“Paradise quickly gets gruesome in this thrilling page-turner with a plot that’s ripped from the headlines and a twist that defies the imagination.
It’s Spring Break of senior year. Anna, her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise, and a few other close friends are off to a debaucherous trip to Aruba that promises to be the time of their lives.
But when Elise is found brutally murdered, Anna finds herself trapped in a country not her own, fighting against vile and contemptuous accusations. As Anna sets out to find her friend’s killer, she discovers harsh revelations about her friendships, the slippery nature of truth, and the ache of young love.
Awaiting the judge’s decree, it becomes clear to Anna that everyone around her thinks she is not only guilty, but also dangerous. And when the whole story comes out, reality is more shocking than anyone ever imagined…”
– Taken from Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16074758-dangerous-girls)
This book was a really good read. It has a different structure, in the sense that the story is not told in a linear way. Instead, it jumps back and forth. It might seem confusing, but I didn’t think it was. On the contrary, I thought it was really well done and made me keep reading. The writing style was also very good, in my opinion. I am currently reading a similar book to this one, but this one was better.
As someone with a bit of experience when it comes to dealing with lawyers and courts, I could relate to Anna, the main character, while she was on trial. All those distortions and exaggerating of facts felt really familiar. And it was nice to see that Anna was a human being, with frustrations pertaining to the lawsuit and her days in prison.
This book deals not only with the murder of Elise and the trial that follows. It also deals with friendships and how fragile they can be. It is very interesting to see how friends can react to adverse situations. After reading this book, I can only hope that my friendhsips are stronger than that.
I can’t not say anything about the ending. I’m not going to spoil it, but it was really surprising! I didn’t see it coming at all.
Rating: 4 out of 5