There’s a lot to be said about girls who have been best friends forever. You will always be there for each other no matter what, until one of you manages to taint the friendship with betrayal…and boom! You’ll never know how far b**ches could go. It felt like a long while since I last read a psychological suspense book, and even though Dangerous Girls didn’t drive me nuts like Gone Girl did, some parts of the book were enough for me to question my own mental state when it comes to violence. Yikes.
A bit of a background. Anna has been Elise’s bestfriend for a long time. After the school bathroom incident, they were inseparable. Elise has always been this girl who likes adventure to the point of danger – going to clubs with fake IDs and hooking up with college boys and strangers. Meanwhile, Anna could only go along with her. After all, Anna needs the freedom and the diversion, with her mom dying of cancer. Then they decided to spend their spring break over the Carribean. The two of them, along with some other friends including Anna’s boyfriend, Tate, went to Aruba. Until the must have been relaxing vacation turned into a nightmare. Elise’s body was discovered, drenched in her own blood. Who would do such a gruesome crime? In an island where violence seemed too rare, nobody would suspect anyone but the outsiders. After the out-of-the-line questioning of the prosecution, Anna and Tate ended up as the accused of Elise’s murder.
Twisted lawyering, twisted system. I should say that I hated Dekker, the moment I read his questioning. Not to mention his treatment towards this bunch of minors. They were questioned, maybe against their will, out of fear, under pressure. And the things he did to make Anna look guilty? God forbid if someday I’d find myself in a situation like that, of Anna’s, just a click here and there and one may find me psychologically challenged… which I swear I’m not! Hahaha! Meanwhile, the influence brought about Tate’s parents’ money became his saving grace. No matter how guilty he may seemed, he was able to get away with it. Same with Niklas, a local guy with whom Elise hooked up. Owing to the fact that his father owned half the island, he didn’t even cloud the prosecution’s suspicion, rather, he was made witness.
So… who killed Elise? It must be hard for Anna, having to lose her bestfriend and all of her friends turning their back on her after she was made accused. It felt everything fell apart just when she thought everything was going to be fine. In the trial, one by one, her friends who were with her to spend a good time srood against her, telling the public their own stories of how Anna seemed to be violent at times, of how she must be capable to perform a cold-blooded murder. Thing is, the whole time I was reading the book, I never felt even a tinge of sympathy for Anna. Sure, Dekker and some of her friends are a bit annoying on the way they treated her, but something about the way the author wrote Anna’s point of view would make one wonder, should I really trust a girl like Anna?, which I think is superb.
In conclusion. Dangerous Girls, is a story of friendship, love and betrayal, or at least that’s what I think. It shows that friendship isn’t possible for two people who are seemingly out of each other’s leaugue. But I can’t seem to decide if should end the way it did. It was made clear in the end who was the murderer, and why it was done, but justice for Elise wasn’t served. Maybe for some, it’s quite a good ending, but for me, I don’t know… I am still undecided. I loved the book though. I was done with it overnight.
Recommendation: It doesn’t have a lot of courtroom drama, but if you like suspense and mind puzzling questions, then try reading this book. And also, if you want to find out for yourself why I can’t decide if the ending is good or not, please read. Then tell me what you think.