“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…” ~Goodreads
So, here’s the story about Dangerous Boys and how I got my hands on a copy…
I read Dangerous Girls last November (it was released in the US July 2013 by Simon Pulse). I simply was interested after reading a review of someone I follow who has a VERY particular taste when it comes to YA/NA. She likes them dark, disturbing with psychological twists and turns. So I trusted her judgment and read Dangerous Girls. I was truly blown away by this new type of YA/NA I just discovered. Elements of mystery, suspense, bad behavior and characters who were just plain awful. But I liked it (insert maniacal laugh).
The thing is, Dangerous Girls was a “commercial failure” (according to Haas) and only sold around 450 paper copies. So the US wasn’t interested in publishing Dangerous Boys. Good news though, Simon and Schuster UK was on board. But Haas wanted to make her sophomore thriller available to her US fans who have cheered her on throughout the excruciating process. So she decided to self-publish and offer an e-version in the US starting today, August 14. Let me also add that Haas is not a novice author. She has over 15 books already published but under the name Abby McDonald in the adult and YA genre. Yet numbers speak and if you are not selling like a rock star, you have to take matters into your own hands.
I received an email from Ms. Haas asking if I was interested in reading Dangerous Boys and help spread the word. I didn’t hesitate knowing what type of writer, story weaver and how dark she could get with her characters. Giddy-up!
Dangerous Boys (August 14) is another Contemporary Thriller equally as disturbing and edgy as Dangerous Girls, however they are not series books. The story opens with a bang and immediately has your anxiety building. The chapters rotate back and forth between then and now to build a background as to how these characters came to such a volatile place in their lives.
“Don’t you know? There’s no such thing as the truth…We all walk around trapped in our own subjective consciousness, experiencing the same events through a totally different lens.”
Chloe is a “good girl”. A good student, a good daughter, a good friend, a good worker, responsible, understanding, with a good future ahead as she gets ready to go away to college. But something happens within her family that puts all of that goodness to the test. Of course matters get messy when two men, brothers, enter her life and while one is equally good and supportive, the other is selfish and reckless. As much as one supports and helps her get through the tough days, the other’s boldness is enviable. It’s the age old story of duality and Haas gets it right. Maybe a bit extreme at times but I’ll tell you what, I didn’t waiver from the story once. I wanted as much of the goodness as I did the badness. The adage of not really knowing someone is present throughout this tale of good versus evil. But the battle is not only between brothers but from within Chloe herself.
“Who was I when nobody was looking? Without judgment, without expectations. Without somebody to please.”
Dangerous Boys will keep you up at night reading and on the edge of your seat. As much as it’s tough to agree with some of Chloe’s choices, identifying with being true is rather easy. And a bit refreshing. She’s a complex character and that final line leaves you with more unease wondering what she is capable of next.
Available in ebook format through Amazon.
Didn’t read Dangerous Girls? Here’s the link.
**Thank you to Abigail Haas for asking me if I was interested, not pressuring or stalker-ish. I was not required to do this review or paid for doing so.