PURCHASE:Amazon | Book Depository
Three teens venture into the abandoned Monroe estate 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 together the story of how they got there-a story of jealousy, twisted passion, and the darkness that lurks behind even the most beautiful of faces…
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
Upon finishing this book, I begged for mercy.
Why mercy, you ask? Because Dangerous Boys made me uneasy and scared. It made me anticipate, and dread, and look forward to what else will happen to our cast of complex characters. It would build up the momentum, tease me, let go, and then tease me again. It was intoxicating, addicting, and riveting in every sense of the word. Needless to say, it nearly drove me crazy with the well-placed suspense and well-built characterization, and all I could say was, “Have mercy, woman!”
Long story short: it blew me away. You need no other explanation than that.
I dived into this book with unbelievably high expectations. I read the author’s previous work, Dangerous Girls, not too long ago and absolutely loved it. It had the kind of stunning quality that you do not often see in Young Adult psychological/thriller books, the kind that take your breath away, leave your mind screaming, and make you go on Twitter to look for other readers who read the same so you could all act as each other’s support group. It was my first read from her and I knew then and there that Abigail Haas was a force to reckon with.
But did I expect this book to be like Dangerous Girls? No. And it wasn’t.
Yes, there were a lot of suspense. Yes, the narration and writing were absolutely impeccable and second to none in this genre. But while Dangerous Girls is known for its twists and thrills, Dangerous Boys took another route and went for characterization. And by characterization, I mean very dark character developments.
Twists-wise, once you’ve read DG you will have seen them coming here. However, when it came to what Oliver, Ethan, and Chloe became once everything has been said and done, it will seriously blow your socks off. I didn’t expect this one to take such a deeper and darker path, weaving the complex relationships among these three in such a raw, intense manner. Everything starts innocent – a girl depending on a guy to help her escape from her problems, only to meet someone else who would encourage her to unleash a side of her she has never encountered before. And it is that exposition, that build-up, to the final result that make this book so disturbing, unsettling, and fierce.
The way the story was presented only added to the thrilling touch, in my opinion. It’s told in Chloe’s eyes, telling us the story in the present and in the past; she lets us know first off that something bad has happened, and gives it to us little by little, unveiling gradually the train wreck her life will soon become. The eventual reveal of the darkness within, and how it makes us question whether or not we have our own kind of darkness within ourselves, will really set your mind going.
A well-written psychological thriller that bears the trademark of the usual excellent writing of Abigail Haas. This one really gets your adrenaline going as it unravels the darkness that reside in the characters, layer by layer, piece by piece, and you’ll be left barely breathing by the end of it.
Simon and Schuster UK was kind enough to send me a finished copy of this awesome book, and seeing as I bloody enjoyed it so much, I am giving away my one and only copy (still in pristine condition as you can see!) to a lucky Filipino/Philippine resident. I want to share the awesomeness of this book, and I want it to find a new home who will love it as much as I did.
Just a reminder, folks: THIS IS A PHILIPPINE GIVEAWAY! And it lasts for a week only, so limited time to join and increase your chances of winning so make sure to ready your buttons!
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