always been our own worst enemies.
One survivor. One way out of this.
History is told by those who win.
*Taken from Goodreads.
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