Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Dangerous Boys - Abigail Haas

"You can never really know someone, we are all strangers in the end."
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Title: Dangerous boys
Author: Abigail Haas
Format: Paperback
Release Date: August 14th 2014
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Thriller, Mystery, Suspense, Realistic fiction.
Stars out of Ten: ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆







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 ..


I am yet again in awe of Abigail Haas and her ability to write these dark, mysterious spine tingling thrillers, with the complex characters and their dark minds. It would build up momentum, tease me, let go and tease me again. It was addictive and intoxicating, I found myself heaving breathing and squealing the entire way through this book. 

I must admit that I didn't think that Abigail Haas would be able to create another book that would leave me in such a mess, but she did. Like Dangerous Girls, Dangerous Boys delves into a wonderfully uncomfortable story with chilling corners. It is as if Abigail wanted to make you feel as desperate as possible, she literally had my emotions in her hands throughout this book. 

The book starts with the thought provoking sentence of; 
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 dominoes, ready to fall.
An amazing start to another thought antagonising book.  

The book is narrated from Chloe's point of view. Chloe is  the type of girl who would do everything that she could do to please everybody. Chloe is scheduled to leave her home town of Haverford, Indiana to go to college but her mother is not mentally stable to be left alone after her divorce. Chloe feels obliged to stay back and postpone her plans to go to college in order to look after her. Then Chloe meets Ethan, he proves to be a distraction from the mundane and rather depressing tasks she has to undertake each day. But when Chloe meets Oliver, he hypnotises her, sees through her charades and provokes her. 

Everything starts innocent - a girl relying on a guy to distract her from her problems, only to meet somebody else who unleashes the side that she never knew she had. I think this is what makes Dangerous Boys so intense, disturbing and unsettling.
You can never really know someone. Maybe you think that sounds trite, or perhaps you already learned it a long time ago. But me, I didn’t really grasp it until now: huddled in the corner of the ambulance, watching the medics try to shock life back into a motionless body.
Yes, there was a lot of suspense. Yes, the narration and writing were absolutely impeccable and second to none in this genre. And as much as I wanted to compare the two books Abigail has written I couldn't help but notice that there is a very clean cut between Dangerous Girls and Dangerous Boys. While Dangerous Girls is known for its twists and thrills, Dangerous Boys took another route and went for characterization. Twist wise, once you have read Dangerous Girls, Dangerous Boys is rather predictable (well more predictable than Dangerous Girls) however the dark character developments were a twist in themselves. I loved this route that Abigail went down, we kept delving into deeper and darker roads, weaving among the relationships in such a raw, intense manner. 
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.
The eventual reveal of the darkness within makes us question whether or not we have our own kind of darkness.
All I can say is congratulations to Abigail Haas who has yet again created another beautifully written psychological thriller. Dangerous Something, Dangerous Anything. I will take it Abigail Haas. 

"This is a great YA psychological thriller and it cannot go without saying that Abigail Haas is an extremely prominent writer. Her writing is focussed and flawless. Anyone who wants to read an addictive, intoxicating book should pick up both Dangerous Girls and Dangerous Boys. " - Celine

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